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Featured: Another Tab for The Kids; Ematic Launches FunTab 2 for $150

October 9, 2012 - Written By Tom Dawson

Children are getting smarter and not just the kind of smarter because they’re growing up but children overall have gotten much smarter in this last decade. One of the areas in which children are continuing to amaze us by how quickly they pick up technology. Sure, it starts off small with them learning how to use the remote but, blink and you’ll miss them getting high-scores on Angry Birds. If there’s one thing that all kids love to do, it’s learn and with technology becoming more and more affordable there’s more opportunity for you to buy technology for the kids, without it costing the earth as it always has done. Android has a whole raft of kid-friendly applications from specialised web browsers to learning games and more. Recently, we’ve seen manufacturers wake up to this in a big way and instead of following VTech, they’ve brought proper tablets down to children all over the world and you can bet that this Christmas they will be everywhere.

How good these tablets are however, is a different matter. Ematic, a company who have tried the kids market before with the first FunTab, are taking a shot with the FunTab 2. A 7-inch device packing Ice Cream Sandwich and a colorful design perfect for kids. The FunTab 2 however, seems to be in a bit of an identity crisis, when looking at the specs, it looks like the FunTab 2 can’t decide whether it’s good value or just one more for the pile:

  • 7-inch 800×480 LCD Display
  • 1Ghz CPU – no word on dual or single-core
  • 1GB RAM
  • 400Mhz GPU
  • Full-sized USB 2.0 port
  • HDMI out
  • Micro-usb
  • 8GB of storage with a microSD card slot
  • Dual-cameras, more than likely VGA resolution
  • Up to “8 hours” of use

Specs like this seem pretty solid however, there’s no word on whether or not the CPU is packing two cores or not which is a little disappointing considering how much the Nexus 7 costs and how powerful the quad-core Tegra 3 dual-core should be a given especially at this price point. More worringly though is the lack of support for the Play Store or at least, they’ve not said anything about it which is usually as good as no Google support. For $150 I honestly expected more however, it’ll be fine for the little ones just as long as you can actually get your hands on apps and games. There is one really big thing that the tablet might have going for it: ergonomics. Take a look at the image below and tell me you wouldn’t want a tablet that fit that nicely in your hands? I’m sure little hands will love to play games on this thing, only problem is getting hands on the games.

[Source: Android Authority]