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Thanks, good info.
Even for an iPad mini, ~$300 just seems like a shit ton of money to spend on ONE GIFT. We already have an iPad at home she has unlimited access to. It's just not hers.
Of course "all the other kids have an iTouch" . Really? Bit of an exaggeration surely. I was thinking of looking at an reasonably-priced droid-based tablet which she could run the Kindle software on, as well as Rhapsody for music, take pictures, etc. Something that would allow me to lock down the internet / email access.
Don't post poop!
I like your first idea, but why would he need an ipad mini? Darn Apple and their price schemes.
Yeah, this is what I'm hoping to avoid for a couple more years at least.
What happened to giving kids underwear and socks at Christmas?!
Good job. Our nation is so friggin consumptionist/materialistic. That is THE driving force behind our culture. Stuff and insatiable want (not need) for more stuff. It's really sad, especially around this time of year.
No you're not necessarily old, but there is wisdom there.
Won't tell you what to do with your kid, but I'm thinking the money saved on the latest unnecessary gadget could go a long ways to basketball camp or a fishing trip or something much more worthwhile in the long run.
I must be crazy to be in a loony bin like this.
One of two directions here:
1. If your kid just wants to be able to do the stuff tablets let you do, get them a Nexus 7. $100 cheaper, larger screen, just a better device. If they're stuck on the smaller form-factor, get them one of the Samsung Galaxy devices.
2. If your kid just wants it to fit in, then they need a life-lesson anyway, and now is as good a time as any. Don't cave to societal pressures.
True. Getting an iTouch would be dumb. Just get him an iphone...and buy the insurance.
If your kid specifically asked for an iPod touch, either get the iPod touch or don't get any other device. Beyond just the mp3 player, there could a number of cooperative games they want to play with their friends on it that would require having an iOS device. If you get something else, you run the risk of you kid not liking it, potentially even out of spite, and it just being a waste of money for you. When I wanted a specific gift that they didn't want to shell out the entire thing for, they would usually give me a gift card to Best Buy or something like that for a portion of the price, and then it was up to me to buy or save up for the rest of it. Then in situations where I didn't really care about the brand I asked for, I would just use the gift card to cover the whole amount of another brand.
Getting your 12 year old a $299 texting/music/photo device they will take to school (got to stay in touch on the bus, before and after class and at lunch) sounds expensive. Not that long ago the most expensive things 12 year olds took to school were their glasses they needed to see and a musical instrument in a case.
A lot of kids that age seem to have older model iPhones or Androids that are $0.99-$4.99 with the extra line options but provider gets you with the data fees. In less than 10 months you are still out data fees.
How about a plain old phone with a keyboard?
I see your point, but why not just talk to the kid and ask why he specifically needs an iPod. He's 12, he probably doesn't know he can do just as much on an android, he might have just seen his friend had one so he wants one.
If he says he wants an iPod just because it's an iPod, then teach him a lesson in stupidity and let him save up for it himself.
You also might want to consider he will probably be wanting a phone in the next year or two. If you buy him an iPod now he will probably be begging for an iPhone next year so you may want to consider getting him a non activated phone and activate it when you think he's ready.
It's all relative fellas. While $300 is a lot of money to some, it's not all that much to others, especially as a Christmas or a Bday gift for a family member.
And yes, I bought one for each of my kids. No, they don't really "need" an iPad, but then they really don't "need" anything. They already have the things they really need. So if you gotta blow money on a gift, just cuz "tiz the season", you might as well get 'em something they want.
That's my view on it.
At 12 and this day in age, he probably knows more about the other available devices than his parents, which is why I'm assuming he specifically wants the iPod for the brand. That being said, it's worth the conversation, but as the person spending the money, I probably wouldn't risk getting something he's unhappy with for something as stupid as the brand, and throwing it in a desk until he starts clamoring for the iPhone. But I'm all for forcing the kid to save up for the brand if that's what they really want.
I don't know anything about the iTouch or really any of the apple products so I'm not sure if the "4th generation" is the newest but I saw in the target ad this week that they have an iTouch 16GB for $199 and then you get a $20 gift card at checkout so if you're really thinking about getting one then I would look at that deal.
I see this a lot too. If I ever do have kids, I am trying to be aware of what some of this is doing to children with all the new gadgets coming out that they get. Now, my parents really couldn't afford things, but even if they could, I never would have gotten all the new things. Just 1 thing, and it would have to last me a while.
But as I said, I am just observing what I see today.
I remember using the line " but all the other kids have it". It never worked. My mom would say..."I don't care if all the other kids have one, you're not getting one." The joys of childhood.
"Oh, their parents must really love them!"
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Look and see what the prices are for the itouch 3 the only difference is that the 4 has a camera and is a little thinner.
It is a good idea to NOT get something similar. Your kid already has it in her head that Apple is superior. She will hate whatever else you get her. Get her a bike and tell her to ride over to her friend's house if she wants to talk or play games.
Felt the same way but the wife broke me down and i went with this. No pics of wife but there are pics of the iPod touch if you click the link
Refurbished iPod touch, 8GB - Black (4th generation) - iPod touch plays music and videos, excels at games and apps, makes video calls, shoots HD video, and more. And now it comes in white, too.
The 4th generation touch has a slower cpu and something like a 1.5 megapixel camera.
2 devices for $299
iPod touch 5G
"Upon breaking down the phone, however, iFixit revealed all of the internal components of the iPod Touch, including Apple's dual-core A5 processor responsible for running the device, a 32GB NAND flash from Toshiba, and 512MB of RAM from Hynix."
Google Nexus 4 has a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro with Krait CPUs (meaning this thing should be crazy fast), a 4.7-inch WXGA True HD IPS Plus (1280 x 768 pixels) display with Zerogap Touch technology and Corning Gorilla Glass 2, 2GB of RAM, an 8MP rear camera, a 1.3MP front camera, and a 2100 mAh battery rated for upwards of 15.3 hours of talk time. The device has NFC as expected, and will support wireless charging. It will run Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
8 GB 16 GB for $50 more
May I suggest:
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Kid doesn't care. Get the ipod or get something totally different. Buy her a guitar. Surprise!
Actually I had a pair of Air Jordans until I got beat up and they got stolen. I learned my lesson about having nice things while going to school in a rough neighborhood that day.
I also learned you really don't need to buy your kids nice things, just tell him to find a smaller kid that has something they want and then beat the crap out of them.
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