PBS took the opportunity to officially announce its own take on tablets -- the Playtime Pad. Geared for kids and young users, the branded tablet is built by Ematic and will come preinstalled with PBS Kids’ entertainment, which include games, video content (including fun music videos), and more. On top of that, the device will also be preloaded with the public broadcaster’s suite of mobile apps, such as PBS Kids Video, PBS Kids Scratch Jr, and PBS Parents Play and Learn. There are more than two dozen games preloaded on the device, like a Paint Box mobile app for coloring, plus over 100 video clips, music videos, and musical tracks.
As far as specifications concerned, the Playtime Pad’s are actually not bad. The tablet features a 7 inch display screen with a resolution of 1,024 by 600 pixels, camera on both rear and front sides, a 1.3 four core ship set, 16 gigabytes of random access memory (RAM), 16 gigabytes of flash memory, a micro SD card slot, and a customized edition of Google’s Android 6.0 Marshmallow mobile operating system.
Moms and Dads will be delighted to know that the Playtime Pad tablet is equipped with quick to use parental controls that allow them to personalize the device further according to the preferences of their kids. For instance, the parental controls give parents the ability to approve or restrict streaming video content, online games, and installed mobile apps. The controls even let parents establish usage time limits as well as set particular schedules as to when the tablet can be used by their children. Needless to say, these parental controls certainly come in handy, especially when one considers that the device has access to more than a million downloadable mobile apps and games from the Google Play Store.
Various tech firms have been aggressive recently when it comes to parental controls. Google’s Android OS even has its own native parental control feature. With its Fire flagship tablet device, E-commerce giant Amazon also does the same, offering parental controls plus access to FreeTime Unlimited, a catalog of books, video content, mobile apps, and games, each one curated to make sure they are appropriate for kids.
At $79.99 though, the Playtime Pad is less expensive than Amazon’s Fire Kids Edition tablet, which costs $99.99. And it should be noted that PBS’ tablet is not continuously updated with fresh new content. What happens instead is that new content is delivered by way of PBS’ mobile apps, which are also made available on Android and iOS platforms.
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