All iPads iPad for a 7 year old: Mini or iPad 4?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by MN7119, Nov 5, 2012.

  1. macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2011
    #1
    My son will be 7 years old in 1 month and I wanted to give him an iPad. He will only be using for reading books and using educational apps and some kids games as well. Should I get an iPad Mini (non retina and smaller display but lighter) or should I get him an iPad 4 (retina and bigger display but heavier)? I would be getting the Wi-Fi 16gb so the difference in price from $329 to $499 would not be an issue in my decision. Tks for any help.
     
  2. macrumors member

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2012
    #2
    Mini.

    It's lighter, they don't need the processing power of the iPad 4 and they won't care about the screen (which in my opinion isn't an issue, but it is to some.)

    It's cheaper too.
     
  3. macrumors 604

    SnowLeopard2008

    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2008
    Location:
    Silicon Valley
    #3
    iPad mini. It's much easier to hold for him, still packs a lot of performance, screen is amazing (not retina amazing but still...) and cheaper to replace in case of accidents. The 4th gen is simply overkill.
     
  4. macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2009
    Location:
    USA
    #4
    He's a little boy so the iPad mini is ideal for him instead of him lugging around the heavier full sized iPad.

    No doubt, he will love the Mini :)
     
  5. macrumors 604

    mcdj

    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2007
    Location:
    NYC
  6. jsw
    Moderator emeritus

    jsw

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2004
    Location:
    Andover, MA
    #6
    The Mini, for reasons given. Better size for him and no discernible benefit for him with the 4.
     
  7. macrumors 68000

    Southernboyj

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2012
    Location:
    Mobile, AL
    #7
    When I was 7 I got a Nintendo 64. :D

    I'd say get a Mini though.
     
  8. macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2011
    #8
    17month old and 3yr old

    my 17month old dropped the ipad2 on her foot this morning and cried, i think that motivates me for a mini if i had any younger kids but my 3yr old and younger one both love using the ipad2..........the drawback is the weight so if I had to do it over again and was looking to buy, i'd go with the mini so they would have an easier time holding it.
     
  9. macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2012
    #9
    Mini for sure, it may not be the best spec wise, but it has it's place, this is one such scenario.
     
  10. macrumors 65816

    wrkactjob

    Joined:
    Feb 29, 2008
    Location:
    London
    #10
    Neither, there are more appropriate things for a 7 year old.
     
  11. macrumors G5

    ucfgrad93

    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2007
    Location:
    Colorado
    #11
    Agreed, the mini is the way to go OP.
     
  12. macrumors 604

    ZBoater

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2007
    Location:
    Sunny Florida
    #12
    Also mini ego = mini ipad. :p
     
  13. GBR
    macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2012
    #13
    Without a doubt a mini, my 14 month old has been using my old iPad 1 for a while. I got a 'kid proof' iPad case at toys r us, he likes some of the learning apps on it but it is way to big and heavy for him to comfortably use. Once more 16gb mini's are in stock I am picking one up for him (and me :)) and getting a good case and eBaying the iPad 1.
     
  14. macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2012
    Location:
    FL
    #14
    i would say a less expensive tablet for a 7yr old especially when it will be dropped and things spilled on it..

    Looks like a another spoiled child in society.... :cool:
     
  15. macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2005
    Location:
    Canada
    #15
    Mini plus a protective case. (It will be dropped at some point.)
     
  16. jsw
    Moderator emeritus

    jsw

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2004
    Location:
    Andover, MA
    #16
    ...daily.
     
  17. MN7119, Nov 5, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 5, 2012

    thread starter macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2011
    #17

    Well, my son uses my iPad 2 almost everyday for more than a year and he never dropped or spilled anything on it. It is a matter of the way you teach them how to take good care of their stuff. Also, I prefer to "spoil" him with an iPad he can use for educational purposes than with a Nintendo DS.
     
  18. GBR
    macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2012
    #18
    This
     
  19. macrumors 6502a

    Ih8reno

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2012
    #19
    If you can afford it buy the child an ipad, mini may be better and easier for him to hold and use. My advice though if you want to take it, limit his time on it. Kids need social interacting and playing with other kids outside more and more these days.
     
  20. macrumors 68040

    D.T.

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2011
    Location:
    Vilano Beach, FL
    #20
    I don't think a device like this "spoils" a child. It's got great educational content, many of the games are very age appropriate and boost logic, coordination. It facilitates creativity, is a great communication device for chatting with Grandma and Grandpa too :)

    If you think about the use they'll get out of a device that grow with them, vs. the price paid for toys [for XMas] that are forgotten about in a month, or that have limited use outside of banging on controllers, I think it's an outstanding value.

    My 4-1/2 year old has used my 1st gen on her own for several months - appropriately locked down for content and purchase control - and it's only picked up a few minor scratches on the display (it's in an Incipio NGP case). She recently learned ALL the planets, their relative locations vs. the sun, how many moons, etc., from using Solar Walk :D
     
  21. macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2010
    #21
    I'm much past child age and I vastly prefer the form, size, weight of the Mini. Absolutely no doubts about which would be better for your 7-year-old!
     
  22. macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Nov 1, 2010
    #22
    I say mini. That's what I bought my 6 year old for Christmas. I wanted something lightweight for her and the mini not having a retina screen is not an issue for us.
     
  23. macrumors 68020

    Gix1k

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2008
    #23
    My 3 year old has an iPad 2...full size is the way to go.
     
  24. macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Nov 1, 2010
    #24
    Ridiculous comment.
     
  25. macrumors 68000

    Joined:
    May 3, 2005
    Location:
    Chicago, IL
    #25
    It's OP's kid and OP's money. You have no place telling him what he can and can't do in the interests of his child. iPads have many educational uses and are wonderful learning tools. You may see them as luxury items, but a lot of schools use them as teaching aids so someone somewhere sees value in them.

    That said, I'd probably go with the mini due to it being smaller and easier to handle with smaller hands.
     

Share This Page