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Archos ChildPad Wifi Tablet Review

SUMMARY

The Archos ChildPad is a typical $150 kids tablet. It is not one of the best, or one of the worst. It is somewhere in between. It was made for kids of ages 5-12 years old, and its parent company has implemented a feature that is both potentially useful as well as ultimately limiting; it does not allow Internet access through search engines.

The limited Internet access caters to parents who are concerned about their kids landing on websites that have inappropriate content. However, parents who want to access the Internet on their kids tablet will be severely limited. No need to bother with this tablet unless you either have your own, or you do not mind going without one.

PROS

  • A wide assortment of apps and games in the AppsLib
  • Popular games come pre-installed
  • Durable with a rubber bumper

CONS

  • Slow processor
  • No rear camera
  • Bad graphics
  • No Internet access
Archos ChildPad Tablet


Archos ChildPad Tablet
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Overall Rating 2.5 Stars (2.5 / 5)
Manufacturer Archos
Operating System Android

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Review By: Adriana

Adriana is a mother and tech enthusiast from Bridgeport, Connecticut. She blogs about the latest kids tech trends.

Our Archos ChildPad Tablet Review is a summary of the most important aspects of a tablet. Read the following for our full specs review for the Archos ChildPad Tablet.

The Software

The Archos runs on the Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 operating system. This is an older version of the OS, but is still sufficient. While some kids tablet manufacturers alter the Android interface to something unrecognizable, this tablet’s interface looks just like any other Android device.

The AppsLib

Upon turning on the tablet, kids will see 4 folders; Games, Learning, Puzzles, and Entertainment. By using a pre-installed app, kids can browse the AppsLib for 10,000 apps and games to be downloaded. The suitability of these apps has been predetermined by the manufacturer, so a bit of trust needs to be exercised when it comes to allowing your kids to browse the app store.

Unlike some other kids tablets, this one does not give access to the Google Play store. So if you know of any apps that reside in Google Play, you will still be limited to the proprietary AppsLib library. If you are concerned about allowing access to inappropriate material, this is a good thing, and you will have already made the decision shield your kids form this by buying a tablet that has no search engine access.

Pre-installed Games

The Archos come pre-installed with educational apps and games. The installed games are of the more popular variety, such as Angry Birds, PigRush, and GlowHockey. It also features some Fox content, which adds familiarity to the experience if your kids watch the Fox Channel.

Parental Filter

The Archos allows parents to filter the apps that are available to their kids. Parents can disallow certain apps and put a time limit on their usage.

The Hardware

The Archos display measures 7 inches and has a 800 X 480 dpi resolution. This is the lowest resolution you can get in a kids tablet, but if your kids have never used your iPad or high resolution display devices, they will not miss the better graphics. Graphics will or course, appear grainy and pixelated.

This device has no rear camera, but that might have been overkill considering the lower quality camera resolution.

With a weight of 0.84 pounds, it is rather light. Most kids tablets weigh at least 1 pound, making this one easier to handle on the go.

The Archos has a flimsy 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor. This is not as powerful as some of the others that are dual and even quad core. This means that load times are slow and may even freeze up when downloading apps.

It has 4GB of storage, which is enough to hold half of the pre-installed games and apps. However, if you wish to download a lot more, there is a microSD card slot to expand storage to 32GB.

Don’t expect to be able to connect 3rd party devices like wireless keyboards and joysticks; this tablet does not have Bluetooth.

And as with most kids tablets, there is a protective rubber bumper to prevent scratches and bumps.

The Verdict

Generally speaking, you get what you pay for; and the Archos is no exception. However, it could be a bit worse. Some tablets have only 2GB of storage, and don;t even offer a microSD card slot. However, most are Bluetooth enabled and have access to the Internet.

One thing this tablet has going for it is that it has an extensive app library and a few popular games that have been proven to be entertaining for kids.

But if you are looking for a better tablet, and are willing to pay an extra $100, you can purchase a Nabi Jr or even a Kindle Fire HD.

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Hardware Specs

Age Range 5 – 12 Years Old
Connection Wifi and USB
Screen Size 7 Inches
Memory 4 GB, with 32GB extra with micro SD card
Weight 0.84 Pounds
Battery Life 4 hours

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