Archos launches $129 Android 4.0 tablet, designed for kids

Archos, purveyor of cheap but mediocre tablets and portable media players, has announced a new addition to its range, in the form of a tablet designed for children.

The Child Pad has a “compact light weight design” (weight and dimensions not specified), a 1GHz processor (manufacturer not specified), a 7” display (type not specified) and 1GB of RAM. While Archos hasn’t exactly been forthcoming with a comprehensive spec list, its press release (PDF) did point out that it’s running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and given the low price point for this device – just $129 in the US and £99 in the UK – that’s enough to raise an eyebrow or two.

But bear in mind that the focus of this device is very much on its “child-friendly features”, and one key feature comes at the expense of another that you might otherwise expect: there’s no access to the Android Market on this device, which is a downside for anyone expecting to bag a bargain ICS tablet for themselves – but for the market that Archos is targeting, this is a very good thing.

In place of the Android Market, users will find the Kids App Store, powered by AppsLib, which features 10,000 family-friendly apps, broken down into 14 categories, including games, books, comics and communication. In place of the standard Ice Cream Sandwich UI, Archos has instead installed its own “child-friendly user interface”, featuring brightly coloured icons and interactive elements to make using the device more fun and appealing to younger users (although from the sole available image of the device, its UI actually looks pretty bland).

Parents get plenty of peace of mind here, as the device complies with CIPA and COPPA regulations, while robust parental controls are offered, along with “safe web browsing” via a third-party ‘Mobile Parental Filter’.

Most importantly, of course, the Child Pad will also come with Angry Birds pre-installed when it goes on sale in March.

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Xerino said,
buy it, root it, full android, life is good

Because adults everywhere want to be seen using a 'ChildPad' devive...

Just because it's designed for kids doesn't mean it's not for adults. Take the iPad for example. It's a toy (it is sold at Toys'r'us), but has huge appeal to adults.

Archos tablets are notorious for not being able to handle custom ROMs of most any kind so, no, don't expect this to become the "next big thing" in cheap modifiable devices. For what it is I suppose it's a good thing but, as far as modding potential, forget it. Archos will forever be relegated as "the company that could have and never did" because they always have the potential for making decent low priced devices but they always do something stupid along the way (like encrypting their firmware) that screws them out of a wider market for enthusiasts. Nothing new here, moving on...

I really just hope they went with a capacitive touchscreen. If they did, this is actually a really good deal.

ShareShiz said,
$129 ??

seems a little expensive.

but then i guess the extra cost went into installing all the parental controls

Well, parents are already spending $199 on the Kindle Fire and Nook for their kids, So why not a little bit more cheaper?

This is pretty awesome. Guaranteed it'll get modded to run a more robust version of 4.0 though . Why can't they make cheap tablets with 4.0 for us grown ups ?

Zeikku said,
This is pretty awesome. Guaranteed it'll get modded to run a more robust version of 4.0 though . Why can't they make cheap tablets with 4.0 for us grown ups ?

Why would anyone who mods things get a kids tablet?

Zeikku said,
This is pretty awesome. Guaranteed it'll get modded to run a more robust version of 4.0 though . Why can't they make cheap tablets with 4.0 for us grown ups ?

I highly doubt it. I understand the Nook and Kindle Fire getting attention from XDA but this device will not see activity from that community.

MASTER260 said,

Why would anyone who mods things get a kids tablet?

There's bound to be a guy out there who would, even if it is just one. We live in a strange world.

Zeikku said,
This is pretty awesome. Guaranteed it'll get modded to run a more robust version of 4.0 though . Why can't they make cheap tablets with 4.0 for us grown ups ?

Do you want your kid yell at you (for example: "f*k you, mom!") then throw your $500 device at the floor or wall?

No? Then buy this cheap version of tablet for kid. So you wouldn't worry about kids break expensive things. I put expensive things out of the kids' reach.

If you want to hack/mod the child's tablet, go for it.

shozilla said,

Do you want your kid yell at you (for example: "f*k you, mom!") then throw your $500 device at the floor or wall?

No? Then buy this cheap version of tablet for kid. So you wouldn't worry about kids break expensive things. I put expensive things out of the kids' reach.

If you want to hack/mod the child's tablet, go for it.

/facepalm

You completely missed the point of his post. He was not saying that children should have a more expensive tablet, he was asking why they can't product tablets this cheap that are not aimed at children. To which simplezz answered.

TCLN Ryster said,

/facepalm

You completely missed the point of his post. He was not saying that children should have a more expensive tablet, he was asking why they can't product tablets this cheap that are not aimed at children. To which simplezz answered.

No, I didn't miss the point. I know what he meant. So, I was asking/explaining to him about kids' tablets and kids' tablet usages.

You want to let kids to use your expensive tablet, go for it. If your kid break it, that is your problem.

I would not let kids to use my main computer/tablet/etc until kid is at the certain age which he/she would understand more clearly about the difference between expensive things and cheap ones.

For example: I buy a $500 tablet for myself. I buy cheap/used tablet for kid. See what I am saying? You never know kid drop it in the water, or lose it somewhere, or break it by throw or smash it with hammer.

You want the kid to break your $500 tablet? No? I didn't think so. Think about it.

You can always get cheap tablet from ebay, friends, online sites, instead of getting child version of tablet for yourself.

That way, if the kid broke it, and he/she wants a new one, so I can afford to get another child version of tablet at the cheap price, no problem. I am not going to pay another $500 deivce for the kid, that's crazy. Think about it.