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the best ipod touch for my granddaughter

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Initial post: Dec 7, 2010 4:36:29 PM PST
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Posted on Dec 7, 2010 9:30:50 PM PST
JC says:
What does she plan to use it for/what do you think she will use it for? The newest model is the only one that comes with a camera, so if she wants to take pictures or video, that is the only model that will work. Is this something she has asked for? If so, she may be expecting the one advertised on tv (that has a camera).

If your granddaughter doesn't live with you, you might discuss this with her parents and see what features they are comfortable with. Also discuss how she will be supervised when downloading content for the device, and who will pay for it. Will she be allowed to browse the iTunes store and choose her own content to download, or will this be something an adult will do for her? Keep in mind the iTunes store does have content that many families would deem inappropriate for an 8-year-old, including music with explicit lyrics and R-rated movies.

FaceTime can only be used to talk to other people with FaceTalk capable iPods/iPhones, and only when you have a Wi-fi connection available. If she doesn't have wireless internet available in most of the places she goes, she wouldn't be able to use this feature anyway.

Skype requires a separate application that you need to download to the iPod. If you don't let her download that app, she can't use it. I'm not sure what you mean by "phone feature." Are you considering buying an iPhone 4 instead of an iPod Touch?

If she doesn't need/want a camera, then the earlier versions will probably be fine. They don't have as great of display as the new one, but it still looks nice and I doubt an 8-year-old would notice.

For this age, you might also consider the iPod Nano as an alternative. It does not play games and you can't download apps, but it certainly has enough other features to keep an 8-year-old happy. Plus, it is a lot cheaper.

Posted on Dec 8, 2010 5:44:48 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 8, 2010 5:47:57 AM PST
R. Vergara says:
I will be buying the 4th Gen (most current) for my 8 year old. It is an ipod that will not need to be replaced for a few years. It will grow with her needs and interest. You are able to set restrictions in the general settings area so they can not download or listen to anything that you don't approve of, such as rated R movies or even PG and PG13 movies, you can even not allow movies at all. You are even able to disable age appropriate apps. The camera/ video camera is a nice feature that the older generation ipods do not have, which any 8 year old will love. I don't think you can go wrong on the new generation of Ipods, and like anything in this electronic, technology age we have to monitor what our kids are watching and listening to and don't be afraid to delete things! On top of that, evey app, song, etc. that is put on the Ipod has to have a password put in before it is downloaded, YOU or an adult controls the password!

Posted on Dec 8, 2010 7:12:53 AM PST
marie says:
I think discussing getting an Ipod touch for an 8 year old is ridiculous! Get them a ball and tell them to go outside and play!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 8, 2010 8:31:18 AM PST
I would suggest going with the one that will annoy you the least if she loses it. I'm not saying that out of meanness, just the age level. She'll love the iPod, but whereas she is only 8, odds are high, it will wind up damaged or lost, and if you will be much more upset about that happening to a 4 over a 3, get the 3. If it isn't a big deal either way, you'll be annoyed the same amount, go with the 4.

FWIW, this is a voice of experience. I have 2 daughters, and they have had very high-level electronics all along. My husband bought them each a computer on the day they were each born. They've had several incarnations of iPods, computers, robots, iPod systems, etc. Get the one you will not mind her destroying because, sooner or later, it will happen. It's not bad, but they are kids.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 8, 2010 8:35:12 AM PST
What makes you think the two are incompatible? Do you expect a child to spend every waking moment with the ball? I'm also guessing you aren't very knowledgeable about the educational aspects of an iPod Touch. iTunesU has hundreds and hundreds of educational programs for all ages, preschool all the way through entire college level courses.
Just because it's technology does not mean it is bad.

Posted on Dec 8, 2010 10:58:22 AM PST
JC says:
Don't count on not purchasing a replacement in the next few years. Although you will think it's just fine, many preteens/teens will want whatever the newest thing is, even if the differences are small. I have a friend who just purchased an iPod Touch for her preteen daughter a few months ago, now her daughter is asking for an iPhone.

If you plan to set the parental controls and use them, as well as monitor her while she's on the computer, you should be fine. But I know plenty of parents who never set the controls, or don't know how to. I also know several children ages 10 and under who know how to disable the parental controls, and who know their parent's iTunes password for downloading.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2010 9:59:56 PM PST
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Posted on Dec 14, 2010 9:07:29 AM PST
Manning Mom says:
I need some guidance on MP3s - do they all do Music, video & games? I know the ipod does but are there any others that may be a bit less expensive?Touch Screen 4GB 2.8-Inch TFT MP5 Movie Music Personal Media Player

Posted on Dec 14, 2010 5:03:35 PM PST
I bought this mp3 player for my mom and I would not recommend it for games. Other than that is great it is easy to load movies and music to and it is easy to load photos to without much issue. I just use windows media for everything and I have magic dvd ripper for movies I hope that helps.

Posted on Dec 22, 2010 6:45:35 AM PST
TMZxxx! says:
would an ipod touch be compatible for an 11 year old

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 25, 2010 6:21:42 PM PST
Robert Potts says:
I HAD TO LAUGH WHEN I READ THIS COMMENT. so true you are. kids don't go out and play anymore, that is why they are all so fat and have diabetes.

Posted on Dec 26, 2010 5:52:03 PM PST
G. Hake says:
I am sorry, but there are a lot of kids that do go out and play and also have a lot of electronics. My daughter has a lot of electronics/games and she still loves to go outside to play. You are the parents - kids learn by example. If all you do is sit infront of the tv - that is all they will do. If you go outside a lot then so will they. Most of the kids who are overweight also have parents who are overweight.....

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2010 7:26:34 AM PST
S. tyree says:
hey ain't that being just a little mean about the kids being fat and have diabetes? cause see u have to think out side of the box the kids don't go to the store and get the groceries i don't even think they know how to drive yet. in away u have to blame it on the parents cause they are the ones that goes to the store and gets the food and fix it and give it to their kids. and some parents even refuse to take them to the doctor so don't blame it on the kids yeah they have the choice to change but ain't it hard for them if the parents are feeding them the unhealthy kinds of food?

Posted on Dec 30, 2010 4:54:30 AM PST
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Posted on Dec 4, 2012 12:21:36 PM PST
Amazon Girl says:

Could someone let me know if you you currently do not have the internet at your home if the Ipod Touch is even worth getting? Or is basically everything work off the internet connection? Thanks.

Posted on Dec 4, 2012 12:21:49 PM PST
Amazon Girl says:

Could someone let me know if you you currently do not have the internet at your home if the Ipod Touch is even worth getting? Or is basically everything work off the internet connection? Thanks.
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