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PCR's guide to app toys and kids' tablets

We take a look at the latest gadgets on the market
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PCR plays around on the latest child-friendly devices to hit the market, as well as some interactive toys to go with them.

ARCADIE
SRP: £14.99
CONTACT: BB Tradesales
THEY SAY: The Arcadie is a desktop arcade unit designed for the iPhone and iPod Touch. It transforms a smartphone into a retro gaming machine complete with joystick, action buttons and nostalgic ‘80s games. The Arcadie requires no pockets of change, batteries, Bluetooth Wi-Fi or power from the phone/device.

STORAGE OPTIONS SCROLL POCKET
SRP: £49.99
DISTRIBUTOR: CMS Distribution
THEY SAY: A compact, capacitive, touch-screen mini tablet featuring Android’s 4.0 operating system.
SPECS: Full colour capacitive 4.3-inch touch screen, great for games, music, videos, web, eBooks, 4GB onboard storage, micro SD card slot to add up to 32GB more.

STEELSERIES FREE MOBILE CONTROLLER
SRP: £79.99
DISTRIBUTOR: Gem Distribution
THEY SAY: The SteelSeries Free Mobile Gaming Controller is a wireless Bluetooth controller designed for cross-platform use on iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, and Android tablets and smartphones, as well as PC and Mac. This new breed of gaming controller brings together a compact and lightweight design with the industry’s best cross-platform capability.
SPECS: Full support of many iOS and Android games, universal Bluetooth connectivity, rechargeable battery capable of 10+ hours of non-stop wireless play, automatic power save feature turns off controller after 20 mins of being idle.

EZPRO DJ
SRP: £49.99
DISTRIBUTOR: JAKKS UK
THEY SAY: This iOS and Android compatible DJ mixer can automatically match beats so you can start mixing straight away. One-touch button controls enable you to sample and loop parts of your favourite songs. Remix music with real effects and new beats using EQ effects, onboard beats and programmable loops. Features real scratch and cue turntable actions.

GAMETEL PORTABLE GAME CONTROLLER
SRP: £49.99
DISTRIBUTOR: Gem Distribution
THEY SAY: The Gametel Controller connects to your Android phone/tablet or iPhone/iPad via Bluetooth to give full console control to a wide range of games.
SPECS: Nine hours gaming time, charges via USB micro cable, compatible with Android 2.1 and above, iCade and iPhone/iPad.

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APPTIVITY STORYBOOK READER
SRP: £16.99
CONTACT: Mattel
THEY SAY: Designed to look like a baby’s favourite book, the Apptivity Storybook Reader provides babies with an interactive learning experience while protecting the electronic device. With three interactive Laugh & Learn Storytime Apps available free to download, each one offers appropriate content to keep children engaged in story time.

GP TECH APPEN
SRP: £14.99
CONTACT: GP Flair
THEY SAY: Appen allows children to enjoy writing, colouring and learning on their tablets. The harder the child presses on the tablet, the thicker the line will be. When turned upside- down, children can use the nib of the pen as a joystick to play a variety of exciting games.

APPRACER
SRP: £49.99
CONTACT: AppToyz
THEY DAY: An infrared bug plugs into an iPhone or iPod Touch, transforming the device into a controller. The appRacer can be controlled with motion steering and has the ability to change gears. The dashboard includes simple, precise controls and sound effects. Also has a multiplayer option.

TANKBOT
SRP: £24.99
CONTACT: Envious
THEY SAY: The TankBot is a desk- sized toy, which can be controlled by a variety of handsets. In autonomous mode the TankBot uses IR sensors to navigate mazes and avoid obstacles. A free roaming mode is also available. Each colour operates on its own frequency, allowing for multi-player racing. A retractable USB charger is built into the body of the TankBot.

VTECH BABY LITTLE APP ACTIVITY TABLE
SRP: tbc
CONTACT: VTech
THEY SAY: This table keeps tablets safe and secure and comes with an app that interacts with all manipulative parts of the table. It includes interactive buttons and features to aid in the learning of colours, shapes, numbers, music, and cognitive development. It’s compatible with iPad and most Android tablets.

CNM LEARNPAD 9.7
SRP: £199
DISTRIBUTOR: CnM Education
THEY SAY: LearnPad is an exciting new tablet computer designed specifically for use in schools and the classroom. It supports a wide range of curriculum resources, including tablet apps, websites and flash based eLearning content, as well as videos, music, documents and other digital curriculum content, all from a safe, secure customisable student interface.
SPECS: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS, dual-core 1.6GHz CPU, 1GB DDR3 RAM, 9.7-inch 1024x768 IPS display, 0.3MP front-facing camera, 2MP rear-facing camera, USB 2.0, mini USB connectivity.

TRUST KID PROOF IPAD CASE
SRP: £16.99
DISTRIBUTOR: Gem Distribution
THEY SAY: Shock absorbing silicone case to let your children play safely with your iPad.
SPECS: Fits 2nd, 3rd or 4th gen iPads, protects against scratches and bumps, enlarged sides for extra grip and protection, opening for connectors and camera, anti-slip and flexible silicone material.

APPCARDS
SRP: £9.99
CONTACT: Jumbo Games
THEY SAY: Compatible with smartphones and tablets, AppCards allows players to experience traditional card games, and designed for multiplayer gameplay, increases the level of social play across digital platforms.

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APPWHEEL
SRP: £9.99
CONTACT: AppToyz
THEY SAY: The appWheel is designed to be used with the many racing titles available on the App Store. An iPhone or iPod Touch slots into the wheel to utilise tilt controls within a driving game. The appWheel aims to deliver precise game control in a small, lightweight package.

CARTAMUNDI SCENT RECOGNITION CARDS
SRP: tbc
CONTACT: Cartamundi
THEY SAY: Each of the ten beautifully hand crafted playing cards feature an image of an imaginary flower, which has also been specially printed to give off an alluring and floral scent. Combined with a special free Olfacio app, the player can make their iPad ‘sniff’ the cards, enabling kids to experiment with combinations of imaginary plants and scents to produce virtual seeds from which totally unique plants grow.

ICONHELI BLUETOOTH HELICOPTER
SRP: £53.99
DISTRIBUTOR: Entatech
THEY SAY: iConheli is a cool, radio- controlled helicopter, which can be controlled from your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. Simply get the free iConheli App from the App Store, connect the helicopter via Bluetooth and you’re flying! The built-in rechargeable battery can be charged from a USB port using the cable supplied.
SPECS: Six to eight minutes flying time, 25-30 minutes charging time, controls up to distance of ten metres.

STEELSERIES FREE TOUCHSCREEN GAMING CONTROLS
SRP: £19.99
DISTRIBUTOR: Gem Distribution
THEY SAY: SteelSeries Free Touchscreen Gaming Controls bring tactile action and control to flat, clumsy touchscreen controls. Mini and micro suction cups mean you can stick and re-stick these controls everytime you are ready to play. Works on virtually any new capacitive touch screen device - no batteries or software configuration required.
SPECS: Three buttons, joystick, mini and micro suction cups, carrying case.

IPIECES
SRP: £9.99
CONTACT: Jumbo Games
THEY SAY: iPieces is a new generation of award-winning digital board games allowing players to enjoy family favourites like Air Hockey, Fishing and Ludo using 3D interactive counters.

OKIIYO
SRP: £9.99
CONTACT: Clocci
THEY SAY: Okiiyo is an augmented reality toy that can be scanned with your smartphone or tablet to come alive on your device, letting you play exclusive Okiiyo games instantly. Not only is Okiiyo also a USB card reader, you can even detach its head to use as a stylus on your device.

ZOOSTORM PLAYTAB
SRP: £139.99
DISTRIBUTOR: VIP Computers
THEY SAY: The 10.1-inch Zoostorm PlayTab is a true tablet PC that delivers stunning visuals, smooth playback and great web streaming. It comes with a super responsive dual-core CPU with quad-core graphics that delivers a great interactive, intuitive experience.
SPECS: 1GB DDR3 RAM, Rockchip RK3066 Cortex A9 dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 16GB SSD, micro SD card up to 32GB, 0.3MP front-facing camera, 2MP rear-facing camera, quad-core mali 400 graphics.

CONTACTS
CNM EDUCATION: www.cnmeducation.com
GEM DISTRIBUTION: 01279 822 822
CMS DISTRIBUTION: 01423 704 700
ENTATECH: 0333 101 1000
JUMBO GAMES: 01707 260436
MATTEL: 01628 500 000
CLOCCI: 0844 991 2464
GP FLAIR: 020 8643 0320
VIP COMPUTERS: 0871 622 7500
BB TRADESALES: 01494 765626
CARTAMUNDI: 01268 511 522
ENVIOUS: 0161 865 6555
VTECH: 01235 555545
APPTOYZ: 01780 765290
JAKKS UK: 01344 638900

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