I have £250-£300...

(37 Posts)
BruthasTortoise Thu 26-Sep-13 16:52:14

To get my DS's (9 and 6) their main present for Christmas. I'd like to get them a tablet but can't decide whether to push the budget up and get them an ipad or whether to split it and get them a kindle each. Any advice? Or alternative suggestions?

BruthasTortoise Fri 27-Sep-13 18:01:43

So DH has had a look at the new Tesco tablets and tells me they look well and the operating system is as good as any. Now I'm even more confused - I can get them 1 each for £195 all in but have to decide this week! Aargghhh! This used to easy smile

kelda Fri 27-Sep-13 18:22:39

We have had an iPad for two years, for two adults and three children, used constantly, and not broken. It is great.

everydayaschoolday Fri 27-Sep-13 18:22:55

OK, I think I'm swerving on the side of non-iPad.

Now I've taken expensive apple out the loop, I need to shop around to see what the others can offer. Really I just need educational apps and simple cause-and-effect type games (which I'd like to be able to get for free). I think I should I just pick the cheapest tablet and run with that for now, expecting to upgrade in due course as technology develops (fair point Voldemort).

Thanks for lots of useful ideas and considerations. Good thread OP, and good luck with choosing - come back and let us know which one you piped for so I can copy.

ringaringarosy Fri 27-Sep-13 18:39:01

have to say i dont agree with 5 yr old having ipads!wtf?

Marne Fri 27-Sep-13 19:06:05

The ipad is great but a lot of money, I think I would go for the kindle fire as they work as a e reader and also a tablet, they do a lot for £99 and they could have one each for a lot less than a ipad between them and you would have a bit of money left over to get them a couple other nice gifts.

everydayaschoolday Fri 27-Sep-13 19:22:14

ringaringarosy have my first ever biscuit

Watching with interest...our school has just introduced "reading eggs" I had a quick peep at free download and its looks like a very educational asset....one problem ...mouse v touchscreen.The school are mouse / computer based and are trying to teach the new children old tricks ( get it ha ha ) I even found myself touching the screen in a moment at work the other day to my embarrassment ...blush so they want the children to learn to use a keyboard and a mouse.What I,m not sure of is this because the school is not with the times or rather that these skills are still required ....

notjustamummythankyou Mon 30-Sep-13 20:36:18

Watching this thread with interest too!

DS is using the 'Reading Eggs' app and other phonics games on my laptop, but finds it very hard to use the touch pad and buttons to navigate round the screen. He gets frustrated before he has even started, and he would get much more about of the games if he could simply touch the screen.

I've been thinking of getting a tablet for a while, as our laptop is aging a little. I was moving towards a Galaxy Tab, but hadn't thought of a Kindle Fire. Does it have the same level of functionality as a tablet?

PrincessScrumpy Wed 02-Oct-13 14:57:00

Find it bizarre that sharing an ipad is so frowned upon. Back in the old days of pcs it was the norm to have 1 per house hold and I don't remember having massive battles with my brother.
I think secondary school age is different due to homework but if we ever get an ipad it'll be a family one and my 3dc can share - if they don't share nicely they don't get a go. Clearly I'm a nasty mean mummy but I can live with that.

frazzled74 Wed 02-Oct-13 15:20:21

I would buy kindle fire, lots of free and cheap books, audiobooks, plenty of games and apps (i dont pay for any except minecraft) and they can watch netflix, bbc iplayer etc. My dd 10 has one and i will be getting one for ds 7 this christmas.

EasyFromNowOn Wed 02-Oct-13 16:37:26

notjustamummy - the Kindle Fire is a tablet, it is different to the Kindle e-readers. The Fire has the same kind of screen as the ipad/galaxy tab, and is designed for playing games, browsing and watching video/tv etc on. The Amazon app store has most of the major apps, but it's always a good idea to check if it has any specific apps you want to use, before deciding whether or not to buy.

Motherofluvlies - I think children still need to learn to use proper keyboards/mice etc. You are never going to write lengthy essays for GCSE/A Levels on a touchscreen, for example.

notjustamummythankyou Wed 02-Oct-13 17:45:20

Thanks easy. It hadn't occured to me to look at the Kindle Fire - it looks pretty good.

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