This year, my two daughters sat down to write their Christmas lists. After much concentration and excitement, they emerged with their prize lists in hand and smiles on their faces. At ages 11 and 7, you can imagine they are very taken with all the neat gadgets on the market today. My husband and I took the lists from the girls and glanced them over. Among the normal fuzzy socks and books requests, both lists contained a request for the Apple Ipad . We looked at each other and without needing to say a word, we both knew that while the Ipad is probably a very fun thing to have, the cost to fulfill this request, not once but twice, would be impossible. Everything I know about the device, I learned from the final Oprah Winfrey’s Favorite Things episode, in which she raved about all the wonderful things this device could do. After she praised the Ipad and announced that everyone in the audience would be getting one, she pointed out that the retail cost was around $500.
After my husband and I discussed the problem further, we arrived at the decision to do our best to try finding an alternative that would both satisfy the kids and not put us in the poor house. I checked Ebay.com and Amazon.com to compare the prices for different Ipads, new and used, hoping that by chance we could find some way to get our hands on a pair. I was shocked to find that they range from close to $500 to over $800! I then noticed that there was a similar device called a Velocity Micro Cruz that was powered by Android. I have an Android phone and I absolutely love it, so I began to look further. I was able to find two of these Android Tablets for the girls for less than I would have paid for one Ipad . I carefully read all the reviews and decided that it might be just what I was looking for. I added them to my shopping cart, and checked out while keeping my fingers crossed that I hadn’t made a huge mistake.
A few days later, they arrived in the mail. My husband and I grabbed them and immediately opened them and started inspecting them to see if they were, in fact, a good deal. We turned them on and right away they powered up and loaded the home screen. I was surprised how quick the device loaded. I already knew after reading about it, that it has a very small amount of memory, so we ordered with the two SD cards to expand the memory. We turned on the wireless connection on both and checked that they could connect to the internet and worked at a decent pace. All in all, we were pretty impressed with the little gadgets. In fact, now my husband wants one, hahaha.
On Christmas morning, the girls woke up and made a dash for the tree. We set the two Android Tablets to the side so they could open them last. After opening the rest of the gifts, we gave them their final presents and they opened them together. They were very excited and didn’t seem to care at all that they weren’t Ipads. They were happy with them and we were happy with the price. I’m sure the Ipad is terrific, but the girls at the age they are have a limited need for such an expensive piece of equipment. We feel it is a win win situation. They have played with them everyday since Christmas and have had no complaints so far. In addition, we have since been called “cool parents”! Score!!