Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids Android tablet

The Galaxy Tab 3 Kids' user mode is a concept that hits the mark and will surely appeal to many parents

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Pros

  • Excellent, well thought out kids UI
  • Parental controls add flexibility
  • Good range of kids apps available

Cons

  • A little expensive
  • Excellent Kid Grip Cover costs extra
  • No multi-user profiles in Kids Mode

Bottom Line

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids is an Android tablet specifically designed for children. The colourful, well designed device is a little expensive and is best utilised with an additional cost accessory, but its kids user mode is a concept that hits the mark and will surely appeal to many parents.

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Child-friendly tech devices aren't anything new but these types of products have never really struck a chord with a mainstream audience. Samsung's new Galaxy Tab 3 Kids, a an Android tablet specifically designed for children, might be able to change that. The colourful, well designed tablet is a little expensive and is best utilised with an additional cost accessory, but its kids user mode is a concept that hits the mark and will surely appeal to many parents.

A child friendly tablet

Essentially a rebranded version of the Galaxy Tab 3 7.

According to Samsung, the concept of the Galaxy Tab 3 Kids came to fruition from research that indicated children influence tablet adoption in Australian homes. Regardless of whether this is true or not, developing a kids tablet isn't as complicated as you might think — the Galaxy Tab 3 Kids is essentially a rebranded version of the Galaxy Tab 3 7, which was released in Australia back in July. It's been coated in a bright yellow colour instead of the standard white but is otherwise identical in both design and components.

The design of the Galaxy Tab 3 Kids isn't very kid friendly on its own but Samsung includes a bright orange, silicone case in the sales package. It wraps around the tablet to protect the back, sides and front bezel, and doesn't block any ports or buttons, though it's a little awkward to slip on. The case provides excellent grip for the tablet, but won't protect the screen itself. We feel Samsung could have bundled a screen protector in the package as an added bonus.

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The Galaxy Tab 3 Kids becomes even more child friendly when you purchase the optional "Kid Grip Cover" ($69.95). It's a hard plastic, protective case that includes a rotatable stand and handle, and comes with a "C Pen" stylus. The green and yellow colour combination of the Kid Grip should certainly appeal to children, and the case itself feels well constructed and fits the tablet snugly.

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The thick stylus should be comfortable enough for most children to use effectively.

The rotatable handle/stand is a particular highlight as its easy to prop the tablet up on a table, or even on your lap. The C Pen stylus is also a nice inclusion. The thick stylus should be comfortable enough for most children to use effectively, and the wide, rubber tip allows for the easy selection of most on-screen menu items, particularly opening apps. It's a shame Samsung doesn't bundle the case and stylus into the package instead of selling it as an expensive accessory.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab Kids has a 7in screen with a resolution of 1024x600 pixels. While this is certainly no match for the best tablets on the market, it is adequate for children's use. The AMOLED panel offers excellent viewing angles and bright colours, but the relatively low resolution means text isn't as crisp or clear as many other devices on the market. Further, we found the automatic brightness setting erratic, often setting too high.

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The dual speakers on the bottom are reasonably loud and work well enough for most of the games on board, though they lack bass and do distort at the highest volume level.

Kids mode

A grab-and-go feel to the device makes it appealing.

The killer feature of the Galaxy Tab Kids is a dedicated Kids Mode that transforms the complete look and feel of the software. The device can be set to boot directly into this Kids Mode user setting that provides access to a seperate Samsung Kids Store. It contains apps that have been developed to help support children's entertainment and early learning for users three years old and above. Out of the box, the device comes pre-loaded with a number of games, e-books, and education and entertainment apps, so there's a certain grab-and-go feel to the device that definitely makes it appealing.

The Kids Mode home screen immediately presents a list of installed apps in a carousel based interface. You can add a maximum of 20 "cards" on this screen, with other apps available in the applications menu, which is a basic grid of icons that's been spruced up with bright colours and large icons in order to appeal to a younger demographic.

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The home screen is animated and has music playing in the background, and users can set a name and a profile picture for the mode. One feature missing is multiple kids user profiles. Although multiple children can effectively share the Galaxy Tab 3 Kids, it would have been nice to have seperate kids accounts, each with their own preferred apps on the main carousel. I'm sure parents with more than one child will agree.

The list of settings is seriously extensive

Multiple kids accounts may just be the only useful setting that's not available on the Galaxy Tab 3 Kids, however. The list of settings is seriously extensive, headed by the ability to set a usage time limit of between 10 minutes and one hour and 20 minutes. A password protected lock screen then prevents use when the allotted time period is up. Parents or guardians can also set a specific time period for use, for example between 5pm-8pm, and can even set up the device to be always locked, requiring a four digit passcode to use at all times.

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The Kids Mode is very flexible. Parental controls allow users to choose which applications can be accessed in the mode, so you're not restricted to the apps that are available in the Samsung Kids Store. If you choose to, you can enable any app you've downloaded on the device to be accessible in Kids Mode — yep, even games like Dead Trigger 2 and GTA III. There's also a setting that will add all downloaded apps to kids mode automatically.

Naturally, the Galaxy Tab 3 Kids requires a four digit passcode to be entered when purchasing both free and paid apps, so there's no risk of your child racking up a huge bill, or churning through your Internet download limit.

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Limited specifications result in a frustrating user experience.

While the Galaxy Tab 3 Kids is primarily designed to be used by children, a seperate standard mode setting offers the same features and functions of a regular Samsung Android tablet. In this mode, the limited specifications of the tablet do result in a rather frustrating user experience. The 1.2GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM clearly isn't enough to keep up with the demand of the Android operating system and Samsung's TouchWIZ UI. Even basic tasks like swiping through home screens, pulling down the notifications panel and opening apps is a sluggish and often jerky experience, while playing any sort of graphically intense game results in slow frame rates and longer loading times.

The Galaxy Tab 3 Kids comes with 8GB of internal memory but a microSD card slot allows users to expand the on-board memory. The tablet has a 3-megapixel rear-facing camera, and a front-facing 1.3-megapixel snapper that takes poor quality photos and video, though it should be good enough to keep the kids entertained. In a nice touch, Samsung has skinned the camera application when opened in kids mode, with larger, more colourful icons, and parents can select which folders of images, videos and other files can be accessible in Kids Mode.

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids has a large, 4000mAh battery that should last about six to eight hours of constant use. In our experience, the battery does drain quite significantly when the screen is on, even when used purely in Kids Mode. We recommend turning the brightness to a lower setting to try and extract as much battery life as possible.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids is available now in Australia and sells for $299 outright. It is stocked at Samsung's Experience Stores in Sydney and Melbourne and is also available through various other retailers across the country.

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Slashee the Cow

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"The Samsung Galaxy Tab Kids has a 7in screen with a resolution of 1024x768 pixels."
That's 4:3. I'm reasonably sure it's a much more widescreen 1024x600.

Lorimar

2

Does any one knows if its available to buy the grip cover (the blue one) alone ? and where? thanks!

vmAnswer

3

I'm a big fan of Samsung devices and this tablet is a huge disappointment. The short story is that it falls short on almost every relevant front. If interested I blogged about it here: http://blog.vimware.com/2013/10/samsung-galaxy-tab-3-move-on-nothing-to.html

Bob whynott

4

How do u add apps

John Downie

5

How do u return to the normal user mode from kids mode.

MC

6

click on the round menu button in bottom right-->
then click the fourth round button to the right, which is a parent control icon-->
enter passcode code-->
click square button all the way to the right that says, "standard home screen"

To get back to kid's mode, just click on the round "Kids Mode" button on the home screen with the kid's face.

Robyn

7

Does anybody know the name of the kids mode used on this tablet?

mandy m

8

I think the most important feature it's missing is that you can't control the volume! I can't believe nobody has addressed this yet! The volume is extremely loud for young ears and it's hard to monitor your 3yr old! If I am wrong, PLEASE let me know how to control the volume!
Thanks!

Shane I

9

does anyone know the default password? I cant get into the parents area.

Augusta

10

Does anyhow know how to get a new stylus

pedro zambrano

11

quisiera saber si esta tablet es para ponerle chip

marilu

12

Does anyone know if this tablet come's with the internet appon the standard mode? because ours didn't.

Jones Banda

13

Got this tablet from Big W and was dead within the first week of use. Unfortunately I had lost the reciepts. Not worthy the money

Connie

14

My daughter has blocked the tablet can any one help me how to unlock it says enter the Google account to go any further I have done that and saying wrong password. Is there anyway of resetting them?

tiffany

15

I think my daughterchanged her password on the parent lock and I cant get into the email I set up

sarah

16

is skype and other features just like ordinary tab is accessible also?

chris

17

default passcode does anyone know what it is

lfd

18

"The Kids Mode is very flexible. Parental controls allow users to choose which applications can be accessed in the mode, so you're not restricted to the apps that are available in the Samsung Kids Store. If you choose to, you can enable any app you've downloaded on the device to be accessible in Kids Mode — yep, even games like Dead Trigger 2 and GTA III. There's also a setting that will add all downloaded apps to kids mode automatically" My Question: downloaded several kids games but can't get them moved into the Kids Mode section

Mohammad Abid

19

how can i switch between kids mode to normal mode ??? Define process plz

Iván

20

Tengo la tablet de mi hija con los juegos que vienen originales , como puedo accedr a compra de juegos ya que me pide una clave de cuatro digitos , yo no la he activado como puedo entrar a internet

Gracias

Iván

21

Tengo la tablet de mi hija con los juegos que vienen originales , como puedo accedr a compra de juegos ya que me pide una clave de cuatro digitos , yo no la he activado como puedo entrar a internet

Gracias

Iván

22

Tengo la tablet de mi hija con los juegos que vienen originales , como puedo accedr a compra de juegos ya que me pide una clave de cuatro digitos , yo no la he activado como puedo entrar a internet

Gracias

Marites

23

How do I change the password? My daughter just unknowingly pressed numbers. Now I can't enter the google? Please help me on this. Thanks

Liza

24

Can you watch movies off a USB?

Samsung Kids Tablet user

25

For the person having problem's logging back in when child locked out and asking for gmail and password.
I had the same problem, but for it to accept the password correctly the wi-fi has to have been left on. All I could do was turn the tablet on and off alot of times up to 15-20 times until it asked the 4 pin password instead of email. Hope it works for you also

Joe downey

26

My child reset password now it's says enter
Your google account witch I never set up coz don't
Have it that long how can I get

Samsuck

27

this forum is fucking useless.

kirsty

28

Can anyone tell me what comes in the box as the tablet wont charge and they wont replace it if I dont bring all the contents . Thanks

geen

29

How do you return to normal user from kids mode

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