Archos to introduce the $129 Child Pad tablet for kids
Archos is the next company to enter the kids tablet market, where it will be competing against Oregon Scientific, LeapFrog, Toys R Us and InspirationWorks, to name a few. The France-based manufacturer of personal electronics has announced in a press release, that it will soon start selling the new Child Pad which a tablet for kids, but the maker claims it could also be enjoyed by adults. This slate is expected to hit the stores in the end of March 2012 and will reportedly have a retail price of $129.
Apparently, the Child Pad offers access to a Kids App Store powered by AppsLib, where children will be able to choose among 10,000 applications divided into 14 categories for games, entertainment, communication, multimedia, books, sports and more. Furthermore, the slate is presumably compliant with CIPA (Children's Internet Protection Act) and COPPA (Children's Online Privacy Protection Act), and features a child-friendly user interface with colored icons and home screen folders. Archos also claims that the device comes pre-loaded with the top 28 apps for kids and the “most efficient” parental controls for safe web browsing.
Henri Crohas, who is the founder and CEO of the company was quoted as saying: “As a pioneer in the portable audio and Android tablet market we realize the importance of providing a tablet that can offer hours of entertainment for all ages, especially kids” … “Archos strives to offer great tablets with only the best of features at affordable prices and we expect this tablet to bring a smile to the faces of kids and parents’ everywhere.”
The Child Pad will supposedly ship with 1GB of internal RAM, a central processing unit that operates at 1GHz, a 7-inch touchscreen display and an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS.