Verizon is doubling down on family-friendly tech this holiday season — on top of the two LG wearable devices for kids they recently announced, the telecom giant will add a new kids tablet called the Ellipsis. While it might not do much different than the many kids tablets we’ve covered, Verizon is hoping that a software partnership and the ease of getting the tablet on an existing Verizon plan will be enough to move units to their customers.
The Ellipsis is an 8″ Android-based tablet with a 720p IPS display, a 5 MP rear camera, a 1.3 MP front camera, 16 GB of storage (with a MicroSD card supporting up to 32 GB), and a 5,000 mAh battery. With budget specs, that 5,000 mAh battery should ensure that the tablet won’t die on kids too quickly — something any parent wants to avoid at all costs. There’s also 4G LTE connectivity to take advantage of Verizon’s network, but, like with any kids tablet, that can’t come without parental control software.
That parental control software includes time limits, app blockers, and a child lock, which acts as a customizable web filter that parents can use to selectively block or allow certain websites. It’s also kid-proof in another important way — there’s a big, soft bumper case running along the edges to protect the tablet from the inevitable drops.
The software partnership Verizon is promoting is with Zoodles. Each tablet comes with a free premium subscription to Zoodles Kid Mode, which has its own collection of videos, games, and eBooks that kids can use while staying away from the Wild West of the internet proper. Zoodles also has a personalization engine that can recommend educational content from their storehouse based on a child’s age and interests.
Thing is, it’s a bit expensive for a kids tablet, which by nature are filled with low-end specs that should make them cheaper. The Ellipsis will sell for $250 when it hits Verizon stores on November 12, which can be paid in monthly installments of $10.41 per month for 24 months. There’s also the option to pay $80 if the tablet is purchased with one of those dreaded two-year contracts — probably not a great idea just for a kids tablet. If you’re already a Verizon customer, you can add the Ellipsis to your plan as a tablet for another $10 per month in addition to the cost of the tablet.