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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.....
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Initial post: Jul 23, 2012 6:09:28 PM PDT
You can add the Amazon app store to this tablet (just google instructions on how to add the app store to an android device). We have this tablet and have done so, you just have to add it in the "parent mode". Actually, the apps download and install better from the Amazon app store than they do from the Kurio shop. We had trouble with trying to use the Kurio shop ;)
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 7, 2012 11:50:38 PM PDT
hi there was just reading about the kurio and seen the reviews and there not real good...my son is 3 and he has a nabi and he loves it..as well as we all do at first i wasent sure about getting iy after the reviews but i figured we would atleast try it ..and we realy like it..he has been using it since he was 2.i think the apps r amazing he has learned so much from using it.and the apps arent very much..and alot of them r fee..just thought id let you kno maby u could try it..it sounds as it has everything you r looking for in a tablet..
Posted on Aug 10, 2012 12:51:16 PM PDT
Bettyanne Fennessey says:
I bought this for my grandson and was disappointed that an instruction booklet did not come with it and I didnt realize I could not get apps from the android market. I have great free apps on my phone that I cannot get on the Kurio.Since adults set this tablet up and it is closely monitored and controlls can be set why not be able to use Android market.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 10, 2012 1:02:33 PM PDT
Many thanks for this. We have since returned the Kurio (frustration got the better of us!) Hopefully more folks will realize that they can download the Android Market app onto the Kurio. I think it has a lot going for it but is just not the right one for us at this point. I hope you are enjoying it!
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 6, 2012 3:57:19 PM PDT
Nabi is the best kids tablet.....parents can also use it:)
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 26, 2012 10:50:52 AM PDT
I am going back and forth trying to decide on the Nabi 2. Would you truly recommend this over the other tablets for kids. I have a 6 year old. Than you .
Posted on Nov 13, 2012 5:15:15 PM PST
the nabi tablet is the BEST tablet for kids...
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 13, 2012 5:18:26 PM PST
yes the nabi is awsome i have 3 kids age 9,5&1 1/2 and they each have there own nabi,nabi gives you loads of free content 30 free e books ,game,music much more it well worth the 200 bucks
Posted on Nov 14, 2012 9:21:41 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 14, 2012 9:23:35 AM PST
So would y'all pick a nabi over a kindle fire hd since they are the same price?
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 1, 2012 8:24:25 PM PST
Valerie Sawyer says:
I also am wondering the same thing..