IPad Mini on your list? MUST read

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Of course, the new iPad Mini is going to be a “hot” item this season.   It’s a little smaller and a little cheaper than the full size iPad.  Still, it has all the important features – camera and video – and according to the Apple website . . . apps made for iPad also work with iPad mini.

The iPad Mini should be a nice option for those who thought the iPad was too pricey last year.  The online “buzz” suggests the iPad Mini is the favorite iPad yet.

When I stopped at my local Apple Store today, the iPad Mini was “temporarily out of stock.”  That reminds me of my “cell phone adventure” that I wrote about recently.  When my phone was “lost” in an “ugly place” I had a hard time replacing it.  Apple didn’t have any.  They were out of stock.  It took a couple of weeks to get one, and I ended up having to buy one with more gigs of memory than I needed (that means it cost more) just to finally get a phone.

Apple currently has so many new and updated products all at once that there is some question if they will be able to ramp up production enough to meet the holiday demand.  My phone problem and the out of stock iPad Mini suggest this may be a problem this holiday season.

That said . . . . it’s probably wise to SHOP EARLY if you are going to shop Apple.

If you are shopping Apple, don’t forget accessories.  I love the IGuy protective caseKay’s Case Kidbox Mini is another child friendly option.  A stylus can be really helpful for students who have difficulty with precise movements on the screen.


The iPad
Of course, the “traditional” iPad is still a very desirable option.  The slightly larger display will always appeal to people.  By now, there have been some “new generations” of the iPad which means it has been updated.  The good news is that the older versions are still available – at a lower price.

Another shopping option for the iPad is to consider used or refurbished ones. (If you click on the link & go to an Amazon page, look on the right side of the page at more buying options or scroll down a bit and you’ll see some different options.)

One more IMPORTANT thought
Last year I wrote about the LeapFrog LeapPad.  (Did I tell you that I had to go stand in line at 3:00 AM at a local toy store to get one because there was such a limited supply???  It’s a grandmother thing!)

This was a PERFECT purchase for the younger grandchildren.  This year there’s an updated version.  The LeapFrog LeapPad 2 Explorer is the #1 electronic gadget for children and it’s really worth considering.

Be sure to think about the individual child you are considering a purchase for.  If the child needs a finger type touch screen or use a stylus, camera and video features, plus Apps that address more than 2500 skills in subjects like reading, art, music, science, geography, and math, then the LeapFrog LeapPad 2 Explorer is definitely worth considering.

The two greatest features on the LeapFrog LeapPad 2 Explorer are the price (right now they are $99) and it’s durability.  The manufacturer says the age range is 36 months-9 years.

The iPad Mini can access specific Apps that are not available on the LeapFrog LeapPad 2 Explorer, but that’s why it’s so important to evaluate exactly what the individual child needs.   If you are looking for those traditional preschool and early learning fun art, music, game and academic activities, you can do it all on LeapFrog LeapPad 2 Explorer.

So here’s the bottom line
Electronics are the exciting gift option for all ages this year.  Shopping early may be your most important decision.

P.S.  Only 5 weeks ‘til Christmas.  It will fly by!  My personal experience in the past is that when supply is down, prices go up.

P.P.S.  Please tell me about your experience & opinions about the electronics frenzy!