364 of 389 people found the following review helpful
on July 31, 2012
The Kurio was a gift from my parents to our 10 year old son - who thinks they are the coolest people in the planet! He absolutely loves it - and so do we. From our point of view, we love the fact that we can control what content he sees, when he sees it and for how long (that is a GREAT feature!). The initial set up was pretty straight forward (once connected to WiFi - things just `flow'), it took about 10 minutes for my husband (he is an engineer) to get the tablet up and running for him. We did go back at it later and tweak some of the configuration to make sure we had all our bases covered in terms of what he has access to. Again - this secondary set up was pretty straight forward. Once we gave him to him - it took him a little while to figure out the controls/hand gestures - and well - he has been loving it since. The preloaded apps/games have kept him entertained from the beginning, and then we looked for new ones (we wanted a few educational games on there). He has enjoyed those as well, and now he is able to search and download what he wants (within the limits we stipulated). We purchased an external memory card - and have uploaded a couple of his favorite movies and songs. He has taken to photograph the world around him and show us what things look like from his perspective (which is fun). Something that caught us by surprise (and we are very thankful for) is that he loves reading books in his tablet. This is an unexpected bonus, and we will continue to encourage him to read more. We have looked at the non-child interface (we followed the instructions to activate the full Android interface - and we can see that it is useful for adults too. Basically it seems to operate in the same way as a normal Android tablet. That is a great option too!) The tablet itself seems to be well constructed, and we have spoken to him about taking care of it (don't drop it, clean your hands before use, etc.) so that it lasts long. We were a little bit disappointed that we could not find the Google Play store on it, but this was easily remedied by installing the Amazon app store instead (Little Piano is a huge hit!). So really - this is a minor point. Our son loves his Kurio and we are very happy with the level of control that we have over what content he can access. We cannot really ask for more!
755 of 860 people found the following review helpful
on July 10, 2012
We looked long and hard at tablets that we could use as a family - narrowing it down to the Kindle Fire and Kurio 7, both $199. Both have pros and cons for what we wanted - an educational tool for our young children, something to keep them entertained on trips as well as some functionality for us. We finally chose the Kurio 7 - the deciding factors being it has a camera and 4.0 OS. However, neither of these features make up for the fact that it does not give access to the full android market which has a much larger selection of apps, especially free apps. Kurio have their own market but it has very limited offerings (particularly in free apps for kids - when searching it said no free educational apps for kids and no free ebooks for young children!) Why would I pay for apps via Kurio market when I know I can get similar/better ones for free and a much greater range of paid ones elsewhere? I understand this is a tablet for kids and there are restrictions on the content they should have access to. But why not allow full access to android market in the parental section? Not having access to the apps I want drastically limits the functionality of this tablet for what we want. This may not be an issue for others buyers of this product but for us it is a deal-breaker and we will be returning this for the Kindle Fire.
Since writing the review above a couple of days ago, I have had a chance to play with the Kurio tablet more. The camera/video recorder should not be a deciding factor in buying this tablet (which is was for us) as the quality is very poor (but in fairness it probably has similar megapixels to other cameras on tablets.) Also, some of the 'kid friendly' apps/games available on the curated Kurio market are not what I'd call (young) kid friendly (for example, a game where you stop zombies from eating farm animals and another game with explicit graphics on having your choice of saw 'cut' your fingers.) In addition, some inappropriate ads pop up "get a free gun", "3 babes want to connect with you" on some of the free games we downloaded which was surprising as the content is curated to be family appropriate and is the reason Kurio does not give access to the full android market. Perhaps these pop-up ads are outside of Kurio's control or maybe slipped under their radar? Again, these points may not be an issue for all parents, especially those with older children (ours are 4-5 yrs), but are further reasons why this is not the right tablet for us. Back to the store it goes.....
78 of 89 people found the following review helpful
on January 17, 2013
My daughter received the Kurio for Christmas from my in-laws. They were going to buy her a Meep, but thankfully they changed their minds! The Kurio comes with full versions of ALL of the games my daughter loves to play on my iPad (cut the rope, angry birds, where's my water etc.). There are also plenty of educational games and it has several ebooks that she can either listen to, sound them out herself, or have someone read to her. Best of all there are parental controls! That is the feature I love the best. I have blocked her from getting on the internet period and I set a time limit of three 2 hour sessions a day. I have not put any movies on yet but I plan on doing it soon. We don't really use the app store because all of the games she likes to play already come preloaded but we will most likely swap them out in a few months or so. The camera is not great but my daughter could care less she just loves that she can take pictures like Mommy's iPad! I even downloaded Skype (which is I am able to lock until needed) so that she can talk to her Nana! All in all, I really love this tablet and so does my daughter. We've only had it for about a month but so far, no big issues!
97 of 113 people found the following review helpful
on December 25, 2012
Recently purchased this tablet for my 4yo son to replace the one we bought in February (a different brand which quit working btw). I wanted a tablet with a child-friendly interface that also had the option of purchasing "outside" market apps. This tablet fits the bill. I am discouraged to find so many people posting negative comments regarding the Kurio simply because it does not come pre-loaded with Google Play. Compared to the previous tablet we owned, the Kurio is performing much better. I have yet to experience a "freeze". The touch screen is also great - it responds quickly and accurately. The tablet comes pre-loaded with a bunch of very popular apps. Although the Kurio app site isn't packed full of a ton of app choices, the option to download 1mobile free apps as well as Amazon apps stores are available for you to easily download from within the tablet interface - no "rooting" necessary. The 2-way camera is also an awesome feature for little ones, as well as the built-in video camera. They aren't high-quality images, but very usable, nonetheless. If you are considering a tablet for your child, this is really a great deal. Tons of kid-friendly features on this bumper-protected tablet - you really can't beat it!
38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
on September 23, 2013
This item was a gift for my granddaughter she has not put it down. It arrived on time , everything works great and I would definitely buy from this seller again.
22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on June 9, 2013
My daughter got a Kurio for Christmas this past year. When she received it, she loved it and it was a big hit with the family. However, two weeks after she had it, things started to go wrong. There were glitches that started happening while she would try to use it. The final straw was when she couldn't use it except when it was plugged up on the charger. I contacted Toys R Us where my mother purchased it, but they wouldn't take it back because it had been over a month since it was bought (during the Black Friday event), even though the Kurio wasn't actually used until approximately a month later. Then, I contacted Kurio customer service. They said I would need to send it in for an exchange. That was fine and I paid to have it shipped back.
The second Kurio came in and started having glitch problems right out of the box. I figured that it might just work itself out and work better after being used a couple of times. I was wrong about that. Not even two weeks after we got it, it shut off and we couldn't get it to power back on even after charging for an entire 24 hours. So, once again, I contacted the tech department at Kurio and explained what happened. They said that I could ship it back and they would send out another one. I asked for a refund on their defective products and they refused, so I asked if they would pay for the shipping costs. Again, I was turned down. By this time, I was irritated with the whole ordeal. It wasn't fair that we had to pay for a defective product ($149 plus tax), but then pay $20 in shipping charges each time to send the Kurios back. We just keep having to spend more and more money on a product that didn't work.
Anyway, we are on our third Kurio. We have had this one for longer than two weeks, but that is probably only because my mother felt so bad about giving my daughter a gift that she couldn't even use, so she bought her a Nabi 2 to replace the Kurio. We don't really use the Kurio now. We basically only have the Kurio so that we don't feel like we have wasted $200+. My advice is to skip all the trouble with the Kurio and go ahead and buy something that will actually work for your child. You will save yourself a lot of trouble, irritation, and in the long run, money.
By the way, Kurio doesn't stand behind their product, that is why they will not give a refund on their products or pay for the return shipping. They probably take the broken ones we send back and repackage them and send them out as new ones. This is apparently how they make their money because if they had to give refunds for all the defective ones people are sending back, they would go broke! The Kurio is one big scam!!!!
34 of 40 people found the following review helpful
on November 24, 2012
Hubby and I tried it and love it! We know our two younger girls (4 and 6)will love this for Christmas but if your kids are over 12 I would go with a Kindle fire or Nook.
149 of 188 people found the following review helpful
on February 2, 2013
I had very high hopes for this tablet when my son received it for Christmas from his Grandfather. It was designed for kids, and the big rubber bumper that comes with it looked like it would just about make it indestructible. It had all of the features that I would look for in a tablet for myself (besides the weaker processor, lower resolution screen, and only 4 GB of internal storage). But those could be overlooked because it was aimed at kids and it had an SD card slot for expanding the storage.
1) The Kurio interface is a little sluggish, but I have to admit that I was impressed with the amount of control it gives you over the device as a parent. And I never once had an issue with the Kurio software itself.
2) The device has an SD Card slot, USB port, HDMI out, forward and rear facing cameras, and it comes with a big rubber bumper protective case (that apparently won't protect the screen from a 2 foot drop onto carpet, read on for details).
3) It comes with several popular games that my son loved.
4) You can install the Amazon App store, and barely install apps with it...
1) It is slow, especially if you try to run more advanced games on it or try to use the Amazon App store.
2) The screen resolution is ok, but side by side with a Kindle Fire (not the HD version), there is no comparison.
3) Every time my son wanted to install an app from the Amazon App store, I had to go into the Android interface and clear all of the data for the Amazon App store application, otherwise the App just would not run on the device. This meant I had to login again and reset all of the parental controls on the Amazon App store, and it also meant that I have about 15 copies of this device in my "Devices" list on Amazon.com...
4) Lastly, and worst of all...it is not durable enough for kids. Even with the protective cover on and a $25 screen protector on it, a single drop onto carpet from about 2 feet off the ground destroyed the screen. The screen is splintered from the bottom to the top and it no longer responds to touch at all. So, you can't even unlock the device upon boot. It still turns on, and you can see the "2 circles" on the lock screen, but that's as far as you can go.
5) No phone support from KD Interactive (the company who makes the Kurio), only online support.
6) The online support person told me that I would have to send the device to them first before they would even tell me how much it would cost to repair, and they are in another country, so who knows how much it would cost or whether we would ever see it again.
In closing, I highly recommend looking elsewhere for the time being. The device showed a lot of promise at first and the software, with better hardware could be a winner for sure. But I have to say that for around the same price a Kindle Fire 2nd Gen is a better bet and it has sufficient Parental Controls, and with a decent case should be much more durable and I would guarantee that Amazon has phone support.
39 of 47 people found the following review helpful
on January 11, 2013
We gave this to our 10 year old son for xmas. I could not be happier. He adores it and cannot put it down. I simply don't understand the negative reviews. There is nothing wrong with its wifi and the amazon app store as well as the kurio store work just fine. There are an infinite number of free apps between the two of them. I'm glad I also bough him a micro SD card because it's clear he's going to need it. He has used the Netflix app repeatedly and without any issue with the wifi streaming capability and has downloaded ebooks too. True, the interface graphics are geared towards younger kids and it contains more parental controls than say, the Kindle Fire. But, that's why I bought it. He's only 10. Our 14 year old has a Kindle Fire, given to him a year ago, and I have been beyond frustrated constantly trying to filter the hard core (and I mean really hard core) porn that gets through on it - there are no parental controls on the Kindle Fire besides all-or-nothing internet access. The Kurio does everything I hoped it would and more. I think the negative reviewers either didn't bother to read the directions on how to set up the amazon app store, or expected it to be an iPad, which it is not. It is a superb product for kids ready for their first tablet.
54 of 68 people found the following review helpful
on November 18, 2013
Okay, we recently purchased a Kurio 7s for my granddaughter who is 5 years old and very computer literate. She was always on my Nook so we decided to get one. Well everything was okay until we tried to download Netflix for her.She can get all the apps she needs but she wanted to watch the kids programs that she watched on Netflix with my Nook, We just could not get it to work. Then finally it downloaded and we could get the sound and not the picture. I was determined I was not going to give up on this because her Kurio costed as much as my Nook. So finally after 2 or 3 days trying we said we just have to purchase her another one but I was so disgusted with this. Finally I got online and talked in the online chat to Kurio Customer Service, I explained we could see the movies on the home screen but when we chose one you could only hear it and not see it, so she said we were using the wrong firmware and to update it and gave me the instructions, I did the update and now it works. So I would recommend this to anyone because it is very good. But I must warn you to have your child be careful with it because my granddaughet dropped it, on the carpet as someone else mentioned and it has a crack in the screen, and it also has a screen protector on it. So they do need to come up with a better screen for the kids. My granddaughter is happy now so I guess I am too.