Samsung is currently the world’s largest tech company in terms of revenue and also holds the biggest share in the Android market at 41%. Many attribute this success to Samsung’s marketing strategy which includes a “shotgun” approach – producing different models of smartphones, laptops, tablets, etc. in different sizes and shapes to cater to different customer preferences.
Earlier this week, Samsung announced another addition to their Galaxy Tab line. The Samsung Galaxy Tab Kids, is a kid-friendly tablet that runs on a skinned version of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and comes bundled with many educational games, apps, ebooks, etc. It features a 7 inch 1024×600 display, 1GB RAM, a 4,000 mAh battery, 3 megapixel front and 1.3 megapixel rear facing cameras, 8GB of storage (expandable via a microSD slot) and powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor.
Since this tablet is designed specifically for kids, it features a colorful case and a rugged frame to keep it safe from those little clumsy hands. It also has Parental Control Settings that enable parents to set usage limits with a timer.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab Kids will be made available in South Korea next month followed by the US, UK, Europe and other parts of the world soon afterward. If you’re interested and would like to know how much it costs, you’ll have to wait because there’s no information yet regarding its price.
It is a nice looking device with decent specs. But if I were to buy a tablet for my kid, I’d rather get a full-fledged tablet like the Nexus 7 or an original Galaxy Tab. Why? Because it is a smarter and more practical choice. With a Nexus 7, I can install the same educational apps, games, ebooks, etc. and with Android 4.3 you’ll also get multi-user accounts and parental controls. It will also have a more powerful processor, more memory, better graphics and can do more stuff than a kid version tablet can do.
Will you buy or consider buying a kids version tablet like the Samsung Galaxy Tab Kids? Why not? Please share your thoughts.
Samsung Galaxy Tab Kids Official Press Release
SAMSUNG MAKES LEARNING FUN WITH GALAXY TAB 3 KIDS
Samsung Electronics today announced the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids, a tablet built specifically for kids with the educational tools and safety features parents want.
“It’s no secret that kids are using technology more than ever before,” said JK Shin, CEO and Head of IT & Mobile Communication at Samsung Electronics. “We saw an opportunity to create a device just for kids that provides them with an intuitive, fun and kid-friendly user experience filled with rich, interactive and educational content that parents will love.”
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids comes pre-loaded with top-ranked kids’ apps and a brand new Kid’s Store aimed at driving the educational possibilities of technology for kids. Pre-loaded content includes educational, games, entertainment and e-book apps. The tablet also offers parents the ability to select the apps they want their kids to have access to using the Application Manager.
Developed with kids’ best interests at the forefront, Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids also includes a Time Management feature that allows parents to set specific time periods for use. When the designated use time is up, a password protected lock screen appears, requiring a parent or adult to enter the password to unlock the device. This tool will help parents ensure the time their children spend on smart devices is balanced.
With a 1.2GHz dual processor, 1GB RAM, 3-megapixel front-facing camera and 1.3-megapixel rear-facing camera, Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids has the power and performance you would expect from a Samsung Galaxy tablet, designed to provide kids with an exciting, interactive experience.
A Kids Case featuring a child-friendly grip and multiple stand options will also be available for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids. The case also comes equipped with an easy-to-grip C Pen, providing fun drawing capabilities without the possibility of leaving marks on other objects.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids will be available in Korea in early September and subsequently available across China, Europe, U.S., Africa, South America and Southeast Asia. The availability of applications through Kids Samsung Apps will vary by market. UK availability will be announced in due course.