Fuhu already offers the 20-inch and 24-inch nabi Big Tabs so why stop there? This news might be a little crazy, but certainly not a shocker to me. Last year when I met the folks from Fuhu at CES, they showed me a 70-inch concept tablet that could be marketed to schools. They really didn’t divulge much, but it’s obvious they had a lot of ideas they were working on because they now plan on launching a number of larger tablets ranging from 32-inches all the way up to 65-inches.
Nabi has announced a new action camera that’s designed specifically for kids so you won’t have to worry about your children destroying that new $300 GoPro you got for Christmas. The Nabi Square HD is a rugged action camera that shoots 4K video and comes with its own sturdy case. Even without the case, the camera is rated to withstand being submersed in 30 feet of water, so you shouldn’t have to worry about little drops and spills tearing this thing up.
The camera is able to shoot 4K video at 15 fps and 1080p video at 60 fps, plus a super slow-motion 120 fps mode at 720p. The camera works with Nabi’s own tablets, allowing kids to edit and upload videos to share with family and friends. The parental controls are definitely still in place, too, so the videos won’t end up anywhere you don’t want them to go. The app will also be made available to other Android and iOS users, although with less features.
I have never been a fan of kids tablets, but Fuhu does a fantastic job with the nabi line. Not only are the tablets kid-friendly, but they encourage learning through the Wings Learning App. With that said, it can get quite expensive buying the different modules for Wings, not to mention finding other entertainment content.
To makes things easier, Fuhu just launched nabi Pass, which is a monthly subscription that includes Wings Unlimited, as well as curated music, movies, TV shows, short videos, apps, games, and e-books. These offerings are sure to delight kids ages 3 to 14, and will cost only $4.99 per month.
Nabi has been making portable tablets for kids for a while now, but if you were looking for something larger than about 7″, you’ve been out of luck–until now. The Big Tab HD is a new line of tablets from Fuhu that are both at least 20 inches. There are two models available: the $450 20-inch version with a HD+ display, and a $550 two foot version with a Full HD display. The purpose of these tablets is to educate and entertain children and give the opportunity for interactive learning, all while under the parental control settings native to the Android-based Blue Morpho interface.
Back at CES, The DreamTab was announced as a new tablet from Fuhu and Dreamworks. Fuhu is the creator of the award-winning nabi tablet, but this is the first time they have teamed up with DreamWorks. The 8-inch version, called the DreamTab HD8, is now available at Wal-Mart and Target for $269. It will also be available at other select retailers in the U.S. soon.
The DreamTab includes their own UI, called Blue Morpho, but it will also include many DreamWorks animation integrations. For example, when it’s time for your child to turn off their tablet, they will see a special animation from a popular DreamWorks movie such as Shrek, How To Train Your Dragon, or Kung Fu Panda.
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.
One of the leading manufacturers of kids tablets, Fuhu, has something special they will show at CES. Fuhu makes the Nabi line of tablets, but their new tablet is going to be a partnership with Dreamworks. It’s called the Dream Tab, and it will of course be a traditional tab with apps, but it will also be kind of like a “TV Channel” in that DreamWorks could “push out a new character moment every day of the year.”
“By teaming with DreamWorks to create a device that will have original content — original content that is automatically and frequently updated — we are not following consumers, we are getting ahead of them,” said Jim Mitchell, Fuhu’s chief executive.
Late last year, Fuhu announced the nabi XD tablet for tweens. This one is their largest to date with a 10.1-inch (1366 x 768) IPS display, and the rest of the specs should satisfy not only tweens, but the parents as well. It sports a quad-core Tegra 3, front and back cameras, 16GB/32GB of storage, microSD, 10 hours of battery life, NFC, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Nabi also created a new UI for this one called Kanzi, which has a Windows 8 type of look to it. Since this one is for the tweens, you won’t find the rubberized case, just a slim aluminum body that’s very appealing. They will also offer a really nice keyboard accessory and a cool game involving Battle Kanabis that utilize NFC. The tablet itself will be priced at $249 for 16GB or $349 for 32GB, which is pretty competitive based on the specs. We should see this one by the end of February, but for now, check out the hands on video after the break.
Late last year Fuhu announced the nabi Jr. tablet for toddlers. This one is the little brother (or sister) to the nabi 2. It sports a 5-inch (800 x 480) display, a dual-core Tegra 2 processor, a rotating camera lens, 4GB/16GB of storage, matching stylus, microSD, and Fuhu’s own UI built around Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It will be priced at $99 for the 4GB version and $129 for the 16GB version. I had a chance to play with it at CES, and I am not usually impressed with kids tablets, but Fuhu has done a really good job. The specs aren’t high end, but again this if for your toddler. They don’t need any more than this. I love the design of the protective case and that it’s easily removable. We should see this one by the end of February, but for now, check out the hands on video after the break.
It’s never to early to have kids and especially teenagers exposed to the joys of Android technology and Fuhu realizes that by announcing its Nabi XD tablet. The device is marketed as a tablet that’s fully customizable and has fairly up-to-date specs including a quad-core Tegra 3 chip, 10.1-inch IPS HD display, NFC (!!!) and an astounding 10 hours of expected battery life. The most unique aspect of the tablet is not only the fact that it has Jelly Bean, but it’s got a custom UI called “Kanzi UI”. Kanzi is basically a tiled grid of dynamically updating gadgets, widgets and apps. In addition, users of the tablet can arrange as many gadgets, widgets or apps as they want on the homescreen and even define time or location-based rules that dictate when and where your favorite gadgets show up. So this may be a boon for parents that want to ensure that all of those Facebook & Instagram apps are closed while the kids are studying in their bedrooms and all.
While the tablet won’t quite be ready in time for Christmas, it will be released before the end of the year. The Nabi XD should be available late December in limited release and mid-January nationwide. As far as the specific cost, the 16 GB model will be priced MSRP $249, while the 32 GB will retail for $349. The Pad-folio cover and other accessories will be available mid-January starting from $19.99. You’ll find complete details in the presser once you hit the break.