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Help with young kids handheld gaming device for Christmas?

flguy147flguy147 Member UncommonPosts: 504
edited December 2017 in Console Gaming
Hey everybody, my daughter is 3.5 and she just started like playing extremely simple games on my phone.  i was wondering if anybody knows of a handheld gaming device that would be great for this age?  maybe like 3.5-5 so it will atleast last that long.   Something she can play while riding in the car and stuff like that.  If there is anything that does that plus plays movies that would be cool too but mainly just looking for something with games on it.  Thanks


  • jgDuffayjgDuffay Member UncommonPosts: 237
    an i-pad =)
  • frostymugfrostymug Member RarePosts: 643
    iPad is probably the best answer. Or Kindle Fire if you want to go cheaper. 
  • PhaserlightPhaserlight Member EpicPosts: 3,009
    Nintendo Switch?

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  • btdtbtdt Member RarePosts: 523
    iPod Touch... same form factor as your iPhone which she's already used to.
  • flguy147flguy147 Member UncommonPosts: 504
    frostymug said:
    iPad is probably the best answer. Or Kindle Fire if you want to go cheaper. 
    Thanks, i just looked at the Amazon Fire kids edition :https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01J94SBEY/ref=fs_ods_tab_dket  .   This is probably what i am looking for. 
  • flguy147flguy147 Member UncommonPosts: 504
    Nintendo Switch?
    Actually thought about that.  If she was 5 i would probably go with that.  But dont think she is ready for those times of games.  Needs to be more simple for the next year or 2 i think.   Thanks
  • TorvalTorval Member LegendaryPosts: 20,295
    The Kindle Fire kids editions are excellent. They're the same hardware as the "adult" tablets, but come with a great foamy protector and Alexa disabled by default. When we got them it came with a year of kids content for free (like Prime for kids).

    If you have Prime it's even better because you can access all of your Amazon content from it. There are tons of cheap or free mobile games, books, and shows. Unlike the pure gaming options there is a lot more educational and personal growth stuff on that platform.

    Another option is a Nintendo 2DS, but it's more fragile  and expensive in the long run. Switch is expensive as hell and the most fragile option of them all, but powerful.

    A cheaper, game only, option might be one of the retro handhelds like the Atari or Sega systems. They're about $40 at Walmart. They also just have old games on them so maybe not the best fit.

    Overall I'd recommend the Fire. It comes with a good warranty and if it breaks outside of that it's the cheapest to replace.
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  • Slapshot1188Slapshot1188 Member LegendaryPosts: 12,390
    flguy147 said:
    frostymug said:
    iPad is probably the best answer. Or Kindle Fire if you want to go cheaper. 
    Thanks, i just looked at the Amazon Fire kids edition :https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01J94SBEY/ref=fs_ods_tab_dket  .   This is probably what i am looking for. 
    Yes.  And I think the Kids edition lets you send them in if the kid breaks them and get another one back.   Work your way up to the iPad

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  • NeblessNebless Member RarePosts: 1,487
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  • ThevigilanteThevigilante Member CommonPosts: 6
    Lmao @ old school Gameboy. If he was going to go vintage handheld, then I would of recommended the Sega game gear. That had a color screen, and the device was much wider making it easier to hold. 
  • Luetta13thLuetta13th Member CommonPosts: 7
    An iPad probably is the best bet for a child of that age, as something like the Nintendo switch will be better for her when she reaches about 5 or 6. My niece would always play on my sisters iPad, and she loved it because it's hands on. Alot of drawing and stuff, especially with the screen being right there in their face, it's almost like a live coloring book.
  • Ps4proboyPs4proboy Member CommonPosts: 6
    The iPad isn't a bad choice, or any type of tablet really as there all type of kids games available for them. But you might want to look into getting a Nintendo switch, as a majority of the games are centered around stuff for kids and it can be used as a handheld and a console.
  • PlayKing1920PlayKing1920 Member CommonPosts: 6
    Any console by Nintendo will suffice for a child. All they're consoles and games revolve around children's games, so I think that would be your best bet.
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