What It Is
The VINCI Tab II 7-inch Learning Tablet is an Android-operated, age-appropriate tablet device for toddlers and preschoolers that works in conjunction with the VINCI Curriculum, a step-by-step learning structure comprised of a series of age-specific learning apps and assessment tools. The VINCI Curriculum apps cover six aspects of a child's developing mind: thinking skills, emotional and social skills, language and literacy, math and logical reasoning, general knowledge, and science. The VINCI Tab II comes pre-loaded with six of these apps (two from each level), and the rest can be purchased separately at store.vincigenius.com. Within each of the learning apps, parents can change the language from English to Spanish, French, or Chinese. The apps are catalogued according to a child's age in increments by month. For example, an M18 app is appropriate for an 18-month-old child.
Other pre-loaded apps include Kids Library, which comes with three eBooks; Camera, where kids can take pictures and video using the 3 megapixel camera; Gallery, where kids will find the pictures and videos they've recorded and can watch 20 pre-loaded animated music videos; and Music, where parents can upload MP3s so that kids can listen to their favorite music. Additional music videos, eBooks, and other apps can be purchased and downloaded separately from store.vincigenius.com. When parents register the device online, they can download the free VINCI Diary to track their child's developmental milestones and design their child's personal storybook.
Because the tablet runs on the Android 2.3.5 operating system, it also comes pre-loaded with Android apps, including an Internet browser, Google Play (from where you can also download apps onto your VINCI Tab II), Gmail, Skype, Adobe Reader, QuickOffice, and Google Maps. The tablet also has Wi-Fi.
Parents can log in to the special Parent Menu to add or remove apps from the app home screen, download additional apps, and transfer media files from a computer to the tablet and vice versa. Certain apps, such as the Internet browser, are not accessible to children if the parent has logged out of the Parent Menu. However, if the parent chooses to add the Internet browser app to the main app home page, it will be accessible to the child even if the parent is not logged in.
Because this tablet is for kids, it features a fully protective PVC-, latex-, and BPA-free handle that surrounds the tablet, making it easy for small hands to hold.
The VINCI Tab II features 8 GB of internal storage and has a micro SD card slot to expand the memory up to 32 GB. (A micro SD card is sold separately.) It has a seven-inch LCD touchscreen and comes with a USB cord. It runs on a Cortex A8 1.2 GHz processor.
Is It Fun?
The apps, videos, and eBooks run smoothly, and the touchscreen's response was pretty good. The Internet speed will vary depending on your Wi-Fi connection. Kids will like playing the interactive VINCI Curriculum apps, taking pictures and videos, reading eBooks, and more with this tablet. They will also like having their very own tablet just like mom and dad.
However, this is not a very user-friendly device, especially for those who are not familiar with the Android operating system. The tablet comes with few instructions, leaving parents to figure out for themselves how to set up the tablet. The tablet is also a bit heavy, weighing 1.5 pounds, and younger children might have difficulty holding the tablet for long periods of time.
Who It’s For
The VINCI Tab II 7-inch Learning Tablet is for ages 1.5–9. If you choose to let your child access the Internet on this tablet, it's recommended that you monitor your child's online activities.
What To Be Aware Of
Depending on the exact use, the battery life of the VINCI Tab II is typically 6–8 hours. It takes three to four hours to fully charge. The instructions say to not play with the VINCI Tab while it is charging.
The additional learning apps can either be purchased as VINCI Curriculum Packs that include every app in each level or the apps can be purchased and downloaded individually. The Curriculum Packs cost between $90 and $180 depending on the curriculum level, and the individual apps cost between $6.99 and $8.99.
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