Archos Child Pad

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The Archos Child Pad is a cost-effective tablet that targets kids. It features a 7-inch color display, 1 GB of RAM, and a 1 GHz processor. The Archos Child Pad runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich; however, the user interface has been modified to create a child-friendly environment. The user interface presents colorized icons, several preloaded apps, links to games and activities, as well as a “Mobile Parental Filter” which helps to lock down the Web browser. Additionally featured is a Kids App store, different from Android Market, it filters content into 14 child-safe categories with 10,000 apps to choose from.

Features List:

– 7-inch screen

– 28 preloaded games and apps

– 1 GB RAM

– Android 4.0 ICS

– 1 GHz processor

– Kids App Store with 10,000+ apps

– “Mobile Parental Filter”

– Kid-friendly UI

Digital Trends’ Tablet Buying Tips:

Battery Life

At the moment tablet battery life ranges between 7 and 10 hours, with the iPad 2 leading the pack at over 10 hours. As a rule of thumb you’ll want to at least make sure the tablet will last you through the day, so consider what your average usage might in a day be before purchasing a tablet.

What Operating System should I use?

It’s very important to choose an operating system that is easy to use and intuitive for you. Currently, the two dominant platforms are Apple iOS, which powers the iPad, and Google Android, which powers most of the non-Apple tablets. Fans from each camp could go on for pages about either OS, but the decision boils down to several key differences. Android has a number of exclusive features like Flash streaming support and home-screen widgets, but the iOS is generally a more stable and slick experience with more available apps. Mac or iTunes users will find iOS more accessible, while geeks and tinkerers will enjoy some of the freedoms Android offers.

What are tablets?

Tablets are small touch computers meant for a broad array of tasks. Though some are marketed for specific purposes, tablets are meant to be good at a number of things including e-book reading. Though Microsoft failed to get stylus tablet PCs to take off eight years ago, Apple reinvented the category this year. Thanks to the overnight success of the iPad, tablets have begun to pop up everywhere. Modern tablets usually have a full-color LCD touchscreen measuring between seven and 10 inches diagonally, are great at video and Web-related tasks like e-mail, can install applications, and run on smartphone operating systems. Due to a lack of a physical keyboard, these devices are better for consuming entertainment than creating it. The Apple iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab, and HP Slate make up the first generation of touch tablets. If you have a strong hankering to browse the web, stream movies & TV, check your email, download apps, play Angry Birds, or look at anything in color, a tablet is probably best for you.


Apple’s App Store is more robust at this point than Google’s Android Market, and has more apps customized for larger tablet screens. Before you buy, it’s a good idea to search for a few apps that you consider high priority.

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