Need Pea reviews - best tablet for 8-10 year olds. Not too little kid, not as grown up as iPad

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Posted 11/12/2012 by Stinky Rose in NSBR Board

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Posted: 11/12/2012 9:52:56 AM
I've been researching the best option and thought that was the Meep. Then I read reviews from parents - yikes! Won't be buying that one!!

Anyone have a good option that they have tried themselves? TIA!


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Posted: 11/12/2012 9:56:14 AM
My 7 and 9 year olds both got a Kindle Fire last year for Christmas. They work great and get used all of the time. My only complaint is that they can't play on sites like Webkinz and Pixie Hollow because the Fire's can't handle it.

Plus, the customer service from Amazon has been amazing! Both the Kindle's stopped charging after 6 months and Amazon sent us brand new ones because it was a common problem! Can't beat that!


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Posted: 11/12/2012 10:14:52 AM
I am glad you posted this as I have been wondering it too. My guy is much younger but I would like something for him in the next year. Going to watch this!

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Posted: 11/12/2012 10:17:11 AM
Why are you opposed to the iPad? It's something they can grow with. We have 2 that Ainsley (7) and Allie (4) use daily. I can't imagine getting anything else. They use them for learning apps, games, Netflix, music, etc.

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Posted: 11/12/2012 10:23:46 AM

Why are you opposed to the iPad? It's something they can grow with. We have 2 that Ainsley (7) and Allie (4) use daily. I can't imagine getting anything else. They use them for learning apps, games, Netflix, music, etc.

I will also always recommend an iPad, or the new minis. My 7 and 8 year-olds use their iPad daily, and there are just so many apps and media options for them. My kids' iPad is in a very rugged Garmin case, so I don't worry too much about them hurting it.

We also have a Kindle Fire, which is a great little machine for the price, and smaller for smaller hands.

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Posted: 11/12/2012 10:40:24 AM
Honestly, I would spend the money and go for the iPad. My 6 & 8 y/o have their own that they use every day. They have tons of educational apps, games, books, music, videos. We have restrictions set and they can't use Safari so I don't have to worry about them viewing something they shouldn't. If cost is the issue look for an iPad 2, they are $100 cheaper than the current release.

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Posted: 11/12/2012 10:56:45 AM
We flew this past week and it was amazing to see how many kids under 10 had Ipads. Greatest invention for a quiet flight!

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Posted: 11/12/2012 11:10:38 AM
We did this question last Christmas . Went through two "name brand" tablets and then got the iPad. Should have saved ourselves all the hassle and gone straight to the iPad. DS was 8.5 yo last Christmas

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Posted: 11/13/2012 11:01:35 AM
Well, my parents are buying this for the boys for Christmas. They wanted to spend less than $200, so the iPad is out anyway.

They are buying the Kindle Fire for our 11yo DS and wanted something a little more sturdy for the 8yo DS. But from the research I've done just since yesterday, I think the Kindle Fire would be fine for both of them.

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Posted: 11/13/2012 11:13:17 AM
I'd go with the Nexus 7, given the price constraint.

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Posted: 11/13/2012 11:16:41 AM
I think with a sturdy case the kindle fire will be fine for him. I've posted this before, but you have to teach them to NOT run the battery down completely over and over again. As soon as it warns you that there's 15% battery left then finish your game or whatever and plug it in. My daughter, 9, would just let it die and then plug it in. Amazon replaced ours after it would no longer charge and suggested this and it's been fine ever since. She (and I) just didn't know any better.


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Posted: 11/13/2012 11:32:40 AM
The new kindle fire hd is awesome, I won one in a raffle at a charity event and love it. My 12 year d des will be getting one for Christmas.

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Posted: 11/13/2012 12:47:19 PM
So, a question for those who have the kindle fire. We are considering getting one for ds10 this Christmas, but are worried about pop-up ads. That is the one complaint that people have had and I agree that it would be annoying and I don't want him being bombarded with it. Has it been a problem for any of you and if so, is there a way to disable it?

My dh would rather we got the Nexus 7 for this very reason, but I like the idea of the Amazon support.

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Posted: 11/13/2012 12:50:18 PM
I have to say Ipad or Ipad Mini!!!

If you are going to do it, go big and get the quality you are really looking for. They will quickly outgrow the 'kid' ones. An Ipad is not too grown up at all, it's all a matter of what you put on it for them to use. It will grow with them!!

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Posted: 11/13/2012 1:09:01 PM
If price were no object, I'd say iPad, but price was an issue for us when we had this question last year and we went with the Kindle Fire for both girls. They use the heck out of them and we don't see any reason to upgrade at this time.

My kids were 8 and 10 last year when they got the Kindles.


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Posted: 11/13/2012 3:09:56 PM
For a Kindle Fire:

I have the Otterbox case on mine. I thoroughly recommend it! My two year old plays with my Kindle Fire, and I've had no problems. He has managed to scratch the Otterbox screen on the edge, but the Kindle screen is perfectly clean, no scratches at all. It makes it thicker,and heavier, but I like the protection it offers.

We have 2 Fires in our house. We love them. There are not as many kid learning apps as the apple store, but I have seen a lot more added in the last few months. The big apps (Plants vs. Zombies; Where's My Water; Angry Birds, etc.) are there. It really depends on what you are looking for in a tablet.

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Posted: 11/13/2012 6:00:54 PM
I am looking into this, too.

I am torn. We are an "i" house so far. DH and I have iPhones and an iPad.

I just don't know if I want to spend iPad money for both sons. I want them each to have their own.
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Posted: 11/13/2012 7:14:02 PM
Our 5 year-old DS loves our Kindle Fire. I'd just get a strong case for yours.
The best part is that you can share games between the two- so only $2.99 for Star Wars Angry Birds and they can each have it on their Kindles.

Canon girl- I haven't had any issues with pop-ups unless the game was free to download. Then it comes with the territory. You have to pay for the ad-free games. You can also put on a parental control where they have to use a password to get online or order things.

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Posted: 11/13/2012 7:32:19 PM
Santa is bringing my 6 year old and my 9 year old Kindle Fire's for Christmas.

I'm looking forward to it. I'd like mine back! They've both used my Fire regularly since I got it last Christmas, and it's held up just fine under their use.

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Posted: 11/13/2012 8:28:47 PM
Our 12 and 10 year olds are getting Nexus 7's for Christmas. We haven't decided about the 4 year old yet. He loves anything handheld with good apps.


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Posted: 11/13/2012 8:48:20 PM
I am thinking about getting a Nook for my DD (almost 9). We already have an iPad and she's become a voracious reader this past year - I really want it just as a e-reader. She can use the iPad for games and whatnot.

I would like the Nexus for myself ...

I do want something smaller than the iPad without going the route of the Mini, I am not the Apple fan that DH seems to be.

No one has mentioned the Nook - is that because offers so much less as a tablet and is more a e-reader?

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Posted: 11/13/2012 9:40:29 PM
I think t he kindle Fire would be perfect. I guess I live in another world, but I can't believe how casually people suggest a gift for a child that is at least $500, let alone two of them.

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Posted: 11/13/2012 9:41:59 PM
Ok, I feel dumb then, what are the advertisements that I hear people complain about in the online reviews?

Maybe it's a non issue and we should just get him the Kindle Fire HD.


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Posted: 11/13/2012 9:55:44 PM
My kindle fire hd had ads on the lock screen, I was able to go to the mange my kindle page on amazon and remove them for $15.00. I just ordered the ad free version for my ds- it is $214 the $199 version has ads. They are "special offer" ads and g-rated but I found them annoying, I think that is what the big complaint in the online reviews are about. It is worth the extra $15 to remove them IMO.


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Posted: 11/14/2012 6:12:08 AM
I agree with the others, if I had the money I would buy a kindle or ipad. I think some of the electronic games for kids, especially the cartridge type are a waste of money

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Posted: 11/14/2012 6:32:55 AM
Our boys are 11 and 12...we are getting them nook colors with a n2a (android card) which will make them a mini android based tablet.

I have a nook tablet with the n2a card (and just upgraded to jellybean) and I LOVE it.

The iPads are way out of our price range, especially when we have 3 kids and our boys do not have the best track record with small electronics, I am not dropping $300 each. We found the nooks for $99 and the android cards are $20 or $30.

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Posted: 11/14/2012 11:32:03 AM
My dd 9 has the kindle fire hd $199 and she it. I Also got the Best Buy warranty- she is good with her stuff but still 9- this covers drops, cracked screens etc.,.

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