The Nabi Jr.: A Tablet for Children

Arriving by mid-December, Nabi Jr. is a 5-inch, 8-gigabyte $99 Android tablet that can do double-duty as a baby monitor or a karaoke machine. Educational apps, games and videos are pre-loaded. It has a single rotating front and back camera.

The maker of the device, Fuhu, brags: No cartridges; no AA batteries and includes Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. If the tablet is successful, it could mean serious competition for toy-based options from LeapFrog and VTech.

The Nabi Jr. has its own app store, with the promise of being able to load apps from the Amazon Appstore. If so, this could be a major advantage; previous Nabi tablets have made it very hard to download mainstream apps that don’t go through the Fuhu tollbooth.

Fuhu is also selling add-ons, and this is where things get interesting. The add-ons include an infrared night vision camera with a remote zoom for use as a baby monitor. When synced to Fuhu’s cloud server, you can use a second Android phone to have your own video baby monitor on steroids — with two-way communication abilities, a room temperature display, sound level meter and a low-battery alert. Other add-ons include a karaoke machine that plugs into your big screen through the HDMI cable, and a cash register simulator will be available in toy stores mid-December. Add $30 for the 16-gigabyte model. Accessories will be available in February 2013.


This post has been revised to reflect the following correction:

Correction: December 5, 2012

An earlier version of this post misstated when the Nabi Jr. tablet would go on sale. It is expected to be available by mid-December, not January.

A version of this article appeared in print on 12/06/2012, on page B8 of the NewYork edition with the headline: A Tablet for Youngsters, Even When They Sleep.

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