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iTouch or Kindle Fire for 7 year old?

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Initial post: Nov 16, 2011 3:52:36 AM PST
My 7 1/2 year old daughter has been begging for an iTouch for Christmas. She loves my iPad, but an iPad is too much $$ and I allow her to play mine (with supervision). She likes my iPhone and my husband's iTouch. I am wondering if the Kindle Fire would be a better choice for her, as it has a bigger screen. She would use it mostly to read children's books, watch movies and play games. The iTouch 8 GB and Fire are the same price $199. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. We are Amazon Prime members.

Posted on Nov 16, 2011 3:54:31 AM PST
L. Leverton says:
Yes, the kids are all wanting those iTouch's here. My son is 14 though and he only asked for the Fire for xmas. It's great for kids.

Posted on Nov 16, 2011 4:02:59 AM PST
Craig says:
13 years ago when my daughter was that age, my response would have been "neither." But times are changing, and I think you have to balance between the screen size of the Fire and the familiarity of the iPod Touch. I would suggest that you take her to a place that sells both and let her pick them up and navigate around - my guess is that you'll be able to tell pretty quickly which one she likes... :)

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2011 4:51:30 AM PST
Sarida says:
You may also want to do a net search on Black Friday iPod touch deals. I saw where ToysRUs is doing a $50 gift card from Apple for a Touch purchase. At least I think it was ToysRUs. Anyway do your own search.

However, if you want it to be primarily an ereader, then the larger screen is the way to go. Off-brand tablets are going to be drastically reduced. Whether or not the Fire is the best ereader/tablet around, its arrival did force prices to go down.

Posted on Nov 16, 2011 5:01:28 AM PST
Mike says:
I have both. The iPod Touch is too small for a 7 year old IMO. I think the iPod Touch is better for an adult.

I have an unboxing video if you are interested

Posted on Nov 16, 2011 5:15:50 AM PST
Mike says:
The touch has about the same number of pixels as the fire so small fonts are sharper on the touch.

Posted on Nov 16, 2011 5:21:08 AM PST
M. McCoy says:
Sorry if I'm just being an ignorant old fart but is a 7 y.o. umm... responsible enough for either device? I mean I'd think it would last about a week before it's lost or broken.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2011 2:44:12 PM PST
yeah, Im with you--7 is too young to be expected to care for an expensive electronic doodad, no matter how much they say they want it.
"Just say no"

Posted on Nov 16, 2011 3:25:50 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 16, 2011 3:29:40 PM PST
The iPod is actually MORE expensive than the bigger Kindle. BUT.. until they change things to force you to enter a password to make purchases the Fire could get you in some big touble (maybe there's a security setting and I've not seen it yet?) Apple has a TON of free apps that would make our minds mush but my 10 yr old loves playing (he's had his touch for a couple years now). He freaked when he saw my Fire with the larger screen, much easier for gaming.

Word of warning with both, set up your Wi-Fi to block inappropriate web sites if it isn't already. Neither device has filters. At least on the Fire you'd be able to SEE what they were into (unless they cleared the history) as it'd show up on the Carousel (until the fix for THAT feature rolls out) Sometimes adult only sites can come up by accident and expose kids to things they definitely shouldn't have to see.

And lastly: Those iPods seem to take a LOT of punishment. They get dropped, tromped and flicked around, my son's is loaded with dings in the aluminum. Even with a nice case I don't know if a Fire could survive against a 2nd grader.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 18, 2011 1:55:08 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 18, 2011 1:57:14 AM PST
n2oldies says:
It depends on the child, just as other things depends on the "adult". We purchased the CN for my 6 year old granddaughter for her birthday in September. She was shown how to care for it by her mom, who also has the CN, and she has done very well. She wanted the Ipod touch but she is such an avid reader that we felt the e-reader would be the better choice for her because she already had her mom's old Ipod. The CN was not my choice, but I did help with the purchase and bought the cover. She loves it and, so far, has taken care of it.

Posted on Sep 18, 2012 1:12:26 PM PDT
Mrs. G says:
I know that this post is almost a year old but I would just like to add something for people who come across it by doing a search like I did. . .
For those that think 7 is too young for a device like this. . . We bought the kindle fire (which does have parental controls on it) for my youngest son for his 4th birthday. We put a screen protector on it as well as a "leather" type case. It has been through almost 6 months of daily use and is just as nice as the day we gave it to him. For crying out loud, he almost knows how to use it better than I do. He has been working on an Ipad at daycare for over a year. The majority of the apps that I have downloaded for him have been educational. It was a great investment and the best gift we have ever given him. My reason for coming here today is because I am trying to decide between the Fire and an I-touch for my soon to be 7 year old for his upcoming birthday. He really wants the I-Touch because it's more portable, but I am leaning more toward the Fire because of our positive experience with it in the past and that fact that I don't want him to try to "sneak" it to school with him. I'm still not sure what to do.

Posted on Sep 18, 2012 3:07:16 PM PDT
Kaden's mom says:
My 7 year old son has the original Kindle Fire and has had it since January. He also uses one of our old iphones as an "itouch". He uses the Fire the most out of the 2 devices. He also takes it the fire in and out of the case to play with it and it is still in great condition.

Posted on Sep 18, 2012 3:52:25 PM PDT
I have a 7 year old grandson who has the original Kindle Fire. He has used almost daily since last Xmas. The device is quite durable and can be set-up to be "kid" friendly. He also has access to an iPod Touch but, rarely, if ever chooses it over the Kindle.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 19, 2012 5:31:28 AM PDT
Sarida says:
I'm going to get downvoted, but as a school librarian, I'm going to suggest a bike, membership to a museum, or a scooter. He already has a Fire.

Diamondback Cobra 20 Jr Boys Mountain Bike (20-Inch Wheels)

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 19, 2012 5:42:08 AM PDT
Downvoted? Oh, heck no! Up, UP! Other suggestions:

Boochie, A Whole New Ball Game
Djubi - the Coolest New Twist on the Game of Catch (0001)
Ultra Stomp Rocket
Diggin Squap

ANYTHING but another electronic device. ANYTHING.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 19, 2012 5:45:05 AM PDT
Pirate Dig Kit
Crystal Mining
Rock Tumbler
Magic Rocks
Magic Fishbowl

Posted on Sep 19, 2012 6:17:50 AM PDT
Perry says:
Devices like this didn't exist when my kids were young, but I did purchase a lot of PC learning games when my kids were as young as 2, games like Mickey's ABCs/123s, Reader Rabbit, and Living Books series.

These learning games allowed a structured approach to learning colors, shapes, numbers, letters, math, reading, etc. My youngest taught herself to read with these programs around age 3, was probably around a 3rd grade level before starting kindergarten, was in the accelerated program throughout school, and with her 35 ACT score is applying at colleges like Cal Tech and Brown this fall.

I think the Fire and iPad allow the same opportunities today, but as with my PC game purchases, you need to research and seek out high quality apps to play. You have to interact with your children while they play and provide the encouragement while they learn. My two cents, anyway.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 19, 2012 6:22:41 AM PDT
That's absolutely true; parents need to be *actively* involved in their childrens' learning, even when it's learning "play". There's nothing wrong with those toys/games; my daughter had several of those little kid "computers" when she was growing up (before kid apps on iPads!).

She learned a lot from them; as you say, patterns, shapes, sequencing, math, spelling, etc...

But once your kid HAS access to those things, after an hour of that, give them a nice bouncy ball and tell them to go kick it around in the backyard!

Posted on Sep 19, 2012 6:53:08 AM PDT
Yankee Fan says:
I'd probably go with the fire. At least you have hope that he'll be using it to read books and magazines. And, the fire is cheaper if you go with the 7 inch

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 19, 2012 7:09:37 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 19, 2012 7:12:04 AM PDT
momtaxi says:
Personally, I'd promise her a weekly visit to the bookstore or library and buy her some Legos...but that's just me.

Posted on Sep 19, 2012 7:19:23 AM PDT
I allow my 3 year old son to use my kindle to play games I downloaded for him, with supervision. But I would never buy a younger child something so expensive. My 12 year old son wanted a kindle for his birthday, so I got him a tablet, but not a kindle. Found it on walmart website and it was only $90. AND it has a camera. He is convinced his tablet is better than mine and he is happy as clam!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 19, 2012 2:02:08 PM PDT
Sarida says:
I came home from school expecting to be roasted for my opinion! I love your suggestions, too!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 19, 2012 2:03:37 PM PDT
Sarida says:
Please congratulate her from me for her 35. Daddy says, "FULL RIDE! Show me the money!!!"

Posted on Sep 19, 2012 2:14:36 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 20, 2012 3:20:52 AM PDT
I think it is alot to assume that every parent that asks a question about a kindle fire, is going to let there kid play with it 24/7. My kids usually use there kindles when we are traveling in the car for long periods or doing a adult related activity like sitting in our crazy dental office that can run 2hrs behind.

Kids can use expensive electronics at this age also without breaking them. I bought my 6yo a nintendo ds and he is now 10 and still has it. Still works great. Kids can take care of electronics if taught how and given boundries. I undersatnd some people think that kids should only be exposed to more organic forms of play like legos and playgrounds but that is not the reality that we live in.

I understand people's thoughts and need to chime in and say that children need to pick up a actual book, toys and interact more with thier parents. I completely agree with this, but I also think they need to exposed to tech. It is being intergrated more and more into society and I don't know about other parents but I for one do not want my kids left behind the curve.

ETA: to fix typo

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 20, 2012 5:35:41 AM PDT
True, but in this case, Sarida was replying to someone who said the kid already had a tablet. They don't need *every* electronic toy.
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