Archos ChildPad review

Games-loaded Android tablet keeps the big, bad internet at bay

Archos ChildPad review
The Archos ChildPad uses Android Ice Cream Sandwich for its interface

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The camera is a write-off. If you're after a child-centric tablet, it is safe to presume that the intended user doesn't have a (probably more expensive and higher-spec) smartphone or any other kind of handheld device yet (if that's not the case, look away now).

So we're disappointed that the Archos ChildPad doesn't have a rear-facing camera. Granted, taking photos in public with a tablet is not something a right-thinking adult would do, but we don't see why kids should have to carry around multiple gadgets with them.

Archos ChildPad review

Taking any kind of pictures aside from self portraits with the Archos ChildPad's built-in VGA-quality front-facing camera is virtually impossible, but we've no complaints about the basic quality of these shots; they are what they are.

The camera app provided is the standard vanilla Android version, but comes without without any tweaks, aside from a location toggle.

Battery life

Archos ChildPad review

For a gadget that's presumably designed to be harder-wearing that most, and also likely to be tossed around and left for days on end, the battery life is shamefully short.

Archos ChildPad review

In our long-term test the Archos ChildPad consistently seemed to drain of juice very quickly, and in no session did it make it past the four-hour mark. If left alone for four days a full battery discharges to about 50%.


The Archos ChildPad didn't do well on the benchmark tests either, managing an average of just 4140ms on SunSpider, making it about 50% slower than higher-spec tablets. That said, it's definitely got enough processing power for games and video.

Archos ChildPad review

Universal browser tester PeaceKeeper produced an average score of 232, which is not great; browsing is mostly off-limits if the filter is activated, but besides that it's one of the Archos ChildPad's definite low points as an experience - though never unusable.

Jamie Carter

Jamie is a freelance tech, travel and space journalist based in the UK. He’s been writing regularly for Techradar since it was launched in 2008 and also writes regularly for Forbes, The Telegraph, the South China Morning Post, Sky & Telescope and the Sky At Night magazine as well as other Future titles T3, Digital Camera World, All About Space and He also edits two of his own websites, and that reflect his obsession with travel gear and solar eclipse travel. He is the author of A Stargazing Program For Beginners (Springer, 2015),