We were recently asked to be Kurio family blogger ambassadors and for the last 2 months we’ve been testing out the Kurio Tab2. Over the next few months we’ll be reporting back on our progress with the Tab2 but for now I wanted to to give you our first impressions.
The Kurio Tab2
We’ve given the Kurio Tab2 to Bella but, I have to admit to initially being a little concerned about giving a 3 year old a tablet. To combat this, I set some ground rules straight away with regards to how long she can play on it, and when she plays on it too. It mostly comes out on the weekend when we can sit with her and help her, and this is partly why this review will come in three parts. We wanted Bella to take her time exploring the tablet, so that she didn’t get too frustrated and so that she didn’t get what we call ‘screen face’. This is what we refer to when the little ons have played on the iPad or tablet for over 20 minutes- their eyes tend to go a little dazed, conversation is limited and tempers can become frayed easily. I’m sure fellow parents can recognise screen face from that description! We didn’t want that to happen in this case as we’ve heard so many good things about the Kurio Tab2.
Firstly, if your’e thinking of buying a Tab2 for Christmas, then you absolutely should. Hands down, we are so impressed. I was already sold as I loved the idea of tablet made just for kids. It was Ghostwriterdaddy who needed convincing. He spends a lot of his working life advising schools on the best IT for their pupil’s needs, and sees a lot of potential in technology for kids. He wasn’t sure that a kids tablet would be any good at all next to adult versions that kids are quite capable of using.
Safe to say, he’s changed his mind!
The Kurio Tab2 has fantastic parental controls that allows you to set limits on Internet use and length of playing time too. You can use pre-set internet filters, or custom make your own which is a fantastic idea. There are also options to set time limit for play time on certain days of the week which is fab. It comes pre-set with 38 apps ready to go so you don’t need to spend extra on downloading games once you’ve bought the tablet. I love these features a lot.
So the Kurio Tab2 is ready to play, straight from the box which is a huge bonus. So far we’ve only used a handful of the games and there has not yet been a need to go online either. And the best bit? The games are actually really good!
We’ve had other kids tablets before which have been really disappointing- with outdated graphics, clunky controls and no touch screen option. They don’t fool anybody, let alone a 21st century preschooler! The Kurio Tab2 is just like any other tablet in that it has a fully responsive touch screen and graphics that live up to expectations The games, so far, are easy to play and they’ve kept bella engaged well.
My only niggles at the moment are the fact that certain parts of the games are locked- either until you pay for/ download the next stages, or until you complete the next stages. At almost 4 bella can’t read yet and so cannot always understand what’s happening when she presses these icons, so she becomes frustrated easily when she can’t go any further. It’s jnot a huge problem though, as were always around when she plays and we keep and eye on her frustration levels, calling it a day when they rise too high!
What we do love about the games is not only their suitability for the age range but their usability too. The kid motion games are wonderful and a nice way to compromise when I feel she’s had enough screen time but she wants to keep playing. I love that she can be active with the tablet, and the stand is a really handy feature here.
I also love that some of the games are frivolous, and some are obviously educational too. But even the less obvious games have their worth, as she’s learning basic computer skills, as well as honing her fine and gross motor skills. And also, why shouldn’t she kick back and just play for the sake of playing?
I have to admit that this is so far removed from the way that I used to play as a kid, and that notion probably played a part in my initial reservations too. But we’re strict on how long she plays and she knows she has to ask first too. The Tab2 is set up so that a parent has to open the child’s home screens, which is a great idea. She can’t sneak it from my bag and just play, so we can monitor how she uses it in that respect too.
Physically, the Kurio Tab2 is not heavy but its not flimsy either. Its been made to withstand a child’s hands and the sift silicone case is a fantastic idea as it helps to protect it from the inevitable bumps and scrapes.
So far we’re loving the Kurio Tab2. There are some really handy safety features and the parental control feature are just right for the age range it’s intended for. The games are grey fun- motion sports especially, and I have to admit that I love subway surfers too!- and I can’t wait to investigate the rest of its features over the next few months. Stay tuned for our next update, and in the meantime here is what you need to know to buy yours on them for Christmas:
Inside the box you have:
- Kurio TAB 2
- Kurio stand
- Protective bumper
- Home charger
- USB cable
- Display: 7 inch capacitive touch screen, 5-point touch
- Resolution: 1024 x 600 pixels
- Chipset: Mediatek MTK8127 Quad-Core
- Operatig System: Android™ 5.0 Lollipop®
- Storage Memory: 8GB
- Ram: 1GB
- Camera: Front: 0,3 Mpx / Rear: 2,1 Mpx
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi, 802,11 b/g/n – Bluetooth v4.0 – Micro HDMI
- Speakers: 1 x 1W mono
- Languages: Supports multi languages
- USB Connection: Micro USB 2.0 – OTG support
- Battery: Lithium Polymer battery 2820 mAh
- Micro SDHC Card Slot: Add up to 32 GB of extra memory*
(*for storage purpose only)
We were sent one Kurio Tab2 for review purposes only. All options are my own.