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Typically, when we think about gadgets like this designed for children, Leapfrog comes to mind. Then there are the junk devices that use two-year old tech marketed as "for kids." The Nabi 2  shatters that mold, however, by using the quad-core Tegra 3 processor to power the device. That, combined with an array of fantastic and educational software, puts this tiny powerhouse in a league of its own. Best of all: it does all that for only $199.

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After my review, many people wanted to know when this device would be available. Good news: you can now order the device from Wal-Mart, Best Buy, and Gamestop. It's also coming to Target and Amazon beginning on July 22.

If you need a quick refresher on the specs, here they are:

  • Display: 7" 1024x600
  • Processor: 1.3Ghz quad-core Tegra 3
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Storage: 8GB, microSD card slot
  • Camera: 2MP front-facing camera with 720p video capture
  • Ports: microUSB, miniHDMI, 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • OS: Android 4.0.4
  • Dimensions: 6.05" x 8.69" x 1.14" (with bumper case); 1.31 pounds
  • Price: $199
  • Age Range - The Nabi 2 caters to age groups from Pre-K to around fifth grade, but certain aspects go a bit above that range.

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The only downside to the Nabi 2 is that it doesn't have access to the Play Store, but you can sideload the Amazon Appstore onto the device. Given its kid-centric nature, though, I didn't really see that as much of a problem since most of the apps that you may want your kids to have access to (like Netflix, for example) can be found on Amazon.

If you are still on the fence about whether or not this is a worthwhile investment for your child, I highly suggest that you take a look at my full review of the device. If you want the TL;DR version, though, here's my final thought:

I think the Nabi 2 is a fantastic device that both kids and parents can get behind. I'm walking away from this review extremely impressed with not only the level of detail in the software, but the overall design, as well. Thus, if you want a device for your kids that's not only fun to use, but has some educational merit, this device is an excellent choice. And at only $199, you'll get a premium Android experience that won't break the bank.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • cybik

    CM10 ALL THE THINGS. Even kids toys.

    • fixxmyhead

      lol nice

  • cybik

    CM10 ALL THE THINGS. Even kids toys.

  • Sven Enterlein

    My baby girl just got my old iPhone 3GS and we ordered a kids-"proof" case for it. But I'm sure this thing would be so much cooler. Maybe when she's older.

  • Charles Queen

    My 2-year-old has a Kindle Fire in a kid-proof Gumdrop case, but as far as this goes I wonder if you'd get more mileage out of a Nexus7 in a kid-proof case...

    • http://www.gizmoninja.com/ Tabe

      2yr old with own tablet... Good stuff.

      • CPA01

        Wait till the dog or cat gets their own tablet.

    • http://www.facebook.com/leviwallach Levi Wallach

      Thing about Nexus or Kindle is that they aren't designed for kids from the ground up (hardware AND software) like the Nabi is. It has built in parental controls plus tons of educational software and services (Foozkids). While they aren't using it you can access stock ICS (disabling the kids interface).

  • onpoint G

    These spec are better than the N7 (I kid I kid) cool tablet for the lil ones

    • http://www.geeknik.com/ geeknik

      If the resolution was 1280x800, I'd probably buy one instead of the Nexus 7 just because it has the SD card slot.. =)

  • http://www.facebook.com/leviwallach Levi Wallach

    I have the Nabi 2 and have been successful porting over most of my apps from the Google Play store with the help of my phone, Android Backup and Restore, and dropbox. Basically saving my apk's on my phone to my dropbox, then installing them from there right onto the Nabi 2. Some apps don't install, but most so far have. Even Google Voice installed and worked - although Google Music installs, it has no way to sync to your Google Account, so it's just a local player. Some enterprising folk were able to get Google Play working on the original Nabi with a pretty simple sideloading method, so I assume something similar will crop up really soon for the Nabi 2! :)

  • erh3d

    How do I sideload apps onto the nabi 2?

  • ecruz

    I bought a nabi 2 yesterday for my grandson. I found out that ICS 4.04 does not have access to micro sd card.
    The fix is to upgrade the nabi to ICS 4.06.
    Cameron, could you check with the company to see if they will upgrade the device. Those 3gb left of storage can go pretty fast.
    Thank you.

  • talia 344521

    My father bought me the tabbbbbbbbbbbbb ahhhhhhh i think u shuld get 1each cos i got the red colour and its gud for kids because u cannot av calls tat is wat i can say for now the magic word is TRY IT

  • http://twitter.com/1NuttyMama Kimberly Bryant

    My parents recently bought this for me. It's great for the whole family. Not only is it great for even little kids to use, but I love it myself. All the many apps you can add on this. With parent mode so I can surf the internet or play more adult games. (shooting and or zombies) Or in Nabi mode and I can make my kids do different chores for time on it. You can select which app to send to nabi mode.

  • http://twitter.com/umbrarchist umbrarchist

    Any less obnoxious colors?

  • First grade mom

    How to sideload amazon app store?

  • mammaw

    I bought this for my grandson for his birthday. He will be 4. He loves the angry birds game, please tell me this game can be downloaded to this??

    • rebecca m

      Angry birds comes preinstalled

  • CPA01

    What is this? The Child Nexus 7?

  • facebook

    I have one just like it but there is a very cute game a called pou and I want to know if I could get the game on my nabi tablet

    • snolds

      Use the amazon app store. My daughter has that game on her nabi.