First of all, please only comment if you are on board with hand held games for kids. This is not a debate about whether kids should be allowed to play video games at all, ie., I’ve already decided to get my son one of these devices and have spent enough years wishing I were a Waldorf mom while allowing my kids to watch Sponge Bob and even thinking that the show is actually funny. We can have that conversation at some other point. Here’s the question: My son is desperate for the optimal gaming device for FIFA 13 and other such games. Many of his friends have the PS handheld. My husband has been arguing in favor of the iPad Mini. First off, prices are comparable and would essentially be the one and only present under the tree, with the exception of a few little stocking stuffers. You can hear my guilt, but let’s just say, I’ve made my deal with the digital device devil and the question is, which is the lesser of evils.
Pros and cons for each: The PS is explicitly engineered for games. The more complicated the game, the better it is. Ipad Mini has greater computing power, which means it’s more versatile. Both have wifi internet, email and gaming, Mini does the internet and email better, PS does gaming better. On its face, iPad is a better all-around device and therefore better value.
My bigger debate is less clear cut and this is where I need the Greek chorus. My feeling is that all Apple products have an air of adult luxury to them and my refrain is: If I as a 40-something-year-old would be excited to get a Mini, is it okay to give one to my kid? It raises the question of if you give them something like that now, what do they have to look forward to. I’ve already resigned to spending the almost $300 either way. Is this a ridiculous line to draw? Again, please refrain from judging if you aren’t someone who is in favor of the game device at all.
Some chatter in the blogosphere: