After looking at all of the game systems out there, I wanted to get Ava something that wasn’t going to cost a fortune every time she wanted a new game. So while black Friday shopping (yes, I’m one of those!) I stumbled across the Nabi 2 for $100 off the regular price. She’s had it for a couple of weeks now and here’s a mom’s perspective on a kids gadget…
- First, it’s an android tablet, the first full-featured tablet for kids! (so easy downloadable games that won’t break me!)
- Pretty easy to set up. The instructions walk you through every step of the way and guide you through the important parental control dashboard.
- It is GREAT to play games on, screen size is great, as well as the sound volume (cause I like anything and everything that can be muted or you can attach headphones to!)
- The camera…well, that’s ok…it’s only 1 way so it’s only good for selfies…which that’s fine for her now, but when she first got it she noticed that right away and didn’t like that she couldn’t take pictures of others.
- It appears to be very durable. The case that it comes with is red, which is fine with her and fine with me… (if you want a different color be prepared to shell out about $30! Really? For a 2nd case? No thanks!)
- I did invest $20 for 2 screen protectors…just seemed like common sense considering it’s for kids!
- It comes with a wall charger and a usb cable so no extra accessories needed there, however I may purchase the car charger later on for road trips.
- The battery life….well, if we both remember to “shut down” the Nabi 2 when she’s done it lasts a good while…but that’s not always the case as you have to hold the power button down for a few seconds for that to happen…so usually we have to charge it back up by the end of the day (and no, the battery isn’t being drained because she’s playing it all day 😉 ).
- What I really love (other than teaching Ava how to play Angry Birds) is that it has at least 15 different stories that can be read to her. That has been her favorite part (next to Angry Birds)!
While I am glad I got this for her, there is an importance of remembering how much time can get lost on playing games. If you have electronics for your kids, I strongly encourage you, if you’re not already, to set short time limits! I do not let Ava play longer than 20 minutes at a time and never more than 2-3 times per day when we have nothing going on (and if you’ve been reading my blogs for a while, you’ll know that’s not very often!). Remember how you feel when you’re staring down at a computer screen, game, your cell phone? The pain in your neck and shoulders? Yeah, don’t allow that to already start happening to your kids! 🙂
There is a Nabi Jr for kids 3-5 years old, the Nabi 2 is for kids 4 and up, and there is also a Nabi XD (it has word processing and spreadsheet software, so definitely for older kids!)
I think the Nabi 2 is a great buy if you’re looking for something fun and educational for your child. 🙂