Posted on May 27th, 2014
In 2012, Fuhu Inc released two of the best kids tablets available. On June 19th, it was the Nabi 2. At the time, it was thought to be the most powerful kids tablet available, and it still blows most kids out of the water. On December 4th, they released the Nabi Jr. This was a lower end version of the Nabi 2, costing $60 less.
So you may be wondering which is the best tablet to get. This review is devoted to helping you make this decision.
Price of the Nabi 2: $160 on Amazon
Price of the Nabi Jr: $100 on Amazon
As you might expect, since the Nabi Jr costs $60 less than the Nabi 2, it is considered the lower end version of this line of tablets.
The Nabi 2 is a 7 inch tablet with 1024×600 HD resolution. This places it on the higher end of tablet displays. It houses 8GB of storage, which is expandable to 32GB with a microSD card. With all of the software that is available, an 8GB base spec tends to be important.
The rechargeable battery lasts for 8 hours, which is a few hours more than the Nabi Jr.
It conveniently comes with an HDMI port to be hooked up to your TV so you can watch movies. And since it comes preloaded with 50 songs, you will find it helpful that it has a standard headphone jack.
The processor is the very powerful Quad Core NVIDIA Tegra 3. You will have no issues with sluggishness with this tablet.
The Nabi Jr is a 5 inch tablet with a 800×480 screen resolution. This resolution tends to come with a bit of pixelation and the graphics won’t be very smooth. The rechargeable battery lasts about 5 to 6 hours.
The processor on this tablet is the powerful Quad Core NVIDIA Tegra. Like the Nabi 2’s processor, they are of the higher end variety. For a $100, this is pretty amazing!
However, you may be surprised that the Nabi Jr also comes with a $160 version. This version holds 16GB of storage, as opposed to the default 4GB. It is good to keep in mind that half of the 4GB is already used up by the preloaded apps. And for the same price, you could purchase the slightly more powerful Nabi 2 with better graphics.
The software for both tablets is very similar in nature, as they are made by the same company. Both can purchase and download form Fuhu’s app store. They come with preloaded apps, music, and books.
With the Wings System, parents can monitor kids progress through their learning routine, letting them know what their strengths and weaknesses are.
Kids will have access to popular TV shows through Spinlets+ TV, such as Strawberry Shortcake, Madeline, Paddington Bear, and more. You can upload your content to the Fuhu cloud to save storage space.
Google Play VS Proprietary apps
Although the Nabi 2 is the higher end version of the 2 tablets, it has one drawback. It does not give access to Google Play. This is either a blessing or a curse. By not giving access, kids won’t be able to download content that you’d rather they did not see. However, this will also prevent you from downloading Google Play content for yourself.
Google Play has a lot of educational games for kids, so the fact that the Nabi 2 does not give access poses a limit. The Nabi Jr gives access to Google Play, as it is a fully featured Android tablet.
Both tablets are 2 of the most powerful and fully featured kids tablets available, even in 2014. One is simply more expensive than the other, and includes better hardware.
The nabi 2 has better graphics and a slightly more powerful processor. It also comes with 8GB of storage, whereas the Nabi Jr comes with only 4GB.
I would personally go with the Nabi 2. Although it costs $60 more than the Nabi Jr base model, the Nabi Jr’s 16GB model also costs $160. If you bought the 8GB Nabi 2, you could expand it to 32GB by adding a microSD card. But you cannot expand the Nabi Jr.
The only downside to the Nabi 2 is that you will not have access to Google Play. But since Fuhu offers a full app store of educational games, this may not be that important unless you want to use the tablet for yourself.
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