iPod Touch or iPhone 5 for daughter?

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by dmk1974, Mar 7, 2014.


iPod Touch or iPhone 5 for daughter?

  1. iPod Touch 5th gen 32 GB

    19 vote(s)
  2. iPhone 5 16 GB

    13 vote(s)
  1. dmk1974, Mar 7, 2014
    Last edited: Mar 19, 2014

    dmk1974 macrumors 68020


    Sep 16, 2008
    I do not yet have my daughter with a smartphone on my AT&T plan (she has a "dumb phone") and am thinking of flexibility if I decide to add her on.

    EDIT: She's 10 1/2 going on 21 :)

    Disregarding the cell plan monthly fee, if I had her use one of the two devices below for the time being (via WiFi), which is a better choice?

    A.) iPod Touch 5th gen 32 GB

    B.) iPhone 5 16 GB

    Kinda a trade-off of speed vs storage. Plus the additional potential phone capability of the iPhone of course. I can get the iPod new for $219 from Apple Refurb site and the iPhone (used for 7 months and in mint condition) for $250. Thanks!
  2. Techwriter macrumors regular

    Apr 1, 2010
    I have both and would not want to be without my iPhone 5. It's simply not a contest.

    I was using the iPod Touch 5 and a dumb phone for several years but the hassle of carrying two separate devices, along with all the apps I couldn't use when WiFi wasn't easily available, became too much of a disadvantage. I can now carry just the iPhone.

    You're right. She will definitely need to manage her storage more carefully with 16GB.

    However, the benefits of owning an iPhone largely outweigh the storage issue and minor initial cost difference if you're discounting the cell plan fees.

    Get her the iPhone if you're debating. I doubt you'll regret it.
  3. rui no onna macrumors 603

    rui no onna

    Oct 25, 2013
    Given the minor price difference, I'd definitely go for the iPhone 5.
  4. dmk1974 thread starter macrumors 68020


    Sep 16, 2008
    She's 10 1/2 going on 21 :)

    She's well versed with the tech and so on (computers, game systems, tablets, Mindstorms). Figure it won't be too long until I'm paying for a smart phone for her anyway.
  5. Shift Option K macrumors regular

    Shift Option K

    Nov 26, 2013
    iPhone can not activate without a SIM and they're expensive off plan. Besides, they're discontiuned and impossible to get unlocked, so an iPod Touch is the best choice. Later on, you can upgrade her to a 5c when she's ready for phone.
  6. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    Get her the iPod Touch. She won't need the iPhone until she's 12 or 13 and in middle school. At that point, the 5 will be three generations behind and on the way out. And even with good care, it doesn't mean that the hardware won't break. They are not future proof.
  7. mofunk macrumors 68020


    Aug 26, 2009
    Buy her the iPod and when you upgrade your iPhone give her the old one. Too many kids are on iPhones. imo its more of a distraction. Yes she has a phone already to make calls. Atleast the iPod is more reliant on wifi vs the iPhone that's not.
  8. iamvogue macrumors newbie

    Mar 15, 2014
    Personally I would actually ask you to go for the iPhone instead. It's true that the iPhone has no much big difference compared to the iPod, the only downside is that it cannot make calls and you cannot use a simcard with it. If she's old enough to take care of her stuffs, why not just get her an iPhone :) And if you get her an iPod, she gotta need to take her 'dumb phone' and iPod out together which is more of an hassle when you can get the iPhone that can do both things, you know what I mean?
  9. gpspad macrumors 6502a

    Feb 4, 2014
    Going through this with my sisters kids. Have my sister get an iphone; and her two kids ipod touches vs an expensive monthly data plan and their own phones.

    Setup with their own apple id's they can face time voice call and txt her when they have wireless w/o a monthly charge. But they do like taking pictures, so would need the minimum of a $200 32gig ipod touch 5th gen.

    It would be ~$400 for two years or so of phone use.
  10. DFZD macrumors 6502

    Apr 6, 2012
    It's funny you didn't even think about posting her age. Anyway I think if she's content with an iPod touch, that's good enough. :)
  11. davydavy macrumors member

    Sep 26, 2011
    Hi ... have you considered an iPad Mini? For the same price as the Touch I got a first-gen 16GB iPad Mini for my daughter (age 10) and she just loves it! She says it's WAY better than an iPod Touch!
  12. dmk1974 thread starter macrumors 68020


    Sep 16, 2008
    Another option that I am trying with her at the moment, since we just switched from AT&T to T-Mobile, is to have her use the cheapie $50 Alcatel android phone I got her in addition to the iPod Touch. Still two devices, and the iPod way better of course, but but may be a decent choice since her in-house usage is much greater than out-of-the-house.

    I've even looked into trying to find a cheap unlocked 3G or 3GS, but those may suck more than the $50 android and may even cost a little more. At that point, then I may get her an unlocked iPhone 5.
  13. Firearm2112 macrumors newbie

    Mar 23, 2014
    I personally think 10 years old is way to young to have any phone, but your the parent. Your call.
  14. rui no onna macrumors 603

    rui no onna

    Oct 25, 2013
    That depends on what the phone is used for. My niece has had a phone for calling mom or her grandparents to pick her up by the time she was old enough for school. It's just a basic phone on prepaid service, though.
  15. Robster3 macrumors 68000

    Dec 13, 2012
    I have one of those:) Her brother didn't get a iPhone 5, my old one till he was 15. She has a iPod touch and mini for FaceTime iMessage which works well with her friends. She uses her mothers phone if she needs to ring we only have mobiles. Sure she would have a iPhone but we don't let her go anywhere without us or a parent with a phone, so no need yet.
    If i was getting her one now it would be a 5c.

    These threads pop up every few weeks you are going to cop the too young for a phone goofs, every family is different.
    Our kids school has a no phone policy they are supposed to hand them in at the office which no one does. Both my kids are at the same high school get the same bus and my son takes his phone so we don't see it necessary for our 11 year old daughter to have one.
  16. $M.H$ macrumors member

    Mar 20, 2014
    iPhone 5 [16GB] is better :)
    She is 21 ,, she needs a PHONE
  17. gpspad macrumors 6502a

    Feb 4, 2014
    The kicker will be your data plan.....

    When I ended up going with boost mobile, I needed a spread sheet to see what the monthly plan really added to the initial cost of the phone. I was deciding between a reasonable Verizon phone and a really expensive Boost phone. The $100+ monthly Verizon fee made the boost phone seem cheap over two years. Virgin Mobile may be better for a 21 year old if adding her to your plan really jacks up your costs.

    Don't forget to consider the monthly fee in all this, but a 21 year old needs a phone. With luck she will be within free wireless a lot.
  18. dmk1974 thread starter macrumors 68020


    Sep 16, 2008
    Sorry if misunderstood, but she's only 10 1/2. She acts like she's going on 21.

    We recently switched to T-Mobile so I currently have an extra "dumb" phone for her. It's only $10/mo (plus taxes) and includes 1 GB/mo data regardless of if it's a dumb phone or a smart phone.
  19. theapplefanboyj macrumors 6502a

    Mar 1, 2014
    Why don't you get a cheap android phone to use for texting and the iPod Touch (upgrade her to the newest each year!). You can use the android phone as a hotspot for the iPod as well :)
  20. dmk1974 thread starter macrumors 68020


    Sep 16, 2008
    Funny you say that, it's actually the exact route my son chose instead. Got him a cheapie $50 Alcatel Android phone from Target to go along side his iPod Touch.
  21. theapplefanboyj macrumors 6502a

    Mar 1, 2014
    I've been using the same set up till I got an iPhone :) OP in my opinion you should go this route if you don't want her to have an iPhone (hopefully you do :) )
  22. dmk1974 thread starter macrumors 68020


    Sep 16, 2008
    Since price-wise, the combo of the $50 android + iPod Touch is about the same as the used iPhone 5, I'd just assume she use an iPhone. Even if I were to cancel the phone line at some point, the iPhone 5 is faster and more valuable.
  23. gpspad macrumors 6502a

    Feb 4, 2014
    The iOS devices clearly have the advantage of clean I-messaging and face time to wireless only devices.

    Is there any third party apps out there that allow free communications across android, iOS, and PC via txt and voice calls?
  24. Pheebers macrumors newbie

    Oct 7, 2013
    I'm wondering what you decided, and/or if you asked your daughter her opinion? I have twin daughters (age 16 now) and they had very different wants, even years ago. A lot had to do with their activities, what their peers had, etc, etc.

    To people who think the poster's daughter is too young -- different circumstances call for different things. In many areas of the country (I've heard the coasts, mostly) most middle schoolers have iPhones. In more rural areas it's less common.


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