The New Archos Child Pad: A Sub-$150 Ice Cream Sandwich Tablet

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Calling all iDads and Motherboards: Archos has just announced a new seven-inch tablet called the Child Pad that runs the latest Android Ice Cream Sandwich operating system and, best of all, has an attractive sub-$150 price tag. It's optimized for kids, giving them easy access to games, media, educational materials and puzzles with brightly colored icons and wallpapers. There are also advanced parental controls, as well as 28 pre-loaded kid-approved apps like Angry Birds and Pig Rush.

Compact and lightweight, the Child Pad features a 1 GHz processor and 1GB or RAM. Should your little one tire of the 28 included apps, they'll have access to the Kids App Store, which filters only kid-friendly apps into 14 categories and lets them choose from more than 10,000 games, books, sports and entertainment apps—and more.

The Mobile Parental Filter on the Child Pad enables you to control what your kid can see on the Web, so you won't have to worry about them browsing harmful material when unattended. In addition, the Child Pad is compliant with CIPA (Children's Internet Protection Act) and COPPA (Children's Online Privacy Protection Act) regulations, to give you further peace of mind.

The big news here is that powerful tablets with state-of-the-art operating systems are getting more and more affordable. It makes sense to offer a tablet dedicated to children, because their intuitive, interactive and graphic-rich nature really appeals to youngsters. For parents, a product like the Child Pad simplifies the process of child-proofing the device. It's prepared to protect your kid right out of the box.

So, stop hiding your tablet from the kids! With such painless pricing, ease of use and powerful parental controls, there can be plenty of pads for everyone in the family. The Archos Child Pad should be available toward the end of March 2012.

Processor 1 GHz
RAM 1GB
Included Apps 28
CIPA Compliant Yes
COPPA Compliant Yes
Parental Controls Yes, powered by Editions Profil
Built-In Speaker Yes
Built-In Camera N/A
Screen Resolution N/A
Operating System Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich
Size 7"
Weight N/A