ARCHOS ChildPad Review and Gaming Performance

Posted by B. Johnson
June 7, 2014 | 0 comments
ARCHOS ChildPad Review and Gaming PerformanceFinding a tablet for children probably could be a pretty difficult task for parents given that many of tablets today are mostly intended for teenager to adult users, with no dedicated features specifically for kids and especially their security when consuming contents.

Well, that came at no surprise because most of tablet shoppers around the tablet market are dominated by either adults or teenagers.

So there is no strong reason for manufacturers to make tablets for kids when the demands are not that significant.

However, things have been changing quite a bit in the past few years when more and more kids are starting to use tablets as their primary gadgets, mostly for studying or having fun/playing games.

Now tablets dedicated for kids can be pretty easy to find around the tablet stores near your town.

The most noticeable difference between tablets for kids and for regular people is their security features.

ARCHOS ChildPad benchmarks and gaming performance

Given that parents are really concerned about the security and how their kids consume the contents on tablets, then it’s obvious if tablets for kids will come pre-installed with some security features.

For example is the multiple profile mode that allows parents to create some specific profiles for their kids and the parents so their kids cannot access some features that could be “dangerous” for them, like the ability to buy contents with credit cards, watch random/adult movies, play inappropriate games/apps and many more.

Talking about tablets for kids, i actually have one tablet that i’m pretty interested to bring up to this website.

This one is from the same manufacturer that i’ve been pretty interested to talk about in the past few days - Archos.

And the kid-dedicated tablet from this company is ARCHOS ChildPad, a 7-inch tablet running Android that has some low-grade hardware specs.

I’m probably not gonna talk a lot about the gaming performance of this tablet - given its low-spec’d internals -, but there are always some sectors on this tablet that are still worth sharing to you guys here, especially if you’re currently looking for a tablet for your kids.

Okay then, if you’re interested to know more about this children tablet, then here you go, my personal review of ARCHOS ChildPad.

Introduction

Compared to other regular Android tablets out there on the market, then it’s pretty obvious that this ARCHOS ChildPad won’t have that jaw-dropping specs and especially decent gaming performance.

Well, as a matter of fact, you just cannot complain anything about this tablet as Archos Childpad is originally intended by Archos only as a children tablet.

So as an adult or teenager, then it’s well recommended for you to stay away from this tablet unless you want to buy this tablet for your kids or your young-aged sisters/brothers.

ARCHOS ChildPad Review and Gaming PerformanceHowever, despite being a low-grade tablet for kids, this Archos tablet actually has some sectors that are still worth bragging to many of its “rivals” – i’m talking about Android tablets of course.

If there are still some Android tablets that don’t have the rear-facing camera, then ARCHOS ChildPad has you covered, along with microSD card slot and pretty big 1GB of RAM.

I mean, not all tablets have rear-facing camera, microSD card slot and a standard 1GB of RAM, right?

Like for example, the beast flagship Kindle Fire HDX 7 that is still not packing rear-facing camera and microSD card, or Acer Iconia Tab B1-A71 that is stuck with its low 512MB of RAM and no-rear-facing camera.

Even so, despite being well-armed with those important equipments, ARCHOS ChildPad still lacks on everything that other regular Android tablets excel on.

There are many downsides found on this tablet.

The most prominent one is definitely its display, that has really low-resolution and even worse, is still using that old outdated so-4-years-ago resistive touch screen, which lacks responsiveness.

Besides its low-grade display, there are still many sectors on this tablet that need to be scrutinized in this review.

So the question is, with all of these weaknesses, does ARCHOS ChildPad have what it takes to be a good Android tablet?

This tablet is maybe a good tablet for kids, but is it a good tablet in general?

Well, we’re about to find out more about that in this review.

Design

Talking about its design, ARCHOS ChildPad doesn’t run away from its original intention by its maker - as a children tablet.

Therefore, it’s so obvious that Archos will design this tablet specifically for kids.

It has that chubby-looking design, it has great and comfortable grip for kids and the most importantly, it has the “fun” User Interface that kids would love to use for many many hours.

Interestingly though, this ARCHOS ChildPad still inherits the same core concept UI of stock Android OS, with that standard homescreen that kids can add with widgets or shortcuts.
ARCHOS ChildPad Review and Gaming Performance

ARCHOS ChildPad Review and Gaming Performance

This really contradicts with Amazon’s approach on its Kindle Fire tablets, which has the forked-version of Android OS with simplified UI that actually is more suitable to use for kids, not for regular adult and teenager users.

I personally think that, it would be cool if Archos also did the same thing with this ARCHOS ChildPad, with the same simplified UI just like the Fire OS on Kindle Fire tablets.

But who knows, it probably will happen on the next-generation model of this ARCHOS ChildPad in the future.

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  • Weight: 13.40 oz (380 g)
  • TFT 7.0 inch 800 x 480 pixels (-133 ppi pixel density)
  • Single core, 1000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A8 Processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 4 GB internal storage
  • Storage expansion: microSD, microSDHC for up to 32 GB
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b, g, n
  • USB 2.0
  • microUSB
  • Mass storage device, USB charging

As i mentioned already above, given the fact that this ARCHOS ChildPad is originally intended as a tablet for kids, then you as consumer, just cannot complain on the low-grade specs of this tablet.

Besides, i don’t think you want to use this tablet for yourself, right?

ARCHOS ChildPad comes with some unimpressive low-grade internal specs:
  • from the single-core ARM Cortex-A8 clocked at 1GHz with no information about its system chip and GPU,
  • 1GB of RAM,
  • limited 4GB of internal storage with expandable microSD card slot,
  • rear-facing camera with no flash and autofocus,
  • no front-facing camera,
  • no GPS, no standard 3.5mm headphone jack,
  • irreplaceable battery
  • and what makes this tablet EVEN WORSE is, ARCHOS ChildPad is still stuck in the past with only 7-inch RESISTIVE touch screen, NOT capacitive just like on other "normal" tablets on the market to date.
So it definitely lacks responsiveness on its touch screen, although kids don’t really matter with that.

Well, by looking at the whole spec sheet of this tablet, then ARCHOS ChildPad is definitely a NO-GO for those of you who are looking for a decent regular Android tablet.

However, if you’re currently looking for a tablet for your kid or your little sister/brother, then go ahead - ARCHOS ChildPad is still a pretty good choice for you.

But there are still some other options on the market that are still better than this Archos tablet.

Screen

The biggest downside found on this tablet is definitely its display.

Not only does it use a really low-resolution 800x480 pixel display, but it’s also a resistive display – NOT capacitive display just like on other tablets out there on the market.

So when it comes to quality, there it just leaves a lot to be desired.

It definitely lacks sharpness and the worse thing is, its display will not be that responsive just like any other regular tablets with capacitive display.

So if you’re planning to buy this tablet for yourself (which i doubt that), then i recommend you to stay away from this tablet.

In fact, given this low-grade display, you probably want to find another option than this tablet.

I mean, even though other Android tablets are not actually intended to use for kids, but there are some specific security-related features on this tablet that you – as a parent – can use to control all the contents, payment system and even features on the tablet.

So your kids can use this tablet safely without any problem.

User Interface and Features

Given that this tablet is intended for kids, then it’s really obvious if Archos already prepares some cool kid-related features, apps and tasks on this tablet, especially the ones that have something to do with education, learning stuff, having fun/playing games/apps and many other more.

I’ve personally already seen some of the key features on this tablet – through YouTube videos -, like for example the cool “bear” toy that you can attach to this tablet (on the top front bezel), which allows you to put all the music in that “bear toy”.

There are also some other features to record voice, videos, photos and many more on this tablet, which would make your kids busy with this tablet.

Performance

As a children tablet, there is nothing to write home about on the internal hardware of this tablet.

But it’s worth noting that this tablet is powered by an unimpressive single-core ARM Cortex-A8 processor, coupled with 1GB of RAM.

Too bad there is no information regarding the mobile GPU on this tablet.

So for doing any basic kid-related tasks, like listening to music, checking out photos, watching videos or playing casual games, this tablet no doubt can handle all of these tasks without any meaningful issue.

Opening many apps at once also won’t create any huge impact to its overall performance, thanks to its big 1GB of RAM.

So if your kids just don’t know how to deactivate (or kill) all the apps in the background, there should be no lag issue whatsoever on this tablet.

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ARCHOS ChildPad only comes with a single-core ARM Cortex-A8 processor, accompanied with 1GB of RAM. Unfortunately, i found no information regarding the mobile GPU that Archos uses on this tablet.

So i just can’t give any information about the gaming performance or which games that will run perfectly on this tablet.

However, if you really want to know about its gaming performance, you might want to check out the YouTube video playlist i’ve made about this tablet, in the links below (both YouTube and Pinterest).

I know that, as for today, there is no video about the gaming performance of this tablet yet. But in the future, i might update the playlist with new videos.

So you might want to subscribe for further information in the future.

If you want to know more about the gaming performance of ARCHOS ChildPad, including what games that will run on this tablet, check out our YouTube video playlist or Pinterest page. :)

Battery Life

When it comes to battery life, ARCHOS ChildPad might have something to brag about.

Thanks to its low-resolution display and efficient single-core CPU, it probably could help a lot in making this tablet long lasting in battery life.

So even if your kids are really active and they want to play and have some fun with this tablet for many many hours, you can expect this tablet to last in one solid day, of course in one full charge.

However, when things gone crazy, i mean, when your kids use this tablet to do some heavy intense tasks without resting the screen at all - like watching movies in marathon or playing games in the row -, then its battery life could probably last only a half of day, which is still pretty good for a children tablet.

My Personal Opinions

So the conclusion is, overall, i’m not really that impressed with this tablet.

In fact, as a children-dedicated tablet, ARCHOS ChildPad cannot be considered as a decent tablet, especially compared to other tablets that are also suitable to use for kids, like Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7, Asus MemoPad 7HD or a much cheaper Acer Iconia B1-720, which all of these rivals, have much better specs and performance.

I know that - most of little kids don’t really care about the specs of their tablets. And that’s true.

However, given that many of those kids will use their tablets mostly as a gaming tablet, then it’s a must for a children tablet to have great gaming performance, even though most of them only want to play some casual games like Angry Birds or Fruit Ninja.

The other thing that makes this tablet disappointing is its display.

Compared to ALL tablets across the market to date (including iPad), all of them already adopt the capacitive display, which is way more responsive than the outdated resistive display on ARCHOS ChildPad.

So even though your kids don’t really take this issue seriously, but it’s becoming really important because having a tablet with laggy and unresponsive touch screen can eventually disrupt your kids experience of using this tablet, right?

However, that’s not so surprising given that this Archos kid-dedicated tablet is originally intended by Archos only as a tablet for kids, not adults, not teenagers, let alone old people.

So it won’t matter too much for kids as these young-aged users don’t really know whatsoever about technical stuff of the tablet they’re playing with.

So its low-grade specs are is still acceptable.

But then again, if you check out Kindle Fire 7 HDX especially its monster specs, then you will definitely end up buying Amazon tablet instead of this Archos Childpad given that Kindle Fire tablet is also suitable to use for kids – especially with the new addition of kids-related security features (like manually-locked: apps, payment system and multiple profile).

So if these 2 Amazon and Archos tablets are pitted side-by-side, it’s really easy to guess that Kindle Fire is the one you’re gonna buy for your little kids.

So if you’re looking for a tablet for your children, i recommend you to think twice before getting this tablet.

Even though this Archos tablet looks tempting, especially with its “bear toy” mp3 player, but there are still many other options that are just better than this tablet.

Kindle Fire HDX 7 for example.

Even though this $229 budget tablet is mostly used by teenagers and adults, Kindle Fire 7 HDX is actually suitable to use for kids as well (as shown in one commercial of this tablet on YouTube).

It’s good for gaming (in fact, it’s incredible for gaming given its Snapdragon 800 processor), it’s good for reading, watching movies, browsing the web, listening to music and everything that you’ve dreamed of on a media-consumption tablet.

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