Thursday, September 18, 2014

Tech Thursday question: Family tablet?

In a bit of an interesting trend, I appear to be coming up with technology questions on Thursdays. I was looking for a topic for today's post on which I could be brief, since it is a bit of a busy day. I'm on a search committee, and we had a meeting this morning at 8:30 (thank God there was coffee). Not that 8:30 is all that early, it's just that I had to be on campus, stuff dropped off in my office, and then journeyed to the other side of the academic spine and ready to talk to other human beings by 8:30. I had to get up a bit earlier and leave right after Mike dropped Henry at school in order to make this happen, so my routine is all off. And you know how I am about my routine.

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Anyway, as I was contemplating what to write (came up with the 54 day rosary novena, which I will incorporate into tomorrow's 7 Quick Takes post, so look for it there :)) I journeyed over to Amazon to check on a book order I had placed for Anne that is due to arrive later today. And what do I see? Amazon has new Kindles out today, one of which is a Fire Tablet for a mere $99
 My interest was immediately piqued, because tablets have been on my mind. We need a new family tablet, and so Christmas gift ideas have been floating around in my brain. We really just need something that Mike can use for web browsing (he doesn't have a Smartphone, and isn't interested in one just yet), Henry can use for games, and I can use for video chatting. I can also use my phone for that, but a bigger screen that you can affix to a spot via a stand up case would be very useful depending upon the circumstance. This new and very inexpensive Fire tablet actually has a front and rear facing camera. Intriguing. However, I haven't heard fantastic things from other Fire owners on their impressions of older versions of this product.

I am also considering an iPad Mini:

They can be had on Amazon for around $250, and I've heard nothing but good things about the quality of the product. This would have a bigger screen and a nicer camera. It is certainly more expensive, though. Since I have zero experience with either of these items, your input would be greatly appreciated. :)

I have a Kindle e-reader which I absolutely adore, but that is a completely different product from the tablet line. I also note that all Kindle e-readers are now moving to a touch screen. I would love one of those, but I can't justify it just yet when my older Kindle still works like a champ, and I use it *daily*.

Ok, so, have at it! I would appreciate everyone's input on this one. :)

3 comments:

  1. I have a Samsung Galaxy tablet, it's a few years old now but I really like it. I bought a refurbished one if I remember. It's great because I use it to use the Kindle app, Instagram and skype my sister. But Annamarie loves her toddler apps and watching youtube videos. We also have a really really protective case on it which makes it toddler safe (well, besides dropping it in water...) So that's my recommendation, I have no other input on the others besides knowing that back when I got this one I did not get a Kindle because it had more limited apps, not sure if that's still the case these days.

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  2. I would go with the Amazon tablet, if that's what your choices are (that and the iPad). I have both and prefer the former. It could be that my iPad is just super old though. There are a ton of things we, as a family would like to download but can't because our iPad can't download the latest iOS, so all the new apps we'd like, are off the table. We're getting another one, though, the G tablet, I think through Verizon (made by LG??) my husband has on, and I love it. As you can see, we're a geeky family with all the gadgets!!

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  3. Thanks ladies! I've been doing more research, and shockingly really enjoying it. :) Feeling excited about making a decision!

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