The Game Plan

Un­like your usual tablet, this kid-fo­cused one has fea­tures to keep your lit­tle ones in check when they use it.

Simply Her (Singapore) - - Smartshopper New - BY LIM TSIAO HUI

WHAT IT IS

The Sam­sung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids is a 7-inch tablet with child-friendly fea­tures and parental con­trol func­tions. But it’s not just for the young ones – adults can use it as a reg­u­lar tablet too.

WHAT I LIKED

• I can de­cide which apps the kids use. The tablet has two modes: Stan­dard Mode is the reg­u­lar home screen that I ac­cess with my pass­word, and Kids Mode has a kid-friendly home screen (no pass­word needed) with pre-in­stalled draw­ing and game apps like Toca Hair Sa­lon 2 (which the kids loved!), for preschool­ers and lower-pri­mary chil­dren. The best thing is – the kids can’t down­load apps with­out my pass­word. I’ll have to down­load them from Kids’ Store (an app store in Kids Mode with cu­rated apps) or from Google Play in Stan­dard Mode, and move them to their home screen. • The kids won’t be able to open or delete my apps ac­ci­den­tally, un­less they have my pass­word. • The Time Man­ager func­tion lets me set at what time and for how long (up to a max­i­mum of 1 hour 20 min­utes) my kids use the tablet. • The tablet has a de­tach­able cas­ing with a han­dle that makes it easy for kids to carry it. The cas­ing can also prop up the tablet.

WHAT THE KIDS LIKED

• There’s a range of kid­die wall­pa­per they can choose from to cus­tomise their home screen so it feels like their per­sonal tablet.

• With a 3.2-megapixel front-fac­ing cam­era and a 1.2-megapixel rear­fac­ing cam­era, they can take pho­tos and videos, and col­late them in the Kids’ Gallery.

• It comes with a plump sty­lus that they can draw and colour with.

WHAT COULD BE BET­TER

It would be more use­ful on the go if it had 3G con­nec­tiv­ity in­stead of only be­ing Wi-Fi en­abled. I also wish it loaded apps more quickly and that the touch screen was more re­spon­sive – I had to dou­ble-tap icons some­times, to se­lect them. SH

Sam­sung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids, $388, from Pop­u­lar, Sam­sung Ex­pe­ri­ence Stores, Toys “R” Us and ma­jor elec­tri­cal stores.

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