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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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 ....

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

ringaringarosy have my first ever biscuit

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

serin Fri 27-Sep-13 17:35:23

We have an iPad and a Kindle Fire HD and I am going to buck the trend and say that our DC's play games on the Kindle far more than the iPad.

VoldemortsNipple Fri 27-Sep-13 17:23:42

Ds has an ipad. I can't say he's uses it for anything that he "needs" an iPad for. If I had my time again, I'd buy a cheaper model for him. I have a Kindle Fire HD and dh has a Galaxy tab 2. They all serve their purpose for what we use them for.

If I was you I would buy two cheaper models. In a few years time they might need something more sophisticated, but by then technology will be on another level and you would find yourself replacing whatever you choose to buy now.

Snoopytwist Fri 27-Sep-13 10:34:34

DH and I are having this exact same conversation. Would love to get an ipad for DS (9) and DD (7) but can't afford one each and to be honest, getting them to share an ipad would just not be worth the pain.

Having done shedloads of research, we chose to ignore the kindle and we were going to get a Nexus 7 for them each - not the new one, too pricey, but Carphone warehouse do the old one for £139. But now Tesco are bringing their version out, at £119. Some good reviews, some a bit "meh" .... now we don't know what to do!!! As long as they can watch Tracy Beaker on your tube and play minecraft + club penguin, they will be happy!

MoominMammasHandbag Fri 27-Sep-13 01:57:02

Well to be honest my four just pass the iPad around and play Minecraft and Clash of Clans on it, and having one means that no one gets it for ages - I am not a big fan of too much screen time.
I don't think there are any educational apps on ours at all. It was bought for business use anyway, not as a learning tool.

StupidFlanders Fri 27-Sep-13 01:49:56

I think iPads are a great learning tool- it just sucks you have to pay for so many apps to discover they're crap!

They will be the norm in schools pretty soon.

We bought a cheap android while we monitored how careful dcs were with our iPad. Cheap one's crap- iPad still great.

A good quality android would be ok as usually the apps are free.

everydaysisaschoolday I work with someone who has cp and the iPad is brilliant for him.

MoominMammasHandbag Fri 27-Sep-13 01:45:42

I am not judging anyone Every, I am an old codger and constantly amazed at the level of technology people see as essential to their lives. Yes we have an iPad, a fantastic piece of kit, but we have one in our house, my children certainly don't need one each.
Obviously you are the best person to judge your own child's specific requirements.

everydayaschoolday Fri 27-Sep-13 01:28:00

MoominMammasHandbag Your head shaking and tutting has not derailed me in considering that, yes, a tablet/iPad may be an excellent interactive stimulus to develop my DD's fine motor skills, speech, and cognitive skills. My DD has cerebral palsy and has difficulties with movement and communication.

But, no, she's not 5. She's 2. Would you like to hoik up your judgy pants further given that new information?

Any other (relevant) questions?

<apologies to the OP for thread hijack>

MoominMammasHandbag Thu 26-Sep-13 23:57:52

People really buy iPads for their 5 year olds?
<wanders away shaking head and tutting to herself>

everydayaschoolday Thu 26-Sep-13 23:48:49

thanks for link & info. I'll look into it.smile

Jellyrollgumdrop Thu 26-Sep-13 23:42:17

Ps it comes in a 7" too which is similar size to kindle smile

Jellyrollgumdrop Thu 26-Sep-13 23:39:50

Google play store and Samsung's own app store have loads of apps free & paid for, not all the same as Apple's one's, still great though imo!! Wouldn't recommend kindle for kids, I have one & find you are limited to apps Samsung's tab is better. Money off @ tesco too atm!!!


everydayaschoolday Thu 26-Sep-13 22:11:23

Jelly The apps that you can get for apple products, can you get all the same ones for Samsung galaxy? Does it all work the same? blush at how uninformed I am.

Jellyrollgumdrop Thu 26-Sep-13 21:50:31

What about the Samsung galaxy tab2, there's also a galaxy tab 3 out. My dd got 10" tab 2 From Santa last year, its great :-)

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