One of the things Christians love to do is Christianize everything they can get their hands on. Everything from super heroes to full-contact martial arts have been slathered in a thick layer of Jesus and sold to the faithful. With the popularity of tablets like the iPad it was only a matter of time before someone came up with a Christian take on the concept.
Billed as the world’s first Christian tablet, its genesis came with the inevitable intersection of technology and religion, according to Brian Honorable, a technology supervisor at Family Christian, the group that sells the tablet.
“We wanted to be able to offer our customers the ability to use our Holy Bible application, which has 27 different English translations of the Bible,” Honorable told FoxNews.com in an interview.
“It goes along with our mission: trying to get people closer to God … through a tablet.”
Because if there’s one thing Jesus made clear, it was that when the day came that tablet computing was popular his followers should find some way to use them to bring people closer to God.
The Family Christian Edifi tablet, as it’s called, is a basic Android powered tablet with 512MB of RAM and 8GB of storage in a form factor similar to Amazon’s Kindle. It’ll set you back about $150 making it about $50 cheaper than the aforementioned Kindle:
But the Christian tablet is more than just an e-reader. It also comes with movie-watching capabilities, Christian radio stations, and even a web browser with built-in “safe search,” so the tablet is safe for the whole family. “We put that on there just in case it was given as a gift to a child, so they wouldn’t have access to things they shouldn’t have access to,” said Honorable. “We definitely had to tailor it to our customers.”
Based on the description in the article it’s hard to say exactly how this is any better than just loading up your choice of Bible app and installing safe search software on any other tablet you might care to own. Is having that stuff pre-installed really worth settling for a cheap knockoff that costs almost as much as what you’d rather own anyway? The YouTube video promoting the product doesn’t reveal anything particularly special about it compared to other tablets.
One thing they don’t mention is whether or not it has access to the Android app store. Having access to thousands of apps is usually a big selling point for other tablets, but other than mentioning that you can download free software to connect to unnamed social networking sites there’s no word on what, if anything, you can install on the Edifi. I suppose that’s OK if you’re happy only reading Christian books, listening to Christian Internet radio stations and watching Christian movies, but it seems like a lot of freedom to give up for a sub-par tablet.
But then it’s not about your freedom. It’s about your ever-lasting soul, right?