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Topic # 216627 5-Jul-2017 14:46
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Hello to all!

 

 

 

We want to buy a 10" tablet for the kids to use. We would like to avoid shelling out c$500+ for a Samsung or iPad, especially given there is a reasonably likelihood the kids will somehow break it.

 

Can anyone recommend a basic but decent 10" tablet for say under $400? 

 

It will be used for:

 

1. Netflix

 

2. Kids games

 

3. Videos the kids make and play back

 

4. Youtube.

 

Low priced tablets have a reputation for being unreliable and we want to avoid a clanger. We have been looking at the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 2016 10.1" WiFi White, but are interested if there is a decent lower price alternative.

 

Recommendations welcome!


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  Reply # 1813257 5-Jul-2017 14:54
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My suggestion is a decent tablet and a bloody good case :)

 

 


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  Reply # 1813268 5-Jul-2017 15:29
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networkn:

 

My suggestion is a decent tablet and a bloody good case :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

This ^^

 

A few pennies saved now will be regretted later. Get an iPad mini and chuck a damn good case on it.   Never had a problem and one of my kids is a walking tornado.    If they are old enough you could even get them to chip in some $$$ so they have some personal liability.      

 

 





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  Reply # 1813271 5-Jul-2017 15:32
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We were in Singapore lookin at cases for my wifes laptop. She looked at a case made by some armour company, guy was super confident of it's ability to protect her phone he grabbed one for his s8+ and then 3 times threw it across the room and hard against the ground, and it was fine. 

 

I was pretty impressed, but I won't be doing it. The case was thick and cost $49.


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  Reply # 1813286 5-Jul-2017 15:42
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I'd get a second-hand iPad. In my opinion the iPad Air is still perfectly fine, and if you're worried about future proofing, the iPad Air 2 is another option. You can get an iPad Air for around the $300 mark and iPad Air 2 for around $400. The key is finding a good seller, as the TradeMe can be a minefield.

This one is looks to be a good deal. Might need to convince them to ship it though.


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  Reply # 1813348 5-Jul-2017 16:44
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Yes an iPad mini and one of those kid-proof rubber cases from I can't remember if it's Noel Leeming or Harvey Norman. I think it's Noel Leeming. The one with a handle doubles as a stand. I think this is it, I've seen them in pink and blue. One of the primary schools uses them and the five and ups haven't broken an iPad yet (over 3 years now). https://www.noelleeming.co.nz/shop/computers-tablets/tablets/tablet-accessories/ipad-covers-and-cases/omp-m8255k-shockproof-eva-foam-tablet-ipad-air-case-black/prod134344.html


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  Reply # 1813366 5-Jul-2017 17:30
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JayADee:

 

Yes an iPad mini and one of those kid-proof rubber cases from I can't remember if it's Noel Leeming or Harvey Norman. I think it's Noel Leeming. The one with a handle doubles as a stand. I think this is it, I've seen them in pink and blue. One of the primary schools uses them and the five and ups haven't broken an iPad yet (over 3 years now). https://www.noelleeming.co.nz/shop/computers-tablets/tablets/tablet-accessories/ipad-covers-and-cases/omp-m8255k-shockproof-eva-foam-tablet-ipad-air-case-black/prod134344.html

 

 

 

 

Crikey, thats expensive for those cases, try PBtech, trademe or if you can wait a while Aliexpress, these cases can be had for alot less than that.

 

I would recommend:

 

Ipad - depending on your child consider the screen size carefully, we have a 4 and 6 yo and we have one 10 inch and a mini. In terms of usability the smaller size is much more manageable, especially if they are going to be mobile when using, e.g pokemon go. Refubished Ipads can be had from here: https://www.apple.com/nz/shop/browse/home/specialdeals/ipad/ipad_mini_2/wi_fi 

 

 

 

A rugged case, either Otter box or the one mentioned above.

 

If you want something android, I would recommend Galaxy tab s2, or galaxy tab A https://www.pbtech.co.nz/product/TABSAM5501/Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-A-97-WiFi--White-This-Model-wit?type=ex-demo 

 

 

 

The tablet market is an interesting one, really is quite hard to suggest anything 10 inch sub $400, if you look second hand you really are not making a lot of savings either. If you stray too far from Ipad and Samsung then good cases become hard to come by. Check you can get good cases before purchasing!




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  Reply # 1819366 11-Jul-2017 09:01
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Thanks for the tips! We got a Tab A and 64GB memory card from PB Tech, and a rugged case on TM.


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