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When we first heard about the Fuhu DreamTab, thoughts of a glorified Kung Fu Panda tie-in came to mind. We were wrong, and we should have known better because the Fuhu Nabi 2 is already one of our favorite kids tablets. For its new Atom Bay Trail-powered 8-inch and 10-inch slates (on sale this spring), Fuhu and Dreamworks teamed up on everything from the design and packaging to the apps, giving the Kindle Fire HDX a serious run for its money.
The first thing we noticed about the DreamTab during our hands-on here at CES 2014 was its sharp full HD IPS display. A fun Penguins of Madagascar clip popped off the screen, which is used to let your tykes know when its time to learn or go out and play. We also like the “Be and Artist” app, which lets you learn how to draw characters and pop up a video at any time to get instructions from award-winning artists.
Mom and Dad will be happy to know that the DreamTab boasts excellent parental controls that let you set time limits and lock or unlock features. Our favorite new feature is the kid-safe social networking, allowing Junior to send e-mail, text and share photos with other DreamTab users. The tablet won’t use the child’s name but a code of letters and numbers to keep the identity private.
We didn’t spend a lot of time with it, but the Wings Learning System (developed with Common Core Standards in mind) will get your kids up to speed on reading, writing and math. Fuhu and Dreamworks also promise that the DreamTab will sync with Bluetooth-enabled workbooks.
All of this educational goodness comes packaged in a sleeker design than what we’ve seen before from Fuhu, running Android KitKat. Yes, this is a slate your child can grow into, complete with Google Play store access. But until they do reach those teen years there’s still a great durable silicone cover with its own built-in kickstand.
Although Fuhu won’t supply an exact price, the company told us the tablets should cost under $300 when they hit the market. If you’re shopping around for a kids tablet, it looks like both DreamTabs will be worth the wait.