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Tabeo vs Nexus 7

Toys”R”Us, the toys retailing giant, just announced a tablet computer for kids that will go on sale on October 21 (2012). I did not pay too much attention to the announcement until I began to wonder what a tablet computer for kids that will cost USD $149.99 has to offer?

Based on its specs, plenty, if you consider that Tabeo is designed for kids ages 5 and up. For one, it has a few features that Google did not even consider for the Nexus 7. The “few features” I am referring to are an HDMI port and a microSD slot.

So a tablet computer for 5-year-olds has an HDMI port and a microSD slot, but one for us adults does not! But that does not mean that Tabeo can take Nexus 7 on feature-for-feature because in terms of raw processing power, Nexus 7 has Tabeo beat by a mile. That said, I will gladly trade in some of that juice for Tabeo’s connectivity.

Because Tabeo looks and will probably feel like a device designed for 5 year olds, you will very likely not buy it for yourself just because it has an HDMI port and a microSD slot. But I could be wrong.

Tabeo Hand held

Google Nexus 7 Tegra 3

The table below shows a feature comparison of the Tabeo and the Nexus 7. Will you buy the Tabeo for yourself? Or just for your kids? Or one for you and another for your kid?

FeaturesNexusTabeo (http://tabeo.com)
VendorGoogle, Inc. Technology company with tentacles reaching into every aspect of your digital lifeToys "R" Us, Inc. Manufacturer of digital and non-digital toys for kids
Operating SystemAndroid 4.1 (Jelly Bean)Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
Storage Capacity8 or 16 GB internal storage. Not expandable4 GB. Expandable to 32 GB via microSDHC Slot
CPUQuad-core Tegra 3 processorARM Cortex A8 @ 1 GHz
RAM1GB1GB
Connectivity (interfaces)Micro USBMicro USB slave 2.0: Mass Storage Class (MSC)

Micro SD slot (SDHC compatible) up to 32 GB

Mini-HDMI output
NetworkingWiFi (802.11 b/g/n)

Bluetooth
WiFi (802.11 b/g/n)
MiscellaneousMicrophone

NFC (Android Beam)

Accelerometer

GPS

Magnetometer

Gyroscope

Front-facing camera
Built-in speaker

Microphone

G-sensor

Front camera
Display7” Scratch-resistant Corning glass. Back-lit IPS display

1280x800 screen resolution HD display
7” capacitive screen, TFT LCD, 16 million colors

800 x 480 screen resolution
Battery lifeVideo run time: 9 hours

Music playback time: N/A

Internet navigation: 10 hours

Standby: 300 hours
Video run time: 6 to 7 hours

Music playback time: 35 hours

Internet navigation: 10 hours

Standby: N/A
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