My 4 year old broke her iPod Touch. I bought a dynamic pick rubber case with a strap to keep it protected. She still broke it. Feel my pain. No worries, right? Because I can take it to that screen-fixing place across town, right? Syke. They wanted $75 to fix the screen. $65 with a ‘coupon’. The devil is a lie. Her iPod was a used 4th generation version that I got for 50 smackers off eBay. So, no bueno. And that led me to thinking about what would be the best alternative to the iPod Touch.
I know you’re probably thinking, “Why did you give your 4 year old an iPod Touch? Well, I didn’t. I gave my 3 year old an iPod Touch...then she turned 4. :P Look, when you’re a parent who travels by car to destinations that take more than an hour to get there, you want your small child occupied. Books, coloring books, dolls, stuffed animals, music, and heck, an iPod Touch. And our last, peaceful, 12 hour drive to Tupelo, MS was worth every red cent spent.
With that being said, is there a viable alternative to an iPod Touch? I got mine at a steal. $50 on ebay! And I refuse to do that again. Why? Well, remember I said it was 4th generation? On the 4th generation iPod Touch devices, they can only be upgraded iOS 6.1.6. Some of my daughter’s favorite apps only run on iOS 7 or higher. I didn’t think it was a big deal. Then I found out it was a big deal when she decided to play her favorite games on my iPad instead of the ‘replacement’ games I found for her on her ‘new’ iPod touch. I knew better. She’s a chip off of the ol’ block.
|Beloved iPod Touch. May it rest in pieces. :/|
I purchased the phone from Walmart for $20 and some change. It comes with Android 5.0 (Lollipop) which you can instantly upgrade to 5.1.1, has a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, is WiFi capable and has a 5 megapixel camera/VGA front-facing camera/video recorder. It has internal memory of up to 8GB, but supports a microSD memory card up to 32GB with a potential of up to 180 hours of battery life. WIN. For my own use? Tuh, not hardly. For a 4 year old’s use, is it comparable to an iPod Touch? Oh, yeah!
|No need for any of these busters. ✌|
I took it home, connected it to wi-fi and installed all of my daughter’s favorite apps. WIN. Then I disabled mobile data. I never activated the phone anyway, but I’m not for taking those types of chances. But what about her trying to make calls? 4 year olds whine about literally everything and the last thing I wanted to hear forever is “Mommy, I can’t call people!” Nope. So, I took advantage of the “Hide/Show Apps” feature and hid the phone button, the messaging button (remember, no data), the contacts button, I even hid Youtube (wouldn’t let me uninstall it...I really hate that).
I set up her phone the way I wanted it and slapped some songs on there, making it comparable to her iPod Touch, but better. It’s faster and smoother and she loves it. We call it her “LG Pod”.
We even put it in a cutesy-wutesy protective case this time. I didn’t have any screen protectors, because apparently I didn’t learn my lesson from the iPod Touch. However, I had some leftover screen protectors from my old iPhone 6 and cropped one to fit her LG Pod. Voila! Crisis averted. Then I took to eBay again to order some cheapie screen protectors for .99….with free shipping….I said I ain’t playin’.
|Her new 'LG Pod' with my makeshift screen protector. It's bigger than her old iPod also.|
Overall, my daughter is over the moon about her new LG Pod and I’m looking forward to our next long, peaceful, road trip. Judge me if you want. We have peace over here! :P
, by Geeky Coils