Nook or Fire or ??

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by NS2A, Nov 26, 2012.

  1. NS2A


    Apr 3, 2008
    So grandma wants to get my kids (ages 9 and 7) a tablet for under $200 Christmas. Can't be an ipad because of the cost.

    They'd be using it for
    1) streaming videos, youtube etc.
    2) internet
    3) games (just the simple online stuff)

    I'd be nice if we could hook it to a TV to watch streaming movies, but I don't think the Nook or Fire has a hookup.

    Any recommendations?
  2. Ziltoid

    Ziltoid I don't play bass

    Apr 10, 2009
  3. I was thinking of getting a Kindle Fire HD, I was just looking them over earlier today. At least one (if not all) of the Fires has an HDMI output, so yes, you can hook it up to your TV.
  4. they're all pretty nice products, im partial to the fire.
  5. hover


    Oct 4, 2008
    Nexus > Fire > Nook
  6. The Nexus breaks the sub 200 dollar rule presented by the OP.

    at least all the ones I'm finding do.
  7. Ziltoid

    Ziltoid I don't play bass

    Apr 10, 2009
    The nexus 7 is 199, 209 in Canada if I'm not mistaken. The main problem per the op's criteria is TV streaming, it would require a device selling for 90$ (htc media stream I think)
  8. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Until you get to the price requirement, the iPad mini takes the cake.

    But for under $200, I don't think you can beat the Kindle Fire.
  9. all the ones I'm seeing are 249 - 279. but if they're going for 199 treat em like basses, play with em all til you find the one you like best.
  10. hover


    Oct 4, 2008
  11. Indiana Mike

    Indiana Mike

    Nov 18, 2005
    My ten year old has a fire ,,,has had only one lockup and it has never repeated for several months now . She uses the heck out of it for reading ,games and internet . She does not require any help with it since she got the hang of it .

    I buy her amazon gift cards to buy games and books . She has her own account and I don't have to link my bank account to it . I don't have to mess with a prepaid card....i am looking into my local library in respect to digital downloads which would be free as a tax paying member of the local community. They say it's coming or maybe it's already here....

    She is an advanced reader and this device has spurred her to read even more .... Looks like that is where it is heading

    I have no experience with the other devices
  12. Nexus 7 16GB version is only $199
    Sears had a sale today on the 32GB version for only $224, but that's probably gone..
  13. uOpt


    Jul 21, 2008
    Boston, MA, USA
    The kindle has annoying restrictions wrt the software you can install. Rooting it left me with a brittle device that needs re-rooting every now and then and the Android market doesn't work right.

    While B&N is also locking them down the Nooks are said to be both a little less crippled before rooting and a little friendlier when operating rooted.
  14. lowfreq33


    Jan 27, 2010
    Endorsing Artist: Genz Benz Amplification
    So you have two kids, and she's getting them ONE tablet? I sense problems in your future...

    For kids 7 and 9 I'd suggest maybe a pair of the cheaper android tablets they sell at stores like Big Lots for around $79-$109. They won't know the difference, and not having to share will make the house much more peaceful. But they're your kids, not mine.
  15. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    My wife the librarian tells me there are some tablets made specifically for children - depends on age-appropriateness (LeapPad, VTech stuff), but simplest all around might be the Kindle Fire, which can be set for FreeTime for kids. Your kids might be a little old for a LeapPad but I wouldn't just set them loose on the internet at their age. The Amazon website explains it. $179 to be commercial-free, $159 with ads. Plus case!
  16. NS2A


    Apr 3, 2008
    No. One tablet for each. $200 each is about the max, maybe a little more would be ok.

    They are 7 and 9 and do a lot of youtube, and play (mostly) educational games on the PBS sites.

    They are both in advanced math and reading programs at school (if that means anything) and had leap pad a few years ago and went through it pretty quickly.

    Seems like Fire is the best bet here, although I am not reading it may not be as durable.:meh:
  17. amazon has excellent customer service.
  18. MakiSupaStar

    MakiSupaStar The Lowdown Diggler

    Apr 12, 2006
    Huntington Beach, CA
    Used books cost less than a burger and you can give them away to your friends when you're done.
  19. 6jase5

    6jase5 Mammogram is down but I'm working manually Supporting Member

    Dec 17, 2007
    San Diego/LA
    Love my Nexus 7 32gb, but no TV out. That's what the MB Pro is for in my house.