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Toys R Us making gaming tablet for kids

Toys R Us is introducing its own kid-friendly Android tablet called the Tabeo. It will be priced lower than most other tablets, come pre-loaded with games and educational apps, and offer its own kid-friendly app marketplace.

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It can be tough to choose between a kid's desire to play games on a tablet and your desire not to have a 6-year-old break your $500 status symbol. If you're constantly handing your iPad to your kid only to fret every time they toss it in the air, good news. Toys R Us is making a cheaper tablet explicitly for the smaller set.

Gamasutra reports that the "Tabeo" Android tablet will be sold in TRU stores starting on October 21. It will come installed with 20 games like Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja, along with books and educational apps. The tablet will also connect to its own specialty app store, full of kid-safe apps curated by Toys R Us.

It will feature a 7-inch screen, multi-touch, with a built-in camera, WiFi, motion controls, 4GB of storage, a microSDHC slot, and parental controls. Its price tag of $150 puts it far below most other tablets, particularly the pricey iPad, but slightly above LeapFrog's LeapPad2 tablet.

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    September 10, 2012 12:30 PM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Toys R Us making gaming tablet for kids.

    Toys R Us is introducing its own kid-friendly Android tablet called the Tabeo. It will be priced lower than most other tablets, come pre-loaded with games and educational apps, and offer its own kid-friendly app marketplace.

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      September 10, 2012 12:38 PM

      Tay Bow? Tab Oo?

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      September 10, 2012 12:46 PM

      I actually like the idea of this. I have plenty of friends with little kids who come calling when they want to know how to setup their devices to be kid friendly. To have a device that is designed that way would be nice.

      I'm assuming, of course, that isn't a piece of shit in the end.

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        September 10, 2012 1:49 PM

        My boys constantly ask to play games on my tablet... I wouldn't mind having one to give them to play with even if it's just so my batteries aren't dead every time I want to use mine.

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      September 10, 2012 12:56 PM

      the writing has probably been on the wall for awhile for the LeapPad and the rest of those half-measures

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        September 10, 2012 1:50 PM

        Yeah, I don't know how popular those things every were, but kids aren't dumb, they know they have more fun with their parent's ipad or Android tablet than an under-powered piece of junk.

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      September 10, 2012 3:33 PM

      This only makes any sense if it at least more rugged than a normal tablet. And, I haven't read that about any of these kid-focused tablets. Without that, for this price, you're better off just getting a Kind Fire ($159) and at lest you get that new FreeTime functionality to limit the kid's play time.

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