UNBOXED: Reviewing the PBS Kids Playtime Pad+
PBS Kids has long been a household name as a television program parents and kids turn to for content that is both entertaining and educational. Since its beginnings in the ‘90s, PBS Kids has added several new characters, a kids gaming website, an e-commerce website, social media channels, apps, e-books, a streaming stick, and more. As each generation of kids evolved, PBS Kids truly did as well.
In 2016, PBS Kids partnered with Ematic and released the 7” HD kid-safe tablet, the Playtime Pad. The pair recently boosted some of the specs in the Playtime Pad+ including the tablet’s operating system and processor. The bright green tablet features a 24/7 PBS Kids live-stream and offers over one million apps and games, thousands of movies and books, and millions of songs that reinforce literacy, math, science, reading, and social skills. The Playtime Pad+ runs on Android 8.1 (Go Edition) and requires password-approval from a parent before kids can add new apps—except of course if a parent enables access to the Google Play Store itself then kids have free reign to download as they please. Apps that come pre-installed though don't require subscriptions and no in-app purchases are available.
The Playtime Pad+ comes with 16GB of internal storage and has a microSD card slot to add up to 32GB in total. But even without downloading additional apps, the tablet comes packed with tons of videos and games right out of the box. The home screen features an interactive wheel with different PBS Kids characters. Users can spin the wheel to access videos and games related to each specific program with the exception of a few, including Mr. Rodgers, which only has videos.