iDeaPLAY Childrens Tablet

iDeaPLAY Childrens Tablet

Sample received for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

 

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As a parent of electronically savvy children, I have been on a mission to find a satisfactory substitution for my own tablets and phone for my kiddos. I was recently given the opportunity to try out the new iDeaPLAY tablet for kids. As you can see, out of the box it comes with the tablet, a charger, micro USB cable, USB dongle, a protective tablet cover/case and earbuds.

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The product specs of the iDeaPLAY tablet include:

  • runs on the Android 4.2 operating system with a dual core A20 1.2 GHZ CPCU Chipset
  • 7” capacitive 800 x 480 display
  • weighs .57 lb
  • features a .3 MP front camera
  • battery life of 4 hours
  • Wifi: IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
  • 1 GB DDR3 RAM
  • 4 GB internal storage (expandable to 32 GB w/MicroSD card)
  • 3 ports: USB, HDMI, MicroSD
  • supports Flash 11.1

Power up is just like a regular tablet and I was greeted with a familiar looking screen.

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The first thing I did was open the iDeaWelcome App that took me through the initial set up process.

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After a quick age check (which is fabulous… just in case a little one got into it before mom/dad was able to set it up) I was able to set the time, time zone….

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and connect to a wireless network. As you can see, the settings screen is very similar to the one you find on your Android cell phone or tablet.

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The iDeaPLAY apps are purchased through the familiar Amazon appstore. To be honest I was a little frustrated that I had to repurchase some of Ethan’s favorite apps like Plants vs. Zombies as I had purchased them through the Google Play store earlier  for my phone/tablet. I did a little research about side loading the Google Play Store and found that although it would download, getting it to function was futile.

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So, the kids and I spent some time in the Amazon appstore downloading some of their favorite games and then I handed the iDeaPLAY off to Ethan to explore some of the preloaded apps as well as the new ones we just downloaded.

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Ethan is very experienced and knows his way around my Galaxy Tab 3 very well. He took to the iDeaPLAY with ease and was happy as a lark.

The iDeaPLAY also comes loaded with parental controls that will allow you to decide which content your kids can view and which features can be accessed in Kids Mode.

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Kids Mode is harnessed through Famigo.

Kids Like Famigo Because:

  • Works with any app or game
  • Works with any device feature
  • Kids can build a wishlist, but not make purchases
  • Separate viewing mode for younger kids
  • Hidden “easter eggs” for kids to discover

Parents Like Famigo Because:

  • One-click to open
  • Passcode-protected exit
  • Automated filtering for quick set-up
  • Completely customizable
  • Manage everything from device or online
  • Receive weekly email reports of kids Famigo activity

Famigo also offers wishlists. Let your kids tell you what apps they want. Famigo makes age-appropriate app suggestions and enables kids to share them with only you.

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I’m going to be honest and tell you that my kids used Famigo once and informed me they were too big for it. At 5 & 7 both Emma and Ethan are Android experts. It frustrated them to be confined in an app as they prefer to be able to check out the appstore and bounce around on the home screen. That being said, I could totally see using Famigo with a 2, 3, and even 4 year old. Younger children are experts are causing havok on tablets and phones because they just press things willy nilly.

We also ran into a snag a week in with our tablet. For some odd reason it got stuck in a bootup loop and just froze. iDeaPLAY was very responsive to my issue and after a few emails and photos they sent a new unit to our house. We have had it for several weeks now without a single bootup or freezing issue.

Another small issue we had was with the Netflix app. My kids love to watch their programming on tablets. It’s portable and personal and hiding under a blanket while watching Power Rangers just rocks. On both tablets I was able to download the Netflix app and log in. Everything seemed normal until we chose a show to watch. We could hear the show and see the slider moving, but the screen was blank. Moving the slider we could see screen shots of the show, but again letting go and letting the show continue to play we couldn’t see anything. I’m sure it was only a Netflix issue because we were able to play the preprogrammed videos with ease.

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Overall, we would recommend this kids tablet for families with younger children. I can honestly say that adults would not want to pick this up and play around. Unfortunately to get to this fabulous price point a few cuts had to be made… specifically the resolution and the responsiveness to touch. That being said… my kids never once complained about either of those features.

Pros:

  • great price point
  • comes with a great bumper case
  • sturdy and durable enough to survive rough use from children
  • expandable through MicroSD card
  • plenty of ports
  • familiar Android platform
  • parental controls if you want to use them (Famigo)
  • preloaded with premium apps
  • totally customizable
  • 7” display is a decent size for the “littles” in your life
  • preloaded with “SupportCare” app to diagnose issues
  • the kids enjoyed it!

Cons:

  • screen resolution is low
  • touch screen can be touchy on occasion
  • video wouldn’t play on Netflix
  • stuck in the Amazon appstore
  • low quality camera (.3 MP)
  • doesn’t charge through MicroUSB

 

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You can purchase the iDeaPLAY kids tablet for $129 at:

BestBuy.com , Sears.com , Frys.com , Amazon.com , Rakuten.com , Newegg.com , Curacao.com

WIN IT:

ONE OurKidsMom reader is going to win a iDeaPLAY Kids Tablet!

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This giveaway ended at 11:59 PM EST on December 23, 2013.

       Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” The opinions expressed in this post are entirely my own. Your experience with the product may differ from mine. The sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment and will be shipping the winner(s) their prize(s). For more information read my disclosure policy.

Comments

  1. Sandra montano says:

    Love it!!!! Fingers crossed cause I really need it!

  2. Danielle St Amand-Butler says:

    Sounds great!

  3. courtney b says:

    i love the protective bumper!

  4. Tiffany Schmidt says:

    I like that it comes with it’s own ear buds. I bet they’re cute orange too!

  5. Cassey LETSON says:

    Would love to have one for my daughter.

  6. Lisa B. says:

    I love that comes with a silicone protective bumper!

  7. Ashley S says:

    Love that it’s water and drop resistant!

  8. Amanda Alvarado says:

    I like that it’s Android based and has memory that can be expanded with a SD card

  9. Stacey Roberson says:

    I learned that the IdeaPlay site has a blog that offers useful tip and advise for parents.

  10. Stephen says:

    I like the protective casing

  11. this has a lot the kids can learn from

  12. Heather B says:

    I really like that the memory is expandable and the silicone bumper

  13. angel d says:

    that its rated the safest kid tablet

  14. BeckyM says:

    I like the 7” Display

  15. Sarah says:

    I like that it’s water resistant and also I know my son would love the video chat feature!

  16. Emily says:

    I like that it has the protective bumper

  17. Carrie Phelps says:

    I learned that it comes pre-loaded with premium kid apps.

  18. Jay says:

    Love that it’s water and drop resistant…so perfect for kids!

  19. april yedinak says:

    I like that it is an inexpensive tablet for small children and that it already comes preloaded with apps.

  20. Tara Liebing says:

    I learned and like that it has a video chat camera.

  21. jennifer speed says:

    I love that it is water resistant and drop resistant

  22. Angela Y says:

    I love that it has a videochat camera! Would be amazing to win!

  23. krista grandstaff says:

    I love that it isn’t heavy or bulky, and the fact that it has a silicone bumper… I wish I had a bumper on MOST of our electronics! 😉

  24. Christina says:

    I like that this tablet is water resistant and drop resistant!

  25. heather eg kaufman says:

    I like that it has a protective bumper, much needed in my house!

  26. Your secret is out…connected to the FBI Surveillance? 🙂

    I love the that I can get App’s through Amazon. One tablet we have is propitiatory and so expensive. It also has Shrek preloaded, SCORE!

    Did you ever get Netflix to work? Kinsley loves watching Power Rangers too. Glad to hear I am not the only one.

  27. kim burnett says:

    I like that it has a video chat camera!

  28. Colleen Maurina says:

    I like the My First Zoo app that comes with the iDeaPLAY Kids Tablet.

  29. Jennifer Rote says:

    I really like that it is drop resistant.

  30. Rebecca Parsons says:

    I love that it is kid safe for them to play and learn on.

  31. Sacha Schroeder says:

    I love that you receive weekly activity email reports! what a neat idea!

  32. I like that it comes with a bumpercase and is kid safe. I also like the apps.

  33. Joyce says:

    I learned about Cyberbullying and ways to prevent it.

  34. Nikki says:

    I love how the ideaplay children’s can help teach children using technology

  35. Rebecca Orr says:

    The video chat would be fun for my son. I love that. I also like that it is drop resistant as well. Perfect for my young kids that are old enough for a tablet, but not old enough to never drop it!

  36. Nadine M. says:

    Love it! With a 4 and 2 year old and twins coming up, this would be a blessing!

  37. Jennifer Hess says:

    I like the whole idea of a tablet tailored to kids…especially the internet controls and the silicone bumper. My kids broke our Ipad screen and that was a costly expense!

  38. ALPA says:

    I love that it is kid safe for them to play and learn on which is very nice and i like the fact they they can play as many games as they can.

  39. Jennifer T. says:

    I learned and like that it comes with SupportCare. An app that works as a diagnostic tool to keep the tablet performing optimally.
    jtmagmom73(at)gmail(dot)com

  40. Tabathia B says:

    I like the video chat camera

  41. Alyshia says:

    I like that its water and drop resistant. I would be a great gift for my boys.

  42. love the 7 inch display and the chat camera

  43. Granny Wanda says:

    I like that everything needs to be set up by an adult first, and that you have to approve payment of apps. Being an android is good also. Just thankful I have a special needs granddaughter that could use one of these (she is currently using a leapster 2 and needs to do more autism apps. This would help. Thank you for the giveaway.

  44. Fawn H says:

    I like that it is lightweight and portable so my sons could take it with them when we go places.

  45. Can you download books on the iDeaPLAY? I think this is a great beginners tablet. We have one under our Christmas tree. I would love to win another so both of my daughters could have one. Thank you for sharing.

  46. Debra Hall says:

    i love that it is Drop Resistant and Water Resistant

  47. Colleen Boudreau says:

    I love that it’s water and drop resistant.

  48. Melissa Teears says:

    I learned that it is water resistant.

  49. Adrienne Gordon says:

    water reistant is awesome.

  50. Sara Wagner says:

    I love how it has a video chat camera.

  51. Daniel M says:

    it comes pre-loaded with premium kid apps

  52. Margaret Smith says:

    I like that it has a long battery time.

  53. Sue Ellison says:

    I like that it is expandable to 32GB via Micro SD Card.

  54. Jacob LaFountaine says:

    I like it has silicone protective bumpers. May last a few falls

  55. Amanda Hoffman says:

    silicone protective bumper

  56. Kathy Luman says:

    I like that it is water resistant.

  57. Tabitha P. says:

    i love the silicone cover.
    my dd drops her tablet all the time.

  58. D SCHMIDT says:

    Visited and learned that it features lots of apps including Yumsters and Math Bugaboo

  59. Shanna says:

    Love the protective bumper!! So great for kiddos =D

  60. brandy g. says:

    I learned that it is water resistant…which is good at my house.

  61. nickie says:

    I learned and like that it has a video chat camera.

  62. Denise B. says:

    I love that it comes with a bumper and is water-resistant.

  63. Sonya Morris says:

    I learned it is drop resistant.

  64. Linda G. says:

    I like the 7″ display and all the apps it comes with

  65. April G says:

    I like that it’s drop resistant with a protective casing!

  66. Anastasia says:

    I love that it’s preloaded with apps! And it has a micro sd card slot too, so it’s easy to make transfers easier!! 🙂

  67. Carol says:

    I like that it comes with it’s own ear buds.

  68. April says:

    Wow, it’s the safest kid’s tablet!

  69. Laura taccetta says:

    I need this! I have 3 small boys who are constantly on my ipad! If they get this I get mine back!

  70. Stephanie Hirsch says:

    I like the video chat camera feature.

  71. Heather Dawn says:

    I learned that it runs off the Android opperating system!

  72. Brynn says:

    I think its awesome that there is a video chat option for relatives 🙂

  73. Ann Fantom says:

    I learned that the iDeaPLAY includes the CT720K Tablet, Orange Protective Cover, Ear Buds Micro USB Cable, Power Adapter

  74. Sarah Davis says:

    Has ability to video chat – my kid would love that!

  75. xty cruz says:

    I like that its safe for kids

  76. Erika T. says:

    So much to love! I love how easy it is to operate and I love the bumper surrounding it from being dropped!

  77. sandra says:

    i like that you can use it to video chat

  78. Sheryl says:

    I like that iDeal comes preloaded with fun educational apps and it is waterproof.

  79. wendy rozema says:

    I like that you can buy it at Sears or Best Buy!

  80. Tanya Holland says:

    It has a camera on it, which my girls would love and it is waterproof.

  81. Dan D says:

    Coppa compliant, safest kids tablet

  82. Jessica Lodge says:

    I like that is made specifically for kids, especially the protective bumper. I know my children drop everything, heck I’m a little clumsy myself ;).

  83. Gennie Lancaster says:

    I like that the protective bumper is drop and water resistant!

  84. Laura Jacobson says:

    I learned that they are drop and water resistant!

  85. Kathy Davis says:

    I learned tat this tablet is water resistant and drop resistant.

  86. Heidi Daily says:

    I love that this is water resistant and has a video chat camera

  87. Holly Storm-Burge says:

    I like that it’s drop resistant.

  88. nannypanpan says:

    I like its video chat camera

  89. Mary Withrow says:

    Children carry their electronics everywhere and I was impressed to see this is waterproof, don’t have to worry about those rainy days!

  90. latanya says:

    the videochat camera is my fave feature

  91. I like that it’s water resistant and drop resistant

  92. shaunie says:

    Love that there is a 7 inch display

  93. kim says:

    I like the video chat feature pretty neat for a kids tablet

  94. Jessica says:

    I love that it gets up to 4-6 hour use time

  95. I learned it has 1GB DDR3 RAM.

  96. Carole ingram says:

    I like that it is drop resistant! My kids drop electronics all the time!

  97. Lisa V. says:

    For a child’s toy, the protective bumper is a good idea.

  98. Dona Lewis-Pearce says:

    love the protective casement. I just bought 2 tablets for Christmas I wish I had seen this first.

  99. Monique Rizzo says:

    The protective bumper is neat.
    Thanks for the chance.
    mogrill12@gmail.com

  100. Jen F says:

    I really like that it has a protective silicone bumper!

  101. Tanya Holland says:

    I like that you can search for music with just one click.

  102. Laura Unger says:

    I learned that it has a videochat camera and my son would LOVE that!

  103. Jen says:

    its fammigo APProved

  104. trenda t says:

    Love that it comes pre-loaded with apps, and love the protective bumper!

  105. lisa says:

    I like that this tablet is water resistant

  106. Cassandra Eastman says:

    The video chat camera would be great so my kids could chat with there aunt and grandma’s!

  107. Karen Drake says:

    I learned that the IdeaPlay is water resistant which is a great feature to have with small children.

  108. Tanya Holland says:

    You can search charms once and get results from everywhere.

  109. christine jessamine says:

    I love that this is drop and water resistent

  110. terry maigi says:

    I love that it has video chat! We have family all over the country and this would be a great way for my little girl to be able to see and talk with grandma, aunts and uncles!

  111. Shauntea Crutcher says:

    I like the protective bumper.

  112. I like that it is water resistance

  113. Tram Le says:

    l like that it has food safe FDA silicone.

  114. Jenny says:

    I like how it has a video chat camera

  115. Pam O says:

    I like that it has a 4 hour battery life.

  116. Bertha Brown says:

    I like that it has a protective bumper

  117. Teresa Thompson says:

    I like that it is waterproof.

  118. Karen Gonyea says:

    LOVE the protective bumper for the occasional bumps and drops !!!

  119. Tammie Venne says:

    I like that it is kid resistant

  120. Tanya Holland says:

    The share charm lets you share files photos and info with people you know or save things without leaving the app you’re in.

  121. Kat Emerick says:

    I love the videochat camera

  122. Victoria R. says:

    Love that its built for little ones – the bumper case is awesome!

  123. denise says:

    I learned it has a videochat camera.

  124. Britty Brannon says:

    I like that it’s age protective.

  125. melissaandkeith miller says:

    it’s water resistant

  126. Natalie S says:

    I like the food safe silicone cover!

  127. marian boll says:

    Would love a chance to win this prize for my granddaughter

  128. Brittney House says:

    I love that it has a videochat camera!

  129. sylvia says:

    I like that it’s water and drop resistant; always a good thing for kids!

  130. loni says:

    I love the 7″ screen!

  131. Candace says:

    I like that the protective cover is water resistant.

  132. gina says:

    A battery life of 4 hours is a plus!

  133. Shayna says:

    I like that it is Water Resistant and Drop Resistant 🙂

    shebebes@yahoo.com

  134. Paula Tavernie says:

    I like that its Ultra Light and Portable!

  135. kathy pease says:

    I like themath bugaboo app that looks cute

  136. amy deeter says:

    like the protective casing

  137. Emmy says:

    I LOVE love love that you can video chat!

  138. Tanya Holland says:

    I learned that the device charm is a quick way to send files to other devices that are connected to your pc.

  139. Hesper Fry says:

    I learned that the use time is 4 hours.

  140. Tamar says:

    It has a 0.3mp camera and a 4 hour battery life.

  141. Mary Cloud says:

    I learned it runs off Android version 4.2
    annabella @ centurytel dot net

  142. Erica C. says:

    I like that it’s resistant to drops and water.

  143. Jackee says:

    I like it’s water and drop resistant.

  144. Melissa Vaught says:

    I think this tablet looks excellent for kids! I like how it is an Android. I also LOVE how it’s waterproof and bump resistant, and even comes with a protective case. My kids are pretty good at dropping stuff, so having these features to save it from breaking is a huge bonus!
    Thanks for the chance to win!! I know my kids would flip for this prize!!

  145. Scarlett Graham says:

    I like that it is water and drop resistant.

  146. Natalie yeoman says:

    I learned its water resistant

  147. Gina Ferrell says:

    I learned that it comes with many preloaded apps for the kids to enjoy.

  148. parental controls are something that i like about it!

  149. Richard Hicks says:

    I learned that it comes with 1GB DDR3 which is fast memory!

  150. Vikki Billings says:

    I learned that the IdeaPlay site has a blog that offers useful tip and advise for parents, I really like that!

  151. melina r says:

    I like the wifi connection plus the use time of up to 4 hours.

  152. Andrina G says:

    I like that it is ultralight and portable.

  153. I like the Protective Bumper!

    freebiegoddess03@aol.com

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