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Old 11-10-2012, 11:22 AM
 
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My kids want these for Christmas, they have phones and we have a laptop and desk top. Why are these needed, what is the purpose?
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Old 11-10-2012, 04:44 PM
 
Location: West Roxbury, MA
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You don't say how old your kids are, but here's my story.

Just about a year ago I was babysitting for my soon-to-be-two-year-old grandson. I had a new Ipad, and I'd put several educational apps on it for him. He climbed up next to me and didn't leave my side for two hours. Got the finger swipe down in about thirty seconds. His favorite initial app was something called "Memory Train" that I had played with myself and couldn't get past the first couple of levels. He just went on and on. His attention never flagged, and he couldn't wait to show his Mom and Dad what he'd done.

Much to the dismay of my daughter, I bought him one for his second birthday.

He'll he three on Saturday, and she's not dismayed any more. He's reading, knows every shape going, does jigsaw puzzles, has observation skills I never imagined having, and that memory-thing still amazes me. He is strictly limited as to the amount of time he can spend on the iPad, but I can't see any downside at all. His verbal skills are amazing, has a very sophisticated sense of humor and is socially advanced.

Just don't let it replace human interaction and good old fashioned books.
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Old 11-12-2012, 09:39 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Want your kids to stop using your computers? Get them a tablet. They won't use the laptop/desktop again.
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Old 11-18-2012, 01:25 PM
 
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My kids want these for Christmas, they have phones and we have a laptop and desk top. Why are these needed, what is the purpose?
honestly, they don't have a purpose but to waste your money on them. but in your kids point of view thanks to peer pressure - they're more portable than the already portable laptop. and they have bigger screens than their smartphones.

just sell your desktop or laptop at least it will help pay for some of the tablet expense or u can tell your kids to get a job and buy it. lol.
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Old 11-18-2012, 04:38 PM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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honestly, they don't have a purpose but to waste your money on them. but in your kids point of view thanks to peer pressure - they're more portable than the already portable laptop. and they have bigger screens than their smartphones.

just sell your desktop or laptop at least it will help pay for some of the tablet expense or u can tell your kids to get a job and buy it. lol.
Do you even have a tablet?
I use mine as a sketch book, portfolio, communications device, photo touch up tool, secondary monitor note book, reader, movie viewer. No peer pressure at all, the device is awesome.

But I probably wouldn't buy a high end tablet for anyone under 10 years old. There are plenty of inexpensive and kid friendly android-based tablets on the market.
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Old 11-18-2012, 09:29 PM
 
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Do you even have a tablet?
I use mine as a sketch book, portfolio, communications device, photo touch up tool, secondary monitor note book, reader, movie viewer. No peer pressure at all, the device is awesome.

But I probably wouldn't buy a high end tablet for anyone under 10 years old. There are plenty of inexpensive and kid friendly android-based tablets on the market.
i've a laptop that can be a tablet and i dont use it for anything u listed and so? are those things u listed can't be done in PC/laptop?
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Old 11-19-2012, 09:15 AM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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[QUOTE...are those things u listed can't be done in PC/laptop?[/quote]

yes. but I love the better portability and apps of a iPad (tablet). Excellent device for presentations.
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Old 11-19-2012, 11:35 AM
 
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[QUOTE...are those things u listed can't be done in PC/laptop?
yes. but I love the better portability and apps of a iPad (tablet). Excellent device for presentations.[/quote]

that's what I meant. guess i should have been more specific why it's a waste of money to have - there's NOTHING a tablet can do that a netbook/laptop can't. Like I said it's just more lightweight and non bulky. but again like smart TV compared to PC connected to HDTV, the performance and speed and specs is way inferior.
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Old 12-10-2012, 05:57 AM
 
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It is definitely not a wastage of money. It is important that children should make them self a technology savvy. In fact, more than half of children between the ages of five and eight have already used tablets to play or learn, the ipad and ipod Touch have been huge hits with children and schools . Even kids love touch screens, they are accessible and intuitive to use. That makes tablets ideal for learning and for play.

Fortunately for parents who want to keep little kids happy, there are plenty of solid ,affordable tablets available now days, which give kids all the fun of having a portable learning and play machine.
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Old 12-10-2012, 06:46 AM
 
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Here's a bit of education, the CD tablet forum http://www.city-data.com/forum/tablets/
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