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need help choosing device for 10 year old

barcode 1,020 850 March 29, 2016 at 10:17 PM
I have a 10 year old who enjoys gaming and watching movies on his tablet, but right now he is using a samsung tab 2 so it's too old to enjoy it. We play pixel gun 3d and we do notice a huge difference when we play (I use a note 5) and obviously because of technological advancements. His brother has a tab 4 and it is slow too with the game.

Anyways we are thinking to upgrade his device. I would get him a smartphone and not activate the line, but we would prefer to get him a device with just wifi. I was thinking an ipod touch 6th gen., but then I saw the nvidia shield which is the same price. However, we would like more options.

Can any one suggest any more?

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...How about a book?
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...How about a book?
if you must know his complete schedule to make an educated recommendation

he has school from 8a-3:30p
3:30-5 after school program
5-7:30 eats and then soccer practice
7:30-8:30 reads a book
8:30-9:00pm we play pixel gun 3d
9:00-8:00 sleep
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There is always a troll moron like slurpee23
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I can recommend the Amazon 7" Fire Tablet [amazon.com] small price great value.
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If everyone else in the house had an Android then I don't see the logic in switching platforms. Yes most things have a version of both but it's not quite the same. Plus you aready have the accounts, apps, etc of the android version. Not to mention you could share things in the playstore etc.

I guess if this was my family I would be wondering what is the life expectancy of the device? 10 is old enough not to need a kids rough and tumble tablet, plus you want more horse power. Will the kid be getting a smartphone soon? The other thing is what size would you be looking at/budget?

The Amazon tablets have the big drawback of being a different interface and no access to Google Play store. I know at one time you could sideload it on but not sure about the newer versions.
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Quote from stufine View Post :
if you must know his complete schedule to make an educated recommendation

he has school from 8a-3:30p
3:30-5 after school program
5-7:30 eats and then soccer practice
7:30-8:30 reads a book
8:30-9:00pm we play pixel gun 3d
9:00-8:00 sleep
wow that was actually very good except that he does baseball. haha..
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Quote from LiquidRetro View Post :
If everyone else in the house had an Android then I don't see the logic in switching platforms. Yes most things have a version of both but it's not quite the same. Plus you aready have the accounts, apps, etc of the android version. Not to mention you could share things in the playstore etc.

I guess if this was my family I would be wondering what is the life expectancy of the device? 10 is old enough not to need a kids rough and tumble tablet, plus you want more horse power. Will the kid be getting a smartphone soon? The other thing is what size would you be looking at/budget?

The Amazon tablets have the big drawback of being a different interface and no access to Google Play store. I know at one time you could sideload it on but not sure about the newer versions.
I would expect the device to last 3+ years since he is going to want something new once he is getting ready to go to high school and looking at how well he took care of the tab 2, I have no doubt in my mind. Yes he wants more horse power! I can take care of the device with a case and glass screen protector. We will not be getting a smartphone for the kids soon. I mentioned it because there are more deals for smartphones than tablets, but that would be a last resort type of thing. He does not care much about the size so anywhere from 5" - 7" (screen size).

His sister has the Amazon Kindle 7", but it only fits her needs since she just watches videos and sometimes plays her cat/barbie game.
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I would recommend the Samsung Note series tablets. They are much better performance wise than the regular Tabs. They do cost more though. If that is an issue, then the newest Samsung tablet, Google Nexus tablet, or LG tablet are all great choices. Biggest draw back to the Nexus tablets is non expandable memory, so if you get a 32 GB that's all you'll ever have.
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Maybe this thing?
http://www.amazon.com/Fire-Editio...B00YYZEQ1G

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Some prepaid options aren't that expensive if you actually want cell phone service.
Tablet vs Cell Phone is a tough debate.

here are 2 benchmark sites may be helpful, but they don't include all devices:
http://www.androidbenchmark.net/c...chart.html
https://gfxbench.com/result.jsp deselect all os except android / ios
High end, high performance tablets aren't cheap.

Something like the Huawei P8 or Xiaomi Mi 5 could be a contender.
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Some prepaid options aren't that expensive if you actually want cell phone service.
Tablet vs Cell Phone is a tough debate.

here are 2 benchmark sites may be helpful, but doesn't include all devices:
http://www.androidbenchmark.net/c...chart.html
https://gfxbench.com/result.jsp deselect all os except android / ios
High end, high performance tablets aren't cheap.

Something like the Huawei P8 or Xiaomi Mi 5 could be a contender.
Ya the Xiaomi i have heard good things about.
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Ya the Xiaomi i have heard good things about.
But it's a bit pricey for a 10 year old.
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There is always a troll moron like slurpee23
there are always plenty of trolls. If you want an alternative, I'd say it should be something that promotes physical or social activity not a book.
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I'd get the Nexus 7 2013 (second generation).
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