Archos ChildPad gets upgraded with capacitive touchscreen, now costs $140

August 4, 2012
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    Archos ChildPad

    Archos is a well-known maker of affordable tablets, no matter if we think about the high-end ones, like the G10 series that should arrive in the next weeks, or the less endowed ones like the kids-friendly ChildPad.

    The ChildPad was launched in late May, and Archos marketed it squarely at the parents that want to offer their kids a fun, safe, and cheap multimedia tablet. The French tablet maker acknowledged that there is a market for such gizmos, and came up with a device that is cute and attractive for children, yet smart enough to give parents the peace of mind that kids canโ€™t access any unsuitable material or rack up huge credit card bills through in-app purchases.

    The ChildPad cost $130 at launch, and came with a single-core 1GHz Cortex A8 processor, 1GB or RAM, and a 7-inch resistive LCD touchscreen of 800 X 480 resolution. Not an impressive feature set by any means, but still enough to satisfy the demands of any cartoon-crazed kid.

    Now Archos has announced a slight upgrade to the ChildPad, one that might ruffle the feathers of the earl adopters of the diminutive slate. The new model now comes with a better, capacitive touchscreen, which will enable multitouch and provide a smoother interaction with the gadget. The improvement comes with a small price hike, as the ChildPad will cost $10 more going forward.

    Capacitive touchscreens are superior to resistive displays because they detect touches far more accurately, without forcing the user to apply any force to the display. I think the upgrade is welcome, especially when you consider the target audience of the device.

    The ChildPad is available online from childpad.us, for $140. Will you buy one for your kids?

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