Review of the New Pebble Gear 7″ Kids Tablet
I’ve always felt conflicted about my child using electronic devices mainly due to keeping him safe online. They can be great for so many things like teaching them about technology and being educational in a fun way, but they have their issues too.
A few times I’ve come across my son playing games that have inbuilt advertising, and he’s managed to download some games above his age range.
I don’t enjoy checking up on him continuously and having to faff with complex parental controls on each individual app, so I was pleased to hear there’s a new tablet that’s safer and easy to use.
The Pebble Gear Tablet Range offer tablets for children that are both educational and safe.
The tablets are designed to be robust, easy to use and have many features to help with online safety. They currently come in two designs: Frozen 2 and Toy Story 4.
The tablets come on sale this Thursday (9 Apr 2020), and I’ve been gifted one for my 8 year old to test out during lockdown. He chose the Toy Story 4 themed tablet and here’s what we thought…
Pebble Gear worked with experts to design a tablet that us parents could trust to be safe. The tablet is set up so children can only access safe content online. It comes with more than 500 games and apps which all have no in-app adverts or purchases.
Games can be played offline, and when you first turn the tablet on you are given parental control options to set up. I chose for it to turn off after one hours use and there’s even options of times it can and cannot be turned on.
Robust & Well Designed
The tablet has a protective impact resistant bumpercase which reduces risk of breakage from the drops and bumps it can encounter by kids.
I find the style of the case is also quite comfortable to hold and use compared to standard tablets.
It also features built in blue light protection. The built-in polarising filter protects your child’s eyes from prolonged exposure to the harsh blue light we take in from screens.
Educational & Fun
There is access to more than 500 educational games and apps using the Game Store Junior. You get one free year of Game Store Junior with the tablet, as well as lifetime access to Kiddoware Safe Browser.
My son has been enjoying games like My Nom Nom where you get to look after your own pet, some of the maths games and we have enjoyed listening to the eBooks together.
With each themed tablet there are also Disney games and eBooks. As well as Frozen and Toy Story, there will be other themed tablets coming out including Disney Pixar Cars and Mickey Mouse.
The tablet features a 7″ display with a 16 GB memory that’s expandable upto 128GB. It uses Pebble OS based on Android 8.1, and has a Quad-Core 1.3.HGz processor.
It has a front and rear camera, loudspeakers and a microphone.
The tablet comes with a bumpercase, charger plug and USB cable. It even has an alternative plug to use when abroad, so it’s handy to use on holiday.
Overall we like this tablet a lot. My son loves how fast it is to turn on and download games. He likes how the case feels when he’s using it, and he was quite impressed with the range of games it has.
Whilst he wasn’t so happy with the settings I used, I like the fact I can set it to automatically turn off after a certain amount of time. This avoids the battle we usually have when I ask him to turn screens off.
I like that I don’t have to worry about him downloading games too old for him, or watching adverts that are inappropriate.
At £99.99 I think it’s a fair price for a good quality children’s tablet.
This tablet was gifted. No payment was made for this review. I chose to review this product and all opinions are honest and my own.