Due to prior engagements on Friday, I’m posting my weekly Fab5 a day early.
I had the opportunity to test the Samsung Galaxy Tab, a Verizon tablet, during the past month. I was really excited because I love trying new tech toys and really haven’t had the opportunity to play with any brand of tablets.
I didn’t think I’d have much use for it besides using it for recipe websites (handy while cooking) and quickly realized I just don’t need another toy in addition to my smartphone and computer. I don’t like typing on it (and the keyboard addition just makes it as large as my MacBook), and as much as I love apps, I am fine with just having them on my phone.
But there was another reason I was eager to test the tab…My hubby is into gaming, so I was excited for him to play with it to see if it would be a good future present for him, since he’s the hardest person ever to buy for. Turns out he wasn’t impressed with the games offered in the Android Marketplace and ended up buying an Xbox for himself instead as an early Christmas present.
All in all, I thought my dreams of being a cool techie with a tablet were in vain.
Then one night the little one was in a bad mood. What calmed her down? The Samsung Galaxy Tab.
Cuddled on my lap, we watched Sesame Street YouTube videos, listened to interactive books and played with that
stupid silly Talking Santa app. I didn’t feel one ounce of guilt because we were interacting together. Her constant giggles and pointing at the screen were a good indication she was loving every moment.
Now I know why tablets were created: Not for techies, but for toddlers. Specifically, to keep them entertained so parents don’t lose their sanity and can get some peace and quiet.
Baby having a ball with the Talking Santa app
With all that said, here are 5 fab reasons why we will be investing in a tablet in the near future:
1. Long car rides. We don’t live near our families. This makes for long car rides at least once every few weeks. Why buy just a portable DVD player, when you can have a boatload of more entertainment within a tablet? (P.S. The image quality on the Galaxy is incredible!)
2. Doctor appointments. Sitting at the doctor’s office with a toddler has to be up there with my least favorite activities. I’ve never had an appointment that wasn’t shorter than an hour – even when I only actually see the doctor for 5 minutes. It’s pure torture to my little one who wants to talk (in the eerily quiet office), play and crawl on the dirty floor. A tablet would help keep her entertained.
3. Going out to eat. I’ve been lucky with Little K. She’s a relatively calm child, but when she’s having a day, she lets everyone know. Going to restaurants with her is getting to be another activity I don’t enjoy. In the future, if I need to dish with a friend or have a business-related lunch, it’s not going to hurt to allow her to play an educational game or two while we chat, right? (Important note: the Galaxy easily fits into a purse!)
4. It’s the toy a child can never outgrow. Unlike those portable game consoles built for toddlers, pint-size cartoons on car rides can easily turn into a tween’s favorite Disney channel show thanks to Hulu and YouTube. A tablet will be a solid investment for many years. (As long as you can update the technology as needed.)
5. Embracing learning, exploring and technology. I am not an advocate of sitting your child in front of a tablet for hours, but, if this is the thing that gets my kids excited to learn, it’s fine by me. With hundreds of educational games, a tablet is sure to teach your child something useful. And let’s face it, no matter how sad it makes me, it’s a heck of a lot more fun than an old-fashioned pen and paper.
Curled up with daddy for an interactive storybook
Is purchasing a tablet for your toddler essential? Absolutely not. But, then again, I’m not going to put a price tag on my sanity either. My only question when the time comes will be: Where can I find a childproof case and screen protector to guard against sticky little fingers?
I was not compensated for mentioning the Samsung Galaxy Tablet. I was offered the chance to play with it for free, but the thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.
The 16 GB and 32 GB Samsung Galaxy Tabs cost $529.99 with a 2-year agreement through Verizon. Learn more about the cool features/specs of the Samsung Galaxy Tab here.
Do you own a tablet? If so, do you let your child(ren) play with it?