7 Replies Latest reply: Jul 7, 2012 5:49 AM by charlesfromriverdale
Caidan Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

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!


iPod touch
  • 1. Re: Help choosing an iPod Touch
    imwright29 Level 1 Level 1 (130 points)

    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.

  • 2. Re: Help choosing an iPod Touch
    cliftonfromrichmond Level 3 Level 3 (790 points)

    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.

  • 3. Re: Help choosing an iPod Touch
    the fiend Level 5 Level 5 (7,355 points)

    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.

  • 4. Re: Help choosing an iPod Touch
    Caidan Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Our use is primarily at home and at the doctor's office, while one son receives treatments.  I do not permit use of electronics at any dinner table, at or outside the home, and they are restricted to one hour of any screen time a day. At home we use some of the apps to supplement school work for our learning disabled child and for a little fun.  The technical advice is sincerely very much appreciated.  The other parenting advice felt a little judgemental and unnecessary.

  • 5. Re: Help choosing an iPod Touch
    the fiend Level 5 Level 5 (7,355 points)

    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!

  • 6. Re: Help choosing an iPod Touch
    Caidan Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you the fiend, I appreciate the perspective.  They are expensive and breakable which is why I want to go with an older, used model.  We'll see how it goes, as I've never purchased used before.  If they are going to play a "video" game I'd much rather have them on an App that has some educational value than playing finger hockey on the DS. (Nintendo DS drives me crazy)  Apple has so many great, truly educational apps that really help support reading and math development.  My kids think they are "video" games which has been a huge plus when trying to support learning for my resistant, learning disabled child and bridging the gap of summer regression. Even games like Where's My Water require far more intellect than DS games with there more puzzle-like design.  Have you seen the price of a DS lately?  Crazy money for something that primarily exercises the thumbs. LOL!

    the fiend wrote:

     

     

    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!

     

  • 7. Re: Help choosing an iPod Touch
    charlesfromriverdale Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)

    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