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get her a laptop, around the £350/400 mark, then perhaps save the rest of the voucher to get and iPod touch (basically a miniature iPad!) for her next birthday?
but especially as it's a one off big purchase- i'd definitely prioritise a laptop over an ipad. i can see why they'd be useful for university students, business people...ect. - but i can't see a reason for an 11 year old to need one!
Laptop.....or iPod touch....I say this writing from an iPad.....but I honestly think it would be wasted on an 11 year old, whereas if she had her own laptop she could play games and do school work. When I say wasted I mean it would be used as an iPod touch just much bigger and more expensive. She could utilise a laptop for the money so much more
Agree with every one else, lap top and iPod touch at a future date. iPads are just too incompatible with the rest of the world. DD1 often emails HW to school or puts it on USB sticks. Generally in word or power point. Also both DDs like plating SIMs and Spore, which are larger scale than iPad aps.
iPad!! You can always get a keyboard and a case for both effectively turning it into a laptop. She would probably prefer something Apple too. I guess it's a fashion statement! Lucky girl!! And congrats on your win!!
What about a MacBook Air? A little more expensive than the cheap laptops but far better in terms of build quality and operating system than any Windows equivalent. The iPad is a toy, a laptop of some description would be far more beneficial to her for schoolwork etc. We have the full set of Apple products but dd always reverts to her cheap Dell Inspiron laptop for ease of use when doing homework etc. Although is inheriting a free MacBook Air from her dad in the summer and I'm guessing that will take over from the Dell.