REVIEW: Huawei MatePad T 8 Kids Edition

There’s always been a debate on whether or not kids should be allowed to use gadgets. Some argue that it could stump their development, particularly in the physical and motor areas, but I’ve always believed in a healthy balance.

Given our situation these days where kids are restricted from going out and explore for their own protection, letting them play on gadgets could be a good alternative to keeping their minds busy. Just make sure that the content they are exposed to are educational and child-friendly.

This is where the HUAWEI MatePad T 8 Kids Edition comes in handy.

Designed with children’s education and development in mind, this 8-inch tablet is great for kids aged 3 to 8.

It comes in with an attractive Kids Case to protect the device from accidents, which are likely to happen as kids can be quite rowdy during playtime, and a handle that conveniently converts into a stand so the tablet can be positioned upright on a table.

There’s also an attached stylus pen, which we appreciate because both my kids love to draw. In a way, it not only helps them improve their sketching skills but their fine motor development as well.

For younger kids who still tend to bite on their toys or perhaps haven’t yet developed the habit of washing hands in between activities, especially from playing to eating, parents would appreciate that both the Kids Case and the stylus pen meet the European Toy Safety Standards and the RoHS (Roads of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment) regulations.

The built-in Kids Corner software has been pre-loaded with child-friendly games, apps, and other content.

In collaboration with BabyBus and Azoomee, two of the most well-known educational software developers for children, you get to enjoy some free content, including a three-month free Baby Panda World subscription and a free one-year membership with Azoomee.

If you’re not satisfied with the built-in apps, you can download more from the HUAWEI AppGallery.

The HUAWEI MatePad T 8 Kids Edition also has a built-in color adjustment module that automatically adjusts to the content that is displayed on the screen and an ambient light sensor so kids get some eye protection, too.

Huawei tablets also come with a built-in gravity sensor, which determines the position of the tablet and therefore assumes whether the user is sitting upright, lying down, or otherwise.

When it detects that the user–your child–is not in an optimal position to use the tablet, it prompts them to adjust their posture using the Posture Alerts function.

The Bumpy Road Alerts feature also detects movement like shaking from walking or if the tablet is being used while riding a vehicle, so the tablet sends notifications to keep the tables in a stable position so they don’t hurt themselves, especially their vision, in the process.

There is also an eBook mode, which adjusts the display’s contrast, brightness, sharpness, saturation, color temperature, grayscale, and others to simulate reading a physical book.

All these functions can be toggled in Kids Corner.

The HUAWEI MatePad T 8 Kids Edition is also equipped with security features. As parents, we don’t need to worry much about our kids being exposed to inappropriate content and also make sure that the kids don’t get addicted to using the tablet by setting time restrictions when they can and can’t use the tablet.

Since my kids have school on weekdays, we only allow them to use it after they’ve completed all their tasks and homework. We’ve set around two hours before dinner time and another hour before going to bed.

The Kid’s Profile also allows parents to monitor kids’ activity on the tablet. Here, we can see what apps they’ve been using and how much time they have spent using those apps.

The HUAWEI MatePad T8 Kids Edition is now available for only Php8,999.

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