Kurio Xtreme 2 Review (KD Interactive)

Kurio Xtreme 2
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EDITOR'S REVIEW
OVERALL EDITOR'S RATING:
What It Is
When you're ready to buy your kid his or her first “grown-up” tablet, the Kurio Xtreme 2 from KD Interactive may be an excellent choice. The Kurio Xtrmee 2 is a 7-inch Android tablet, running Android Lollipop. It's got 1 gigabyte of ram and 16 gigs of onboard memory that's expandable to 32 for storage. The screen has a 1,024 x 600 pixel resolution. 

Just as a basic tablet, on a spec-by-spec basis this compares favorably to other similarly sized Android tablets, such as those by Samsung. The resolution is a little less and it runs a little more slowly, but this is more than sufficient for a child's needs. We had no problem with the quality of videos we played from YouTube. The loading time is slower than a high-end tablet, but, and this bears repeating, this is not a high end tablet. It's a tablet for kids. 

While there's no age on the package, we think that ages 5 to 8 will be the sweet spot for this one. Plus, with a suggested retail of $129, the Kurio Xtreme is a good value all on its own. However, what really put this over the top for us were the features and the wide range of content that comes with the tablet. Let's start with set up. The  printed setup guide is excellent. It's very clear, and it makes it super easy for an adult to set this up and understand it fully, including creating profiles, connecting to WiFi and much more. 

The Xtreme 2 comes loaded with more than 60 games, apps and educational content, including popular games like Subway Surfers and math games that really are fun. (We all know that's not always the case.) It also comes with 18 Kurio motion games. Out of the box, there's a lot for kids to do without adding anything, including access to the internet, ebooks and much more. 

A real point of difference with the Kurio Xtreme 2, is security. The filtering and parental controls are comprehensive and highly intuitive, which means they're easy to set up. (This is a newly designed interface from the previous Kurio tablets.)  Parents can set up to 8 profiles and customize them for the amount of time, hours of play, manage what apps can be used and what can be accessed on the web. 

 In addition to the tablet and charger, the Xtreme 2 comes with a silicone case to protect it. The case also doubles as a stand for the motion games. Tech support for this tablet is also really outstanding. You can go to Kurioworld.com or you can access support through the support app on the tablet. We found clear, concise answers, and we even tried the chat feature on the site, and found it very good. 

Is It Fun?
For kids, this is going to feel like their own "grown-up" tablet. The overall quality and value of this is outstanding, and kids will really not be aware of the  parental controls working in the background. Plus, these controls can be regularly adjusted as kids become more sophisticated allowing a true "grow-with-me" experience. The design is fairly grown up, too. All in all, this is a table that both kids and parents will appreciate. 
Who It’s For
The Kurio Xtreme 2 doesn't have an age grading, but kids ages 5 and up should be able to use this easily. It's a logical next step from the kind of preschool tablets made by LeapFrog and VTech. It will probably be useable for a good 2-3 years, depending on the child, but that's a good lifespan for a tablet.
What To Be Aware Of
Kids who are already accustomed to using an adult tablet may find this runs a little slowly. 
AT A GLANCE:
  • Fun

  • Repeat Play

  • Assembly & Instructions

    None or Very Easy