Technophile

A tab for your child

Jinoy Jose P | Updated on January 12, 2018 Published on January 30, 2017

Lenovo Slate

Lenovo CG Slate is affordable and handy

A tablet dedicatedly for children? In most markets, that’s a tough one to find. In fact, that’s a product most parents don’t want to buy for their child, for myriad reasons. Children are anyway obsessed with smartphones belonging to adults, and parents don’t want to add to that. But what if there is a phone that is loaded with ‘edutainment’ (a pet phrase among Indian middle-class of all hues today) for your kid? Lenovo CG (ConveGenius) Slate, a handy tablet with a price tag of Rs 8,499, is designed to offer informative games to primary and pre-primary children.

CG Slate has a 1024x600 display and is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT8127 processor. It has 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage that can be expanded to 32GB using a microSD card. It has a 2MP primary camera and a 0.3-megapixel front camera. The CG slate runs on Android 5.0 and is backed by a 3,450mAh non-removable battery. It’s colourful and interestingly packed. It even has a mascot. The audio quality is average and so are the cameras.

ConveGenius is an educational technology firm. So, naturally, they should know what they’re doing. And it seems they know do. The CG Slate acts like a support system, to enhance what most kids already know, such as numbers, alphabets, basic logic, science and all that jazz. A microSD card embedded in the device carries the content, and you can add more via WiFi. The content is not very unique, though. That said, my five-year-old seemed to have liked most of it.

The device’s 1GB RAM is a letdown. Kids love seamless action and the device hangs often. The display is average, even though it’s justified given the price tag. The device allows enough room for parental control and tracks activities of the child and recommends fresh content.

To sum it up, despite a few hiccups, Lenovo CG Slate is an affordable edutainment tablet for your child.

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Published on January 30, 2017
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