Before we start, I'm not getting them iPads. No way. Not even if they could afford them. Way too expensive (remember, we're talking about 10-year-olds). So Android it is. What are the must-have features, which ones can you do without, etc. My budget is $200 (or as close as I can get to $200).
Some specific questions:
I'm thinking not less than 8GB, but how important is base memory when you can always get a 32 GB micro-SD card for far less than it would be to go from an 8GB pad to a 16 GB one? What is the main difference between on-board flash and removable cards?
How important is the rear-facing camera? I'm thinking there would be some games they could not do without it. Most in this price range don't have one (only have a front-facing one for Skype), but a few do.
I really think bluetooth is important, but is it really? Other than getting wireless headphones, what else would be missing if there was no bluetooth?
How important is the resolution of the front-facing camera. There is an Acer for $180 (PM to $175 at BB) that has 16 GB, bluetooth, *and front-and-rear cameras, but the front one is only 0.3 MP. Other than skype, what would you do with the front facing camera? This tab has a 5MP rear camera which is very rare in this price range.
By the way, this is the one I'm leaning toward: [url-http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/985095-REG/acer_nt_l1caa_001_16gb_iconia_a1_8.html]Acer Iconia A1[/url]
It's a multi-touch 8" screen with 1024x768 resolution, 1GB RAM and 16GB flash, bluetooth & wifi, front 0.3MP and rear 5MP camera (captures 1080p 30 fps video). I read one review where the guy said the 1024x768 screen wasn't as crisp as he'd like and colors were washed out. Honestly, I don't understand people any more. At that price range was he expecting a Pioneer Elite Plasma experience?
It's $180 at B&H, and $230 at BB. There is a slight difference in the description -- the BB one says Android 4.2, while at B&H it says 4.1. Pretty sure for the girls this wouldn't matter at all; would prefer 4.2, obviously, but more concerned BB won't price match.
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