What It Is
The Nabi 2 is a strong WiFi-enabled kids' tablet that's built to withstand play, comes loaded with a number of proprietary educational games and apps, and lets kids play the favorite games and apps they love. There are four pre-loaded educational app categories under the banner of Fooz Kids University: science, english, math, and social studies. These categories cover more than 2,500 lessons and 30,000 practice questions through 25 games, 50 songs, 30 books, and more.
You can also download additional apps because the Nabi 2 is a fast Android tablet with a kid-friendly Nabi mode that restricts internet usage through its Maxthon-based browsers and 10 pre-approved websites. If your child is a reader, you'll want to download the Amazon Kindle app. And you may want to get the Over Drive app as well, which will make the tablet compatible with many libraries. You can also connect your computer wirelessly to the tablet using the Sync mode to load your own music, videos, photos, and yes, even Netflix.
Parents can also go into the Mommy/Daddy Mode that allows the Nabi 2 to function as a full-on Android tablet. This tablet operates on an Android 4.0 operating system with a 1.3GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 A9 quad-core processor 1GB of DDR3-L RAM and 8GB of on-board memory. The memory can be expanded via a micro SD card, which is sold separately. The Nabi 2 also has a built-in 2MP front-facing camera, a seven-inch touchscreen, and Bluetooth.
The Nabi 2 comes with a red bumper that makes it very sturdy in case of an accidental drop. It has all the ports you'd expect, including mini HDMI, a headphone jack, an AC adapter, and a micro SD card.
Why It’s Fun
For kids who may have been accustomed to using your iPad, Kindle Fire, or an adult tablet, the Nabi 2 is about as close as it gets. The touchscreen is fast and responsive—as good as we've seen on any kids' tablet. It's got a higher resolution than some other Android tablets targeted to young kids. At the end of the day, this really is an adult tablet dressed up for kids.
Who It’s For
The Nabi 2 is for ages 4 and up.
What To Be Aware Of
You're going to pay about $50 more for this than for other Android tablets targeted to young people. Of course, you'll decide if that's worth it to you, but when you figure in the amount of pre-loaded software, the excellent performance, and Sync capabilities, this may be a good choice for you. We found it comparable to and in some ways even better for kids than a Kindle Fire.
The battery lasted seven hours on a continuous "on" time, which is pretty good even for a long plane flight. However, you do need to plug it into the wall with the included charger for best results. It does not charge with the data cord.
The back of the unit has a grid that you can accessorize with letters or other items, which are sold separately. This may be a bit of a drawback as kids get older and probably won't appeal to boys as much as to girls.