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PBS reveals the Playtime Pad tablet for kids

PBS Kids Playtime Pad tablet for children launches in November 2016 for $79.99 USD
PBS Playtime Pad
This affordable slate for kids comes with parental controls, as well as access to FreeTime Unlimited, a selection of curated content for the little ones. It is scheduled to go on sale in early November for $79.99 USD.
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Keeping kids away from technology is virtually impossible these days, but every responsible parent should be careful with it. As a consequence, tablets for kids are more about the software and content they allow access to than the hardware specs. The new Playtime Pad is the result of a partnership between Ematic and PBS KIDS, offering integrated parental tools and a collection of high-quality videos and games for kids.

As mentioned earlier, the hardware specs are not important, so the official press release only mentions 16 GB of internal storage. Some of the other highlights are:

  • durable design, with a front-and-back camera
  • WiFi connectivity
  • 120 PSD KIDS videos
  • 100 hours of video on the PBS KIDS Video app
  • over 25 games from the PBS KIDS series

According to PBS KIDS, "One-hundred percent of the net proceeds PBS receives from purchases of the PBS KIDS Playtime Pad will support PBS KIDS’ mission to empower children to succeed in school and in life." The tablet is scheduled to go on sale starting on November 6 for $79.99 USD via BestBuy, Walmart, and PBS KIDS.

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Codrut Nistor - Senior Tech Writer - 5438 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2013
In my early school days, I hated writing and having to make up stories. A decade later, I started to enjoy it. Since then, I published a few offline articles and then I moved to the online space, where I contributed to major websites that are still present online as of 2021 such as Softpedia, Brothersoft, Download3000, but I also wrote for multiple blogs that have disappeared over the years. I've been riding with the Notebookcheck crew since 2013 and I am not planning to leave it anytime soon. In love with good mechanical keyboards, vinyl and tape sound, but also smartphones, streaming services, and digital art.
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Codrut Nistor, 2016-10-17 (Update: 2016-10-17)