Fuhu Nabi 2
An Android Tablet for Kids
Posted: August 10, 2012
Fuhu Inc is a cloud software provider that also produces a range of consumer electronics like Fooz Kids aimed at children's education. They were the first manufacturer that introduced an Android tablet meant especially for children. The Fuhu Nabi 2 is a fully functional tablet PC just for kids. Despite being for children, this tablet manages to pack a lot in that makes it a powerful tablet in its own right.
About the Nabi 2
The Nabi 2 is a 7-inch tablet. Its measurements are 8.69-inches wide by 6.05-inches high. It is 1.14-inches thick and weighs 1.31-pounds. All of these measurements are with the drop-safe bumper on the tablet. The bumper is a thick rubberized material that wraps around the tablet to keep it safe from falls. Keep in mind, the Nabi 2 is chiefly for children, so an option to keep it intact is best for everybody. The bumper comes in red, but other colors will also available. With the bumper removed, the tablet is white with a black bezel.
Around the tablet you will find a front-facing 2-megapixel camera, a volume rocker and power button and a built-in microphone. On the side is a headphone jack, mini-HDMI port, microUSB port and a MicroSD slot. The screen has a 1024x600 resolution.
Inside the tablet is an Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage space. It comes with Android 4.0.4, Ice Cream Sandwich. The OS and processor puts the Nabi 2 on par with many full featured tablets. It also has Bluetooth and Wi-Fi capabilities.
The Nabi 2 comes pre-packed with many games and e-books for your kid to learn with and enjoy. There are also many creative apps and at least one app that many parents may love which is the Chore List. The browser is kid-friendly and will only allow access to whitelisted websites. It comes pre-loaded with many kid-friendly sites already bookmarked. That's not the half of it, there is a lot more available and all of it is child suitable. Just keep in mind, that all the things you expect from a tablet PC are available here, just skinned and made safe for children.
There is also a mode that parents can enter with a password. Once unlocked, all the parental controls become available. Also, while in this mode, the tablet functions like a normal Android device. This way, if needed, parents can also make use of the tablet for their own purposes and quickly switch it back to the kid mode with a button.
Compared to the original Fuhu Nabi
The original Nabi tablet was also a good device for children. The original Nabi uses a slower dual-core ARM processor, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage. It also makes use of both SD and microSD cards. So compared to the Nabi 2, it's definitely not as powerful. When you consider the tablet is for children, then the specs do not seem so bad.
The Good and the Bad
The Specs – This is not a weak tablet. It uses the same processor that many of the high-end tablets use so it should be able to give both adults and children a decent experience.
The Experience – The user experience is entirely for children. While there is a mode for parents that allows for normal tablet functionality, all the work seems to have gone into the children's side of things.
The Apps – There is no access to Google Play, their app store. However, for the more savvy, you can side-load the Google Play market. On the other hand, there is a complete app environment preloaded with access to kid-friendly apps.
|Tablet||Fuhu Nabi 2|
|CPU||Nvidia Tegra 3|
|CPU speed||1.30 GHz|
|Screen size||7.0 inch|
|Resolution||1024 x 600 px|
|Weight||0.60 kg / 1.31 lbs|
|Battery life||6.0 hours|
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