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Unlike the recently revealed iPad – which continues to receive decidedly mixed reviews – a newly unveiled tablet is already slated to be one of this year’s most coveted holiday gifts.

Fisher iXLFebruary might seem a bit early to make predictions about what will be on holiday wish lists at the end of the year. However, since this particular device promises to be both educational and entertaining, it is bound to be a hit among its intended target demographic as well as among those who will have to make the purchase on their behalf.

Come July 2010 – when it will apparently go on sale in the U.S. – don’t expect to find the new iXL jostling for buyers’ attention on a store shelf next to an iPad. Shoppers will most likely track it down in the aisle containing all the other toys and games.

The Fisher-Price iXL Learning System, by toy company Mattel, is a small and portable computer that can be opened like a book. Sporting large, colourful icons on one side and a speaker and buttons on the other, the device was designed to appeal to three- to six-year old kids who are in the process of learning to read and write.

Described as a ‘tablet for toddlers’ – and with a line-up of applications that may even have been inspired by the iPad – the iXL turns learning into child’s play with interactive reading, drawing, playing games, listening to music and even looking at pictures.

With six preloaded games and programs, kids would use the included plastic stylus to navigate their way around the full colour touch screen and switch between the animated Story Book, Note Book, Art Studio, Game Player, Music Player and Photo Album software.

The device has a built-in SD card slot and a USB port which can be used to upload audio files and pictures. The device is both PC and Mac compatible.

Parents who do not think that the iXL could potentially be a bit too complex for their three- and four-year olds to figure out, will be able to buy one for $79.99 when it becomes available in the States later this year.

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