Friday, 19 December 2014

Kurio Tab - Our first thoughts!

If you follow me on social media, you will have probably seen our really big exciting announcement last week! We have been chosen to be a Kurio Family Blogger! We are very excited about this new blogging adventure, as you know Chester is a real Tech kid, and Millie is following fast in his footsteps!

I am amazed at how much Children seem to know nowadays when it comes to technology, and as I have mentioned before, it does sometimes bother me, the amount of things they understand how to access is alarming!  This is where Kurio get a big thumbs up from me, as they say they are the safest tablet for children.

We have been sent the Kurio Tab, the 7 inch version, so perfect for Chester aged 6 and Millie who is almost 3. We will be testing it extensively, as we want to give you all a very detailed review. But for now I just wanted to tell you about set up, and my initial thoughts on the safety aspect.

Ok so lets get the 'boring bit' out of the way this is the spec:

• Display: 7 inch capacitive touch screen
• Resolution: 1024 x 600 pixels
• Chipset: Intel Atom Z2520
• Operating System: Android 4.4
• Storage Memory: 8GB
• Camera: Front: 0.3Mpx, Rear: 2.1Mpx
• Connectivity: Wi-Fi, 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.0
• Speakers: 2 x 1W
• USB Connection: Micro USB 2.0 - OTG support
• Micro SDHC Card Slot: Up to 32GB

According to Craig, this is a really good spec list, the RAM being 1GB is one of the highest he has found when comparing tablets in the same price bracket. He also thinks the fact it has a camera on the front and rear to be a big plus.

Inside the box you get the tablet, a case, a stand, a charger, instructions and a code for a free game.

Now onto set up. It was very easy to follow the on screen instructions to set up. Once I had got through the usual time, date and email address bits, it was on to setting up each profile. You can have upto 8 profiles on the Kurio, the main Parent one and then one for each Child. Everything was explained step by step on the screen, so very easy to follow.

Firstly I needed to setup a password for the parent profile, there are a variety of password option including a number password or even a pattern password. I have set this up, but will probably change it regularly as I know how observant Chester is!

I then set up the childrens profiles, this was again easy to do, I picked a picture so that each child would recognise their own area and also the background theme. I then needed to go back into the parent area to authorise apps and games onto the childrens profiles. In that area, I could also chose a limit on the time they spend on the tablet too. Which I think is a great idea.

The Kurio comes packed with games and apps so if this tablet was purely for Millie she would be good to go from the start (and she was). Chester however, has already got a check list of apps that he apparently needs! So I downloaded those from the google play store with no problems and added them to his profile. The games he has chosen are ones that ask if you would like to connect to Facebook. But of course, I do not want him to connect to facebook, and as it happenes the Kurio blocks this in the childrens profiles. So I can happily let him play the games knowing that there is no way he can access social media!  

I am not used to Android systems, but I have to say that I found it very easy to navigate around. Craig is used to Android and he is very happy with the layout, and especially pleased at how easy it is for us as parents to pick and choose what our children can see and do both on the tablet and on the internet. In our opinion it certainly seems to live up to the safest tablet for Children claim!

Now we have got lots of playing to do, so do look out for more posts about the Kurio Tab from us in the New Year!

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