I believe technology can be a powerful learning tool for children as young as toddlers, as long as it is used in moderation. Although I think the majority of our learning should be done in the “real world” where we can see, taste, touch, and smell things around us, technology definitely has its place in our parenting and teaching toolboxes.
I was so excited for this opportunity, mostly because I know that a tablet would make for a very fun giveaway! But to be quite honest, I wasn’t expecting to really like the Google™ Nexus 7 all that much. I’m an Apple girl, after all. I am typing this post on my MacBook Pro, we have an iPad that everyone in the family uses, my husband got me an iPhone for Mother’s Day a few years ago, and we watch Netflix on our Apple TV.
But whatddyaknow…good ol’ Google just happened to surprise me because I REALLY like this tablet!
Here are some things that we love about the Google™ Nexus 7. This review isn’t really intended to be a comparison to the iPad, but I couldn’t help but mentioning a few things since that is what we already had:
-Price: The Google™ Nexus 7 (32 GB) is super affordable for just $269 at Staples. The comparable model of the iPad mini is $429. That’s a $160 difference!
-Clearer screen: The screen is extremely clear and brilliantly bright (but not too bright to where it hurts your eyes). I think the screen is actually better than the iPad.
-Super fast: This tablet is really fast! It is 32GB, after all, so it also has much more storage capability than our iPad.
-No fixed home button: My husband thinks this is great…I think it takes some getting used to. But basically this means you can turn it around any which way since the home button is actually on the screen itself.
-Back button: A feature not on the iPad unless you are in an app that has it.
-Camera: I love having a camera on our devices…it means that we can preserve memories no matter where we are.
Overall, we really love this tablet. And the boys have already figured out how to navigate it just as well as we have! The only issue I’m having is accessing the restrictions to disable the internet and in-app purchasing when they are using it.
Some of our favorite free apps are:
Want a Google™ Nexus 7 Tablet for yourself (valued at $269)? To enter, just leave your e-mail address in the Rafflecopter window below (not in the comments, please). If you can’t see the window, go here. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only (apologies to my international readers). The giveaway will end at 11:59 pm on Sunday, October 6th (EST). A winner will be randomly selected shortly after and notified by e-mail. By entering, you are agreeing to these official rules.
* I was given this product at no cost in exchange for a review. All opinions are 100% mine.