Nabi 2 rugged tablet for kids: A $200 tablet with Tegra 3 processor

Last year an inexpensive tablet aimed at kids called the Nabi hit the market. It wasn’t exactly a top-of-the-line system, featuring a 533 MHz ARM Cortex-A9 dual core CPU and a 7 inch, 800 x 480 pixel display. But it was cheap, at about $200.

These days, $200 tablets are a dime a dozen, thanks to the Nexus 7, NOOK Tablet, Kindle Fire, and their peers. But instead of dropping the price for the Nabi 2, the makers of the new tablet replaced the insides with some surprisingly decent specs.

Nabi 2

The Nabi 2 tablet still sells for under $200, but it now features a 7 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display and a 1.3 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor.

The tablet has 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, a front-facing 2MP camera, a microSD card slot, microUSB port, and mini HDMI port.

It runs Google Android 4.0 and has a 4,000mAh battery, which Android Police reports is good for about 6 hours of run time.

This tablet is still aimed at kids, and has a thick, rugged case that should help protect it from the wear and tear kids can inflict on electronics. There’s also kid-friendly software, as well as a parent-friendly “parent mode” which lets you turn off the custom interface for kids and use the device like a full Android tablet.

Unfortunately, out of the box, the Nabi 2 doesn’t include the Google Play Store or Google apps such as Gmail, Google Talk, or Google Maps.

You can pick up a Nabi 2 from Best Buy, Walmart, or GameStop for $199.99.

via Android Police

  • http://www.facebook.com/lorne.hammond Lorne Hammond

    Interesting, I gave my daughter my older ICS packing acer iconia a100 and she uses it for games, plex, music etc.. she’s 4..
    its in a nice leather wallet style pouch with a screen protector on it, and its serving her quite well these days, tegra 2 but the same specs otherwise, and a 5mpx camera on the back so she runs around the house taking pictures.

  • clkeagle

    It’s great that Archos, Nabi, and others are making these child-friendly Android tablets. But without good content, what’s the point? iPad is kicking Android’s butt in terms of educational software. Someone at Google Labs needs to go to PBSKids or NickJr about porting their online flash learning activities into Android apps.

    Or, even better, Google should form a partnership with Leapfrog and port Leapster games to Android. My 5-year-old has learned tons about math, spelling, etc. from her Leapster Explorer, and watches videos and plays Angry Birds and Connect The Dots on Android. If Leapfrog would port their software and offer it through the market, many parents would gladly pay a similar price as they do at the Leapfrog E-Store.

  • adri

    So if it dosent have google play how can you download apps? Would you have to pay or are they free?

  • Hillary

    I’m thinking about getting this tablet for my 4 year old but without Google play I think we might get a different one even if it’s not as kid friendly. It’s kind of a shame really I really liked the features on this tablet.

    • Mom of 2

      Nabi is actually working on getting Google play store added. For now you can actually import google apps if you have them on another android device.You should check Nabi 2 out on FB. They have a lot of info posted on how to get the most out of the Nabi 2.

  • http://eywa.co.il/ Eywa Lavatar

    great price for great device

  • Jonathan Grubbs

    I got one of these for my daughter for her 5th birthday. It is a great tablet and while it doesn’t have access to Google Play, I did install the Amazon App Store and found an easy way to sideload apps from my Nexus 7 and Galaxy S III to the nabi 2.

  • margarirta

    will I think that it need you pay