Android iPod Alternative For Kids
Three years ago I bought my son a used iPod Touch so he could play a few apps (Angry Birds) and have his own portable music player.
Son#1 is 8 now, and his iPod is really reaching the end of its useful life. During my search for a replacement, I was surprised to find the MP3 market has barely moved on, with limited options for an Android iPod equivalent.
There are plenty of cheap 7 inch tablets, but their size is cumbersome for music-listening, and I’ve already bought two cheap tablets, neither of which worked.
So here’s my findings for the best android alternative to the iPod for kids:
Kurio 4S, £89.99
When I first saw this at a Toy Fair earlier this year, I knew it was exactly what we needed.
It’s designed to be a music and app storage and playing device, with enough quality to give a good user experience, but a low enough price tag to make it suitable for everyday use.
The styling appeals to older kids and teens, and its a perfect stop gap for those who are too old for kid-friendly tablets like the LeapPad or InnoTab, but are not yet ready for a top end device like an iPod.
My favourite feature is the parental controls that enable you to set when the device can be used for gaming. This would work perfectly for us, because Son#1 has a habit of waking up early in the morning to seek out his iPod.
MobiNote TPC-50C, £59.95
I can’t find any reviews about these, so I have no idea what they are like quality wise.
However, in terms of features, pricing, and styling, they make a great alternative to the iPod.
The tablet runs on Android 4.0, which is what most budget tablets offer, and 4GB of internal memory, which can be expanded with the SD slot.
CnM Touchpad 4.3, £49.99
Released in 2011, this is an old micro-tablet, but that means you can often pick it up for a low price, around £30-£40.
It runs Android 4.0 and has a 1GHz processor, a 4.3 inch screen (the clue’s in the name) and 4GB internal memory, that can be expanded via the micro-SD slot.
Buy An Old iPod
If you’re felling thrifty and don’t mind searching eBay for bargains, you could make your child very happy with an earlier model iPod. This is what I did, before budget tablets were widely available. The only problem I have run into know is that the iPod is too old to update the operating system, and so there are very few apps available through itunes that are still compatible with it. Hence my search for a kid-friendly iPod Android alternative.
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