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Three Reasons To Get Your Kid An iPad For Christmas

by Blogger on ‎11-09-2010 05:17 AM - last edited on ‎05-01-2012 02:59 PM by Moderator

random boys - 074

For a time, all photocopiers were called Xerox machines.  Regardless if it was a Canon or Minolta, if you need a copy of something, you often asked some to "Xerox it" for you.

 

Same with tissues.  You ask someone to pass you a Kleenex, even if it's a Scotties on the counter.

 

Ask a teen in 2005 what they got for Christmas and they would have said "iPod," even if they ended up with a player by Creative or Samsung.

 

The latest brand name to define a product line is the iPadBlackberry will have a Playbook in the new year, Samsung will have their Galaxy next week, but all will be called "iPads" by the public.

 

Ask a kid what they want for Christmas this year and they'll most likely say "an iPad" - and here are 3 reasons why you should get it for them.

 

1. Better (and Cheaper) Than TV's In The Car

I have 2 small boys and on one nasty 15 hour drive between Vancouver and Calgary we handed my son a Creative Zen Vision loaded with his favourite videos.  It was awesome.  Having the distraction in the car worked, but the difference with this device is we can take it away from him so he's not sitting in the back seat with a blank screen flipped down from the roof begging for his attention.  It's there when he needs it - not all the time.

 

The basic iPad is $550.  Getting a dvd and 2 headrest screens is a $2000 option in some Ford vehicles.  Get three iPads, you're ahead $400 and the kids can take the devices to their bedrooms, on the plane and they can do more than watch Backyardigans and Dora dvds over and over and over again.

 

2. Apps

This is a device that can grow with your kids.  It's just as useful to watch truck and animal videos on YouTube with my infant on my lap as it is for my preschooler to play vocabulary games and navigate Angry Birds levels.  The books from the like of Dr Seuss and PicPocket make bedtime stories a more interactive experience.


3. You Can Use It Too

Get your kid the Fisher Price version of the top line gadgets and it's a toy for only them.  After my son's nightly "iPad time" before bed is over, the device moves from the couch to the bedside table in our bedroom where my wife will read the Globe and Mail, I'll hack into a Canucks game on Ustream or we'll watch a show together with the CityTV app.

 

I will concede, the iPad is NOT a toy.  $550 is pretty steep for any budget to toss at a toddler, but you'll be amazed at how easily the kids can get the hang of it.  (To be honest, an iPod Touch satisfies all the above points if you want to start smaller). If you keep an eye on them when they've got it in their hands, you're more likely to catch misbehaviour before it starts.

 

You'll also want to make sure you check the settings on your iPad to disable one click purchasing.  It's very easy for a child that can't read yet to swipe into the app store and start punching at buttons and buying apps and upgrades.

 

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Comments
by Mekiss(anon) on ‎11-12-2010 03:16 AM
I'm not sure you remember 2005 very well. All kids (old and young) wanted an iPod, and if they got one from Samsung or Creative instead, they called them crap - not iPods. Kids were never that stupid. Same with iPads and other tablets like the Playbook, Galaxy, and other impending iPad wannabes - They won't all be referred to as iPads. The people with real iPads (like me as I'm writing this comment on mine) won't let that happen.
by ruiner54(anon) on ‎11-12-2010 09:02 AM - last edited on ‎11-12-2010 09:08 AM by Retired Moderator

So Mekiss(anon), you are referring to people that need their technology locked down and hand-fed to them right? I mean, not kids, but people like you who won't use "crap". Is that right?Im a 3rd year IT student and within 2 months of being in to my IT program I gave up on Apple. Why? Not because they build bad proucts or operating systems; becase Apple products are ACTUALLY for people you don't want to think for themselves, believe it or not. It's so hilarious to think of the "Think Different" slogan. Do you really want to think differently? Learn to use Linux - an OS that is fully customizable. The fact is that you NEED an Ipod and an Ipad because you don't know how to use real operating systems. So the next time you want to refer to everything other than Apple as "crap", do your homework.

by Bobbo(anon) on ‎11-13-2010 08:07 AM - last edited on ‎11-13-2010 08:30 AM by Moderator

The write up is lame.  They won't all be called ipad's in the future.  Just like all computers are not Macs and the best operating system is not Windows.    BTW you can buy a couple of small laptops or netbooks) for your kids to watch tv in the car if you want.  Teenagers do it on the bus all the time.

by Blogger on ‎11-14-2010 08:06 AM

@ruiner @bobbo

 

thanks for posting a comment.

 

it's great that you guys have the time and energy to learn linux and like to dig deep into digital age.  the fact remains, however, that the vast majority of people want their tech to be a toaster.  they don't want to have to learn code to make it work, they just want to plug it in and .. get toast.

 

apple does that.  is it over simplified?  yes.  is it computing for dummies? sure.

 

it's also a very easy way for people to get done what they need to do with the fewest number of buttons.

 

not everyone has time to hack away on a beige box to make something magical, most of us just want ... toast.

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