Want to get a tablet for your kids, but don’t want one that’s preloaded with a dumbed down operating system so you can use it when they’re not busy with it? That seems to be the premise of Kurio: an Android tablet that’s designed for kids, yet remaining functional enough for adults to use. First off, it comes with a brightly colored (hideous-looking) protective case that gives the tablet some protection against bumps and drops. Fortunately it is removable so adults who plan to take the tablet out of the house won’t have to feel like a kid using it.
The tablet will be running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (with a custom UI) and is Google approved – that means full access to the Android Market and other Google services. The tablet will feature 4GB of internal storage and an SD card slot for expandable memory. The tablet will have software to manage up to 8 profiles, which can be used to limit the apps available and websites that can be visited.
The tablet will be available in three sizes – 7″ (800 x 480), 8″ (800 x 600) and 9″ (940 x 500), and will feature an HDMI connector and a USB socket for additional peripherals. The 8″ and 9″ models will have a 0.3-megapixel front facing camera and a 2-megapixel rear camera. The 7″ only sports a 0.3-megapixel front facing camera. Battery life for the Kurio is rated at six hours.
The Kurio will be available in the UK this July and will be priced at £150 for the 7″, £180 for the 8″ and £200 for the 9″ ($233, $280, and $311 respectively).