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Archos outs Child Pad, undercuts Amazon at $129

updated 02:10 pm EST, Thu March 1, 2012

Archos Child Pad tablet made official

Archos set a new floor for mainstream tablets Thursday by previewing the Child Pad. The seven-inch tablet is expected to cost just $129, $70 less than even the Kindle Fire, but would still promise Android 4.0. Its child focus comes through an OS design that's meant to safeguard younger users through a filter, provide an easy-to-follow visual theme, and child-oriented apps both for games and for education.

Most of the cost trimming comes through the use of a 1GHz single-core processor and the lack of cameras. Archos hasn't said what the screen resolution is or whether the display uses a cheaper resistive screen. Its Android 4 implementation isn't a full Google-sanctioned edition and uses a Kids App Store, a subset of the AppsLib store, to provide extra downloads. About 10,000 titles sit in the store.

Stores should start carrying the Child Pad by the end of March.

Android tablets have dipped to or even below the Child Pad's price before, but they have usually come from small Chinese outlets. Many often can't go beyond Android 2.3.

by MacNN Staff



  1. bigmig

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Pretty certain this is the "tablet of the highest quality" that Eric Schmidt hinted at last month.

  1. SockRolid

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Perfect for Android

    Android is for 1. people who don't know any better, or 2. people who just don't care.

    People in group 1 will buy an Android device, see that iOS devices are superior, and upgrade to an iOS device. Android is "My First Smartphone" to that crowd.

    People in group 2 will buy an Android device because they just don't care. There's no helping them.

  1. Haroscarfel

    Joined: Dec 1969


    sure its crappy

    but do you want your kids trashing your $500 ipad, or a $129 tablet. It would be nice if apple or a third party would work to make the ipad kid safe. and to all you parents that say " oh kids should be reading or coloring not playing on a tablet" please as if you dont pass your iDevice to your kid at the doc office, restaurant, or where ever they drive you nuts.

    I would pay to have a stripped down smaller ipad for my kids with some drop resistance, maybe ever plastic parts. The kids would still get the apple experience, and I wouldnt have to shell out so much money for multiple replacements.

  1. global.philosopher

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Kids tablet

    Actually kids are not that rough with tablets...just keep it on the carpet for extra proetection and use a case and screen protector. You will find that the iPad is quite resilient and far superior as a learning device.

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969



    iPads are being used in education and will soon be in wide, wide usage at most if not all grade levels.

    They are perfectly fine for kids to use. Just protect them like you would any other such electronic device which your kids are going to use.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Perfect for Android

    Android is for 1. people who don't know any better, or 2. people who just don't care.

    Or people who can't afford $500 for an iPad. Or people who actually like choice and decided the screen size of the iPad is too big, and the iPod touch is too small.

    But I love how you just group people into categories of "People who have taste, who buy apple, and then everyone else, who have reasons to not buy apple, that involve either being stupid, apple haters, or cheap.

    That's right, because NO ONE could actually like an android device if they've ever touched an iOS device unless they were pre-determined to hate the apple device.

  1. Nekogami13

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Archos can't make quality stuff

    To save their lives.
    Anyone who has ever had the misfortune of owning an archos device or touched one will tell you how cheaply built they are.
    I wouldn't inflict an Archos device on anyone, let alone a child I loved.

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