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Kristen Young

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“To iPad or Not” was the question tossed about for a while in our household until my husband gave me one for my birthday. Since the arrival of our new baby in July, I haven’t had much time to tinker with it, but I have a few initial impressions I’d like to share.

First, one of the reasons I hesitated to buy an iPad (besides the prohibitive price) was that it seemed like a redundant device. Considering I already have a laptop, and a iPhone, I just didn’t see where the iPad fit into my life.

Sure, the iPad can hold and organize a ton of applications, and it’s great for reading and publications/ebooks. I’ve really enjoyed using it to surf the net to shop for new sconces for our house, yelp for last second food delivery/menu hunting, and my husband uses it weekly for his fantasy football team management and score watching.

It has a phenomenal battery life and can keep kids and adults occupied for hours. If I traveled a lot, or had the time to sip a latte and read at the coffee shop, I could see the iPad holding a solid position in my life; unfortunately that’s not my reality right now.

As a busy mother of two very young kids (ages 24 months, and 3 months) my life has become complex, complicated, and I can be a scattered mess at times. My iPhone offers a sense of solace and simplicity by bundling my telephone, camera, GPS, internet/email, and applications into a portable device that can easily fit into my pocket or purse.

I don’t regret owning both an iPhone and iPad. I know I’m fortunate to experience both; and perhaps, as my needs – and those of my family – change, the role of each will be more distinctly defined. Today I know this….my life would go on if I didn’t have an iPad, but I can’t say the same about my iPhone. I just don’t know if I could live without it.

Faces iMake Review

Faces iMake Review

collage art app, make faces from objects, can save to photo gallery, app helps one express and culture creative side

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One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish Review

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish Review

Dr. Seuss book, rhyming, beautifully scaled to iPhone, can pan around the page, tap on images to see identifying words

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Animal Hide & Seek Adventure HD Review

Animal Hide & Seek Adventure HD Review

Hide and seek game, a lot of variety and game play, intriguing and enjoyable music, graphics are vivid, illustrations colorful

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Madera & Figaro Save The Day HD Review

Madera & Figaro Save The Day HD Review

educational game and storybook, interactive features, learning opportunities, offered for both iPad and iPhone.

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Toddler Teasers Bugs

Toddler Teasers Bugs

insect identification game for toddlers, colorful, clear narration, great for kids learning to speak and read

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Face Time with Mage Nuttimugs –   Your child is the hero of this story!

Face Time with Mage Nuttimugs – Your child is the hero of this story!

fresh story, rhyming, animated features, offbeat sounds and music, can personalize with a photo of yourself, photo is warped.

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Fish School

Fish School

fish school to perform lessons, teaches letters, shapes, numbers, games, beautiful fish, nice music, lots of learning opportunities

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At The Zoo!

At The Zoo!

animal identification, three modes, flashcards and game, 75 animals, names and some sounds, beautiful photographs, smartly designed

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Where’s Gumbo?

Where’s Gumbo?

seek-and-find game, offers chance for discovery, peekaboo game, teaches object and animal identification, fun and educational, clean and colorful, adorable voices of child narrators

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Toddler Teasers Transportation

Toddler Teasers Transportation

transportation identification game for toddlers, colorful, clear narration, great for kids learning to speak and read

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FrogHop

FrogHop

help the frog hop from colored ball to colored ball, mostly fun but keeps mind nimble; requires dexterity, color matching, keen observation, good for kids 5+, some have trouble with it crashing, good app to fill time when waiting

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Count TV

Count TV

counting app with practice from 1-10, uses archival video clips, passive learning experience, not many interactive features

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Duck in the Truck

Duck in the Truck

story adapted from a book, has a rhythm and rhyme, movement adds interest, interactive features when touched, great for kids just learning to read

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TeachMe: Toddler

TeachMe: Toddler

Toddler app with six learning topics, fun for kids, offers reward system, teachers can track scores to tailor lessons, downside is it has poor production value, great educational tool, good value

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Buubuu Zoo Jumble

Buubuu Zoo Jumble

puzzle and flashcard game, offers 9 characters, 8 languages, option to record own voice or sound, nice artwork, sound recording easy, somewhat difficult to navigate, not many animals offered.

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Scrabble

Scrabble

based on crossword board game, offers three modes of play (one using social networking), polished, good music, involved interface, like the “teacher feature”, others have complained of bugs, pricey

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3D Storybook – The Wrong Side of the Bed in 3D! for iPhone

3D Storybook – The Wrong Side of the Bed in 3D! for iPhone

endearing and charming story, offered in 2D or 3D, illustrations, narration, and soundtrack are outstanding

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Math Ref

Math Ref

Math and science app, provides formulas and definitions, can be used to formulate study sheets, good for middle school to college

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The Lorax

The Lorax

Dr. Seuss book, message about conservation of our environment, beautifully scaled to iPhone, can pan around the page, tap on images to see identifying words, opportunity to teach kids

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Frogs and Fireflies

Frogs and Fireflies

teaches color theory and color mixing, nicely-illustrated and formatted, great sound effects, would be nice if it included a lesson on the color wheel.

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Labor Mate

Labor Mate

childbirth app, time contractions, sets, duration, simple but serves important purpose, not many features. Use instead of stopwatch feature on iPhone.

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Cross Fingers

Cross Fingers

puzzle game with 120 puzzles plus bonus puzzles, enthralling challenging, great escape, interface has tactile quality, must place pieces in correct order, exercise creative problem solving, strategic thinking

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Star Walk – 5 stars astronomy guide

Star Walk – 5 stars astronomy guide

pocket planetarium lesson, best feature is star spotter and uses digital compass to locate constellations above, can link to Wikipedia, great lesson for kids

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My ABC Train

My ABC Train

animated train with each car representing a different letter of the alphabet, interactive when touched, great sound and music, can customize with images and sound files

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ToDo

ToDo

organizational app for projects, checklists, and tasks; synchs with computers; easy to use, favorite features include task reminder alert and grocery list option

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Numbl – Number jumble fun

math addition game, sum numbers, great production, graphics and sound; interface is responsive, iniviting. Best for for primary school-aged kids+.

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Grades ~ roadmap to an A

Grades ~ roadmap to an A

track test scores to determine what’s needed to make the grade, multiple courses, organizational software, user-friendly and simple, good for secondary and college education.

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The Tale of Peter Rabbit

The Tale of Peter Rabbit

Based on Potter’s classic tale; vintage illustrations, translates well to iPhone, solid reading experience, black and white illustrations transition to color, includes seek and find puzzles

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Family Care

Family Care

Preventative health care application, track pertinent health information and use as reference tool; also can use to plan Flex Spending Account finances; easy-to-use, information, comprehensive, use password protection, especially good for Sandwich Generation.

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