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Kurio 10S Tablet Review

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Review By: Adriana
Posted on December 30th, 2013
My rating: 3.5 Stars (3.5 / 5)

Introduction

The Kurio 10S wifi tablet is one of the more powerful of the kids tablets available. This is indicated by the price tag, costing around $200 on Amazon. It has a 10.1 inch touch screen and a Quad Core processor.

This tablet’s strength in the the software. It comes preloaded with 60+ educational games and apps. It also comes with popular games such as Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja.

It is relatively bigger than most 10 inch screen tablets, and weighs a hefty 3.5 pounds. Although this tablet has a higher price tag than others, it still runs as slow as some of the lower priced varieties.

This device allows parents to create 8 user accounts. For each account, the parent can set the apps that a child will have access to, and the amount of time that they can use it for every day of the week. It also allows for advanced web filtering by the parent.

It has a blue silicone bumper that helps prevent damage from drops. The casing is definitely stylish, but it can be taken off to reveal a more mature looking tablet. As a higher end tablet, it can be used by kids and parents alike with its robust Android operating system.

Features

The Chassis

This tablet has a 10.1 inch touchscreen, which is bigger compared to the standard 5 inch, or 7 inch sizes. Considering the fact that is it also 10.8 x 7.24 x 0.51 inches in dimension (which is large even for a 10 inch screen), it comes as no surprise that it weighs 3.5 pounds.

It comes with a 2.1 MP front and rear camera. This is pretty standard for a kids tablet. However, some of the others have a rotating camera, while this one does not. Considering the fact that most people will not be turning their camera as they take pictures or make videos, this may be negligible for most.

The device comes with a microSD port, an microUSB port, and an HDMI port. This means that you can expand the storage by inserting an SD card. You will also be able to hook this up to an HDTV using the HDMI and watch HD movies or videos.

There is a blue silicone casing to help prevent slippage, and to give it a pleasing bright hue that kids will love. However, if you want to use the tablet yourself and would like a more mature look, you can remove the backplate. The backplate/casing has slits that reveal the ports and the back camera.

Battery Life

The Kurio 10S uses a lithium ion rechargeable battery. This battery will last through 7 hours of Internet browsing. This is relatively short compared to other wifi tablets of its class. Most others have a battery life of 10 hours. Nevertheless, 7 hours is considerably longer than most laptop batteries will last when not plugged in. Kids can bring it to school and get a full school day’s worth of usage; assuming that they are not playing games during class.

Apps and Games

The Kurio runs on the standard Android 4.2 operating system. It also comes more than 60 pre-installed games and apps. Some are educational, while others are popular games names such as Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja.

The apps feature lovable Disney characters. Hundreds of other apps and games can be downloaded from the Kurio app store. Google Play cannot be installed, but an Amazon app for downloading software can be used. Netflix can also be installed as an app.

Ease Of Use

Parents can create up to 8 independent user accounts. Each can be set up with advanced web filtering. Kurio has several predefined web filtering profiles that can be used on each account. These filters get updated daily, and are categorized according to parental preferences. If none of these filters suit your purpose, you can create your own customized filter.

Apart from filtering out unwanted websites, parents can also select which apps will be made available to each user profile. They can also specify the amount of time each child can spend on the tablet for each day of the week. Simply swipe your fingers along the time bar, and select the times.

The parental controls on this tablet are very robust, and Kurio’s decision to create constantly updated web filters is something that many kids tablet companies don’t do. Most of the time, there is a maximum of 3 preset filters to choose from; this one has many!

Display and Audio

The display on this tablet has a 1280 x 800p resolution. This is pretty standard for a 10 inch screen and will render decent image quality. Other tablets, such the the Nabi 2 have a slightly lower resolution. The Nabi 2 has a 7 inch screen with a 1024 x 600p resolution, but with its smaller screen, it renders a slightly better image quality depending on what you are watching. And it certainly doesn’t beat the Kindle Fire 8.9-inch screen with its 2560px x 1600p resolution.

The audio on this device is also pretty decent, even though some of the pricier tablets are a bit louder. According to some reviews, the bass on this baby is pretty good as well. The only downfall would be that if you play the audio while the silicone backplate is on, you may get a bit of a muffled sound. But this can be negligible for most tastes, especially for kids who are likely to use the backplates.

Verdict

The Kurio 10S wifi tablet offers an awesome software package pre-installed on the tablet. With its 60+ apps and games right out of the box, this surpasses many other tablets in practicality since you do not need to go to the Kurio app store to buy extra apps right away (which also saves money).

The performance is a bit sluggish, even with its quad core processor, but kids may not notice the difference unless they have previously been using your iPad.

Although Google Play cannot be installed on this tablet, the Amazon app store and a couple of others such as Netfix can be installed for access to more media. By contrast, the Nabi 2 comes preloaded with 100+ apps, including the Amazon app store.

Over all, this is a decent tablet with good value for the price. But for an extra $30, you could get a Kindle Fire, which is appropriate for kids as well as parents.

Pros

– Robust parental controls and great web filtering system
– Comes preloaded with 60+ apps

Cons

– Sluggish performance
– Short battery life
– Heavy compared to others with same display size

Specs

Age Range Family
Connection Wifi and USB
Screen Size 10 Inches
Storage 8GB/td>
Weight 4.5 Pounds
Batteries 1 Lithium ion battery
Battery Life 7 Hours
See the Kurio 10S on Amazon!

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