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TechnoSource Kurio 7 -- Ages 7 and up ($199)

TechnoSource Kurio 7 -- Ages 7 and up ($199)
Once kids grow out of toddler tablets they get even more grabby for mom and dad's tablets. In recognition that kids want well-designed, slick tablets as well, the Kurio line was born. The Kurio 7 runs Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) with a heavily modified user interface on top. This isn't just for looks, but also includes some deeply ingrained parental control features -- the most comprehensive I've seen so far for Android. The software can handle up to 8 profiles for kids or adults, and each can be fine-tuned to show or disable apps, so siblings can share one tablet but games appropriate for an older kid won't even appear when a younger sibling logs in. A continuously-updated NetNanny-like service comes free with the Kurio and gives parents the ability to blacklist website categories or whitelist specific sites. The Kurio 7 will hit stores this fall.
Video: Hands-On With TechnoSource's Kurio Tablets


  1. melissitah

    11/26/2012 at 7:52 pm

    Hi KT, my question is that I notice the Nabi 2 didn’t make your list, why is that? I’m considering this one for my 7 year old, what is the difference in your opinion compared to the ones you chose? Thanks, Melissa~

  2. Marsha

    11/27/2012 at 5:08 am

    I bought this for my toddler aged granddaughter. I was very impressed witht the design, features and software. Nonetheless, I am going to return it. Why? The battery storage compartment on the backside of the Innotab 2s is way too easily accessible for young ones. The cover pops off easily, so easily I inadvertently popped it myself while test driving the software. I am really sad to return it because it is an awesome children’s tablet. At age 3, I am not 100% certain that that she would not put the batteries in her mouth. The risk of her choking on them or worse is just too high.

  3. KAsey

    11/28/2012 at 11:35 am

    The innotab is a waste of money. The battery life is about 15 minutes. I have tried several rechargeable kind and no last llonger than 15 mimutes. My son has to sit by a outlet so that he can play with his Innotab cause that is the only way to play with it while it is connected to the wall.

  4. Frank (Oldenzaal, NL)

    07/21/2013 at 6:20 am

    I’ve seen and test driven some ‘childrens tablets’. They are without exception all crap. The way to go for the technical savvy is to protect your network gateway with url filtering capabilities (can be had for $0 with IPcop and free url fitler). Default security on the tablet or pc is than enough to protect the toddlers from any harm. So my youngsters have an iPad 1 with protective case. Protection settings are all on and browing is done with K9. Great.

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