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Good deal for 10 year old that wants an ipod touch? I don't want to get an ipod touch because of the Apple Store and the non replaceable battery and the lack of ability to add memory. I went down that road with my oldest son when he was ten and it ended up being disposable.

So I found this with decent reviews on Amazon, referenced on some other sites. I'd like to keep it around $100

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I would recommend HP touchpad. its a very decent one and Android runs superfast on it.
My son has been using for past 1 year and loves it

My nieces have the first generation samsung galaxy tab 7inch. I found them used, sometimes CowBoom has them

You may find similar android tablets but lower price on www.everbuying.com.

im only 9 years old....whats best for me just browsing the web for deals, porn and huukers.

I know it is more money but I got my kids (7 and 11) the Kindle fire and signed them up for Netflix and they use them every day. They love them. The newer models start from $159 and the customer service is great.

$100 and best don't go together. You need to go up a bit higher and look into the Fire or Nuke Color. Otherwise you are looking at old processors and/or possibly refurbished items. Note that none take regular batteries, so replacement ones will still cost you a bit.

Regarding the Apple Store, although I'm an Amazon buyer, I'd say Amazon business model is worse, specially for a 10 year old. I found it it was a lot easier to restrict an iOS device than the Amazon app store, which you must link to an Amazon account and you have to have some type of credit card on file...

In any case, iOS at $100 doesn't work either. For a 7" tablet, you have no choice but to look at the older Fire due to it's price. Maybe later next month if the iPad mini comes out, it should try to compete with the $200 7" tablets.

I have a 2nd gen iPod touch and battery life is at 85-90% of capacity. For a 4+ year old device, it's pretty good I think.

1st off they are all disposable tech, even more so on the low end. Replaceable batteries are becoming rare. The way Android treats a removable SD card like a redheaded stepchild is a shame and makes this feature more of a pain than it should be. Not to mention that SD card slots seem to going the way of the replaceable battery.

But I like the Polaroid 70x series at the sub $100 price point. The Iconias in the $120-$140 range, the old Kindle Fire now $159, and then Google Nexus 7 at $199 with its Tegra3 quad core chip.

notpod said:   1st off they are all disposable tech, even more so on the low end. Replaceable batteries are becoming rare. The way Android treats a removable SD card like a redheaded stepchild is a shame and makes this feature more of a pain than it should be. Not to mention that SD card slots seem to going the way of the replaceable battery.

But I like the Polaroid 70x series at the sub $100 price point. The Iconias in the $120-$140 range, the old Kindle Fire now $159, and then Google Nexus 7 at $199 with its Tegra3 quad core chip.


Used kindle fire is as low as $108. But does it even do android? Nexus 7 is the one to have but it's out of the price range. I'll check out the Polaroid 70X. When I searched for it, all that came up was an old camera. The one I linked just had great reviews and the right price.

I'd rather stay away from Apple, the Apple Store is too expensive. I'm afraid the Amazon store is too. But lots of free Android apps and that 25 cent sale right now.

snickerdoodlevc said:   My nieces have the first generation samsung galaxy tab 7inch. I found them used, sometimes CowBoom has them

I'll look around, I haven't been able to find this for the same price range.

Wait a month and get the $99 Google Nexus Play.

My 4 year old has a Google Nexus 7 and she loves it. I'm quite impressed with it too, it's fast and the screen is great, although I prefer my iPad. Seems you get what you pay for with a $100 tablet.

Girlfromdublin said:   I know it is more money but I got my kids (7 and 11) the Kindle fire and signed them up for Netflix and they use them every day. They love them. The newer models start from $159 and the customer service is great.

My nephew just bought the new kindle fire hd, he is not happy with it being slow when he is used to older brothers ipad.

kid doesn't need a tablet unless they can pay for it themselves....


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lordoffire said:   kid doesn't need a tablet unless they can pay for it themselves....


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They do need tablets. Studies have shown adults who played with tables earn 2x compared adults who didn't.

Yeah, I highly do not recommend going low ball with the tablets, and low ball is the $100 range. I've seen way too many cheap tablets for <$100, brands that I never heard of and clearly China's attempt to make a "decent" tablet. They are painfully slow, and half the time don't work right. I worked at retail as a repair tech and saw customers bring in cheap tablets that they bought from Walgreen's or WalMart that do not work properly or just ridiculously slow that you can't do much on it.

As for the HP TouchPad someone mentioned, you can't find any for the fire-sale price of $99 or $150 anymore. They are back to full price or $250+ range. Your best bet is the Amazon Fire, the Samsung Galaxy tablet, or Google's Nexus tablet. Otherwise buy used.

wc455 said:   Yeah, I highly do not recommend going low ball with the tablets, and low ball is the $100 range. I've seen way too many cheap tablets for <$100, brands that I never heard of and clearly China's attempt to make a "decent" tablet. They are painfully slow, and half the time don't work right. I worked at retail as a repair tech and saw customers bring in cheap tablets that they bought from Walgreen's or WalMart that do not work properly or just ridiculously slow that you can't do much on it.

As for the HP TouchPad someone mentioned, you can't find any for the fire-sale price of $99 or $150 anymore. They are back to full price or $250+ range. Your best bet is the Amazon Fire, the Samsung Galaxy tablet, or Google's Nexus tablet. Otherwise buy used.


Will kindle fire do android?

rsuaver said:   $100 and best don't go together. You need to go up a bit higher and look into the Fire or Nuke Color. Otherwise you are looking at old processors and/or possibly refurbished items. Note that none take regular batteries, so replacement ones will still cost you a bit.

I've seen NOOK color for around $100. Actually, I think there were some used one on CowBoom for $75, but sold out by the time I saw it. Arguably the most hackable 7" tablet around. It's got its issues and limitations, but at that price point, there's nothing that's perfect.

GOOGLE NEXUS 7 TABLET - END OF STORY

get them to learn the google world - unfiltered.

Also consider the 7" BlackBerry Playbook for $150 or less. It was priced at $499 initially to compete with the iPad, so its components are high-quality. It's a very solid device and there's something to be said about navigating quickly through a stable OS.

Amazon Kindle Fire is Android based, but it is customized to Amazon's specifications. It will have a marketplace to download apps, ebooks, etc like an Android tablet. I haven't played with one enough to see how the apps and games run. eBooks will run fine of course.

Also regarding the post on the Blackberry Playbook, good luck finding any apps for kids, not to mention any decent apps. That's why they do not sell well because the applications weren't great--just like the HP Touchpad. There was poor application development in both cases. I'm suprised Playbook is still being sold. It is a nice device though -- built well and screen is crisp and beautiful. However without the proper application development/support behind it, it defeats the purpose of even having a portable tablet. Great software is equally as important as great hardware.

http://www.amazon.com/Tursion-Android-Capacitive-Gsensor-Storage...

These cheap tablets get the job done. It not nexus 7 but its also not 200. Rumors of the $99 nexus tablet are ramping up might wanna check into that?

The Kindle fire is Android based with a (lot) of custom Amazon stuff on top of it.

One of the reasons I like it is the amount of free stuff that you get when you play in the Amazon eco system.

They have a "free paid app of the day", lots of free books, the lending library that lets you borrow 1 paid book a month for free, lots of free music and many free mp3 coupons and offers.

Also Amazon is good at price matching any deals that google puts up on the google play store.

About the Polaroids: They do not come with the google play market, but instead uses the Amazon market, but it can be added to the device with minor tweaking. The 701c and 701i units have video out for hooking up to a TV, the slightly newer 702, 703 models replaced the video out feature with a front facing camera. So get a model with the feature that is best for you. You should be able to find them at Big Lots from $79-$99.

I base my recommends on owning and using: Pandigital Novel, Polaroid 701(c and i), old Kindle Fire, Google Nexus 7 and a HP touchpad.

fatxman said:   lordoffire said:   kid doesn't need a tablet unless they can pay for it themselves....


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They do need tablets. Studies have shown adults who played with tables earn 2x compared adults who didn't.


Of course women dancing on tables will earn 2x as much as those who do not.

I've been pretty happy with two Polaroid PTAX7C tablets I got from Kohls that were a net cost of $70 each after 30% off and Kohls Cash Back they run android ICS and there is an easy web fix to get google market on them. added a 32 mb sd card...but the battery issue its not a replaceable battery. I use them as readers and have kindle for android as well as use them to check out books from the library digitally. Haven't done too much gaming though.

What is this about Apple Store? At least it is painless to buy once for the whole family. What do you need to buy for a 10 year old anyway, the free stuff will keep them entertained.

I'm surprised no one here has mentioned that OP's child requested an Ipod touch not an ipad. I'd want to know more about what are the 10 yr olds goals for the device. If they're like my son at 10 (he got my old first gen. iphone) he wanted something to watch youtube on, play ninja jump etc. and listen to his music while out. Ipads or other such devices are great but if you're trying to cary it in your pocket to listen to music... maybe not. A tablet may not be a good fit for the kids needs.

In regard to the HP Touchpad, the original OS is WebOS which is quite good, and as stated previously, there is just not that many apps. However, if you're computer literate, you can install Android ICS onto the HP Touchpad effectively making it a dual OS' tablet. That beats anything else! I know 'cuz I'm running it.

Get him / her to read books. Buy a Kindle eBook reader.

wwinters said:   I'm surprised no one here has mentioned that OP's child requested an Ipod touch not an ipad. I'd want to know more about what are the 10 yr olds goals for the device. If they're like my son at 10 (he got my old first gen. iphone) he wanted something to watch youtube on, play ninja jump etc. and listen to his music while out. Ipads or other such devices are great but if you're trying to cary it in your pocket to listen to music... maybe not. A tablet may not be a good fit for the kids needs.

Used kindle fire is looking better and better.

However, good point, when I drew out the exact size of the one on Amazon, I realized it's really too big. He wants to carry in his pocket. So I thought about a galaxy player but they are all about $150 even used.

How about a phone with a bad ESN, like an LG Viper or something? Or Samsung Galaxy II?

I'd suggest going with a used ipod touch but I admit I don't understand your concerns about the Apple Store.

wwinters said:   I'd suggest going with a used ipod touch but I admit I don't understand your concerns about the Apple Store.

My oldest son spent a couple hundred bucks there just downloading songs. His Ipod touch battery took a dump and then he turned 13 and I got him an LG UX265 phone, basic keyboard phone from 2009 but it has a micro SD slot and takes a 16GB micro SD card. Turns out, most of what he used the ipod touch for was downloading and playing music. He can download MP3s with you tube converter for free and put them on the Micro SD card.

I don't know why they allow the you tube converter, and I don't understand why you can convert videos to MP3s for free but there it is.

Android market has a lot of free apps but also sales 25 cent apps. I really want something for my middle son that's android and has a micro SD slot. It would be nice if it had a user replaceable battery too like my oldest son's phone. The middle kid does want to play games on the ipod touch type device, but I don't want him to spend hundreds at the Apple Store doing it. I see more savings with android. And I don't want to buy another ipod touch and have the battery die in it. I tried changing it and I couldn't do it. I can change the digitizer and the LCD, but I was unable to properly solder in the new battery. Maybe with a different tip or different solder, but I want something where the battery just pops out like my oldest son's 2009 LG phone.

I understand now and you make some good points on the advantages of an Android. My husband and I were debating this morning if the touch battery was soldered on. Obviously thats also a big - for the ipod. Good luck

wwinters said:   I understand now and you make some good points on the advantages of an Android. My husband and I were debating this morning if the touch battery was soldered on. Obviously thats also a big - for the ipod. Good luck

It's soldered on in three places and my solder gun tip was too big. I got the new battery to solder on but it wouldn't charge. The ipod touch is a nightmare to work on and you can't even add memory to it.

Well, I got this off eBay for $96. Should be good enough, takes micro SDHC card up to 32 gigs, dual core processor.

LG LS840 Viper 4G LTE Black (Sprint) Smartphone MINT CONDITION

I really wanted the Samsung Galaxy II S but couldn't win an auction for one at the $100 price range. He's a ten year old kid who never had anything like this, the closest thing he has had is a DS lite which is totally different. He'll be happy with it.

Not using it as a phone though. I figured out these phones are faster on wifi than the players are.

lordoffire said:   kid doesn't need a tablet unless they can pay for it themselves....


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I agree. The best tablet for a 10-year-old is no tablet. People complain about those of us in Generation Y being "spoiled", but I'm guessing the next upcoming generation is going to be rotten and rancid.

At age 10 you should be out running in the hills, playing Nerf war, catching butterflies, and shooting water guns, not droning out on some $100 android tablet or frying your brain with some iPod. please don't let this already obese and diabetic generation of TV-addicted youth also become addicted to iPods and all the like.

greling said:   lordoffire said:   kid doesn't need a tablet unless they can pay for it themselves....


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I agree. The best tablet for a 10-year-old is no tablet. People complain about those of us in Generation Y being "spoiled", but I'm guessing the next upcoming generation is going to be rotten and rancid.

At age 10 you should be out running in the hills, playing Nerf war, catching butterflies, and shooting water guns, not droning out on some $100 android tablet or frying your brain with some iPod. please don't let this already obese and diabetic generation of TV-addicted youth also become addicted to iPods and all the like.


I got him nerf guns too, he has a whole collection. His brother had the ipod touch and my kid decided he would rather have this than a party. They were about the same price. Local place has some rides, laser tag, bowling, etc. He has his party there every year, it's about $100 all together.

You have to wonder how many generations have been saying the same thing- spoiled rotten youth, too much stuff, we didn't have (ipads, computers, TV's, phones, Radio's, phonographs...) in my day. Along with the selective memories of the good old days.

wwinters said:   You have to wonder how many generations have been saying the same thing- spoiled rotten youth, too much stuff, we didn't have (ipads, computers, TV's, phones, Radio's, phonographs...) in my day. Along with the selective memories of the good old days.

Turn on old man voice: "back in my day, we didn't have no GD color TV, it will ruin kids, they sit in front of the boob tube. And it gives off radiation!"

My grandfather never owned a color TV because it "gave off radiation."

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Maybe you should check out a kid friendly tablet with possibilities. The Fuhu Nabi is fantastic! Educational games, parental controls,games, android 4.0 and its $199. As your son grows ge can lose the parental controls and protective bumper and just use it as an android tablet. With limitations kids can still enjoy technology and run,jump, play as kids do.



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