If you ask my tween sons about their preferences in tech gadgets, you will find that the Nintendo 2DS and 3DS systems win hands down. They have invested in significant games, and giving up their systems wouldn’t fly. However, they do like the new Kindle Fire HD 6 as well. The type of content is significantly different, making it important to understand a bit of your youngster’s tween tech interests before you splurge on a top of the line gadget.
The transition from tween to teen is kind of blurry, and both of the older tween boys are beginning to be more interested in music and reading on their devices, searching for fan fiction and downloading songs to their SD cards. This may be one of the biggest signals that a tablet or iPod touch is a good investment for a tween boy. My tween daughter, on the other hand, loves both the tablet and her DSI greatly. She is equally happy with either, and the Kindle Fire HD 6 has become a favorite with her and the youngest tween son.
If you are deciding on one or the other of these devices for a tween during the holiday season, consider some of the following:
- What is your budget? The Kindle Fire HD 6 is now more reasonable in price than the latest Nintendo Consoles, unless you get a great Black Friday deal. Be on the watch during the lead-up to the holidays as Amazon tends to offer some fantastic discounts and financing options on Kindle Fire items as well.
- How much do you want to invest in content? A single DS or 3DS game can range from $10 to $50 depending on popularity. The Kindle Tablet offers the ability to load numerous free apps, and if you have Prime, there’s even more chance that your young person will find plenty of affordable content.
- Is your tween already immersed in one platform or the other?
- What devices are your tween’s friends using? Sharing and trading games is popular among those who are working with similar consoles, another way to get more from a device without spending a bundle.
- Gifting ideas – it is much easier for an aunt or uncle to track down a useful gift card for tablet content than to find a game that will strike a cord with a picky tween.