Lexibook Kid tablet to hit the US on September 15 – fails to impress


Parents looking for an Android tablet fit for the kiddos will have another option soon. Lexibook has announced that its kid tablet is hitting the US come September 15, with a preview launch coming from Toys R’ Us.

Simply put, the tablet fails to impress, with specs that match smartphones from years ago. The device sports a 600 MHz single-core processor, 256 MB of RAM,4 GB of internal storage and runs on Android 2.2 Froyo. But with those specs, we have to figure the tablet will be rather affordable, right?

The company is keeping its lips tight about pricing, but if the British price is a sign of anything, the company has much to be worried about. This device goes for £150, which equals about $237 USD. This is more expensive than the $200 Nexus 7, which comes with far superior specs.

The tablet will probably cost less once it hits America, but we can’t see the price going low enough to make the tablet enticing… even for the kids. A Nexus 7 can take care of any task this device can, and more. Yes, it may have some cool features and apps for education, but that is nothing that can’t be fixed by downloading a few apps from the Google Play Store.

It would make more sense if the device was rugged, but it does not look much more durable than most Android tablets out there. Regardless, the 7-inch tab will be available next month, so hit your local Toys R’ Us store if interested.

Lexibook® Tablets Launch In USA

NEW YORK, Aug. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Lexibook®, Android® educational kids tablet leader, is delighted to announce the official launch of its new tablets for kids nationwide from September 15, 2012. With a preview launch at Toys’ R Us stores across the country, parents will discover tablets with content tailored to the needs of the new generation.

With a high definition tactile screen and a kid friendly interface, the tablets offer an unprecedented content offer for toddlers to pre-teens. The educational content is adapted to the curriculum with 500 sheets of general education, tests and interactive quizzes. School Zone™ apps and 200 pre-loaded e-books are also included to complete the educational offer. Children will discover their favorite stories, rhymes and Susie Tallman’s top songs and karaoke videos. For even more fun, 25 games and 52 discovery activities are included as well as a camera with photo editing software.

Wireless internet browsing through a high speed built-in Wi-Fi connection is kept safe through embedded parental control, while kids can still download more than 10,000 must-have apps on the Lexibook® Market including Pig Rush™, Angry Birds®, Fruit Ninja®, Pandora®, Skype®, and learn while having fun with educational apps adapted to every age group.

With the Lexibook® Videostore by Kabillion™ and Spotify® music portal, cartoons, music, and other favorite videos are available in one click!

Lexibook® Tablets are a concentrate of educational, multimedia and interactive activities allowing children to finally have a tablet just for them. Parents and children will share amazing moments and kids will learn fast in a fun way. Great accessories will also be available: tablet skins, cases, stylus, keyboards, headsets and more.

Aymeric Le Cottier, CEO, comments: “We’re really excited to present this new innovative range that will enable kids to change the way they learn and play. Our great content and fantastic features bring an immediate unique user experience and the built-in gaming and apps download center bring endless possibilities for kids.”

[Via: Engadget]

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  • chuckles87

    kids are so spoiled these days. when I was a kid all I had was a fake wss laptop that only ran a few built in educational programs on a 3 inch monochrome screen

    • Edgar Cervantes

      LOL I remember those! I never had one, though. I did have consoles (Atari, Nintendo, Genesis, etc.). But I mostly played outside with… bikes and stuff….

    • http://www.facebook.com/christopher.logan.cain Christopher Logan Cain

      SHHH!!! They’ll hear you! … The old people will come and tell us all about how we’re spoiled and that they had to walk barefoot in the snow up hill both ways to school. Oh wait. This is the internet! We’re safe. *whew*

      • meliorist

        Damn, I was just about to say that I walked five miles both ways in the tropical sun to school…

      • Matthew Merrick

        thank you.
        every time i hear “when i was i kid we only had _____” i get really annoyed. yes, you had nothing as a kid, well, guess what? we’ve evolved to be better, as a society. its not just having more stuff: its a progression of society. i do not want to de-evolve by going back to gas lamps because that’s what my great-grandmother used.
        I had one of those POS toy laptops as a kid too. That was cutting edge educational tech at the time, and it had more processing power than the local grocery store’s cash registers. It was the best at the time and i’m glad to have had it.
        and its no different for when i have kids: i EXPECT them to progress further than i did when i was growing up – not necessarily richer, higher in society, or more important, but simply better off because they’re in a more advance scociety and a more advanced world than i was.

        • ari_free

          The products are advancing but are the kids more advanced? I’m not so sure.

          • chuckles87

            and that’s the problem as technology advances they are just handed the new tech and have become lazy almost zombie like. they missing out on true childhood. I’m all for them learning tech but a tablet should not be a replacment for toys and playing.

          • ari_free

            They’ll end up spending their time clicking “Like” on Facebook.

          • Ben Kapferer

            If you think about it, a kid’s tablet like the Leappad or Nabi is essentially a high-function toy itself. The concept of toys has evolved throughout the years of human civilization (from stone to metal/wood to plastic).

    • kwubba

      In 1979 I had an Apple ][+ with dual floppies and a 17in monitor….my daughter has a laptop and amazon fire…its all relative to the time you growup

  • ari_free

    “This is more expensive than the $200 Nexus 7, which comes with far superior specs.”

    That’s crazy. But at least Google won’t try to sue or ban this tablet so people will have the choice to buy it even though it doesn’t make sense.

  • Anonymous

    Just buy them a Zeepad or a JXD S7100. It’s way cheaper, slightly less oudated (Gingerbread), and they can play games on the latter.

  • Saleenfiend

    Ari_fee, why would google sue or ban any tavket running Android? It’s not like they stole Android.

    • ari_free

      For the same reason Apple sues: to destroy competition.

  • Jnewell05

    When the second gen nexus 7 comes out my son (4 years old) will have my current nexus 7. I won’t be buying him a tablet of any kind, he will just inherit my old ones. Now if the company made some great apps I might buy those.

  • paleh0rse

    For my daughter, I set up my old Nook Color with a pink rubber case, CM 7.2, a ton of kids apps, and a locked homescreen…. and it still has specs that are better than this $237 Lexibook piece of garbage!

  • Jim__R

    The British price likely includes VAT (similar to a sales tax), which is 20% in the UK. If so, it must be factored out to get an apples to apples comparison.