Ematic launches $150 FunTab Pro kid-friendly 7-incher with ICS

by: AdrianOctober 9, 2012

While just a year or two ago, kid-friendly Android tablets were viewed as bizarre gadgets that had little chances of selling in more than dozens, the niche has grown and grown and grown. Today, it’s the scene of some genuine battles for supremacy.

We’ve seen several decent tabs targeting children released during the past few months, with the Fuhu Nabi 2, Archos ChildPad and Toys R Us Tabeo being the first few names that come to mind. Still, there seems to be more room for competition, and now a new player is getting into the game.

Actually, Ematic is not exactly a newcomer to the niche, having released a gadget called FunTab not long ago, but with the FunTab Pro the company is clearly upping the ante.

The FunTab Pro is a 7-incher with a so-so 800 x 480 pixels resolution capacitive multitouch screen, but having Android 4.0 ICS makes it stand out a little. The fact that we don’t know much about the CPU other than its 1GHz clock speed is not a good news, although the 1 GB of RAM and 400 MHz GPU make us hope that the processor is a dual-core.

The 8 GB of internal flash memory should be more than enough for your kids’ entertainment and education, but if they need more space there’s also microSD support. Why would they need more space? Well, that’s a tough question to answer, seeing that the FunTab Pro doesn’t come with Google Play access.

To make matters worse, there’s no mention anywhere of support for any other app store, although the pre-loaded content should make up for that just a bit. Games like Angry Birds, Cut The Rope, Skitch, Fruit Ninja and educational apps from Intellijoy should keep your kids glued to the tab for some time, while the Zoodles mode will help parents keep track of all suspicious activities going down on the FunTab Pro.

The dual cameras (most likely both VGA) and the mini HDMI port are unexpected, but very pleasant surprises in the tab’s spec sheet, while the Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and USB 2.0 are more standard. The battery has an undisclosed capacity, which is never good news, but the “up to 8 hours” autonomy sounds more than decent.

As far as the design goes, we can’t say we’re seeing many touches of originality compared with all the other kid-friendly tabs released lately. The new 7-incher looks a bit on the thick side from the first few official pics, although this is not necessarily a bad thing for a gadget that should be able to take a hit or two. Finally, it seems that the FunTab Pro will also come with three interchangeable faceplates in blue, red and pink for an added sense of style.

Ematic’s latest tab is decent tech-wise, and, at a price of just $150, it feels like a bargain. Walmart and J&R are the first retailers to get the 7-incher, with the latter already having it up for pre-order.

Can the FunTab Pro take on the Nabi 2 or Archos ChildPad? Is it too expensive? Too low-specced? Too perfect?

  • “no google play”: why?any idea?

  • My2Shadows

    Does anyone have this ?? I was thinking of getting it for a 5 year old for Christmas .

  • ray4jc

    to get google play access all you have to do is sideload the market apk….all the framework is already installed

  • 3kiddos

    Can I put Netflix on this for my kids?

  • 3kiddos

    I can’t find too many reviews on this & am looking to purchase for my 3yr old. Got my 6yr old a nabi that had great ratings but don’t want to spend $200 on a tablet for my 3yr old but will if this is a piece of junk. So any input would be great please. Def would like to know if she can watch Netflix

  • mom

    My son had it for about 2 weeks played it all the time. its definitely equipped w enough apps to keep him busy bc we don’t even have internet access in our home however today my son dropped it on the floor n now it won’t turn on :( he loved the zoodles app nut this can be downloaded to any tablet through an app store.