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Ipod vs. Tablet?

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Initial post: Nov 19, 2012 6:39:58 PM PST
Jaime Friel says:
My 7-year-old daughter has had so much playing with a cousin's IPod Touch and would like one of her own for Christmas. But now I'm seeing all these sale ads for tablets. I have no clue what the difference is between the two besides just the size. Can I do the same things, music, games, pictures on both?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2012 8:58:32 PM PST
B. Marks says:
I have both. The major difference is size. The Itouch will do almost everything a tablet will do.

Because of the size difference, though, some things that are graceful and easy on a tablet are a chore on the Itouch. Web browsing is a good example. Some games really are a whole new experience on a larger tablet screen. Others are just fine on the small screen.

For a 7 year old either one is nice.


In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2012 9:16:50 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 20, 2012 2:22:13 AM PST
S. A. F. says:
If you seriously just want the most for your money, a tablet like the Nexus 7 would be far nicer...go to walmart or elsewhere and check one out. If you asked her I bet she would say she wanted a full fledged tablet rather than an iPod.

A good android tablet can do pretty much everything that an iPad can do. The real question is do you or your daughter want to fit in with the other apple owners. I am not joking or trying to be rude but you asked what the difference is and that is the number one difference... an android tablet doesn't have an emblem of fruit on the back. It is really important for a lot of people to be in "the club" and they will gladly pay extra for it. My mother in laws sister looked down her nose at her Kindle Fire and bluntly implied "she obviously couldn't afford an iPad". This was not the case of course, she got the Fire because it does what she wanted in a device. If you google the Nexus 7 which is available for $199 and also an iPod for $199 it is blatantly obvious that the Nexus is a far better value and in fact does a lot more than the iPod (or compare the Kindle fire that was on sale recently for $129 to the ipod Nano for $149). I can only think of one reason why most people would compare them side by side and choose the iPod...

In order to face time with her cousin, she would have to have an iOS device. However, she could still skype with her cousin as skype is available on both android and iOS. My 11 year old niece has a 4th gen iPod touch that she got for Christmas last year and she said in her own words that she would rather have my sons no name tablet (obviously because it is a tablet). She doesn't know any better because she is a kid...all she knows is that when she plays plants vs zombies, cut the rope, happy poo jump, or watches netflix or youtube on my sons tablet that it is a bigger, better tablet (i'm not saying that a off brand tablet is better than an iPod, just that she perceives it to be because she has more fun playing on it because she can see the screen easier). She doesn't understand the difference in cost and the value per dollar ratio, she also likely doesn't even know what brand the tablet is, just the experience of the two compared side by side.

The answer would really come down to if you want more for your money or if you want the device to be sort of a status symbol, an elite product that puts you in with the cool crowd. Here is an excellent comparison for you to contemplate. People often say they will only buy an apple laptop even if they have to pay a lot more for it because they won't settle for an inferior device. "You get what you pay for" right? I just quickly looked up the prices on a 15.4" macbook pro, a 17.3" sony laptop, an xbox 360 console, a vizio 42" 3d TV, and a Nexus 7 7" android tablet. If you put the macbook on one table and all of the other stuff on the other table and were told that you could choose between the two for about the same price (the macbook table actually costs more). Most people (kids included) would obviously choose a laptop, 3d TV, game console, and tablet rather than just a laptop right? Well a lot of people choose to buy the apple because (in their minds) to get the other laptop would be settling for junk and to them money isn't an object, they only want "the best".

On a quick side note... it is a lot harder for a kid to fit a tablet into their pants pocket like they can with the iPod which is basically a phone without the ability to make phone calls. I know that was a big useless psychology lecture but it's true, many people have the "obviously she can't afford the iPad" mentality and if you don't want them to look down on you, you have to fit in.

Posted on Jan 14, 2013 7:26:00 AM PST
What kind of tablet does your son have? Thanks

Posted on Jan 14, 2013 1:05:35 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 14, 2013 1:06:46 PM PST
You can always buy her a cheap tablet a few are available on Amazon

Posted on Jan 16, 2013 11:16:16 AM PST
The thing about the iPod Touch is that it's expensive. I have one as a super-portable iPad, but you know what? Unless you have an overriding need to carry a tablet-equivalent capable device in your pocket and are willing to overlook the small screen, get a small tab. The iPad Mini is darn near perfect, and the 7" Nexus is far cheaper than a Touch, and much easier to actually use as a tablet.

Posted on Jan 16, 2013 11:29:18 AM PST
B. Marks says:
I used to love my Ipod Touch and then I got a Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2. I still have the Touch but I rarely use it anymore.

I do like having a little tablet in my shirt pocket. The Samsung is somewhat larger to accommodate it's much larger screen and front facing stereo speakers, but it's not much larger. The bezel is smaller. The weight is only about an ounce more. The speakers are way better and comparison there at all. The screen isn't as sharp but it's excellent and you have to really look close to see the difference in text. It's hard to see the difference in anything but text.

It uses Android 2.35 and Samsung's Touchwiz and it has a great interface. Wifi is stronger at greater distances. It has a GPS that's supposedly better but I never use it much. And best of all there's a micro SD card slot. I have a 64 gig card in mine even though it's only rated for 32 gig cards. 64 gig works just fine.

Of course you get what you pay for and the Ipod Touch cost 50% more than the Samsung so it must really be better in some way. :)

I also have an Ipad Mini as well as a full size Ipad and I sure agree about the Mini. It's far superior for the things I do to the full size Ipad.


Posted on Jan 17, 2013 8:38:39 PM PST
G. Rascon says:
now that I own both an ipod touch, and a nexus 7, I now only use the ipod for music. once I played angry birds on a larger screen, "nexus 7" I deleted the game on my ipod touch. I think the 7 inch tablet is perfect for a 7 year old

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 19, 2013 6:58:56 AM PST
Skype just does not work as well as least not in my personal experience. I can use either, depending on which machine I use and FaceTime gives me far better quality pics and sound with far less dropped 'calls'!

Posted on Jan 19, 2013 11:29:10 AM PST
Vincent M_Sr says:
I bought tablets from the factory in china through the on line auction site everyone knows and the boys love them. I set up g-mail accounts so they can have the apps they want and they have fun and the education programs for math, word search apps also make learning fun. The 6 year old reads so they both have kindle apps and their parents and I get them age appropriate books for their own library.
The tables I bought were $135 each and are comparable to the $200 tables sold in stores. They serf the internet with WI-FI and can do play games at popular kids sites. The only place I have seen a problem is the FirstinMath site that uses flash player for some reason will not run.
I don't see the point in buying an ipad since they are overpriced for what can be done on a droid tablet.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2013 1:50:48 PM PDT
WF says:
I think the point is whether it is appropriate for a 7 year old. I started my son on an iPod Touch around 7 to get to know what responsibility is. He used it for audio books, music, and some simple games. It was small enough and securty controls were good. it was a good 'starting pt'. Now tha he's 11 he feels that he 'graduated' from this and moving to a tablet he does more videos and uses it for school research. We shouldn't give electronics to kids just because it is the latest and greatest or because you can afford it. There has to be a purpose.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 12, 2013 4:40:36 AM PDT
C. Porter says:
Tottaly right there are way to many people worried about image, personally I like to get a good bang for my buck so I like tablets. Ironiccaly however I am typing this on my wife's ipad because thats what she had to have!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 12, 2013 5:25:51 AM PDT
B. Marks says:
The difference in an Ipad and an Android tablet is a lot more than just image. They're 2 ecosystems and there are good reasons to want to be in one or the other, depending on your needs, tastes and what your friends are in. If all your friends have an Ipad it'll be a lot more useful to you than an Android tablet.

I have both and I use both. My real preference is for Android but I can understand why some people prefer Ipads.

Also comparing a Nexus 7 to an Ipad is unrealistic. The Nexus 7 is a 7" tablet. If you want to compare, compare the Nexus 10 because it's closer to the same size. And just about the same price.


In reply to an earlier post on Jun 14, 2013 9:30:13 AM PDT
Thank you for your concise, informative and 'adult' comments.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2013 8:09:18 AM PST
JCP says:
My son is asking for an itouch. In fact he said he'd prefer an itouch to a laptop! I was wondering if there was some reason why it is significantly preferable to a tablet such as the Kindle Fire. Thank you for confirming my suspicions that it is preferable because it is an Apple product, but not necessarily the best bang for your buck.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2013 10:37:12 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2013 10:50:26 AM PST
B. Marks says:
The Ipod Touch is really just a small tablet. A Small Ipad, if you will. There's nothing at all wrong with them. They're an excellent device. They have the advantage of being pocket sized where a tablet isn't. That might be why he wants it.

For most purposes a tablet is a more useful device if you have it with you. Having it with you is a lot easier with an Ipod Touch. I carry a comparable Samsung device in my pocket, one that's no longer made. If I could only have a single device I'd choose the tablet since I'm nearly always home. If I was moving around a lot, though, I just might choose the Samsung.



In reply to an earlier post on Nov 29, 2013 7:34:27 AM PST
M. MccOmas says:
We had an iPad for our 6 year old special needs child. So... iPad vs. tablet? iPad seemed to have many options for special education and special needs apps likespeech and fine motor building. Do the tablets have as many options for these types of apps and which ones specifically?

Posted on Dec 2, 2013 6:18:14 AM PST
LB says:
I want a tablet more for checking email, using Google Drive, even to some small degree, working with documents. Now, of course, surfing the web is nice and reading a book while traveling, too.

What's the general advice?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2013 8:44:29 AM PST
B. Marks says:
Buy a name brand. Get one with an IPS display. If you're most concerned with portability get a 7". If ease of use is more important get a 10". Keep in mind though, that both are portable and both are easy to use. It's just that the 7" is lighter and easier to carry with you and the 10" is a little easier for web browsing and working with documents. Such things as email and Google Drive will be equally easy either size.

Personally I prefer 7" for reading but a lot of people prefer a larger screen. I think the lighter weight of a 7" tablet is important when you have to hold it up to read. I'm not sure I'm with the majority on that, though.

The main thing is get a major brand. You don't have to spend a lot of money anymore but don't get something real cheap either. If you're new with tablets and you have problems because you got a real cheap one you'll likely think it's your fault and get frustrated. I've seen that happen several times.


In reply to an earlier post on Mar 22, 2014 4:21:45 AM PDT
I always heard and assumed that the reason Apple gets the big money they ask for (I'm refering to all their gizmos) is because their stuff supposedly last forever and they don't really change their operating systems like clock work.

If that's the case it may very well be worth the money however I'm pleased enough with my Kindle Fire that we are getting our 6-year-old one for her birthday.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 22, 2014 7:37:08 AM PDT
G. Rascon says:
it is true, apple products last, plus they are easy to use, and their customer service is top notch, at least that's been my experience with them, but from what I have noticed, a big reason why Apple can charge a lot for their products is for that name, "apple" its the "in" thing.

Posted on Mar 22, 2014 2:52:30 PM PDT
B. Marks says:
I have 2 Ipads, an Ipod Touch, a Kindle Fire and a Kindle Fire HD (last year's model), a number of different Android tablets, a Blackberry Playbook, and, while they have many overlapping functions, they're so different it's hard to compare them.

First, the Ipad IS a tablet. So saying Ipad or tablet kind of misses the point. The Ipad was the first tablet and Android tablets came along a few years later. That means two things. First, the Ipad developers have had more time to work on it and get it right. Second, the Android developers could see the Ipads mistakes and make a fresh start, avoiding them.

Today both systems are very easy to use and to learn to use. If you've never seen either before, your first day on an Ipad will probably be a little bit easier, but not much. By the second day the Android tablet, being easier to customize, will already be easier to use, but not much easier.

After a couple of weeks most users will find they can simply do more on an Android tablet. When you get beyond the very simple beginner stuff, android is much simpler to use. Many things you can do easily in Android are difficult in IOS.

An example: I have an app on my Android tablets that let's me connect my PC to it wirelessly with my browser and transfer files to it using an interface that's much like Windows explorer. It's fast and simple to do and it works with any kind of files.

Yesterday I wanted to send some songs to my Ipod Touch and I don't have Itunes installed. Itunes is just too complicated and difficult to use and it messes with my laptop so I've just given up on it. I refuse to install it again and I'll throw away the Ipad Touch before I do. But I was able to find an app that will let me wirelessly transfer songs to it via Dropbox and all was well. The process of transferring was simple and took about 10 minutes. The process of figuring out how to do it and what app I can do it with took about 2 hours.

With Android that process is trivial and would be even if I'd never done it before. There are many wireless transfer apps, including Dropbox and these apps don't have to know anything about file type or how to work with other apps. I can simply get the songs to my Android device and play them with any music playing app on the device.

With the Ipod Touch the app has to know about Dropbox and work with it and after transferring the songs they'll only work with that one app. No other song playing app can use them.

I'm constantly running into issues like this with IOS. Solving them is never really that hard but it's time consuming and complicated and often takes the fun out of it.

Both are excellent systems. I think for most people the one to use is the one your family and friends and co-workers use. The idea though, that Ipads are the best tablets is just a myth. The best tablet hasn't been invented yet and probably won't be as long as companies have to compete.


Posted on Jun 8, 2014 9:48:13 AM PDT
Terri says:
Hello, You all seem so knowledgeable on this site, so please try not to double up with laughter at my questions.

I am considering purchasing an iPod or tablet or Kindle Fire, the main usage would be for (this is probably where you will laugh, raise your eyebrows of both ..) playing FB games like scrabble and Words with Friends. I know this can be down loaded onto some phones but not mine, so I obviously don't know the difference between devices. A few people that I have spoken to, have assured me that this should be possible but don't really know. At the moment I play games on my laptop and use a keyboard, how does this work with a tablet or iPod?

I would really appreciate some help with this.

Thank you in advance

Theresa x

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 8, 2014 10:06:13 AM PDT
G. Rascon says:
for the ipod, it looks like apple won't be updating their ipods anymore. so if you want something that will continue to get updates, I'd look for a tablet or kindle fire. as for the fire, you would be locked into only downloading apps from the amazon app store, which at times can be lacking. then you have the ipad, and nexus 7 from google. both have large app stores, apple having the larger one. and for the games you play, I've played words with friends on my ipad playing against my facebook friends because now a days, just about every app you download has an option to sign in with your facebook account, and that lets you play against your facebook friends. so you might want to look at the newest Nexus 7, or the more expensive iPad air, or little less expensive iPad mini with retina display. I'd stay away from the ipod.
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