We were toying with the idea of getting Son a tablet or netbook for xmas. However, we do not want to spend crazy money on one (or we'd just buy him a laptop). We just can't afford it right now (a laptop) and he's only 11 so he doesn't need anything super fancy.
We found a few no-name brands that are less than $100 and one in that price range is a 10in screen. It's got terrible reviews, but most of them are complaining that it's nothing like an ipad. We know going into it that it's not going to be the greatest and we don't care that it's not an ipad for an 11yo.
We thought he'd like to have one for games, movies, and maybe typing some stuff for school (we'd get him a keyboard attachment we found on amazon), even though he's got full access to the computers at school as well as my laptop if he needs it.
Today, Walmart has a Blackberry tablet for $150, $100 off normal price. And it's a 7in. The reviews of this tablet are waaaaaaay better than the other one we've been thinking about.
So WWYD? Buy the bigger screen no-namer because it's so cheap ($80) and considering it's for an 11yo? Or spend almost double to get a name-brand tablet (that's smaller) because it's probably going to work better?
I see it from both sides. I'm worried that if we go with the cheaper one, it'll be so slow he'll get frustrated and never use it. But would you spend $150 for a tablet for an 11yo? We can afford the $150 for his Santa gift, but that doesn't mean we have to spend it, you know?
I guess I'm looking for advice because I know nothing about tablets and apps and speed and what's good for all of it.