As the only team member at MEGATechNews with a kid at home (an 18 month old to be exact), this announcement was most welcome to me. I have an Eee Pad Transformer at home that seems to go missing often, and somehow ends up with food and tiny finger prints on the screen. ARCHOS, known for their many media player products in various sizes, has come out with a tablet built just for kids. They call it the “Child Pad” and it’ll hopefully be cool till they realize just how uncool that name is.

The Child Pad is built around Android’s latest mobile OS known as Ice Cream Sandwich or 4.0 if you’re counting your calories. The device is powered by a 1GHz processor of unknown origin and 1GB of RAM underneath a 7 inch screen. The construction is mainly plastic and will hopefully come with some sort of anti-slip surface and some level of water resistance for pretty obvious reasons. And unlike regular Android Tablets, this one has a marketplace that is filtered with software called AppLib which filters things down to 14 kid friendly categories with over 10,000 apps. Since this device has a fully functional web browser, software onboard called Editions Profil beefs up parental controls and filters.

The cost of the unit is only $129 US which makes me a bit worried about the quality and user experience. I once tried to give my then 16 month old a cheap Chinese tablet to play with which, at the time, was around the same price point, and even she knew the difference between my Eee Pad Transformer and it. If Archos wants to shoot us one, we’d be happy to ask the kid what she thinks. The full press release is after the break.

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The new Child Pad will provide kid’s a safe, fun, full tablet experience at $129


Denver, CO – March 01, 2012
ARCHOS, an award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, announced today a themed 7” Android™ tablet for children, called the Child Pad. The 7’’ Child Pad features a compact light weight design, the latest Android version, 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich”, a 1GHz processor and 1GB of RAM.  The Child Pad will be available at the end of March for $129 SRP.

“As a pioneer in the portable audio and Android™ tablet market we realize the importance of providing a tablet that can offer hours of entertainment for all ages, especially kids”, says Henri Crohas, Founder and CEO. “ARCHOS strives to offer great tablets with only the best of features at affordable prices and we expect this tablet to bring a smile to the faces of kids and parents’ everywhere.”

Key Features & Benefits
Kid friendly features of the Child Pad include access to the Kids App Store powered by AppsLib which is filtered down to 14-friendly categories and 10,000 apps including games, entertainment, communication, multimedia, books, comics, sports and more.

In addition, ARCHOS has created a kid-friendly user interface with colored icons, home screen folders with direct access to games, entertainment, learning and puzzles and the top 28 kids’ apps pre-loaded including Angry Birds, Pig Rush and Flight Frenzy.

ARCHOS has also designed the Child Pad to comply with both CIPA and COPPA regulations, ensuring a safe tablet environment for kids and peace of mind for parents. The parental controls and safe web browsing is powered by Editions Profil, whose “Mobile Parental Filter” is ranked as the most efficient parental control software in worldwide benchmarks.

Availability & Price
The Child Pad will be available in stores starting the end of March with the recommended retail price of $129.

About ARCHOS

Archos, pioneer in the portable audio and video player market, and now specializing in Android tablets, has repeatedly revolutionized the market for consumer electronics since 1988. Today, ARCHOS offers Android Tablets, Tablet PCs and MP3/MP4 players. In 2000, ARCHOS launched the Jukebox 6000, the first MP3 player combined with a hard disk. Then in 2003 ARCHOS introduced the first portable multimedia players with TV recording. In 2006 Wi-Fi is implemented and then touch screens in 2007. In 2008, Archos launched the first generation Internet Tablets, and then the first ever Android powered tablets in 2009. ARCHOS has offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. ARCHOS is quoted on Compartment B of Eurolist, Euronext Paris, ISIN Code FR0000182479. Website: www.archos.com.

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