Like a great big cannon filled with pretty birds, EE has launched the Robin, a cheap, 4G tablet aimed squarely at parents and young children. Costing £129.99, it lands as one of the cheaper models on the market, and could make for a decent stocking-filler when Christmas rears its overbearing head. It'll do well to eclipse the Hudl 2, though Tesco's tablet ain't 4G-enabled.
It’s a 7-inch number running Android 5.1, a quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM. There’s also 3GB of internal storage, which you can expand via the MicroSD card slot, and a 2-megapixel rear camera. Pretty humdrum in the specs department then, but the Robin is relying on its bonus features to bring in the buyers.
It comes pre-installed with more than 40 games, educational apps and eBooks, as well as Hopster, an interactive TV streaming app packed with popular kiddies' shows, including Thomas & Friends and Postman Pat. More content can be pulled from the Google Play store, but only with parental permission. EE’s also gone heavy on online safety, laying the child-friendly Kurio OS over Android and including a bunch of parental controls, so you can be sure that little Timmy isn’t learning about the birds and the bees all on his own.
The Robin will be available to purchase from this Friday. If you’re not a PAYG kind of person, you can also pick it up on contract from £13 per month, after an initial fee of £29.99. Existing EE customers on a pay monthly deal can avoid that up-front payment by opting for the Robin on a two-year, £15 per month plan, which also includes 10GB of monthly data.