Review: ClickN Kids Tablet Would be an Okay Tablet If Not for the Adverts

There’s an  clickn kids tablet 1ongoing debate over just how much protecting  kids need these days. Not everyone agrees on the degree needed, but parents want to more carefully control what their child does with gadgets might want to consider the ClickN Kids tablet.

This is a fairly basic Android tablet that offers a full Android experience (including Google Play) as well as a more locked down and protected mode for kids. The kid’s mode restricts users to only accessing chosen apps, and they cannot alter any settings or exit the kid’s mode without a password.

The ClickN Kids tablet is my first experience with the locked down type of experience of  a kid’s tablet, and since I am not a parent I might not catch all of the details that a parent might want to know. But after having read the 2 other reviews for this tablet (both written by parents) I have concluded that my perspective will add useful details that were missed.

Other Reviews

 Hardware

image005[1]At first glance the ClickN Kids tablet is a run of the mill Android tablet with a shiny black front and a shiny black rear. There are 2 speakers on the back, and the single camera is centered above the screen.

The ports, card slot, and buttons are all on the bottom edge. There are no volume buttons, but there are buttons for power and home. Its one most visible feature is the rubber edge protector, which is available in a variety of colors and can be removed.  This tablet is equipped with a 7″ LCD screen with a resolution of 480 x 800.

It runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU, which is supported by a Mali-400 graphics chip. It has 1GB of RAM, 5.1GB of storage, a microSD card slot and a 2MP camera. In general the hardware is okay, but I have noticed a few quirks that might be present issues. The first is that this tablet doesn’t use a standard microUSB power supply; instead it is one of the rare exceptions that use a custom power supply. Finding a replacement power supply could be an issue.

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Also, the USB port on the ClickN Kids tablet is the less common microUSB, not the standard miniUSB; again, finding a replacement cable could be an issue. And then there are the power and home buttons. I found myself frequently frustrated with these buttons; it’s difficult to tell them apart so I kept pressing the home button when I was trying to turn the tablet on and off.

It’s not impossible that a child might press the wrong button and then think the tablet is broken or the battery is dead, which at the very could be annoying (not to mention boring if the kid has no other activity to them busy). This is a concern, I think.

Screen

The screen resolution might be low but the general quality of the screen is better than most of what I’ve seen in this price range. This tablet has a wide viewing angle where the color quality is good enough that you can catch nearly all of the details in a movie. With luck (and a fair amount of cooperation) it should be possible for 2 kids to share this one tablet while watching a movie. You might want to spring for a double set of headphones, though.

Battery Life

I have been using this tablet for just over a week and I have developed a serious concern about the battery life. This tablet tends to run down after only a couple days on standby. That is not a sign of a good quality battery or hardware.. I would estimate that the actual run time is under the 5 hours of battery life that the manufacturer claims.

Camera

It’s not very good, but then again most tablets in this price range have marginal cameras at best. According to metadata on the test photos I took, the camera resolution is 1200 x 1600, or 2MP. But based on the visual appearance of the images I would rate the resolution as being a lot lower – VGA.

Audio & Video

It’s a little surprising how good tablets have gotten in the past few years. The ClickN Kids tablet was more than capable of reading the mp4 file I loaded, even though the resolution was 1080p. It couldn’t display the video at full resolution, of course, but it did show the video at full screen. The audio quality was adequate, considering the price of this tablet, but it was still less than clear in a few places.

Performance

I played a number of games on this tablet, browsed the web, and ran a benchmark test (15172, Antutu). This is a pretty zippy tablet. It is as fast as any dual-core tablet in its price range, and it in fact got a benchmark test result nearly as good as the Hisense Sero 7 Pro, a quad-core tablet that sells for $129.

Based on a side by side comparison of the Sero 7 Pro and the ClickN Kids tablet, I would say that the only way to tell the difference is that the Sero 7 Pro is built with higher quality components.

Apps & Kids Place

Screenshot ClickN Kids Tablet 1The ClickNKids tablet is a full Android tablet with Google Play, and that means you can download any app, ebook, or media purchased there. It ships with quite a few games, some of which are good and many of which are infected with adverts. While this tablet is pitched as a kid’s tablet, that is not quite true.

It does use Kids Place for parental controls, yes, which is accessible from the big blue button on the home screen. You can easily avoid kids being able to access the internet, download apps, and make purchases, and you can keep the tablet locked into the kid’s mode by securing it with a 4 digit PIN.

But I would also point out that the Kids Place app used on this tablet can be downloaded from Google Play. You should be able to turn any Android tablet into an equally functional kid’s tablet simply by installing that app. I could be wrong, but if I were a parent I would at least try to convert an existing tablet before buying a new one. You can see all of the apps available on this tablet in the screenshots below:

Looney Tunes Phonics App

The ClickNKids tablet also ships with a literay app. This is outside my experience, so here is how Tech Age Kids described it:

The app is a comprehensive phonics program which teaches kids their letter sounds, tricky words, spelling and lots more. Kids are rewarded with Looney Tunes video content. It seems that 5 year olds will do quite a lot to see a funny clip of Sylvester and Tweety Pie!

This is a very comprehensive phonics course with many hours of material. It shouldn’t be confused with simple apps that just teach a small aspect of phonics.

Looney Tunes Phones is aimed at children in PreK-3 and is very comprehensive. It would cost $29.95 for a year’s subscription or $49.95 for a lifetime subscription so this is a significant value add if your child is at the right educational stage to use it.

You’ll get the best value if your child is just starting to read but there are 100 lessons and there was plenty for my 5 year old who is already reading fairly well.

Verdict

When it comes to the basic hardware this is a decent tablet with specs and performance that are better than what you would expect in a sub-$100 tablet. Performance and general responsiveness were good, and so was the construction quality. But I was disappointed in the battery life; I was unable to use the tablet for more than a few hours over a couple days without having to recharge the tablet.

Also, the 7 inch screen has a resolution of only 800 x 480; many tablets in this price range have a screen resolution of 1024 x 600 or higher. And I am concerned about the power supply and USB ports; they use less common plugs and this could be a problem if the power supply or USB cable are lost.

And I was also put off by the advertisements that came bundled into a number of games. The adverts included nag screens asking me to post reviews as well as pitching other apps. And yes, the adverts showed up on the kid’s walled garden.

And finally, I’m not sure what makes this a kid’s tablet other than the walled garden app and the phonics app. Since you can get the former in Google Play, you need to ask whether you need the latter. If you don’t need the phonics app I would suggest trying to add a kid’s mode to a tablet you already own. That could prove cheaper than buying a whole new tablet.

Where to get it

Specs

  • 7″ (800 x 480) Screen
  • 1.5GHz dual-core CPU
  • Mali-400 MP GPU
  • 1GB RAM
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • 2MP webcam
  • 8GB Flash storage (5.1GB accessible)
  • microSD card slot
  • 2 rear speakers
  • microphone

inding a replacement could be an issue.

11 thoughts on “Review: ClickN Kids Tablet Would be an Okay Tablet If Not for the Adverts

  1. I often read that tablets like these run out of battery life after an hour or two that’s why if I ever wanted to buy one I’ll choose Ipad for durability and Samsung for good apps.

  2. Just wondering–have you looked at “Kids Free Time,” available on the Kindle Fire? It’s a great little walled garden app. Not that I particularly wanted to censor my daughter’s internet access other than ruling out purchases, but we got the Kindle for her last Christmas when she was three and the interface was very easy for her to figure out.

    ‘Course I’m not sure that matters much anymore–she got tired of the videos available and we had to make Netflix available from within the app. So…anyway, I really like KFT as a way to make a starter tablet for the little ones.

    I think it requires an Amazon Prime subscription, or it’s cheaper with one, or something. Been a while since I looked at that.

    -D

    1. I’m not really that familiar with it, no. I need to look.

      TBH I never planned to review kid’s tablets for their own sake. This one just happened to come up in a search and since the specs didn’t look to bad I ordered it on impulse.

  3. best review I’ve seen thank you… yes I must agree the charging issue is going to be an issue it has already been an issue and I haven’t even had my past 60 days. but as a parent is great because I can truly monitor what the child is playing what he’s not playing and keep him out of certain areas which makes life so much easier great for that. I would definitely make this purchase again and in the future will be making this purchase also. thanks for allowing me to share

  4. I agree on the part where finding a replacement for the power supply would be an issue. I hadn’t had any other problems with it. I did notice the annoying fact that you do get confused with the home and the power buttons though. My son has one of these and he lost his charger and I can not find where to purchase it. Walmart says they don’t carry it. Does anyone know where I may be able to find a replacement charger for this tablet. I would really appreciate it..Thanks.

    1. Radio Shack has a one sized fits most system which will probably work for you. You’ll need to bring the tablet in to the store and find a tip which fits, and then buy a charger and tip separately.

  5. Any ideas on how to remove the pre-installed apps? I put in a 32 gb SD card, but the preinstalled Walmart and other apps are takin up valuable space on the 1 gb internal card.

    1. My first suggestion would be to perform a factory reset, but that might also wipe the content you want to keep.

      You could go into the settings menu and delete the apps one at a time, but I would try an app like Clean Master (you can find it in Google Play). This app will help you mass-delete unwanted apps. I’ve used it once and it helped free up space.

      But if you run this app, be very careful. It can also delete core Android OS components, which would seriously screw up your tablet.

    2. One other suggestion:

      I don’t have the ClickN tablet so I don’t know if this is possible, but you might want to go into the settings menu and see if you can move apps to the SD card. This could free up space.

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