Max recently turned 9 and as he is a big fan of my iPad I wanted to get him his own tablet. Partly so I could have my iPad back!
Buying him an iPad of his own was out of my price range, so I was looking at the various android options.
I started off looking at the cheaper end, but decided that I would rather spend a little more and get something that should do the job for a few years rather than possibly be unable to cope with updated technology in a few months.
I then had a look at some of the tablets aimed specifically at children. In the end I decided that actually we would lose spec that way - I can manage to limit his time using it without the machine doing it for me, and by all accounts the parental control settings make most web browsing very difficult.
That left me choosing between the Nexus 7 and the Kindle Fire. I opted for the Nexus as it seemed better suited to our needs. My son will mostly use his tablet for gaming apps and to watch videos of other people playing video games on YouTube. (Walkthroughs they are called, he can spend hours watching someone else play a video game! The boy LOVES his gaming!)
|Meet 'Maxus' as ours is known- a case is always a good idea for kids!|
Ours was £6 from eBay!
We have had it a few weeks now, and I have to say I don't have a bad thing to say about it.
It is easy to set-up. It is easy to use. The Play store for purchasing Apps etc is very straight forward. The picture quality is superb, the touch screen works brilliantly. My son adores it and has no problem using it at all. He has been able to add some great games such as Rayman and Sonic to it for a fraction of the cost of a new game on his consoles. And while they are ports of older games, and not as big or long as the more traditional games, he is having a great time playing them, rates them highly and they are fantastic value for money-well within pocket money prices.
I have no hesitation in saying that if you are looking to buy your child a tablet as a gift I would recommend this as a fantastic choice. In fact not just for children, for anyone! I have had a good play on it and genuinely find it as accessible and easy to use as my iPad. We love it.
Max says - "I give my Maxus a 10/10. The best game so far has been Rayman, but Sonic is good too. Rayman was great as was a scrolling platformer where you swiped to play. I really liked that. I like using YouTube a lot too, tho I need some more walkthroughs to watch as I have seen lots of them. Good job there is lots of new games coming out for the Wii U soon'
Ah yes. The Wii U. That's top of the Christmas wish list for my tech mad boy, Father Christmas is gonna need a second job....