The Search for a Reasonably Priced Tablet The lure of new electronic devices begins early with today’s children. Ten years ago I would have never thought I’d be looking for the latest electronic gadget for an 8 year old. Times change and our children are more ingrained in the world of technology than we every imagined. So for my 8 year old, the item at the top of the list is a tablet. As parents of the 21st Century we know our children are lured by the latest flashy electronic devices to hit the market and though we’d love to honor each and every request, it’s just not financially feasible to drop $500-600 on an iPad that we’re pretty certain won’t make it a year in their tender young hands.
My solution was to search for a tablet that would entertain, to my child’s satisfaction, yet not cause chest pains when I saw it hit the floor…..and so my journey began. The first thing I did was check out the guilty pleasure of any woman, QVC. I remembered seeing a device last year that caught my interest. It was the Pandigital Tablet. I found the device there for a modest amount, but being the consummate bargain hunter, I knew I could find it cheaper.
I did a quick search on Amazon and found that I could, in fact, purchase a re-manufactured Pandigital 7 inch e-reader/tablet for under $100. Now being the frugal person that I am, $100 is not small change, but it is much easier to live with my child dropping a $100 device than a $500 device. I promptly ordered the device, received it yesterday, and began to see that I still had my work cut out for me. I quickly discovered that the model I ordered did not have all the bells and whistles that I would have seen with the ipad.
…this was not a surprise since the adage is “you get what you pay for”. While I knew I would not need all the the iPad offered, I knew what my daughter’s needs were going to be. She’d want to play Webkinz, check e-mail and download apps for games. (Of course at 8, she’ll be relying on me to do most of the downloading). I found the Pandigital works pretty much like any other e-reader/tablet and I would give it a 8 out of 10 on ease of use for basic functions like searching the web and viewing e-mail.
The fear sank in when I saw that I could not view YouTube or log into Webkinz. I knew that this would not do.The Fix I have to admit that my technical ability is a bit limited, but with some advice from the techno gurus I can usually pull off a few advanced tricks. The first thing I did was seek out some online forums about the Pandigital device. To my surprise there’s a great deal of good advice already out there.
The first thing I found is that my device would do the things I wanted, but it wasn’t going to do it without some tinkering.
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