There used to be a time when, at least one night a week, families got together for Family Night. Depending on the preferences and the dynamics of the family, this night would mean going to the movies, having dinner, playing boardgames, playing videogames, reading, or watching TV. No matter what activity is slated, the idea is the same: to spend time together as one unit.

FamilyPad

FamilyPad

Today, this practice may have gotten lost in some families, but gadget manufacturer Archos aims to change that with their new tablet called the FamilyPad. The FamilyPad is meant to be “the tablet to gather around”, seemingly in an effort to bring a digital twist to Family Night. Or at least initiate a rebirth of this practice.

How is FamilyPad different from other tablets?

What does it have that makes it a catalyst for families to gather round? For one, the FamilyPad has a 34-cm HD screen. That’s 13.3 inches! Definitely larger than the other tablets out there.

Archos FamilyPad - The Perfect Gift For The Entire Family

Additionally, the FamilyPad has a 10-point multi-touch screen. That means the entire family can use the tablet to play digital board games, among other things.

The FamilyPad runs on Android Ice Cream Sandwich, and the makers boasts of their specially designed UI. Not having used it for myself, I am not too sure about how specially designed that is. However, it is not without the usual features: microSD card slot, mini-HDMI plug, USB host, and Wi-Fi.

Other specs: 16 million colors, 1280 x 800 pixels, and 10 hours of video playback

Is it the perfect gift really?

It could be. It really depends on the family, but I think that a group of four would struggle using one tablet at the same time. Even if it’s 13.3 inches. Then again, if you’re considering getting a gift for an entire family, this tablet might be a consideration. The intentions are noble enough, although the $400++ price tag might make an interested buyer or two wince.

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