Hands on with the Intel-powered Fuhu DreamTab at CES 2014


Fuhu is definitely the leader when it comes to kids tablets. From toddlers to tweens, there is a Nabi tablet for everyone. If that isn’t enough, now Fuhu is readying the launch of the DreamTab which is a collaboration with DreamWorks. I had a chance to play with it at CES 2014, and I was quite impressed to say the least.

Lets talk specs. The DreamTab might be for kids, but it’s no “kids toy” if you know what I mean. You will have your choice of either 8-inches, 12-inches, 19-inches, or a whopping 24-inches. All will be IPS and at 1080p resolution. Under the hood, it’s powered by a 64-bit quad-core Intel Atom Z3740 processor (Bay Trail), 2GB of RAM, 16 or 32GB of internal storage, microSD slot for expanded storage, 5MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, front-facing stereo speakers, NFC, Wi-Fi, and Android 4.4 KitKat. Plus, it’s Google certified, so you will have access to all the apps available in the Google Play Store, at least the ones you allow your kids to use.

Just like previous Nabi tablets, Fuhu has it’s own user interface. New for 2014 is the Blue Morpho UI, which is more attractive than last year’s offering. It features the Wings adaptive learning system that we covered last year. The wings system includes an interactive “teacher” that appears in over 10,000 videos. Parents will also be able to configure the tablet as they wish, which includes timers, what apps can be accessed, and even when the tablet can be powered on. You can even setup additional user profiles for each child in the house. When it’s time for your child to turn off the tablet and exercise, a DreamWorks character will appear on the screen to tell them. There is even a safe internet browser that is completely icon-based with pre-loaded kid-friendly sites. Parents can still choose what sites they want their kids to access, and there is no way for kids to type in any other web address.

Fuhu also installed a closed social network for the kids so they can easily share photos or message with their parents.  Since it’s completely closed, parents don’t need to worry about stalkers. There is no way for anyone to friend your child unless they have an access code that is tied to the tablet. Parents can interact with the child though an Android or iOS app from their phone, but other children would need a DreamTab in order to communicate and be “friends”. It could come to the other Nabi tablets as part of an update in the future.

The DreamTab will go on sale this spring. Pricing hasn’t been announced just yet, but the 8-inch version is expected to come in under $300. That probably means $299. Check out our hands on video below detailing many of the features. I also included a quick video on the 24-inch version as well as a 70-inch concept tablet that could wind up in classrooms some day. I think it’s probably the world’s largest tablet, or at least the world’s largest tablet with a protective cover.

I think the DreamTab is going to be a winner. What do you guys think?

Be sure to check out our complete CES 2014 coverage here.

About the Author: Robert Nazarian

Robert lives in upstate New York where he was born and raised. Technology was always his passion. His first computer was a Radio Shack TRS80 Color that used a cassette tape to save programs, and his first laptop was a Toshiba T1200FB that sported a CGA greyscale screen and two 720kb floppy drives (no hardrive). From the early 90’s through late 2011, he only owned Motorola phones starting with the MircroTAC all the way through to the Droid X. He broke that streak when he bought the Galaxy Nexus. Now he's sporting a Galaxy Note 4, and absolutely loves it. He has a wonderful wife and a 6 year old son. In his free time he enjoys sports, movies, TV, working out, and trying to keep up with the rapid fast world of technology.

  • momoftheyear

    When can I buy this? My 4 & 5 year old need tablets like yesterday. My husband wanted to buy the kids the samsung 3 tab and i the Nabi 2 but now this seems like a great solution. Although $100 more, it appears to be worth it. I don’t know how much longer they can wait and I would hate to buy the Nabi 2 and days later this is available.

  • Carla Spaur

    I read that the apps are set to one screen and can not be moved or deleted. Is this true or not? I have the Nabi, Jr (2 of them) and most apps can be moved from one screen to another or deleted if it’s one you aren’t going to use. That said, there are a couple of Apps they can not be moved like the “Wings Challenge” and the “Chores” apps. Because the Icons on the Nabi (s) are larger than on most tablets it is great for small children or those who have problems with the smaller icons on most other tablets. The camera with the rotating lens is great for small children. The only problem I have is the short battery life. But, that was quickly solved by purchasing a small portable charger that we take with us… just in case.