I do hate how much Apple products have consumed the world, they're way too much for what you get
Some of the responses in this thread baffle me. The iPad is what's hot, the iPad is what kids want, and the iPad is what a child would be happiest opening up. I feel like people are overlooking the fact that there are a huge number of apps aimed a all different age groups so the question of content is moot. Why are people disregarding iPad Mini which is comparable in price to every console on the market? Why are we assuming this iPad will not be a shared device? What makes people think an iPad will only hold the kids attention for a few moments while a game console will manage to entertain the kid for a longer period of time? Fuck guys, I agree that a console is a better present but there are better reasons. Gaming with the entire family vs (at best) two or three people on the couch looking over the shoulder of the person with the iPad, a library of games revolving around an investment vs a relatively high number of games that throw out instant gratifications. Those are the types of things that put a console above an iPad for me but that doesn't matter, the question was what would make a kid happier and the answer is undoubtedly iPad.
The iPad is a fucking wonderland for children. My (2 years old this week) nephew constantly asks for the one my father owns and he can sit and fiddle with it for an hour or more before getting bored, which is an INSANE amount of time considering the longest he'll sit still is either when he's asleep or about 20 minutes to watch an episode of whatever toddler show.
My sister got him a ton of little kid apps, of which there are thousands, and he flips back and forth between them, singing songs or playing little matching games. A lot of them are vile, but most are also licensed so he enjoys seeing his favourite characters. And really, what do you see hyped to the fucking heavens more than Apple products these days? Kids want in on the biggest fads and the next big thing, regardless of quality or any legitimate desire to use the device in question.
However, I'd never for the life of me buy a kid an iPhone or an iPad. It's incredibly fucked up. The thought of kids owning devices like that PERIOD is already insane to me, but 7 year olds walking around with $700 electronic devices is mind-blowing. I can't even begin to imagine how kids can learn anything in school anymore. I had a hard enough time concentrating when I wanted to get outside at recess and play the original Pokemon on my Gameboy, let alone having the god damn Internet in the palm of my hand. I'm assuming the amount of children diagnosed with ADD or ADHD has increased significantly in the last decade.
I'm 23 and I have no use for an iPad. I simply cannot see what a child would do with one.
You can spend, what? Like £30 on a 4 year old for christmas and they'll have a wonderful time with the bubble wrap and box that whatever you got them came in.
They can use it to tweet their friends.
An iPad if you want them to smash the screen within the first few days. Because that's what's going to happen.
I think what it comes down to for me is that for the cost a iPad you could get them a console and some cool games. Sure there is a lot cool stuff to do on a iPad outside of cheap gaming but every kid I see who messes with it only does that though. They are a kid, so they are going to use it to do kid stuff like play games almost exclusively. So just get them a console and make sure one of games is a Lego game. Kid will love Santa for it.
I bought my first game console when I was 18. My first technology was an Amiga 500 I learned to program on when I was eight. I don't know any kids to whom I would consider giving either a console or iPad.
Kids should be kids. The one time in your life you can be entertained by anything shouldn't be ruined by being taught to be entertained by expensive toys alone.
You should probably define child better. Though i'm going to assume child means something under 10, otherwise they'd be a teenager.
They'd probably be more excited for an iPad, but then the stuff they'd do with it....is play games. Shitty games mostly. So yeah, they think they want an iPad, but what they really want is a Wii U.
Young kids crazy love iPads. There is immediate satisfaction to all the buttons and apps and such. They like everything from the clock app to storybook apps to paint apps.
Consoles are of course tons of fun too, but think of how much bs there often is to consoles, so kids would get frustrated: you have to do sign ins and such, play game tutorials, kids would get stuck on game parts, and such. With iPads they can just keep finding more and more things to poke at, and there are no content "bottlenecks."
And obviously the iPad can be used in a car during trips.