All Posts By Kristen Young
“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.
collage art app, make faces from objects, can save to photo gallery, app helps one express and culture creative sideRead The Full Review »
Dr. Seuss book, rhyming, beautifully scaled to iPhone, can pan around the page, tap on images to see identifying wordsRead The Full Review »
Hide and seek game, a lot of variety and game play, intriguing and enjoyable music, graphics are vivid, illustrations colorfulRead The Full Review »
educational game and storybook, interactive features, learning opportunities, offered for both iPad and iPhone.Read The Full Review »
insect identification game for toddlers, colorful, clear narration, great for kids learning to speak and readRead The Full Review »
fresh story, rhyming, animated features, offbeat sounds and music, can personalize with a photo of yourself, photo is warped.Read The Full Review »
fish school to perform lessons, teaches letters, shapes, numbers, games, beautiful fish, nice music, lots of learning opportunities
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animal identification, three modes, flashcards and game, 75 animals, names and some sounds, beautiful photographs, smartly designedRead The Full Review »
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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transportation identification game for toddlers, colorful, clear narration, great for kids learning to speak and readRead The Full Review »
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 waitingRead The Full Review »
counting app with practice from 1-10, uses archival video clips, passive learning experience, not many interactive features
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story adapted from a book, has a rhythm and rhyme, movement adds interest, interactive features when touched, great for kids just learning to readRead The Full Review »
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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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.Read The Full Review »
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, priceyRead The Full Review »
endearing and charming story, offered in 2D or 3D, illustrations, narration, and soundtrack are outstandingRead The Full Review »
Math and science app, provides formulas and definitions, can be used to formulate study sheets, good for middle school to collegeRead The Full Review »
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 kidsRead The Full Review »
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.Read The Full Review »
childbirth app, time contractions, sets, duration, simple but serves important purpose, not many features. Use instead of stopwatch feature on iPhone.Read The Full Review »
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 thinkingRead The Full Review »
pocket planetarium lesson, best feature is star spotter and uses digital compass to locate constellations above, can link to Wikipedia, great lesson for kidsRead The Full Review »
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 filesRead The Full Review »
organizational app for projects, checklists, and tasks; synchs with computers; easy to use, favorite features include task reminder alert and grocery list optionRead The Full Review »
math addition game, sum numbers, great production, graphics and sound; interface is responsive, iniviting. Best for for primary school-aged kids+.Read The Full Review »
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.Read The Full Review »
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 puzzlesRead The Full Review »
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.Read The Full Review »