Color is one of the most important aspects of any consumer technology. After all, color makes up a consumer's first impression of any device, and that's why most companies play it safe with black or white. It seems that all color sense is thrown out the window when kids get involved though.
Samsung announced today that its Galaxy Tab 3 Kids will launch on November 10 in the U.S. The $230 7-inch tablet packs all the power of a Tab 3, but puts it in a garish yellow/orange package. Check it out:
The original press shots show that the device also comes in a more palatable yellow/green color combination, but it still assaults the eyes with colors that even children may find intolerable.
Color aside, what does this tablet have other just a regular Galaxy Tab 3? For starters, you can boot it up into a special kid's interface that's only allows them access to specific content. This content includes educational apps as well as kid-friendly games, like Fruit Ninja and Toca Train.
As you can tell from the image above, it's also encased in that ugly orange bumper case to prevent damage caused by butter fingers - a condition that affects nearly 9 out of every 10 children.
“Today’s kids are incredibly tech-savvy and regularly use technology at home, at school and on-the-go,” said Nanda Ramachandran, vice president of emerging business, Samsung Mobile. “Studies show that 70 percent of tablet owners share their tablets with their children. The Galaxy Tab 3 Kids is engaging, encourages learning and fosters creativity in a safe environment that parents can easily manage.”
The Galaxy Tab 3 Kids is hardly the first tablet that's marketed specifically to children. Toys 'R' Us makes its own Tabeo tablet that retails for the more affordable $150. Of course, the lower price means you're getting less impressive specs, but kids rarely care about such things.
“Samsung is committed to offering products that fit the needs of all consumers and the addition of the Galaxy Tab 3 Kids offers a safe introduction to mobile technology,” said Travis Merrill, vice president of tablet marketing, Samsung Electronics America. “The Galaxy Tab 3 Kids provides a tablet experience that can grow and adapt with the whole family.”
If you're interested in the Galaxy Tab 3 Kids, pre-orders open on November 1 for the device. It will be available at retail and online through Samsung.com, Amazon, Best Buy, Fry's, Office Depot, Sam's Club, Tiger Direct and Toys 'R' Us.[Image: Samsung]