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Toy R Us Tabeo Versus Fuhu Nabi 2: Holiday Kids Tablet Wars

2012 has truly been the year of the Tablet for adults and kids. It’s tough for parents to know which one is the best for the price, along with living up to your child’s expectations. We’ve done a side by side test of the Toys R Us Tabeo up against the Fuhu Nabi 2 to give you an idea of where they stand. Below you can even see a speed test and see which tablet is the winner to making your Christmas Holiday shopping a little easier. After trying to go through all the information with each tablet, it gave me a headache, so I can only imagine what it’s like for you busy parents so we take the ache from your head for you!

A fair amount of parents this year want to get tablets for their children. Whether it’s to save their iPad, or simply to provide quality entertainment and fun learning opportunities for their kids, tablets are amassing quite a group of people interested in purchasing them. Of course, they aren’t cheap, and of course, it seems like there are a million and one tablets to have to choose from-so how do you know which one to get? Today we’ll be comparing two tablets that have peaked the interest of parents, The Tabeo vs Nabi 2.

Read user reviews on the Fuhu Nabi 2 Tablet.

Check out our Top 30 Hottest Toys for the 2012 Christmas Holiday season chosen by the ones who’ll use them, kids…young and older!

The Design

Both tablets come with a silicone bumper case that can be removed-green for the Tabeo, red for the Nabi 2 tablet. With their cases on, they look quite similar. Take the cases off and they still look similar, but there are some definite differences. While they both have 7” screens, the Nabi gives the appearance of having a larger screen by bordering it in black. The Tabeo is the same length, but a bit narrower than the Nabi-it is also more rounded at the edges, whereas the Nabi is just more rectangular. Both are about the same thickness. One obvious difference is that the Nabi has a grid of small squares that pop out on the back, whereas the Tabeo does not. Due to the matte finish on the Tabeo, if the case is off, grimy little fingerprints make themselves more visible on its surface.

tabeo 2 vs nabi 2 front of tablets images

toys r us tabeo versus fuhu nabi 2 back of tablets images

Which one had the better design? They were similar, but both appealing in their own ways. Overall they are fairly equal and it’s all about personal preference when it comes to which one has the better design. I personally liked the look of the Nabi 2 more.

Durability

Both of the tablets stood up to a number of drop/knock tests on various surfaces, and neither seemed worse for the wear. However if it came down to it, I would trust the Nabi to hold up better long term rather than the Tabeo, mainly because the material/plastic it’s made of is thicker and sturdier. Note that neither tablet has a sunken screen or re-enforced glass.

hot kids tablets nabi 2 and tabeo review

Which one is more durable? It’s close, but the Nabi 2 nudges ahead of the Tabeo in terms of durability.

Basic Features

Before going on to the fun/fancy features, here is a brief comparison of the basic functions of each tablet.

Screen/Graphics:

Both tablets have 7” LCD touchscreens. The images/graphics on the Nabi are much brighter, clearer, and sharper than that on the Tabeo. The Tabeo also had moments where the graphics would overlap or freeze.

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Speakers/Sound Quality:

Neither sound bad, but the sound quality of the Nabi was superior to the sound quality of the Tabeo. It was fuller and sharper sounding. However, the Nabi places the speakers on the back of the tablet, so sound is directed away from the user. With the Tabeo, the speakers are on the front, which I really like.

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Load Time/Responsiveness:

Again, neither was exactly slow, but the Nabi had an edge on the Tabeo. When loading games, apps, websites, etc. it was definitely faster. It also responded to touch more accurately.

Memory/Battery Life:

The Nabi 2 comes with 8GB of memory and 1GB of RAM. The Tabeo comes with 4GB of memory. Both can be expanded via an SD/MicroSD card slot.

The Nabi 2 has a small battery for how powerful it is, and it can be slow to charge. It probably averages 4-6 hours depending on how you use it. The Tabeo supposedly lasts up to 10 hours if you’re simply browsing the web-throw in games or videos and it probably averages closer to 6-7 hours.

Which tablet had the better basics? The Nabi 2.

Interface

A well-organized interface is key when it comes to enjoying something like a tablet. If you can’t find your way around it it’s frustrating beyond belief, and it sucks the fun right out of the device. With kids, this is especially important-they aren’t exactly known for their patience!

Both tablets had a fairly clean layout, but I thought the Nabi was a bit better. The Tabeo crowds a lot of small icons onto one page at a time, whereas the Nabi has 8 jumbo icons per page that you can scroll through. For both tablets if you don’t wish to scroll, you can change the view so all your app/games and feature icons such as Wi-Fi, are in one place.

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Which tablet had a more user-friendly interface? The Nabi 2.

Extra Features

On to the (mostly) fun stuff.

Camera/Video:

The Nabi 2 has the better camera, hands down. It works better in lower lighting, and the image is clearer and brighter than that of the Tabeo. Unfortunately, both of the tablets have front facing cameras, so it’s near impossible to take a picture or video of anything but yourself (at least with the Nabi, it is more meant for video chat.)

Apps/Games:

First off, both are around the same price when it comes to purchasing apps and downloads ($.99 to $3 usually.) The Tabeo has “Tabeo App’s” which is where you can download the apps that you want-but not all of the most popular games are there. The Nabi has something called “The App Zone” which works essentially in the same way as “Tabeo App’s” but I thought it was laid out more thoroughly and had a slightly better selection.

Both come pre-loaded with a decent amount of apps/games.

fuhu nabi 2 spinlets review images

Memory/Battery Life:

The Nabi 2 comes with 8GB of memory and 1GB of RAM. The Tabeo comes with 4GB of memory. Both can be expanded via an SD/MicroSD card slot.

The Nabi 2 has a small battery for how powerful it is, and it can be slow to charge. It probably averages 4-6 hours depending on how you use it. The Tabeo supposedly lasts up to 10 hours if you’re simply browsing the web-throw in games or videos and it probably averages closer to 7 or 8.

Parental Control:

The Nabi has their parental control features down pat. Nothing can be purchased and no rules can be tweaked unless you are in “mommy/daddy mode,” which requires a password that you set up when you get the device. You can limit websites, and even set up a ‘chores’ list. The different modes for parents and kids make it easy to keep restrictions in check and secure.

The Tabeo doesn’t have separate modes, but to buy any sort of app you must provide a login and password-which only you will know. You can also forbid numerous kinds of websites to restrict browsing.

Which One Is The Better Family Tablet?

I bring this up because some families are interested in buying a tablet that will suit all members, rather than having to spend hundreds more on a tablet for the adults, and one for the kids. In this case, the Nabi 2 is better as it is a ‘kid’s tablet’ but it is by no means a toy tablet-it runs an incredibly powerful processor, more powerful than the iPad 2! This means it can handle a lot of content, and not get slowed down or frozen up. There are also the 2 modes-one for adults and one for kids-that make it easier to separate users.

Overall Thoughts

It must be noted that because the Tabeo is $50.00 cheaper, it is naturally less polished and impressive than the Nabi 2. $50 is not by any means a small amount of money, but I also think that the difference between the qualities of the two tablets was significant enough to make up for the price difference-especially if you want a family tablet. Neither one is disappointing, but when it comes down to it, I would say the Nabi 2 is the better of the two tablets.

For overall all tablets, we’ve also reviewed the Kindle Fire HD 8.9Kindle Fire HDSamsung Galaxy Tab 2 and the Sony Reader. We also did a side by side comparison of the Kindle Fire HD versus the Apple iPad to give you an idea of the choices you have. It’s a big market out there for buyers now…just choose wisely and figure out exactly what you want your tablet to do for you.
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