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Initial post: Nov 18, 2011 9:55:29 PM PST
I have an 8 year old daughter who asked for an ipod touch for christmas. I know nothing about ipods or anything of the like. I don't like the idea of her on the internet without supervision and frankly, would never pay that kind of money for electronics anyways. She is an avid reader. She wants to download books, games and music. Can someone suggest a very affordable item for her? I'm trying to stay in the $100 range and would like it to be easy to use and download. Thanks so much for any suggestions.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2011 5:01:08 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 19, 2011 5:03:46 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2011 6:25:43 AM PST
Wanda Sykes says:
Maybe you could watch for some of the smaller Android tablets to go on sale. There are a few under $200 now including Fire. Staying under $100 for an ereader wouldn't be a problem but staying under $100 for a device that plays music and games will be hard. Good luck.

Posted on Nov 19, 2011 6:57:47 AM PST
Ashley Dietz says:
The closest thing that I have been able to find for my daughter is the Coby Kryos. I have read decent reviews from people who also wanted tablets for their younger children and the only thing that they have said is that the touchscreen isn't as smooth as it would be on an iPad (but since it is $450 cheaper, I'd say that is a given). I looked at the new Kindle Fire last night and it is a great ereader with wifi capability, but not so user-friendly for the little ones. Right now, Toys R Us has a 7 inch Kryos for like $144 or something aroung there. Good luck!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2011 11:36:14 AM PST
C. Schmidt says:
At that age, you want as cheap as possible. I'd suggest this Coby model, with Amazon's Appstore added:

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2011 11:45:32 AM PST
I am in a similiar situation. I have 8 year old twins and they would like an ipad for Christmas. I would like something that they can play games on, similar to the games they play on my iphone and that they can read books on. I am not familiar with tablets at all and am clueless of the app world outside of my iphone. I was looking at the Kyros listed above. Is there a way to disable or password protect internet access on these tablets?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2011 1:36:01 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 21, 2011 8:19:12 AM PST
C. Schmidt says:
Certainly. One can turn it off in Settings, and go a step further if needed to tell the tablet to forget the network entirely.

Edit: Forgot to mention that there are apps available which can be used to lock out functions and other apps. I checked Appstore to verify some are available there as well as on Market.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2011 4:58:40 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 21, 2011 5:03:28 AM PST
Oh, my. Get the iPod Touch. All of the kids have them. It's basically an iPhone WITHOUT the phone: music player, camera, chat, web browser, video camera, camera.... And it does Kindle books, too.

I have one... And I have a Kindle Fire. Love both of them. Apples and oranges. Avoid disappointment and get her an iPod. There is no better choice if your kid asked for one. Of course buy both if you can afford it.

Posted on Nov 21, 2011 5:37:19 AM PST
John Abraham says:
Go to samsclub and buy a vizio tablet for 186

Posted on Nov 21, 2011 12:46:02 PM PST
LiLEri says:
My son who is 9 also wants an ipod, ipad,,,,etc..... I also worry about him on the net unsupervised & can't justify spending that much money for a tablet yet since he is slightly accident prone with electronics but the kid version electronics are too babyish for him (so he says).....its tough..

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2011 12:57:12 PM PST
C. Schmidt says:
That is a primary reason why I suggest parents opt for a netbook or laptop first, preferably a cheap used one that still looks nice. I think my son went through three laptops (through upgrades, not due to damage) before he was allowed something more expensive and delicate like an iPod Touch. At that point, I felt he proved he could take care of one properly.

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 6:00:58 AM PST
S says:
I feel you OP. 8 is an age where they think they are as grown as the older kids and not a bay anymore. My kids in that age range BEG for all the things they hear the other kids in school are calling "cool" they come home and say EVERYONE has one and then I do some digging through my older kids and find out that like ONE person at school actually has it...LOL

I think you are going to have a hard time finding an ereader that does music. Oh they are out there but the problem is your child will be crestfallen when it's not the " cool " kind. Personally I don't think NAME BRAND is necessarry but the problem is KIDS CAN BE MEAN and what happens is the child bops into social situtions all happy until another makes fun of the UNCOOL brand and then all the other rude children jump on tne bandwagon teasing the poor child about how UNCOOL they are!
i know it's not right but thats what happens and it takes a REALLY strong kid not to care of being taunted.

I HONESTLY would get one of the less expensive IPODS that do everything she wants. Just get a less expensive one with less storage. At that age they will want limited books and music... And buy the time they are old enough to want lots more storage , something else will be the IN THING.

Buy yourself a cheap rubberized cover off AMAZON for a few bucks for protection . AMAZON is way cheaper on accesorries then the stores

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2011 8:54:49 AM PST
K. Sell says:
We are having the same dilemma, I have a 6 year old boy who saved up his b'day $$ ($200) and wanted an ipad. well obviously $200 wasn't going to cut it, so we pre-ordered the kindle fire and then waited and waited for it to come in. after a month and a half we got it and i was soooo disappointed. there is no external volume control, you can't add an sd card to up the memory, there isn't a camera, and everything that you look at is on that carousel on the main page. so we traded that in for a blackberry playbook. well there were mixed review when dealing with the android market, i thought that you could get to it but you can't and their apps are a joke. basic wants: option to add sd card, camera would be nice (but not an absolute must), external volume control, be able to handle flash media and able to connect to the android market. do you have any suggestions? would the coby that you mentioned above meet some of our requirements?? i have researched so many tablets i feel like my brain is fried. i would REALLY appreciate some input. i am not a techie at all so a lot of the technical features listed don't even make sense to me. thanks so much!!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2011 9:45:12 AM PST
C. Schmidt says:
There are a number of e-readers that do music, including the Kindle line starting at the Kindle Touch.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2011 9:55:07 AM PST
C. Schmidt says:
The one I mentioned above has neither camera nor access to Market, it's a very cheap tablet that I wouldn't be too upset about if it were damaged. One could add Appstore to it, from Amazon, which would be better than what the tablet offers on its own.

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 4:16:27 PM PST
NerdMom says:
The Ematic FunTab is coming out soon at Walmart for $99, it was designed for 6 to 12 year olds, and has a rubber case.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2011 5:36:50 PM PST
do you know when? Before Christmas?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2011 7:03:02 PM PST
NerdMom says:
yes i am pretty sure - I am the author of a kids app that they are preloading onto the tablets (the InstaSpanish Kids app) - and they said they needed the app ASAP, so I assume the tablets are being readied to ship in the next couple of weeks. Check the site, maybe you can call and ask for the release date.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2011 7:27:31 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 22, 2011 7:29:06 PM PST
Great discussion.

I really wish people would stop making excuses for the Kindle Fire.

"It's a consumption device."

"It's a very cheap tablet"

These excuses are being pandered by many individuals as an excuse for not having features that virtually every other cheap tablet has (yes, you can get a $99 tablet with a camera, mic, and VPN capability).

Kindle Fire is coded on Google's Android OS. Kindle Fire OS modification simply disables much of the default Android OS features. It could have been enabled, but the developer's decided not to.

If anyone is looking for cheap iPad, just buy a used Generation 1 iPad. You can get them quite cheaply now. No point in buying iPad 2 because iPad 3 is scheduled to be released in the Spring. Waste of money.

For anyone under 10 years old, a Kindle Fire is a good substitute for an iPad... but of course, iTunes and Apple Apps won't run on Kindle. SO if your kid already has an iPhone or iPod, best to buy him/her a used iPad so their programs/games/music will be compatible.

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 7:38:41 PM PST
jclay says:
oh there are so many tablet that can do that out there! i would go to google or whatever search engine you use and type in "cheap tablet" and you will get loads of options! a lot of them that ive seen are android market or google android market tablets that range from fifty dollars to a hundred and fifty dollars. you can play music and games on them, and depending on the device, you can download ebooks. also, many have cameras, and extra external memory space. i wouldn't look on amazon for a tablet, though. granted, there is one or two cheap tablets on amazon, i wouldn't recommend them. most of the amazon tabs are very expensive. but if you put a little time and effort into it, you should find an affordable tablet that will work well for your eight year old with all the features you're looking for!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2011 9:43:32 PM PST
C. Schmidt says:
The first problem with "cheap tablets" is the company behind them and the support offered. When it breaks, you're probably going to be out of luck, and simple. Updates? Forget about it. Customer service? Keep on dreaming.

The second problem is that they simply don't perform well, as the hardware used is, well, cheap. The average smartphone runs circles around them, the battery life stinks, and they tend break more quickly.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2011 8:13:57 PM PST
Podago says:
Toys r us has a new kids tablet that you can pre order called the Nabi. It's about two hundred bucks and comes preloaded with some stuff and has a space for extra memory. Check it out. I have a six and eight year old, and I'm in the same boat... To tab or not to tab, that is the question....

Posted on Nov 28, 2011 9:29:53 PM PST
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Posted on Nov 28, 2011 10:27:24 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 28, 2011 10:28:02 PM PST
C. Schmidt says:
Well, I suppose you would recommend that one, given your user name. :D

For those of you that missed what Velocity Cruz 2 said and then deleted -

Nov 28, 2011 9:29:53 PM PST
Velocity Cruz 2 says:

The Cruz T408 would be perfect

Posted on Dec 4, 2011 5:57:59 AM PST
I was in the same boat with my 7 year old son, who wanted an IPad for Christmas. I'm getting him the Nabi tablet from Toys R Us. It runs off of Android and looks just like a regular tablet, but it has a special UI just for kids. Also, it's locked so kids can only go to mommy approved sites, and download mommy approved apps. And it comes preloaded with some games and books, like angry birds and fruit ninja. I haven't been able to play with it yet, because it's still in preorder, but it looks pretty cool, and I think he's going to love it.
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