Monday, 6 August 2012

A Week With The Kurio: Day Seven

We have now been playing with the Kurio for seven days and I am happy to confirm that it has certainly lived up to my first impressions. It is packed full of features and functionality that make it more than just a kid's toy but instead something the whole family can use and enjoy. In this post I am going to recap on my experience of using it and share the things I love about it along with a few other points worth mentioning.

The Kurio is easy to set up with Parental Controls and Web Filtering which are simple and quick to configure. I have definitely seen the benefits of Time Management as it makes the whole "time to stop playing" part of the day a lot easier and acceptable to Ben. Saying that, he has become quite attached to his Kurio and there have been a few occasions when he has fallen asleep hugging it.

Hugs for the Kurio
The ability to have separate user profiles and manage the apps that are installed on each, is another big win for me. I like the fact that I can have my email and Twitter solely on my profile which means there is no danger of Ben accidentally getting into them and sending some random tweets or emails which has happened in the past. One thing to note however, is if an app such as World of Goo is installed on multiple profiles, the same app is shared across all profiles therefore when one user completes a level, it is completed for all.

As with all gadgets in the hands of young kids a big concern is how durable they are but thanks to the protective bumper on the Kurio there is no need to worry about this. @KidsKurio on twitter recently tweeted that the Kurio has survived being dropped from a height onto a stone floor which is reassuring to hear although not something I would like to see happen to our beloved Kurio. Of course, as the bumper is removable when you want it to transform into "Mummy or Daddy's Kurio" you have the option of removing it and revealing the sleek tablet inside.

One features I have yet to try is to connect the Kurio to a TV which allows you to view your pictures, videos and music on screen. To do this you will need a mini HDMI cable.

Connect to a screen using a mini HDMI cable

The storage memory on the Kurio is 4GB which for now is fine for us, but if we do start running out of memory it is good to know that it can be easily increased to 32GB with a Micro SD card. 

After having played with the Kurio this week, the big advantage I can see in it over other similar products is it's ability to grow and adapt to the needs of your child as they get older. As a parent, you have a lot of flexibility and control over how they use the Kurio to ensure that it is safe and works for you and your child. Given it's price (7inch has a RRP of £150 and the 10inch, a RRP of £200) it really does have a serious amount of features and functionality to offer which make it excellent value for money. One thing is for sure, there will be a lot of very happy kids (and parents) if Santa pops one of these under the Christmas tree this year.

*Disclaimer: I received a Kurio free of charge but this has in no way biased my opinion.

13 comments:

Emily Fourfun said...

Well I'm totally sold!! Your reviews are excellent, I don't think you've missed anything I was pondering about them. Eeeek I have to source two now in time for Xmas!! xx

Mummy's Space said...

Thanks Emily, I'm glad you found the reviews helpful. It's lovely to get feedback like this :). Your kids will love the Kurio I'm sure! x

Susan Mann said...

I'm liking the sound of this more and more. x

happymum said...

Just bought this as a birthday present and it goes everywhere. My child loves it. He can visit his favourite websites without asking to use my laptop (or me having to worry about what he's clicking on). He loves the games and the interface is easy to use. In a few days he's already played with it more than either his Leapster/Leappad, which are limited in comparison with Kurio. Totally agree with the reviews here - we're pretty impressed with the functionality, preloaded content, design and quality. In the words of a happy 6 year old, its awesome!!

Mummy's Space said...

It really is a great choice for kids - Ben loves it.

Mummy's Space said...

That's great to hear! I love the fact that you can hand your child the Kurio and be happy they only have access to what you have allowed and during a set number of hours - great peace of mind! Glad your 6 year old is enjoying it!

claire said...

Hi, I got my 6 year old a Kurio last month, which she loves. I bought an sd card and wanted to put a movie on it, but cannot download it in a format that the device recognises. did you add any movies on to it? thanks

Mummy's Space said...

Hi Claire, I haven't tried this yet but shall have a look into it and get back to you shortly.

Nikki Smith said...

I'm thinking of getting one of these but have been put of by a few bad reviews but feel a bit happier now I've found your review.
Would you be able to tell me if you can use the cbeebies website and also film streaming sites like Netflix.
Thanks for your help.

jodi said...

Thanks for this great review. I received our Kurio 2 days ago. I was contemplating returning it, only because I started to get worried that I wouldn't find apps that compare to Ipad apps. I think for this year it will be a great transition for our family and maybe next year we can look at getting the Ipad.

Carlos Neila López said...

Hi, i'm writing from Spain, first of all, terrific review, but I would like to know about the batery. could you tell me about the batery autonomy.

Thanks a lot

Frank Cantero said...

I just bought one for my 5yr old and he loves it. Now I think I have to buy another one for my 3yr old. Is there anyway to put movies on it?

nat said...

Hi is the cbeebies playtime app available to get on this device?

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