Published: October 21, 2011 4:50 PM
By Romain Thuret
Translated by: Jack Sims
Your children may already have got their hands on your tablet, so why not head them off with their own machine? French company VideoJet is launching the Kids Pad, a 7-inch tablet running on Android 2.2, entirely redesigned for the kids.

You're six years old and you want to copy your Dad who's always stuck to his iThingummy. Here's the solution, the Kids Pad from VideoJet.

VideoJet is specialised in handheld consoles for teenagers and children and is now launching its own 7-inch Android tablet. An entry-level machine, it only runs a Froyo 2.2 version of Google's mobile OS. The casing is 16 mm thick and weighs just 379.5 grammes. The touchscreen is resistive.


Moving on to the spec, the Kids Pad has a processor clocked at 600 MHz and comes with 256 MB of RAM, 2 GB of storage, an accelerometre and wi-fi b/g. It also has decent connectivity: USB 2.0 Host, mini USB port for recharging, a 3.5 mm headphones jack and a microSD slot to extend the memory up to an additional 32 GB.
 


Videojet has modified Android to adapt it to the pre-teen world. As you can see, there's a flashy design and cartoon feel as well as dedicated applications. For example, there's the BabyGo web browser/search engine, an independent applications store (no Market here), direct access to Wikipedia, Facebook and Google Translate, as well as a dictaphone and an application for cats.

There's a player for music and videos, which is compatible with the following formats: MP3, WMA, WAV, ASF, WMV, MPEG, MP4, AVI and MOV.

What's more, because you're still at the stage where you're still breaking everything, the Kids Pad comes with silicon protection. There's a major drawback for those geeks still in nappies, the battery life is announced at two hours only and the Kids Pad is charged up at the mains. It's available as of now for €119 (just over £100).
 


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