Sam­sung GALAXYTab 3 Kids

Fam­ily tablet

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Sam­sung re­cently in­tro­duced the new GALAXY Tab 3 Kids edi­tion. The tablet it­self is ac­tu­ally based on the orig­i­nal GALAXY Tab 3, but with a new twist. What is dif­fer­ent here is the soft­ware in­side it. Now, you might be ask­ing your­self why an ex­ist­ing prod­uct has been re­vamped for chil­dren. and how is it dif­fer­ent from the other tablets in the mar­ket?

In­side the box, you will find a C Pen Sty­lus, a Grip Cover, a lan­yard and the stan­dard Sam­sung ac­ces­sories. The C Pen sty­lus and Grip Cover are de­signed to be kids friendly. The use of bright col­ors and strong plas­tic that is safe for chil­dren cer­tainly de­serves praise. Plus, the tablet ran rea­son­ably well for a dual-core pow­ered de­vice, with the oc­ca­sional stut­ters when run­ning cer­tain apps.

That was ba­si­cally the run­down of what’s in­side the box, so let’s talk about the main draw of the tablet, which is the soft­ware. When boot­ing up the de­vice for the first time, you will be prompted to choose be­tween Kids mode vi­brant user in­ter­face that’s de­signed with kids in mind or stan­dard mode, the for­mer which is a cus­tom­ized, be­tween kids mode, a cus­tom­ized, vi­brant user in­ter­face that’s de­sign for kids, or the stan­dard mode.

Pre­loaded with fun and en­ter­tain­ing apps, such as Toca Hair Salon 2 and Kids Planet Dis­cover, the younger ones will have plenty of easy-to-play apps to keep them oc­cu­pied. Apart from the pre­loaded apps, par­ents can also in­tro­duce more apps through Google Play, whose ac­cess can be de­nied based on their pref­er­ences.

What makes this de­vice in­ter­est­ing is that parental con­trol is sim­pli­fied and ac­ces­si­ble to help par­ents mon­i­tor the chil­dren’s play time. Af­ter set­ting up the de­vice and reg­is­ter­ing the pin code, it is now ready to ac­cess the parental con­trol op­tions.

In­side, you’ll find key im­por­tant func­tions that Sam­sung has im­ple­mented: Ap­pli­ca­tion Man­ager and Time Man­ager, the lat­ter which is a use­ful tool to set play time lim­its. Ap­pli­ca­tion Man­ager, on the other hand, al­lows one to re­strict ac­cess to cer­tain apps. With a friendly user in­ter­face, the parental con­trols are a step above most tablet of­fer­ings to­day. The con­trol pa­ram­e­ters also func­tion very well, which gives this tablet an ad­van­tage.

How­ever, if you think this tablet is only meant for kids, you are quite mis­taken. Run­ning un­der the hood is the fa­mil­iar An­droid 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. This means that you can en­joy en­ter­tain­ment and pro­duc­tiv­ity as and how they would be pre­sented on the orig­i­nal GALAXY Tab 3 tablet. Switch­ing be­tween Kids mode and stan­dard mode can be a bit of a has­sle, but it nev­er­the­less pro­vides ad­di­tional se­cu­rity op­tions that are sel­dom seen in the tablet mar­ket.

The con­clu­sion? This tablet per­forms ex­cep­tion­ally well. What make it dis­tinct is the clev­erly crafted soft­ware and two sep­a­rate in­ter­faces that cater to dif­fer­ent au­di­ences.

Sim­pli­fied menus make it easy to set up parental con­trols.

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