Tablet computers are very popular right now, and it’s only natural that children would want to use them. However, some people aren’t comfortable having their children handle such high-end and expensive devices that are somewhat delicate and sensitive.

Child-friendly tablets were created to cater to the growing number of children that use tablet computers. Being created solely for children, companies can take certain liberties that they could not do so for professional tablet computers, such as child-friendly designs and applications.

The Fuhu Nabi 2 and the Techno Source Kurio 7 are two of the latest child-friendly tablets to hit the market. With both at an MSRP of $199, which one provides better value?

Design

The Fuhu Nabi 2 retains the trademark red bumper with large round corners of the first version. It measures 8.7 inches in height, 6.1 inches in length, and 1.14 inches in width, and weighs 1.31 pounds. This is somewhat bulky and heavy for a tablet, with the added weight coming from a customizable plate in the device’s back – square pegs aligned in three rows where you can attach charms and accessories.

The Techno Source Kurio 7 comes with a thick blue bumper with exaggerated corners and cutouts for access to the ports and buttons. It measures 7.5 inches in height, 4.8 inches in length, and 0.5 inches in width, and weighs 0.76 pounds – about the same as the Kindle Fire and much smaller and lighter than the Nabi 2.

Buttons and Ports

The Nabi 2 has the Power and Volume buttons on the top edge of the device, which can be accessed through the raised portions of the bumper. On the right panel of the Nabi 2 are the 3.5mm headphone jack, a microSD card slot, mini HDMI and micro USB ports, and an AC adapter connector. It has a lot of connectivity options even when compared to “serious” tablets such as the Kindle Fire HD and Nexus 7, which lack microSD and HDMI.

The Back, Home, and Options capacitative buttons are on the right side of the bezel of the Kurio 7, when held in landscape mode. On the right edge is one speaker grille, a DC power connector, a microSD card slot, mini HDMI and USB ports, a microphone, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Like the Nabi 2, there are a lot of connectivity options.

Display

The display of the Nabi 2 is on par with that of the Kindle Fire, with a 1,024×600 pixel resolution. The display looks bright and sharp, but when it is viewed off angle by around 45 degrees, the display darkens and becomes very hard to view.

The display of the Kurio 7, on the other hand, has a 800×480 pixel resolution. This is a bit low in today’s 7-inch tablet standards, with the text looking pixelated and the colors looking dull. The viewing angle is also pretty narrow.

Content

The Nabi mode, which is a child-safe Android ecosystem, features colorful backgrounds and big icons and runs over the Android 4.0.4 “Ice Cream Sandwich.” However, there is also a “Mommy” and “Daddy” mode, where adults can create new accounts for kids, toggle the available applications, and filter website access. The Nabi 2 comes with the Fuhu App Zone 2.0 app store and Amazon app store, and comes pre-loaded with staples such as Fruit Ninja, Angry Birds, and DoodleJump. Also available are four educational apps on Math, Science, Social Studies, and English, which are all fun and colorful.

Like the Nabi 2, the Kurio 7 has a “Child” mode and an “Adult” mode on its Android 4.0.3 OS. It also comes with pre-loaded applications such as Fruit Ninja, Angry Birds, DoodleJump, Cut the Rope, Where’s My Water, and World of Goo. The Kurio 7 also has educational apps, but they are underwhelming compared to that of the Nabi 2’s because of their simplistic graphics, pixelated text and confusing instructions. Users are also limited to the Kurio Store, which only has a small selection of applications.

Summary

  • The Fuhu Nabi 2 is much bigger and heavier than the Techno Source Kurio 7, but it has a customizable back plate.
  • Both tablets have great connectivity options, even compared to “serious” tablets.
  • The 1,024×600 resolution display of the Nabi 2 looks much better than the 800×480 resolution display of the Kurio 7.
  • The Nabi 2 has more stores and better educational applications, while the Kurio 7 has more pre-loaded applications.