It's always surprised me that Samsung, with its strategy of producing mobile devices for every type of customer imaginable, hasn't released more Galaxy devices aimed directly at children.
Well, one is coming, though whether it'll make it out of Korea remains to be seen. Say hello to the Galaxy Tab 3 Kids, or the SM-T2105.
Expected to be announced in South Korea next month, the Galaxy Tab 3 Kids is based on the existing Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 Wi-Fi, which means a 1024 x 600-pixel 7in display, a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, 3.2MP/1.3MP cameras, a microSD card slot and a 4000mAh battery.
Where the difference comes in is the overall appearance – colour options are certain to include the yellow and orange pictured here – and presence of more protective chassis' and cases to guard against spills and knocks.
SamMobile says the original Korean source reckons the Galaxy Tab 3 Kids will offer “lots of educational and recreational content to keep your child occupied for hours”, and we'd assume access to the Play Store will be restricted or blocked altogether without parental go-ahead.
So in other words it's a full-blown tablet simply repackaged to appeal to kids. Yet does it need to be more than that? Toddler-friendly laptops or tablets that are designed to help foster basic colour and sound recognition and motor skills are one thing, but after this foundational stage most kids are going to end up learning how to use mum and dad's phone or tablet anyway. So if you are willing to give them a mobile device of their own, why shouldn't it be a fully fledged tablet instead of a condascendingly basic “toy”?
That's if you believe your kids should be playing with techy gadgets in the first place, of course, though they'll probably end up doing it anyway no matter what you think.
Anyway, as we said at the start, we'd be surprised if the Galaxy Tab 3 Kids turns up on these shores at all.