EE upgrades Robin tablet to encourage children to use 4G

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EE launched a new version of its tablet called Robin as part of efforts to encourage greater use of its 4G network by a younger demographic.

The new Robin features the Android Lollipop 5.1 operating system, a quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage (expandable to 32 GB with a 16GB MicroSD card) and a 7-inch display.

Sharon Meadows, director of devices at EE, said: “Last year we introduced the world’s first 4G tablet for kids which proved extremely popular in the run up to Christmas. So this year we’ve given the Robin a makeover, to ensure it is once again the perfect gift for parents who want a tablet which can provide their children with hours of entertainment and e-learning in a protected online environment.”

The Robin now comes with new single player and multiplayer motion gaming, a new Hopster learning and entertainment app, a new kickstand making it easier for children to take the device with them and watch TV, as well as improved storage capacity.

The tablet also comes with over 40 pre-loaded games, educational apps and eBooks, including Subway Surfer and Motion Sports. Motion Sports specifically allows children to compete interactively with motion gestures via an inbuilt camera. New content can be downloaded and added to the Robin through the Google Play app store, with every new piece requiring approval by the parent before children can access it.

Parents will also still have full control of the tablet thanks to controls such as web filtering, app management and time control. These controls can be relaxed as children grow up.

The Robin is available on a range of pay monthly plans starting from £17 (€18.85/$20.93) a month on an EE Essentials 24-month plan, and comes with 2 GB data and three months of Hopster content for free. EE is also offering the new Robin on an EE Max plan, which comes with 20 GB data including EU roaming, and 24 months of free Hopster for £22 per month.

Alternatively the new Robin is £129.99 on pay as you go and comes with Hopster free for three months.