ARCHOS Announces the Child Pad, a 7-Inch $129 Android Tablet for Kids

If you like the idea of getting the little ones started early in the digital world, this new Archos tablet deserves your attention — especially if you don’t like the idea of handing your kids a cheap, stripped down tablet that barely resembles a real tablet in terms of function.

The Archos Child Pad is no joke of tablet, managing to pack in a 1 GHz processor and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box. It’s a 7″ tablet that will get your kids used to tablets in a real sense, but that doesn’t mean they’ll be able to roam free on the Internet with the Child Pad. Rather than having access to the Android Market, kids will have access to the Kids App Store, powered by AppsLib. That library is still robust, though, at about 10,000 apps ranging from education to entertainment. There are also 28 of the most popular apps with kids preloaded, including, of course, Angry Birds.

As for hard controls, the Child Pad is CIPA and COPPA compliant, with parental controls and a web filter powered by Editions Profil, one of the highest rated web filters in the world.

The Archos Child Pad will be available at the end of March, and will sell for $129.