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Fuhu announces 5 inch tablet called Nabi Jr.

Nabi Jr. is a $99 Android tablet with 5-inch (800×480) capacitive touch that serves double duty as a baby monitor and a karaoke machine. It runs Android ICS. The tablet comes pre-loaded with educational apps, games, and videos and, like the InnoTab 2, has a single rotating front and back camera. Fuhu brags: “No cartridges; no AA batteries.”

Onboard software includes  Wings Education System, not to be confused with the similarly-named Wings curriculum.  This “adaptive system keeps records” and “creates individualized lesson plans based on your child’s proficiency across over 2,500 fundamentals in reading, writing and math.”  Other features include and “N-Site Reports” with progress reporting.

Like the larger Nabi 2, the Jr. version is hardwired into an exclusive Android  app store, but Fuhu has promised the ability to “side-load the Amazon app store.” If so, this could be a major advantage.

A BABY MONITOR? There are other peripherals, and this is where things get interesting. Fuhu is selling add-ons that can convert the Nabi Jr. into other things. An infrared night vision camera has a remote zoom. After you register the device and sync to the “Nabi Cloud” you can use a second Android phone to have your own video baby monitor, with a microphone for two-way communication. Other baby monitor features include a room temperature display, a sound level indicator and a low-battery alert. The Karaoke Machine can plug into a big screen with the HDMI port (cable not included). Other add-ons include a talking toy cash register with play money (transactions are tracked on the tablet screen, and play money lets children use “real” bills and coins); a game controller and nabi Pet, an “interactive toy that kids can name and raise by feeding it, walking it, playing with it.”  The nabi Jr. will be available mid-December for $99 for the 4GB model and $129 for the 16GB model.  Accessories will be available in February 2013.

CORRECTION December 4 9:13 EST: In a previous version of this post, we mistakenly referenced the Singapore Wings curriculum and the “Wings” used in this tablet. There is no connection.

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5 Responses to "Fuhu announces 5 inch tablet called Nabi Jr."

  1. Lisa Lee says:

    Hi Warren,

    So glad you were able to share about the nabi Jr. with your readers!
    I wanted to clarify one point, which is that the Wings education system is not associated with the Singaporean company cited above. It is actually a new program developed by Fuhu, in conjunction with a board of educators and school district board members in the US.

    Thanks and we look forward to sharing more about the nabi Jr. in the weeks to come, as well as hear what your readers think!

    Lisa

  2. buckleit says:

    I fixed the copy and noted that there is no connection. Thanks for pointing this out.
    W

  3. A LIM says:

    Where can i buy nabi 2 in Singapore?

  4. A fair warning to everyone out there considering buying the nabi Jr:

    We bought a nabi Jr from WalMart in May 2013 and our three-year-old absolutely loved it. We couldn’t have been happier. We’d read many good reviews about the fact that it was made to withstand drops, and Nora was actually really careful with it. Then the inevitable happened: she dropped it. Her screen cracked on a diagonal and only one side of it works.

    I contacted nabi Cares, but it turns out they don’t. I’ve been told there’s nothing they can do. There is no screen replacement program for this product. There goes $100.

    It was fun while it lasted, but we won’t be buying nabi products in the future. The “Drop-Safe Bumper” was a big disappointment. We cannot justify spending more money with a company that promises “The nabi Jr. will handle those little bumps and drops without complaint and with its chunky construction and drop safe bumper, it will make it home undamaged after show and tell.”

    I thought my daughter would learn great lessons with this device, such as number recognition, phonics, and spelling. Instead, she’s learned that sometimes a company cannot stand behind the product it makes.

  5. Michael says:

    That is pretty cool that you can use it as a baby monitor as well.

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