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#1 justasking

Posted 15 November 2012 - 08:35 PM

Hi.  Wanted to buy my young son an iPad for Christmas, but was wondering if there was anything cheaper that would serve the same purpose.  We would be mainly downloading games.

Thanks so much in advance.  Really wanted to avoid that hefty price tag!



#2 ddasil

Posted 16 November 2012 - 09:34 AM

http://zenithink.com/Eproducts_C93.php

I have bought my 3 kids these for xmas.  I have had a bit of a play and updated software, added games etc and I am really happy with them.

I spent months researching other tablets as I just can't justify spending the price of an ipad when there are so many cheaper (and better) options out there.

I ended up getting them of ebay for $225 and that included a keyboard case and an assortment of cords and adapters.

There is definitely a big range of tablets to choose from.

Hope that helps.

Lisa



#3 justasking

Posted 17 November 2012 - 01:39 PM

So Lisa,

Does the Zenithink allow you to download games in the same way you would on an Apple iPad?  Can you download the SAME games that you can on an iPad?  Do they cost you, and are they from the same source?

Can you use prepaid internet with these?

Sorry...just not tech savvy at all, so reading up on the internet just confuses me   wacko.gif



QUOTE (ddasil @ 16/11/2012, 09:34 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
http://zenithink.com/Eproducts_C93.php

I have bought my 3 kids these for xmas.  I have had a bit of a play and updated software, added games etc and I am really happy with them.

I spent months researching other tablets as I just can't justify spending the price of an ipad when there are so many cheaper (and better) options out there.

I ended up getting them of ebay for $225 and that included a keyboard case and an assortment of cords and adapters.

There is definitely a big range of tablets to choose from.

Hope that helps.

Lisa



#4 justasking

Posted 17 November 2012 - 01:40 PM

.....or perhaps you could direct me to a web site that would explain all this in layman's terms?  

Thanks again

#5 NotRocketScience

Posted 17 November 2012 - 03:06 PM

justasking

I doubt you'd be able to download the exact same games that you can on the ipad as you wouldn't be able to access the Apple AppStore but if they are available in the android app store ( I am not sure how that exactly works) then I guess your answer is yes. It seems from the initial link that PP sent that it is an Android tablet. I would suggest googling Android Tablet App Store and see what you come up with. I think Google will be your friend in helping you decide if you want this tablet.

I can add that my friends who use android tablets say that their isn't the variety of apps that apple offer. I am not sure though just going on what they say.



#6 The Old Feral

Posted 17 November 2012 - 03:20 PM

The android app store is called Google  Play. You can have a look using your web browser. Not as much stuff as Apple, but plenty for kids, including all the popular stuff like Angry Birds and Minecraft.

Both my kids have 7 inch android tablets (same size as ipad mini), both cost around the $200 mark. One is from www.kogan.com.au, the other is a Google Nexus 7 and a lot better. Also take a look at the Samsung Galaxy 7, which is at post offices for about $240, and the Kindle Fire has good reviews.

#7 ddasil

Posted 17 November 2012 - 03:21 PM

Hi

It uses the Google play store.  I already android on a tablet I have and also have an iPhone.  SO far I haven't come across anything I can't get.  I have found more that more apps are free that you might need to pay for on iTunes.  Most apps these days and made for android and apple.

Lisa

#8 laridae

Posted 17 November 2012 - 03:36 PM

These seem pretty cheap.
http://dealboard.com.au/ultra-slim-android-bundle?sl=c

I don't know if they are any good - but they are Android so I'd expect they can play all the stuff other Andriod tablets can.

#9 SkyeMummy

Posted 17 November 2012 - 03:39 PM

I got my 3 a Kindle fire from amazon last Christmas. They have been great, I did have to forward ship them from a US address (I used hopshopgo) and they worked out to about $240 each delivered.
You do not have access to the Amazon site outside the USA but they are fairly simple to root and then download Market Android. All the instructions are on google.
They have wifi access and have downloaded heaps of games apps from Market android. They also watch cartoons on You tube and generally access the web (under supervision of course!!)

#10 FeralDancesHere

Posted 17 November 2012 - 03:46 PM

QUOTE (laridae @ 17/11/2012, 04:36 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
These seem pretty cheap.
http://dealboard.com.au/ultra-slim-android-bundle?sl=c

I don't know if they are any good - but they are Android so I'd expect they can play all the stuff other Andriod tablets can.


I'm not sure about this one, but some of the cheaper tablets are not compatible with the store and have their own cut back store.

I bought one earlier this year and ended up returning it because the advertising was deceptive in that regard.

#11 justasking

Posted 17 November 2012 - 07:59 PM

OK.  Thanks everyone.  That's cleared a few things up, but I also was wondering about the internet connection.  Is there a tablet which is compatible with those prepaid internet things that you buy at the post office?  I see that the Google Nexus is WiFi only, and I don't have WiFi.

Edited by justasking, 17 November 2012 - 08:01 PM.


#12 CallMeFeral

Posted 17 November 2012 - 08:03 PM

There are now el cheapo tablets for like $70 popping up, and they don't tend to have the same graphics as ipads, but are pretty unreal at that price. Look on dealsdirect or just google... no idea how you tell which ones are good though...

#13 justasking

Posted 17 November 2012 - 10:53 PM

bump

#14 ddasil

Posted 18 November 2012 - 10:56 AM

most of the cheaper tablets don't have built in 3G.  You could buy a 3G dongle to plug into one though.  I think you can do prepaid.  I have no idea what they are like though.  We have WiFi at home but the kids don't need internet when out and about and I probably wont leave it turned on for them at home either.

Lisa

#15 Feral Grey Mare

Posted 18 November 2012 - 11:01 AM

QUOTE (justasking @ 15/11/2012, 09:35 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hi.  Wanted to buy my young son an iPad for Christmas, but was wondering if there was anything cheaper that would serve the same purpose.  We would be mainly downloading games.

Thanks so much in advance.  Really wanted to avoid that hefty price tag!


Can I just suggest you change your thread title to "Sensible Man's iPad"? If it's just for kids to muck around with a cheaper one sounds like a good idea to me.

#16 spersephone

Posted 18 November 2012 - 11:03 AM

Most tablets can't take a 3G dongle, you have to check that first before you buy one.  But you can buy a 3G access point type device, that you set up as the wifi router for your devices.  


#17 MotherClucker

Posted 18 November 2012 - 11:09 AM

Kmart has a couple for sale. We bought DD one of the $99 ones for Christmas. Our local Kmart had none so we ordered online.

http://www.kmart.com.au/Catalogue/Catalogu...CatalogueID=563

pages 10/11

#18 justasking

Posted 18 November 2012 - 08:12 PM

Well, can anyone tell me what this means:  1GB DDR III RAM3G USING DONGLE

??????????????????????


and Lisa, the tablets that you purchased....you can't use 3G with them?

#19 shelly1

Posted 18 November 2012 - 08:19 PM

I would upgrade your modem to wifi - it will cost between $50 AND $100  from d*ck Smith. A prepaid dongle would get sucked up quickly downloading games. You could easily chew up $50 in a month as thats the way prepaid works. A normal internet connection with a good amount of GB downloads would be much better and efficient.


Avoid cheap tablets and buy  a brand name such as the Samsung 7" or Google Nexus 7 - around the $240-$250 mark

#20 mychichi

Posted 18 November 2012 - 08:23 PM

Have you already got an iDevice for yourself? If you do and your get your son an Android one you will be paying for all the apps again as is a different platform than Apple.

What is your budget? Knowing this will probably help with a decision. original.gif

#21 naturalgoodness

Posted 18 November 2012 - 08:30 PM

As someone else suggested you should update your modem to wifi - this will be easier.

Last year I bought a no-name tablet for my son. It is broken

This year I have bought 2 of the Google Nexus 7 tabs from Kogan (I got the 32gb ones so slightly more expensive). For both it was $596 delivered to my door. I wish I had gone with a more named brand last year!

#22 justasking

Posted 18 November 2012 - 09:28 PM

Now leaning towards a Nexus or similar....

The only internet I have in the house is for my laptop and I have a 4G USB - wireless.  So, it would be better for me to switch to WiFi?  

I rang Telstra a few weeks ago, and they said I would need a separate plan if I purchased a tablet for my son.  No mention of WiFi.  I'm really reluctant to ring them again.  You so often get a bum-steer!

Please help.  I'm on Parenting Payment, so need to get this right.

Thank you everyone so much.


#23 ~Sarah C~

Posted 18 November 2012 - 09:45 PM

I recommend Big W.. you can layby... ( I have done this and works out brilliantly)

I would buy this one, best tablet and great reputation..

http://www.bigw.com.au/electronics/compute...-7-0-wifi-white


we have 1 already (on a plan with optus), I have one of layby for my son with special needs and I am upgrading my husbands to a 10.1 which is better even for xmas. so eventually we will have 3 tablets.

Now if you can, definitely think about upgrade to adsl and wireless router.. much more efficient. IF you cant, do you have a smart phone?? we will have 2 tablets that are WIFI only, but we have smart phones (samsung lol) as well, which we can activate a WIFI hot spot, and can connect our tablets to them. If we are at home we just connect back into the WIFI..

We LOVE our tablets..  and Samsung have done really well in capturing this market...

oh and dont get one on a plan with Telstra (which is what they are trying to get you to do) honestly you will end up paying 5 or 6 xs what the tablet it worth.. why do that if you can layby one outright original.gif

Best of luck!!!!

Edited by ~Sarah C~, 18 November 2012 - 09:47 PM.


#24 Cheryl_v

Posted 19 November 2012 - 12:53 AM

QUOTE (justasking @ 18/11/2012, 07:28 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Now leaning towards a Nexus or similar....

The only internet I have in the house is for my laptop and I have a 4G USB - wireless.  So, it would be better for me to switch to WiFi?


If your broadband USB is wireless then you have WiFi.  There are two types of internet dongles you can buy, one is a direct connection only (also known as wired although that is an oxymoron for dongles) and the other is both a direct connection and a wireless connection so it is called WiFi.  The difference is whether you can only connect with the dongle attached to the device or if you can also connect wirelessly.  If you already have a pre-paid or post-paid USB that has wireless access you have everything you need for your son to connect at home.

Edited for clarity - All USBs need to be connected to the computer to work, or at the very least to some form of power.  If yours has a wireless component then you have WiFi your son's tablet can access.

Edited by Cheryl_v, 19 November 2012 - 12:56 AM.


#25 cward

Posted 19 November 2012 - 01:19 PM

You can get prepaid wireless like this.  I have one of these for my ipad when I am out and about.  It is prepaid so you can just load it up when you need it.  It doesn't plug in to anything.

Sorry cant help with the device we are an apple family



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