Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.




61 posts

Master Geek


# 179310 3-Sep-2015 15:21
Send private message

Does anyone have any thoughts on tablets for kids? They will mostly play games and might watch the odd movie (e.g on car trips).

We've looked at a few and think i've narrowed it down to either nextbook 7.85" android 4.4 for $129 or hp stream 7 windows for $134
Both have front and rear cameras, similar processors, microsd slots, and we have decided 7" will be big enough for them and dont really want to spend much more as we will be buying two. The HP has 32gb storage which is nice, whereas the slightly bigger screen might be nice too.

I guess the main thing is whether windows or android is better? Or does it not make much difference? Dad and older brother have windows laptops, i have a macbook so none of us have used android. Currently no tablets in the house.

Thanks!


View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic
 1 | 2
1786 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted

  # 1379175 3-Sep-2015 15:28
Send private message

My kids got them WiFi only iPad minis. They're happy. Too good for 5 year olds but heh

1091 posts

Uber Geek


  # 1379220 3-Sep-2015 15:41
2 people support this post
Send private message

My gut feeling is that you will want to go with the android tablet.  the reason why is that they will have friends who will have tablets who will suggest games to get and play, and most of them will either have android or IOS tablets so finding those games will be easy.  Windows is a bit limited to the selection of games and apps.

I got my two step kids the samsung galaxy tab lite for xmas last year ($169 i think) and they come with a samsung app called "Kids Mode" which is brilliant. It allows the kids to play all the games you assign but stops all the annoying ads and stuff that would let them download other apps and go online (they are 6 and 8 so we dont want to allow them online just yet)


 
 
 
 




61 posts

Master Geek


  # 1379229 3-Sep-2015 15:55
Send private message

@zocster - lucky kids!!

@jaymz - that's exactly the sort of tips I'm looking for - didn't think of the friends factor. We looked at the Samsung tab 7 lite but it's over $200 at the moment. Might keep an eye out for specials as $169 might be do able. Thanks!

1786 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted

  # 1379256 3-Sep-2015 16:23
Send private message

i figured since they be using the ipad at school they can take all those 'learning apps' home with them, is all, but yeah, for your issue, I guess android is the way to go.

2171 posts

Uber Geek

Subscriber

  # 1379261 3-Sep-2015 16:27
Send private message

My kids have both got iPad mini's as well. 

If I was doing it all over again, I'd probably still pick iPads. 

In saying that, I have friends that have bought their kids the Windows-based tablets and they love that they are "like a proper computer" and yet still very much a tablet. 

Depends on whether the kids are used to Windows or not as to whether they'll appreciate the platform or not. 






Handsome Dan Has Spoken.

xpd

Chief Trash Bandit
9831 posts

Uber Geek

Mod Emeritus
Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  # 1379265 3-Sep-2015 16:36
Send private message

Can get earlier model iPads from EBGames cheap, might not handle latest iOS but could be something worth looking at as a cheap option.





XPD / Gavin / DemiseNZ

 

Server : i5-3470s @ 3.50GHz  16GB RAM  Win 10 Pro    Workstation : i5-3570K @ 3.40GHz  20GB RAM  RX580 4GB Win 10 Pro    Console : Xbox One

 

https://www.xpd.co.nz - Games, emulation, geekery, and my attempts at photography.     Now on BigPipe 100/100 and 2Talk

 

Emulation - The art of getting your $4000 PC to run an 80's system - and still fails.




61 posts

Master Geek


  # 1379344 3-Sep-2015 18:49
Send private message

@xpd - thanks, I did not know that, might check that out too.

As nice as the iPad mini would be I just don't have a spare $1000 to spend! They are only with us on the weekends so wouldn't be using these for school.

I'm leaning towards android, I'm sure they'll figure out how to use it if they don't already know!

 
 
 
 


2628 posts

Uber Geek


  # 1379397 3-Sep-2015 20:55
Send private message

Personally, I would buy the cheapest droid that will do the job.

Kids that age can be pretty hard on delicate equipment, and one drop onto a hard surface is all it takes. You want something that won't make you wince too hard if you have to replace it after they break it.

3190 posts

Uber Geek


  # 1379404 3-Sep-2015 21:10
Send private message

Our kids have always had iPads, by virtue of hand-me-downs when mum and dad have upgraded.  I would personally be careful of buying anything too old in Apple as they have a tendency to suddenly not upgrade the OS, then you are stuck with only installed current apps.

Whatever you get make sure they have a good cover as well.  Found the iPads to be valuable for car travel, and the educational apps/games are amazing.  Once they get a bit older however YouTube rulz!!! 




Always be yourself, unless you can be Batman, then always be the Batman



8769 posts

Uber Geek

Lifetime subscriber

  # 1379414 3-Sep-2015 21:30
Send private message

JimmyH: Personally, I would buy the cheapest droid that will do the job.

Kids that age can be pretty hard on delicate equipment, and one drop onto a hard surface is all it takes. You want something that won't make you wince too hard if you have to replace it after they break it.


my son has had access to an ipad2 from about 18 months old, for educational games etc. hes pretty good about taking care of if.

Hes better/knows more about using it than his mother does and hes about to turn 3.

Ipads are great, just not the cheapest.

483 posts

Ultimate Geek

Trusted

  # 1379431 3-Sep-2015 22:11
3 people support this post
Send private message

berry: Does anyone have any thoughts on tablets for kids? (e.g on car trips).

...

I guess the main thing is whether windows or android is better?


Strongly recommend Windows, most cars already have one for each passenger, iSpy is a useful application.



61 posts

Master Geek


  # 1379605 4-Sep-2015 10:59
Send private message

JimmyH: Personally, I would buy the cheapest droid that will do the job.

Kids that age can be pretty hard on delicate equipment, and one drop onto a hard surface is all it takes. You want something that won't make you wince too hard if you have to replace it after they break it.


Yeah - these kids are in this category. I'm sure some kids are great at looking after stuff but I think I would be thoroughly pissed off if they broke an ipad. at least with a $100 option then I can handle that better.

Good point about older iPads. If we had hand me downs to pass on then might be a different story.

Cheers for all your replies people!

13088 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  # 1379982 4-Sep-2015 21:01
Send private message

No kids but if I did I'm not sure I'd want them having anything computer related until they were about 13. What's wrong with books?!





3190 posts

Uber Geek


  # 1379985 4-Sep-2015 21:18
One person supports this post
Send private message

Geektastic: No kids but if I did I'm not sure I'd want them having anything computer related until they were about 13. What's wrong with books?!


Your kids would be intelligent, witty, well read...social outcasts!  Jeez drive them to school in a horse and cart why don't you.  Ha Ha.  




Always be yourself, unless you can be Batman, then always be the Batman



8769 posts

Uber Geek

Lifetime subscriber

  # 1380035 4-Sep-2015 22:20
One person supports this post
Send private message

Geektastic: No kids but if I did I'm not sure I'd want them having anything computer related until they were about 13. What's wrong with books?!


and have them grow up so far behind the 8 ball when it comes to technology?

my 3 year olds daycare use tablets and laptops for education videos and activities. my son know how to use the buttons on the IPad and can use the number pad.

look at jobs these days you need to have computer skills, the sooner you start the better you will be, generally speaking

 1 | 2
View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic



Twitter and LinkedIn »



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

Intel expands 10th Gen Intel Core Mobile processor family
Posted 23-Aug-2019 10:22


Digital innovation drives new investment provider
Posted 23-Aug-2019 08:29


Catalyst Cloud becomes a Kubernetes Certified Service Provider (KCSP)
Posted 23-Aug-2019 08:21


New AI legaltech product launched in New Zealand
Posted 21-Aug-2019 17:01


Yubico launches first Lightning-compatible security key, the YubiKey 5Ci
Posted 21-Aug-2019 16:46


Disney+ streaming service confirmed launch in New Zealand
Posted 20-Aug-2019 09:29


Industry plan could create a billion dollar interactive games sector
Posted 19-Aug-2019 20:41


Personal cyber insurance a New Zealand first
Posted 19-Aug-2019 20:26


University of Waikato launches space for esports
Posted 19-Aug-2019 20:20


D-Link ANZ expands mydlink ecosystem with new mydlink Mini Wi-Fi Smart Plug
Posted 19-Aug-2019 20:14


Kiwi workers still falling victim to old cyber tricks
Posted 12-Aug-2019 20:47


Lightning Lab GovTech launches 2019 programme
Posted 12-Aug-2019 20:41


Epson launches portable laser projector
Posted 12-Aug-2019 20:27


Huawei launches new distributed HarmonyOS
Posted 12-Aug-2019 20:20


Lenovo introduces single-socket servers for edge and data-intensive workloads
Posted 9-Aug-2019 21:26



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.


Support Geekzone »

Our community of supporters help make Geekzone possible. Click the button below to join them.

Support Geezone on PressPatron



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.