The company that makes the Nabi line of kid-friendly tablets also offers a subscription-based service called Nabi Pass that lets you access age appropriate apps, games, music, videos, and eBooks for $4.99 per month.
Now the company’s going a step further by launching a $9.99 per month subscription plan that includes all of those things… plus a tablet.
Sign up for Fuhu’s Nabi Pass Tab program and the company will send you a Nabi 2S tablet with a 7 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel display, an NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a 2MP front camera, and a 4350 mAh battery.
The tablet runs a customized version of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with a kid-friendly user interface and parent-friendly settings that let you limit a young person’s access to apps and features.
It features a bumper case that helps protect the tablet from drops. But part of the beauty of the subscription service is that Fuhu will replace a broken tablet for no additional charge.
So theoretically you could save money by purchasing a Nabi 2S outright from Amazon or Fuhu. Right now it’s available for around $130 to $150. But if your kids are hard on gadgets, you could save money by renting a tablet instead of buying one. Fuhu will also let you upgrade to a new tablet when a next-gen model is available.
The company also figures there are some families that will find it easier to pay $10 per month than to come up with $150 to spend all at once… although there’s also a $40 refundable deposit.
Note that in order to get the $10 per month price, you’ll need to sign up for a 2-year agreement. If you’re only willing to commit to a 1-year plan, you’ll have to pay $14.99 per month. Break the contract and you’ll forfeit your deposit and have to pay a $60 early termination fee.
Ultimately the idea of a subscription service that bundles hardware, software, digital media, and free replacements for broken devices could be appealing. But when you take all of those fees into account, this particular deal only seems like a deal if you expect to break your tablet in less than 24 months.