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Initial post: Jan 6, 2012 2:58:51 PM PST
Im looking for a tablet that is realative inexpensive for my 7yr old. I know you get what you pay for with these but at the same time don't want to drop a lot of money into something as it is for a 7 yr old! Any suggestions? He loves my Fire, and I need to get something for him so I can actually use my Fire myself!!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 6, 2012 3:16:04 PM PST
C. Schmidt says:
1.) Define "inexpensive," as this differs from person to person.
2.) Are you sure you're kiddie is responsible enough to handle a semi-fragile device? One drop is all it takes to convert one into rubbish.
3.) If "inexpensive" is less than the cost of your Fire, do you understand that said device will be far less in quality, performance, and capabilities?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 7, 2012 2:15:18 PM PST
J. Evans says:
Of course he is responsible enough, Schmidt you obviously don't have or never had children! My 3 year grandson uses my iPad 2! So as to your question yes buy the Android 7 ? Look on Amazon it's 82.00 bucks plus tax. You can also buy them at your local Walmart/ Best Buy.....etc.... Good luck!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 7, 2012 5:37:20 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 7, 2012 5:38:12 PM PST
C. Schmidt says:
Ahem. I have three children in my home, Jennifer. The oldest's first favorite toy was a keyboard. I have and have had the opportunity for the last 11 years to observe not only my own kids, but also all the little friends, playmates, schoolmates, and the like. Not to mention much more extended observation of siblings, cousins, and their children, from a very large family. As such, I feel quite confident in asking another parent if they feel their child can care for a device. Using is one thing. Taking care of is entirely different.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 7, 2012 10:41:34 PM PST
B. Courtade says:
Very true. Many children have a keen ability to pick up any touchscreen device (smartphone/tablet mainly) and easily figure it out due its simplified, intuitive interface. But there's nothing saying that same toddler would know it won't survive being thrown across a room, dropped in a toilet, left on a floor (like many children often do with things they perceive as their toys) to be stepped on, etcetera... It's different in the case of a 7 year old, but that does NOT necessarily mean that 7 year old is responsible enough to take care of something like a tablet. Beyond leaving it on the floor in another precarious position, they might take it to school with them and leave it somewhere where it gets stolen. A number of any incidents that could happen with a young child taking on the responsibility of a high tech (expensive) device. Just saying. It's not unreasonable to ask if your child specifically is different from the average child, and therefore able to take on that responsibility.

Posted on Jan 8, 2012 11:00:35 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 5, 2012 9:56:18 AM PST
Wix says:
I have seen an iPad with the digitizer screen cracked halfway across and it was used in a school setting. That is a 300 dollar repair if you go through apple. The thing was in an otterbox, which obviously did not save it. Kids and tablets are a good mix as long as there is reasonable supervision. I would recommend keeping the fire, and that is the cheapest tablet I would recommend. You might want to upgrade your tablet, and make the next purchase a tablet for you, even if that requires sharing for a little longer. If you are new to tablets it is hard to appreciate what an amazing value you are getting with the fire.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2012 6:24:31 PM PST
James says:
I bought the Samsung Galaxy 5 Android Player from Amazon for $239.99 and it is perfect for my 4 year old. It is surprisingly good and very fast with WiFi. It has full Android Market, plays Netflix, and I bought a 32GB micro SD for $32 to put her movies on. We downloaded some great educational games from the Android Market and she is loving it. It also has a small loop on the top corner so you can attach a tether for less drops.

Here's the link-http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005P1VNDW/ref=oh_o04_s00_i00_details

Hope this helps.

Posted on Feb 5, 2012 7:11:06 AM PST
C. Pocock says:
Thank you to the people who actually answered the question. I was looking for answers about a tablet, not parenting advice!

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 5, 2012 10:05:16 AM PST
Wix says:
That is what I wound up getting my 3 year old! It is neat because it looks like a phone and is better for little hands. I have a Philips Fidelio dock which is designed for phones but also works on the SG5 so I can play music for everyone. We are loving it so far. He loves the AR Entertainment apps - the snakes and dinosaur puzzles. if you haven't seen them they might be worth a look. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 5, 2012 10:19:44 AM PST
Wix says:
I am quite sorry if you were offended, however when parents ask about a tablet for a child I feel it is important to impress upon them the inherent fragility of the device. It is an observation of the device's limitations, nothing more. (especially since it is marketed partially towards kids yet is very vulnerable both physically and security-wise)

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 5, 2012 4:37:44 PM PST
B. Courtade says:
Umm... you weren't even the one who originally asked the question? Unless you're double-posting. Beyond that, those of us who warned against just don't want to see someone waste $200 or more (by waste I mean buy it and have their child break it two days, weeks, or even months later). The fact is most tablets are fragile and the ones that are durable cost double (sometimes triple) what normal tablets cost. If you compare it to the Fire, often five times that. The other fact is most 7 year olds won't think about that everyday when they use one, and chances are great it will get broken. It's not parenting advice, it's just looking out for someone so they don't waste a nice chunk of change, and making sure they've thought about how easy it is to break one.

Posted on Feb 5, 2012 5:31:16 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 5, 2012 5:38:30 PM PST
C. Pocock says:
No I was not the one posting. I was looking for the same answer so I didn't see the point in asking the same question. These are the questions I need answered: I would like to know which tablets are the easiest to navigate for children, which have the most options for interactive books and educational apps, and which run the fastest and most trouble free. Price is all realitve when it comes to quality, having said that some things arn't what you pay for. As far as tablets being delicate, well of course they are. If I was concerned about durablity I would consider options like the leappad or the fisher price versions, but I'm shopping for a 8 year old not a toddler. So I am looking for some helpful advice, and I found the other answers condesending.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 5, 2012 6:36:49 PM PST
C. Schmidt says:
The iPad is what it is and has plenty of kids stuff. Android can have as complex or as simple a UI as you like, as being able to change how they look and act is what really sets them apart from iPads.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 6, 2012 3:39:45 PM PST
At 7 he probably doesn't comunicate with friends, or concerns about the size of the screen, because he cant activate the links....get him a Motorola Droid 4 inch screen. You could pick it up for less probable free-and dont shop at phone stores for savings! Or if he likes the screen your Kindle Fire, get him a Samsung Galaxy Tab 7in and not the latest version look for the single core...

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 6, 2012 11:12:37 PM PST
A. Villani says:
If you knew all this information, why did you ask in the first place?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 8, 2012 1:49:14 PM PST
B. Courtade says:
Well I'm sorry you feel that way. No condescension was intended. I second CS in that you can customize the Android UI to be simple and you could also find one cheaper than the iPad. If you're looking for trouble-free you should probably steer clear of the no-name Chinese ones which will effect price (these clearly off-branded Chinese reproductions that generally just list the specs with no name are always cheaper but I doubt they'll be trouble-free, i.e. the "Android 7") but it would still be easy to find a "safe" one for less than the iPad if you think a 7" would be all right, which would probably be better for a young child although size is really preference and up to you. Really anything under $150 (including 7" ones) probably isn't going to be trouble-free because we recently got a look into how Amazon isn't even making money off the Fire at $199 (they're making money off of their services that people access WITH the Fire) so, while you don't always get what you pay for, it usually only works one way: you buy something more expensive that wasn't worth the money. Usually the really cheap ones are exactly that. So, while I understand wanting to get a deal, make sure it is in fact a deal and not something you'll regret days or weeks or even months later. Again, no condescension intended here, but you do need to be careful because there are too many swindlers out there trying to make a buck off the popularity of tablets.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 8, 2012 6:43:54 PM PST
I think the new Kindle Fire is a great idea. My seven year old loves hers. And unlike other devices the screen is really sturdy. good luck

Posted on Feb 8, 2012 7:49:56 PM PST
C. Schmidt says:
FYI, one can pick up a refurb Fire for $180, with a year warranty.

Posted on Feb 9, 2012 10:55:04 AM PST
Dee Dee says:
Has anyone experienced the Nabi?. I am soooooo tired of researching. I would like a tablet for my 7 year old child to play games, research (is there an encyclopedia app?), I would like to tell him why don't you try looking up the answer to promote some indepence that he lacks as well as not having to spend sooooo much time finding the answers to his seemingly endless thirst for information, maybe learn a foreign language, and utilize the educational aspects that certain games provide. I am torn between the Nabi and the Kindle fire because I just do not know what is best regarding battery life, or what pixel display numbers I should look for. Any advice would be so very much appreciated.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 9, 2012 11:17:34 AM PST
C. Schmidt says:
It looks like Nabi finally updated their website to include the technical specs. Here is a run down:

Fire has twice the local storage (8GB vs 4GB)
Fire has 2.5hrs longer battery life
Fire has better screen resolution
Nabi has camera
Nabi has video output
Nabi has a special kid friendly interface as well as the standard Android interface (parent mode)
Nabi has Bluetooth
Fire is lighter weight
Nabi has SD card slot (expand storage)
Fire likely has a larger set of apps to choose from, though it look to be possible to install Amazon's Appstore on the Nabi and enjoy both.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 10, 2012 10:08:10 AM PST
BigJon says:
Get your 7 year old a chalk board and some chalk!!

Posted on Nov 26, 2012 2:57:25 PM PST
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Posted on Nov 26, 2012 5:16:30 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 26, 2012 5:17:02 PM PST
Susan M Wise says:
My 6 and 9 year olds love my Kindle Fire. We've done lots of reading on it and every game they've wanted to play they could with no trouble. They also use it for a number of websites their school recomends and it works fine (www.razkids.com and www.coolmath4kids.com to name a couple). There have been a couple that don't work great but that has been the exception. My 6 year old is hard on everything and we've had no trouble with durability. I'm likely getting them another one so I can have mine back.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 14, 2013 9:39:11 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 14, 2013 9:40:34 AM PST
Nikyma says:
Nabi's customer support is severely lacking, I've been waiting over two weeks for a response to an email. Also, the "coins" that the child gets as rewards for completing chores have to be purchased. Only problem, Nabi's in the process of changing CC processors and can't currently (since Christmas) accept payment to purchase the coins. I've been very disappointed with the whole experience.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 7, 2013 12:46:30 PM PDT
Well said.
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