Parents Prepare: Your Kids Want an iPad Mini

Battering RamIf you’re a sucker for buying your kids almost anything in the name of education, be prepared to defend yourself against the iPad mini. And do it now, because the timing for your offsprings’ assault couldn’t be better: Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving and the kickoff to the holiday shopping season, isn’t all that far away.

As a parent who sacrificed my unlimited data plan in order to avoid huge data bills from my data-hogging teenager — in other words, someone who’s incredibly vulnerable to these things — here’s some arguments your kids may try on you, and some suggestions on countering them.

Child: “I can download iBooks Author to study. Textbook publishers use it to create interactive diagrams, videos and more, and it’s in 2,500 U.S. high schools. This will help my grades.”

You: “So will opening a book. When your grades come up, then maybe.”

Child: “It’s barely 8 inches high and will easily fit in my backpack. Really. And I won’t let my books crush it, I promise.”

You: “Hmm. “Lets practice with your sandwich. You say you don’t eat it because it gets crushed. Find a way to protect the sandwich first.”

Child: “It’s cheaper than a regular iPad. It’s only $329 for the 16GB, WiFi version, not $499 like a regular iPad.”

You: “Yes, it is cheaper. But your school books are free and you can use the home      computer and to access iBooks Author.”

Child: “It’ll provide me with cutting-edge learning and help me get into the (name the college of your choice).”

You: So will cracking open the books on a regular basis and attending all those cool science camps I send you to under protest.

Now that you’re armed, be especially prepared for the final assault.

Child: “I’ll also let you use it”

All I can say is: “Be strong.”

Comments

  1. BY Michelle says:

    Do the mini’s use Gorilla glass? That might be a selling point for a kid to parents. I would rather buy a Kindle Fire and use the new Amazon account access features to filter content available. The Fires do use Gorilla glass, by-the-way.

  2. BY John says:

    @Michelle: Yes, the iPads use Gorilla glass. They were the first, I believe, to do that. As far as the iPad Mini vs. the others. I’ve got Kindle Fires, Samsung Galaxy Tabs, Motorola tablet, in addition to all the generations of iPads. (I’m an iOS and Android developer, so all that cool tech is for my job.) The big advantage to the iPad is its use in education. Apple’s penetration is WAY higher there since many of the education companies supported it first. The Androids are pretty much game and ebook readers at this point, without much penetration in the schools. If I had the choice of buying a Kindle Fire HD or an iPad Mini for my kid, I’d choose the iPad. It’s just the better machine with a better match for what they’ll need.

  3. BY Richard says:

    So what can an IPad do that an android cannot. What education products are you speaking about? Seems to me as a techncal worker and student that android has most of what any student would need. Apple has no more to offer unless there are some apps you need that are not already in android format. Apple is working its way into everything but from my experience the IPad and Mac are just more expensive units without any more robust abilities. Curious what is making the fad so big other than marketing and a generation of people wanting to revolt against a standard. Seems this is where we were in the early 80′s when Microsoft was becoming king over the other vendors. Any ideas?

  4. BY Neli Montalvo says:

    Amazingly my kid is 1.75 years of age and loves anything electronic. We don’t own a tv, but have several laptops… And a couple of used iPhones. He wants it ALL! I will keep your advice in mind for myself as I tend to love all things apple.

  5. BY jaded says:

    I’m an Android user but my kids: 16 months and 5 years old can work iPad interface better so I stick with iPads. I wanted a mini but I had it with 2 boys fighting over 1 device. I wanted a smaller, lighter unit for the baby so I bought a Asus Google nexus 7 but they broke the screen in 2 weeks. Not gorilla glass. I tried the new kindle HD 7 but their Android version and browser was just was too non-intuitive. I returned it.

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