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My 8 year old wants a Tablet for Christmas

Updated on December 7, 2011
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The Search for a Reasonably Priced Tablet


The lure of new electronic devices begins early with today's children. Ten years ago I would have never thought I'd be looking for the latest electronic gadget for an 8 year old. Times change and our children are more ingrained in the world of technology than we every imagined.

So for my 8 year old, the item at the top of the list is a tablet. As parents of the 21st Century we know our children are lured by the latest flashy electronic devices to hit the market and though we'd love to honor each and every request, it's just not financially feasible to drop $500-600 on an iPad that we're pretty certain won't make it a year in their tender young hands.

My solution was to search for a tablet that would entertain, to my child's satisfaction, yet not cause chest pains when I saw it hit the floor.....and so my journey began.

The first thing I did was check out the guilty pleasure of any woman, QVC. I remembered seeing a device last year that caught my interest. It was the Pandigital Tablet. I found the device there for a modest amount, but being the consummate bargain hunter, I knew I could find it cheaper.

I did a quick search on Amazon and found that I could, in fact, purchase a re-manufactured Pandigital 7 inch e-reader/tablet for under $100. Now being the frugal person that I am, $100 is not small change, but it is much easier to live with my child dropping a $100 device than a $500 device.

I promptly ordered the device, received it yesterday, and began to see that I still had my work cut out for me. I quickly discovered that the model I ordered did not have all the bells and whistles that I would have seen with the ipad....this was not a surprise since the adage is "you get what you pay for".

While I knew I would not need all the the iPad offered, I knew what my daughter's needs were going to be. She'd want to play Webkinz, check e-mail and download apps for games. (Of course at 8, she'll be relying on me to do most of the downloading).

I found the Pandigital works pretty much like any other e-reader/tablet and I would give it a 8 out of 10 on ease of use for basic functions like searching the web and viewing e-mail. The fear sank in when I saw that I could not view YouTube or log into Webkinz. I knew that this would not do.

Pandigital 7

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The Fix


I have to admit that my technical ability is a bit limited, but with some advice from the techno gurus I can usually pull off a few advanced tricks. The first thing I did was seek out some online forums about the Pandigital device. To my surprise there's a great deal of good advice already out there.

The first thing I found is that my device would do the things I wanted, but it wasn't going to do it without some tinkering. There's a little known fact that techies actually like to share their knowledge with each other...and some even can stomach sharing it with novices like myself.

So here's the lowdown on what I found out I had to do to get the functionality from my Pandigital to light up the eyes of my daughter on Christmas day.

Apps and downloads!

A few simple Google searches and I'd found my gurus. The first thing I learned from the 'Oh so wise ones', was that I'd better learn a lot more about apps. I've been hearing quite a bit about them lately, but since I don't have a smart phone, I'm pretty clueless.

Turns out with the Pandigital you need apps...lots of them. Ones for viewing facebook, ones for YouTube and many many more for cool games. So the next disheartening thing I learned is it's not as simple as you might think to add apps to the Pandigital.

One thing you'll need is a compatible memory card or SD card. You can also use your device's browser to install them, but you'll likely need to change your settings to allow this.

I've found the easiest way is to download the apps on my laptop (You can install an Android Emulator to accomplish this) and then transfer them to your tablet.

Pandigital also has a site where you can obtain the latest updates and additions for their e-readers.

So in the end I believe I've found the perfect mix of price, funcutionallity and Christmas joy all rolled into one with the Pandigital 7" e-reader/tablet. I also expect to sneak in the unexpected benefit of peaking the interest of my daughter with e-books....yes with this device you can even manage to sneak in some educational value as well.

On a side note, if you expect this device to match the iPad you will be disappointed...it doesn't. It takes a little work, some techie fixes, and some time dedicated to those fixes, but I'll enjoy seeing my daughter play with this...and I'll also be glad I didn't break the bank if it happens to get lost, dropped, spilled on or otherwise taken out before it's time.

What's your opinon

Would you choose an ipad or a Pandigital tablet for your 8 year old?

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I welcome your comments and advice on the subject.

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      james 4 years ago

      every one want to buy tabs .. for easy to by tabs go here http://www.way2sites.com/2012/08/mobiles-companies... it will help u ..

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      Infiniteresearch 5 years ago from Ohio

      Thankd doubleklm. The Kindle fire is a great alternative to the iPad. The Pandigital was opened yesterday and it's been a hit with my daughter.

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      doubleklm 5 years ago

      For an 8 year old, I would definitely go with the cheaper tablet. i had a similar issue with my 10 year old. I bought him an Amazon Kindle Fire for Christmas and he loves it. I guess if I did alittle more homework like yourself, I could have saved another $100 but I am a big fan of Amazon and if any device can give Apple a run for it's money, it's the Fire. Good hub!!!

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      Infiniteresearch 5 years ago from Ohio

      My eye is on the ipad...but my wallet just won't go there. I've used both the Nook and the older version of the Kindle and without trying out the new Kindle, I have to say hands down, I'd go with the Nook. Keep watching them, especially after Christmas and hopefully they'll come down.

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      ace11 5 years ago from Boston

      For an 8 year old of course, it's a fun gadget and a toy really, get the Pandig android tablet for $79. Personally I still really want the Nook Tablet, but still trying to justify $249.

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      Infiniteresearch 5 years ago from Ohio

      I hadn't thought of the senior aspect, what a great idea. They can even enlarge the print on these. I've been trying to convince my Mom, though she's just barely a senior, to try an e-reader, but she's a hard core print reader and anti-e-reader. I'm still working on her and I'll get her eventually. Took me 3 years to convince her to move from desktop to laptop, but she's happily typing away on her laptop right now.

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      The-BestMouseTrap 5 years ago from The heartland, USA

      What a great idea! I have a Senior my Christmas list who petrified of computers, but he loves to read and surf when ever he stops by. This with a little nerd work from me using your ideas this would the answer to, "what do you get someone who has everything," well almost, after 80 years. Thanks so much for posting this.

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      Infiniteresearch 5 years ago from Ohio

      Hi rach368..I'm thrilled to meet an 11 year old hubber! How cool! I'm sure she'll be upgrading to a new one at 11 :-)

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      rach368 5 years ago from Glen Rock, NJ

      Oh hi! I got a tablet for bday ion November 8! I'm 11 now, so you should try getting one for her at around 12 or 11 :) BUH bye

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      Infiniteresearch 5 years ago from Ohio

      Hi freecampingaussie,

      Glad you stopped by..and so far you are right in your headache assumption, it's been a lot of work, but it fits my needs at this point.

      Being a newbie, I'm not sure what you mean by having words at the top...can you elaborate?

      Thanks again for stopping by :-)

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      freecampingaussie 5 years ago from Southern Spain

      Came to have a look as I saw you in the forums . I only know a tablet as a pill for a headache lol! Good hub , If after earning money then you need to have words att the top so adverts can be up top.

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