I want to spoil my grandson... Pad or Air?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Canuckistan, Oct 20, 2010.

  1. Canuckistan macrumors member

    Jun 30, 2007
    Guelph, nr Toronto, Canada

    I have a 3 year-old grandson, and in a year or so, I'm going to treat him, but I don't know whether to buy him the new Air or the ext iPad.

    Which would you recommend for a young lad. (Yeah, I know that we don't know the virtues of the iPad-to-be, but it'll probably be a grander version of the present iPad.)

    Please don't "rain on my my parade" by preaching austerity and telling me the lad should socialize, play or read. Yes, he'll do these things and more, but I do want him to become familiar with, and enjoy, these wonderful machines (tools).

    Thanks Apple.
  2. 184550 Guest

    May 8, 2008
    iPad without a doubt.

    Much better interface for a young child to use and you and his parents will have the App store to choose from when selecting appropriate applications for him to use.
  3. tiwizard macrumors regular

    Jul 12, 2010
    The MBA is a full on computer. If he is 4, most certainly iPad. Unless he knows how to use a computer and you want to spend 1k+...
  4. r2fa3l macrumors regular

    Oct 8, 2010
  5. racer1441 macrumors 68000

    Jul 3, 2009
    I'm thinking iPad. Needs a machine for fun, but also some educational tools as well. 5ish is a great age for the iPad, with the proper protective case.

    Also, don't worry about the socialize thing. Make him smart, teach him all that good stuff that you've learned over the years, and he will socialize with people well above his age and be light years ahead of the rest of the kids his age.
  6. gostan macrumors regular

    Jul 23, 2002
    West of Boston
    And, what will you get the 3 year old when he turns 4?:p
  7. Apple OC macrumors 68040

    Apple OC

    Oct 14, 2010
    does Tonka make a laptop? ... kidding ... get him an acer netbook first to see how fast he breaks it or spills his juice box on it. At 3 he does not need an expensive Mac

    wait until he is 6 or 7 and has learned a rope or two.

    sound advice ... never met a 4 year old that did not destroy a computer or 2.

    However you are one Cool Grandpa
  8. Mac'nCheese macrumors 68040


    Feb 9, 2010
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    Another vote for the iPad. Kids love the touch screen games.
  9. barkomatic macrumors 68040

    Aug 8, 2008
    These machines aren't made by fisher price and I don't think either is a great choice for a child that young. However, if you're bent on getting something I'd go with the iPad. It's shape will be more suitable to be used as a shovel in the sandbox.
  10. bolsen78 macrumors regular

    Aug 26, 2010
    I agree I gave my 6 year old nephew my old 8GB Ipod touch because I didnt need my Iphone and the Ipod. But my nephew worked his way around that much better than I did. So I would go with the Ipad and not the MBA!!
  11. wordoflife macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    I don't agree with these kind of posts. PCs can be the same price of Macs. Your argument should be "he does not need a laptop at his age" (which I agree)

    Macs are computers, people!
  12. Apple OC macrumors 68040

    Apple OC

    Oct 14, 2010
    dont hate the post - just move on to one you like

    get a $200 netbook and see how it goes
  13. lbro macrumors 6502a


    Jan 22, 2009
    Definitely get him the iPad. He will be able to download thousands and thousands of games instantly off the app store, many of them free. I think kids really like touch screens a lot more compared to the keyboard/mouse interface of a laptop.
  14. Hellishness macrumors 65816


    Jan 27, 2010
    Bay Area, CA
    I vote for the iPad, but I have to say this is kinda ridiculous. He is pretty likely to spill some crap on it, and having a $500+ iPad at age 3 is nuts. Will you get him a Bugatti when he's 16...?
  15. wvuwhat macrumors 65816


    Sep 26, 2007
    iPad. Less parts to break and they have cases that will protect it from drops.
  16. biggd macrumors 6502


    Apr 6, 2008
    My 3yr old niece loves my iPad. She plays very educational games. The big plus is she can "touch" it to use it, she loves it. Her counting and numbers are very very strong now
  17. pukifloyd macrumors 6502a


    Jun 25, 2008
  18. wordoflife macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009


    You're right, sorry. :eek:

    I didn't mean to say I hate them, I meant to say I didn't agree with them. :)
  19. shadowbird423 macrumors 6502


    Sep 8, 2009
    Chapel Hill
    Otter Box = Necessary accessory from day one

    iPad all the way.
    I would be remiss if I didn't mention this wonderful case: http://www.otterbox.com/iPad-Defender-Series-Case/APL2-IPAD1,default,pd.html?dwvar_APL2-IPAD1_color=20&start=1&cgid=apple-ipad-cases
    It may seem expensive, but when he drops it and spills stuff on it (and he will. A LOT. Trust me.), you will thank me.
    I use mine in my school as a laptop replacement, works fine. Don't get me off on a tangent though.. :)

    Good luck with your purchase.
  20. Apple OC macrumors 68040

    Apple OC

    Oct 14, 2010
    cheers wordoflife ... one of the good guys you are ...
    I change my answer too after the reply below ... Go for the iPad Grandpa ... that is what being GrandParents are about ... you will enjoy watching him learn

  21. melterx12 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 22, 2010
    lol a 1000$+ Laptop for a 3 year old, this is amazing.
  22. Mr Kram macrumors 68020

    Mr Kram

    Oct 1, 2008
    i would generally say that the ipad would be a better bet. however, it depends on what he likes to to. my daughter is 4.5 and has been using the computer for almost 2 years now. she enjoys the ipad and her ipod touch, but she still loves to use the macbook or imac to go online. most of the kids' sites are built on flash, so she can only play those games if she's on a "real" computer.
  23. CaoCao macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2010
    I had a Thinkpad from between 5-7 same one too (ah the IBM Thinkpad a laptop made lovingly)

    If you definitely want a laptop get him an old IBM Thinkpad or a Toughbook. The Toughbook could probably be used to club someone to death and still work, survive a freezer trip, probably the oven and also a bullet.

    I however highly recommend the iPad
  24. bouncer1 macrumors 6502

    Oct 6, 2010
    You are a good grand dad. All the best. Get him the ipad for all the reasons people here posted, and do put some nice apps in there for him via which he can explore science, geography, photographs, fun childrens games, animals etc. etc..

    I am trying to put myself in his shoes, how strange it would be to have had such a thing at three. I used to live so intensely in my fantasies back then with a mere sight of girl or a cartoon on tv. The ipad sometimes blows my mind now, I can't begin to think what it would do had I been three years old.

    And when he gets to five or six he can have the air too.
  25. cathyy macrumors 6502a

    Apr 12, 2008
    Heh I used MS DOS and Windows 3.1 on a Pentium 1 processor when I was 3 years old. I'm pretty sure a 4 year old kid could figure out both OS X and iOS pretty easily.

    My main concern though is that young kids aren't really very careful with things and there's a high chance he might drop either one.

    But anyway I'd go with the iPad.

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