As tablet hardware gets more affordable, we’re starting to see an increase in the number of kid-friendly tablets on the market.
OLPC was originally founded to provide laptops to children in developing countries but soon found that people in wanted to buy their product. Eventually, they started a one-for-one deal that allowed donors to receive a laptop for every one they donated. This is OLPC’s first fully-commercial product and is available in stores like Walmart and Target.
The OLPC XO Tablet runs Android 4.2 on OEM hardware. Image credit: Engadget
Engadget notes in their review that, “OLPC has created a unique approach to helping broaden kids’ knowledge and encourage curiosity,” but “the price feels steep for a children’s toy.
For $149 you get a tablet with fairly modest features: 1.6GHz dual-core processor, 7-inch, 1,024 x 600 display, 1.2- and 2-megapixel front and rear-facing cameras, wi-fi, 8GB of built-in storage, a microSD slot for added storage, and your typical ports for headphones, USB, and HDMI.
The most desirable feature is the Android OS which allows parents to setup multiple user accounts and parental controls for each (a feature missing from the iPad). OLPC has skinned the “Dreams OS” to be kid-friendly but underneath all the bright colors is Android’s fully-featured OS.
Read Engadget’s entire review, OLPC XO Tablet review, for more details.