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Help choosing an iPod Touch

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Caidan Calculating status...
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Jul 6, 2012 12:18 PM

i'm looking to get my boys an itouch so they'll leave my iphone4s alone. $$$ is tight and they are only 6 So I've been thinking about a used 3G or 2g 8gb? Will this work for basic app playing? Angry birds, smurfs, teach me first grade etc? I don't care about photos or video. Thanks for the advice!

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  • imwright29 Level 1 Level 1 (130 points)
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    Jul 6, 2012 12:28 PM (in response to Caidan)

    Yes that would work just fine. Those apps are fairly simple, and don’t take a lot of computing power. Ether the 2g or the 3g would work, but the 3g will last longer. They are beginning to phase out the older ipods, and eventually the software updates will not go to the 2g, and the games like to be on the latest software, for compatibility.

  • cliftonfromrichmond Level 3 Level 3 (790 points)
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    Jul 6, 2012 12:44 PM (in response to Caidan)

    Personally I wouldn't give an iPod to a 6 year old let alone allow a child that young to play with my phone, but if I were so inclined, I would get at least a 3rd generation iPod for the simple fact a 2nd generation may or may not run the apps you want to use.  This is due in part to the fact that a 2nd ggeneration iPod cannot be upgraded to iOS5.x where as a 3rd generation iPod will run iOS5.x just fine.

     

    One other caveat:  DO NOT BUY ANYTHING ADVERTISED AS AN 8 GIG 3rd ggeneration iPod!  Apple never made an 8 gig 3rd generation iPod.  What is commonly called an 8gig 3rd generation iPod is actually an 8gig 2nd generation iPod.

  • the fiend Level 5 Level 5 (6,870 points)
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    Jul 6, 2012 1:51 PM (in response to Caidan)

    FYI: some versions of Angry Birds, such as Angry Birds Space, require a 3rd generation iPod Touch. That particular version will not work on a 2nd generation Touch, no matter which iOS is installed on it.

     

    The same may apply to other Apps as well.

     

    However, I agree with cliftonfromrichmond, an expensive and easily damaged iPod is not really suitable for a six year old. There was an incident recently in my local town of someone taking an iPod from a very small child while the mother was distracted. They were eating in a well-known fast food outlet.

  • the fiend Level 5 Level 5 (6,870 points)
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    Jul 7, 2012 1:45 AM (in response to Caidan)

    Caidan wrote:

     

    The other parenting advice felt a little judgemental and unnecessary.

     

    We're probably simply trying to alert you, together with being defensive.

     

    All too often, we have seen posts from people who have let young children use an iPod, break it and then they (the parent) get angry with; Apple for not being prepared to give them another iPod for free, and the with us "because we didn't warn them how delicate the iPod is" or because we don't back them up in their grievance with Apple!

  • charlesfromriverdale Calculating status...
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    Jul 7, 2012 5:49 AM (in response to Caidan)

    No Way:

     

    Under no circumstances would I ever invest that much money on any complicated electronic device for a 6 yr. older.  Too many problems can come up. (Breakage, usage difficulties, expense, ect.)  If it is only simple games to play, and if cost is an issue, here's my best solution.  Don't even consider an iPod.  Go to any video resale shop and purchase a used "GameBoy"  or "Nintendo Game Hand Held Game Machine".  Also a slew of fun games (used) can be gotten at very low price.  Then lay down the law about your iPhone.

     

    Charlie

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