Archos ChildPad

Kids love to play with our tablets. They're colorful, active, and entertaining -- exactly what a kid likes (no matter what age). But many of us don't feel comfortable letting our kids handle a seemingly delicate, very expensive, piece of glass and plastic. Archos gets this, and they have announced the 7-inch ChildPad. Even better, they understand that we're reluctant to spend upwards of $500 on something that youngsters may very break, and have priced it at $129.

Ill let that sink in for a second -- $129.

For the cost of dinner and a movie for two, you can have a full featured tablet, running Android 4.0, complete with a child-friendly app market. While not a spec powerhouse, the ChildPad has a 1GHz CPU and a full 1GB of RAM, and comes pre-loaded with a slew of things kids would want, like puzzles, games, even Angry Birds. The ChildPad was designed to fulfill COPPA and CIPA regulations, and has a full suite of parental controls built into the browser. You'll see it on store shelves sometime in March.

And your kids will have ICS on their Android device before you do. See the press release after the break.

ARCHOS Announces the Child Pad, a 7” ICS Kid-Friendly Tablet

The new Child Pad will provide kid’s a safe, fun, full tablet experience at $129

 

Denver, CO – March 01, 2012 – ARCHOS, an award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, announced today a themed 7” Android™ tablet for children, called the Child Pad. The 7’’ Child Pad features a compact light weight design, the latest Android version, 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich”, a 1GHz processor and 1GB of RAM.  The Child Pad will be available at the end of March for $129 SRP.

“As a pioneer in the portable audio and Android™ tablet market we realize the importance of providing a tablet that can offer hours of entertainment for all ages, especially kids”, says Henri Crohas, Founder and CEO. “ARCHOS strives to offer great tablets with only the best of features at affordable prices and we expect this tablet to bring a smile to the faces of kids and parents’ everywhere.”

Key Features & Benefits
Kid friendly features of the Child Pad include access to the Kids App Store powered by AppsLib which is filtered down to 14-friendly categories and 10,000 apps including games, entertainment, communication, multimedia, books, comics, sports and more.

In addition, ARCHOS has created a kid-friendly user interface with colored icons, home screen folders with direct access to games, entertainment, learning and puzzles and the top 28 kids’ apps pre-loaded including Angry Birds, Pig Rush and Flight Frenzy.

ARCHOS has also designed the Child Pad to comply with both CIPA and COPPA regulations, ensuring a safe tablet environment for kids and peace of mind for parents. The parental controls and safe web browsing is powered by Editions Profil, whose “Mobile Parental Filter” is ranked as the most efficient parental control software in worldwide benchmarks.

Availability & Price
The Child Pad will be available in stores starting the end of March with the recommended retail price of $129.

About ARCHOS

Archos, pioneer in the portable audio and video player market, and now specializing in Android tablets, has repeatedly revolutionized the market for consumer electronics since 1988. Today, ARCHOS offers Android Tablets, Tablet PCs and MP3/MP4 players. In 2000, ARCHOS launched the Jukebox 6000, the first MP3 player combined with a hard disk. Then in 2003 ARCHOS introduced the first portable multimedia players with TV recording. In 2006 Wi-Fi is implemented and then touch screens in 2007. In 2008, Archos launched the first generation Internet Tablets, and then the first ever Android powered tablets in 2009. ARCHOS has offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. ARCHOS is quoted on Compartment B of Eurolist, Euronext Paris, ISIN Code FR0000182479. Website: www.archos.com.

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Reader comments

Archos announces kid-friendly 7-inch Ice Cream Sandwich tablet, dubbed ChildPad

23 Comments

If it has a responsive capacitive touch screen and has access to the real Google Android marketplace, I'll give it a try. I assume it has a SD card slot to supplement that 1GB of RAM and WiFi internet access.

Considering Archos is emphasizing the "kid safe app market", I doubt it has the real Android Market on there. You'll have to wait for the Archos G10, or whatever their normal ICS tablet line will be called.

Brilliant!
Price should be about $30 lower but it's not a deal breaker @$129 either.
I just hope they made the screen viewable in sunlight..

Yes how durable, and I'm not just talking about drop or shock tests. Can it handle greasy fingers, being accidentally stepped on by a 40lb kid ok two 40lb kids, chocolate cookie crumbs, being slobbered on by the dog, multiple kid tugs of war cause I know what's going to happen when these fiendish....um I mean darling little kids of mine (Wifey is watching) get their grubby little hands on it :)

You're kidding!
No camera means no deleting 498 pictures of the wall, carpet, sky, forehead etc. because your kid found the camera button..
Besides, this isn't for you, it's for KIDS-so the rest of us can have our big boy tabs back.

Nice!! I wish something like this was out earlier.. BUT I still find the Nook Tablet (not the cheaper model) makes a great toddler device as you can pass-lock the browser and store, making it very kid safe and the icons are huge! making it perfect for kids! My daughter has been using my phone since she was one and at four years she was ready for her own device. My daughter loves the interactive Nook books that you can't get elsewhere, especially the 'read to me' books, as she can hear the books in my voice!... She chose her own purple cover and this is the third month she owns it, not a scratch, bump or drop... Def a responsible 4 year old lol.. I guess having electronics around her all the time was good as she is super careful...

My wife and I are homeschoolers, and this has us pretty excited. There is a lot of potential in a tablet like this, particularly with our younger two.

I think Jerry lives where I do - the place where you like nice food, appetizers and desert are not optional, and you like to have a few drinks with dinner. It may be stretching it a bit, but not by much.

I think this is a great idea - I've thinking about getting a used Nook color or the like to use for this purpose. Heck there's Tiger etc. kid's "tablets" and "laptops" that only play their proprietary "software" that cost around this much (that can't even play video files).

Finally a kid oriented tablet(hoping that that means durable) that had Angry Birds. As long as this hold up to sticky, greasy kid fingers better than a Nook Color, I may get one for my daughter. Too bad the Android Nook app doesn't work with the Nook kids books yet(at least not the last time I checked).