Vinci's Android tablet is for the toddlers

The phrase, "Get them while they are young" certain applies to a newly revealed Android OS-based tablet. The Vinci, due for release later this month, is being made to be used and played with by the toddler crowd. In fact the Vinci's official web site claims that the tablet is made for kids aged 0 to 4, although we have our doubts that a just born baby would be too interested in  it.

The 1.28 pound tablet has a number of safety features that its makers say make it usable for the toddler set. The 7-inch touch screen has tempered glass and the tablet itself is surrounded by a red colored handle that is made out of "Thermoplastic Elastomer Alloy, a type of material with a silicone-like softness." This will help make the handle safe even if a child decided to chew on the handle.

What about the tablet itself? The tablet has a 1 Ghz processor inside along with 512 MB of RAM. There are two models of the Vinci; one with a battery that lasts up to three hours and 4 GB of storage and the other which lasts up to six hours on a charge and 8 GB of storage. Both models come with a 3 megapixel back camera, a USB port and a MicroSD port. One interesting feature that's lacking in the Vinci is no WiFi antenna; apparently this is also a safety feature to keep the wireless signals away from a young kid. Vinci also offers up a number of applications for entertainment, learning and more. The Vinci is scheduled to be launched on August 10. Amazon.com is now taking pre-orders for the device with the 4 GB model selling for $389 and the 8 GB model selling for $479.

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My two year olds have learned how to view pictures on my Android phone after a single sitting so I know they'd understand the concept of a tablet after a few days but at that price point; I'd rather get them one of those cheepy sub 200 tablets and let them have at it!

Why wont people buy this? I know a few people who bought an iPad just to use the apps for their autistic kids. iPad is 400-500 so it sounds reasonable that someone would purchase Vincis as well for their kids.

If it is good, does what it says, and does a good job...people will buy it. How many, remains to be seen.

I was thinking that it sounded interesting until I read the bit about the no WiFi.

You would have got many times the radiation with an old CRT television. Like that however, WiFi, Mobile phones etc is *Non Ionizing* radiation. Pretty much like the visible electromagnetic radiation that is falling in you.

With that in mind, perhaps they could fit some crystals for 'energy' and a compass needle to help with the Feng Shui.

Such a pity. One item of pseudo science and the whole thing is spoiled.

iPad killer!
And what is the need to put text under the apps when it would obviously be useless to them?

I like the idea, a lot actually. It is a logical progression away from the vtech computers of the 90's and early 2000's.

But holy cow kite Batman, $400 for a tablet with 4GB of storage and a three hour battery life. I want what they're smoking. Seriously, the price/performance is a joke. For the same amount of money, I'm pretty sure someone could put a modified iPad together for a similar price.

My boy has always loved the iPad, he was 3 when we got it and there were plenty of games he could play and still does. Hopefully the software for this is good enough.

I'm not sure many kids that age would appreciate a tablet like that because they wouldn't understand the importance of money either. But you have to hand it to the company that makes it for trying. Maybe it will be an unexpected success.

Ferson said,
I'm not sure many kids that age would appreciate a tablet like that because they wouldn't understand the importance of money either. But you have to hand it to the company that makes it for trying. Maybe it will be an unexpected success.

$389 and $479. This will be a failure.

sweatshopking said,

i think you underestimate the stupidity of the rich. they will sell them.


LOL. If I were uber rich, I would buy my kid a Samsung Tab 10.1 32GB 4G LTE Android Tablet and a 64GB 3G iPad 2.

wouldn't wanna spend that much for something that will prolly end up down a toilet in a few hours. LOL. if it was like 100 or less it would be more feasible.