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    Default Re: Keep This Nexus 7 For My Kids? Or iPad Mini?

    Quote Originally Posted by champagnetaste View Post
    aple mini has been released....but a HEFTY price tag!!! It is $329. I have researched and researched the tablets. Down to 3 choices for my kids, (3 and 5). Nabi2, nexus7, and kindle fire. The kindle is probably out of the running due to it not being able to accomodate an external sd card and no camera. (old kindle fire). The Nabi2 seems good...but I am worried about them losing interest because it still has somewhat of a "toy"feel. The ipad mini is just way overpriced for a child's tablet. Especially with them being so advanced in all of the apps. With the nexus 7 and Nabi2, both are able to download amazon app to be able to get the netflix app. I probably am going to go with the nexus 7, (my sis wwent with the Nabi2) simply because this seems more like a tablet that can grow with your kids, and when they tire of it, if they do, it is still something that an adult can get lots of use out of. oh yeah, you can purchase a Griffon survivor case for the mexus 7, giving it the Protection, better actually thanthe Nabi 2. Maybe if Apple lowers its price, my opinion would be different.
    I'd wait until after Google's announcement Monday. Then they will open up a new bit of suggestions as the Nexus lineup should have an infusion of a 32GB Nexus 7 which helps ease any storage needing users who can't use cloud storage but also should maybe lower the 16gb version to eliminate comparing to the Nabi. Personally I'd never get the Nabi, Tabeo or Meep because they are not connected with the Android market, they have their own. Also if you are looking at 10inch tablets too, Best Buy has one called the Flex coming for $250ish, and then Google is supposed to announce the Samsung Nexus 10 Monday.

    My son has a Cyagenmod 7 Nook Color with KidCare to lock it down so he can't purchase or access things I don't want him to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Solutions Etcetera View Post
    I respectfully disagree. It is not about peer pressure... it is that these are intensely social devices. If the circle they are now in is iOS (or Android), they will feel much better about getting one of those. Getting the other would be like getting a set of Cowboy boots when Hiking boots are all the rage.
    They're not mutually exclusive. There's no reason they couldn't all use something besides facetime. They will find ways to connect. Kids don't have a problem learning new things. I completely understand what you're saying and it's exactly what I was referencing, so I respectfully say ENABLER!

    I would wait for the 32GB N7 and then make your decision. I don't know why but a lot of the simpler kids apps are huge. Or at least much larger than they should be. By no means feel bad about getting a 16 but a 32 will help future proof it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by robneilhendrix View Post
    I'd wait until after Google's announcement Monday. Then they will open up a new bit of suggestions as the Nexus lineup should have an infusion of a 32GB Nexus 7 which helps ease any storage needing users who can't use cloud storage but also should maybe lower the 16gb version to eliminate comparing to the Nabi. Personally I'd never get the Nabi, Tabeo or Meep because they are not connected with the Android market, they have their own. Also if you are looking at 10inch tablets too, Best Buy has one called the Flex coming for $250ish, and then Google is supposed to announce the Samsung Nexus 10 Monday.

    It's true that the Nabi doesn't come with Google Play, but a) you can easily side-load apps to it from another Android device, and b) you can, if you really want to, root it - there are instructions on XDA about doing so.

    My son has a Cyagenmod 7 Nook Color with KidCare to lock it down so he can't purchase or access things I don't want him to.
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    don't look what's best for you look what's best for your kids. With the ipad their is way more educational games. My 3 year old daughters uses my ipad more then me so I have to use my Tablet when I want to browse the net (like using the ipad more). You can also lock the kids into the game or app if you want to also.
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    I have two young children and they have a 1st gen iPad they can both use. We've had it since it was released with a screen protector and iPad case. Its still going strong!

    I don't let them play with my n7 unless absolutely necessary. :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by apollooff320 View Post
    don't look what's best for you look what's best for your kids. With the ipad their is way more educational games. My 3 year old daughters uses my ipad more then me so I have to use my Tablet when I want to browse the net (like using the ipad more). You can also lock the kids into the game or app if you want to also.
    Can you prove theres more educational games my son uses my rocket and has access to plenty of childrens learning games and activities. Your statement is biased until proven otherwise as both app stores contain roughly 700,000 apps now apple is loosing the ability to say it has the largest app store.I would like some evidence.

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    If price isn't too big of a concern, you can't really go wrong with the iPad. I know that parental controls are good and you don't have to worry about things like "booty shaking live wallpaper" apps on the App Store. I havent played about parental features on Android so that may not be relevant. Also the App Store constantly asks for passwords so you don't have to worry so much about the kids downloading every app that they see. iOS is simple and very stable and a lack of permissions makes it difficult to screw anything up. And even though the specs aren't quite as good the iPad should still run very smooth, at least until iOS 8 lol.

    That said the Nexus is a much better value and can do anything you or your kids need and more. The App Store may have more apps, but anything of value on the Appstore will have a port on the Play Store. Some apps aren't as polished, but the difference is usually negligible. Not to mention with a Google device you are less likely to get shafted on update features.

    Either way you go, I think your kids will be very happy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by limatime42 View Post
    If price isn't too big of a concern, you can't really go wrong with the iPad. I know that parental controls are good and you don't have to worry about things like "booty shaking live wallpaper" apps on the App Store. I havent played about parental features on Android so that may not be relevant. Also the App Store constantly asks for passwords so you don't have to worry so much about the kids downloading every app that they see. iOS is simple and very stable and a lack of permissions makes it difficult to screw anything up. And even though the specs aren't quite as good the iPad should still run very smooth, at least until iOS 8 lol.

    That said the Nexus is a much better value and can do anything you or your kids need and more. The App Store may have more apps, but anything of value on the Appstore will have a port on the Play Store. Some apps aren't as polished, but the difference is usually negligible. Not to mention with a Google device you are less likely to get shafted on update features.

    Either way you go, I think your kids will be very happy.
    Didnt I just say both app stores have the same number of apps. There are ways to add parental controls and the play store allows for filters to keep out more mature apps from showing.,also with the advent of 4.2 multiple users can be set on the nexus tabs making it so each child can have his/her own home screens, apps, wallpapers, widgets, etc. Lets see iPad do that. Also your stability statement is baseless because android and ios handle crashes differently but both have a similar number of issues. No im not a fanboy im an it specialist who has done his research. My wife has iPhone my son can just as easily navigate both devices at 2.5 with ease videos music games whatever he wants please dont use subjective arguments as they prove nothing but that some refuse to use their brains.

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    Well you wanted an honest opinion, so I though that I would give mine.....as long as your kids are comfortable with the iPad, and you don't mind paying the premium price that Apple has for the mini, then I would say go for the mini....The Nexus 7 and the Mini both have their strengths ad weakness! I have an iPad third gen, and I like using it at home while on the couch watching TV and surfing the web.....the larger screen comes in handy for that.....I love taking my Nexus 7 with me for the portability in its weight and size, and I especially love the fact that the Nexus has a full fledged GPS built in where the iPad mini lacks that feature!

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    Nexus 10 need I say more

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    Quote Originally Posted by nrm5110 View Post
    Nexus 10 need I say more
    Yes, I think you should. It may be a nice device, but it is also a lot more expensive than the Nexus 7, and less portable, why would it be a better choice for kids?

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    Quote Originally Posted by retsaw View Post
    Yes, I think you should. It may be a nice device, but it is also a lot more expensive than the Nexus 7, and less portable, why would it be a better choice for kids?

    Sent from my Nexus 7 using Android Central Forums
    People were talking about bigger ones for home use

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    Quote Originally Posted by nrm5110 View Post
    People were talking about bigger ones for home use
    Were they? I just scanned the whole thread and didn't see anyone actually suggest a bigger tablet, but maybe I missed it. The thread title clearly defined the discussion as being about the Nexus 7 and the iPad mini, by all means suggest something else if you think the OP is asking the wrong question, but if you do please give some arguments to support your suggestion.


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    Just wanted to mention that the Nabi is going to be $129 at both Best Buy and Walmart for Black Friday. It actually went on sale at Bestbuy.com for that price this morning and sold out, but some people are apparently having luck refreshing the page multiple times and being able to buy it. I tried for the heck of it, and quit after 50 refreshes. But anyway, $129 for something pretty close to an N7 is I think a pretty good deal.

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    I don't think you can beat the nexus 7, for the price. I'm sure the iPad mini is a great device but $300+ seems like a lot for a 7 to 8 inch tablet. I love my nexus 7, it's the perfect size and has worked perfectly for me from day one.

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    I just wanted to clear up a potential confusion as it is mentioned above that Meep cannot use the Android Market. Meep has both its own 'Meep Store' as we well as a full interface with GooglePlay (controlled by the parent, not the child). So anything that you can put on an Android phone by way of GooglePlay, can also be installed on the Meep- either through the Meep Together parent portal website, or directly by opening GooglePlay on a computer and choosing the Meep as the device to download to. This is a highly popular feature of the Meep, the ability (for the parent) to put any GooglePlay item onto the Meep.
    For parental controls, the Meep is very strong because the controls are all cloud-based. In the portal website (as well on our new smartphone portal apps for both iOS and Android), parents can set a time limit for different types of uses, control which website and videos can be viewed, and allocate 'Meep Coins' for purchases. The Meep truly puts the control in the hands of the parents by way of our portal.
    Meep is fully supported on Facebook, just search for Meep Tablet US where you'll find any assistance you might require as well as a community of fellow Meep users to converse with.
    Lastly, all new Meeps this spring are running version 2.0 which is our newest and a very stable product. And, our price is recently reduced as well!
    -Jill
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    Quote Originally Posted by Husker Z View Post
    Yeah, I know, I guess I was also looking for advice from anyone who has had the 7 for a while and maybe had kids that have played with it. I've put a few apps on these, but have not sat and really put it through its paces.

    This is always a great resource for information, so I guess I was just looking for more of it. I understand the mini is a rumor at this point.

    Just looking for more in depth opinions from actual 7 owners I guess.
    My kids love the N7 and the Asus EEEpad. Same games can be played on either which helps with jealousy. lol

    Kids are adaptable and will probably master Android faster than you will. No reason to shy away from it.
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