Adult vs Kid Electronics

06 October 2014

October is here!

It's that time of the year where I start waxing philosophically about how time flies, my girls have grown and yes, what to buy them for their upcoming November birthdays. 

Do you remember last year's birthday list? (The post is right here). I ended up buying the girls cameras and tablets after all and this year, I've had a revelation. 

I'll pause this blog post to say "Johanna, you were right!"

When I first wrote the post, she gently commented that I should consider buying the girls "real" cameras instead of the V-Tech cameras as the cost different wasn't much and the benefits were plentiful. I looked into it and because the the cheapest cameras I could find on Amazon cost almost $80 and the VTech Kidizoom cameras cost around $40 (in Canada), I decided to go ahead and buy the V-Techs. 

Cue one year later. The girls only get to use their camera's when we travel but still, I've spent over $40 on AA batteries. Compare that with my digital point-and-shoot camera that comes with a rechargeable, long-life lithium battery and hasn't cost me an additional dime since the day I bought it 4 years ago.

It's safe to say I saved some cents and spent dollars on this one.

Same story goes for the Innotab tablets made specifically for kids. They eat AA batteries for breakfast!

So if you ask me today about buying electronics for your kids, I would say check the battery/power requirements, do the maths and it just might make more "cents" to buy the lowest tier adult version of the electronics. 

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