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Lost and Found

  • Posted on January 5, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Once upon a time, the boys had one Kindle. Then, they got two. Then, one broke and so we bought a Nabi, instead. Then, I got the one fixed on warranty, so I had a Kindle, too. Then, Ben lost the Nabi (we always assumed it was deliberate, because the Kindle was preferred because it has fewer restrictions). Whether it was deliberate or not, it was definitely too irresponsible for a $300 “toy,” so Mark put the Kindle up and the boys couldn’t have it back until the Nabi was found.

Months passed. Maybe a year. Maybe more.

Then, Ben’s room got a very thorough cleaning and the Nabi was found tucked under his carpet. Don’t ask how, because we don’t know.

Mark washed both devices, charged their batteries, and gave them to the boys. Now, they are happily using their devices, unless one is still charged when the other runs out of juice, and then they are “happily” fighting over the device that still works.

So a new year begins!

Nabi Recap

  • Posted on October 9, 2013 at 10:00 AM

So, I posted about our switch from the Kindle Fire to the Nabi. It seems my enthusiasm was a bit premature. Both boys will use the Nabi. However, both boys prefer the Kindle because it provides unrestricted access to preferred content they’ve grown accustomed to—YouTube, for example.

None of us have figured out how to change the settings. But, aside from the boys, we haven’t tried very hard. I haven’t yet subscribed to the Nabi features either. I’ll keep you updated on whether or not the Nabi proves to be the better choice.

Nabi vs. Kindle

  • Posted on September 25, 2013 at 10:00 AM

So, Ben’s Kindle Fire refused to charge. I’d lost the information about the warranty we had and misjudged the time left on our warranties. I also had my student loan check. Flush with cash and in a minor crisis, I ran out to Target and bought a Nabi. I’d been looking, so I knew it was a Nabi I wanted and not another Kindle Fire.

So, why a Nabi:

  • I got the Nabi for the same price as a Kindle Fire.
  • The Nabi comes with a wrap that protects it when dropped. (The Kindle Fire doesn’t.)
  • The Nabi comes with kid-friendly programming already loaded on, including Veggie Tales. (The Kindle Fire doesn’t.)
  • The Nabi was built with children in mind, including children with autism. (The Kindle Fire wasn’t.)
  • The Nabi was programmed with parental oversight in mind, blocking access to undesirable sites automatically. (The Kindle Fire wasn’t and I can’t figure out how to make it do it.)

When I can, I’ll probably get Alex a Nabi, too. For now, I have managed to contact Amazon about the Kindle that will no longer charge (Ben’s) and the Kindle that will only charge up to 30% (Alex’s) and both are being replaced.

So, it all goes back to Christmas. My very generous brother bought my family our first Kindle Fire. Mainly, it was for me, so I could read e-books. “But the boys can use it, too, of course.”

The boys loved the Kindle Fire so much that they took it over. It was so sought after that I purchased a second one the first chance I got. Now, with Ben and his Nabi and Alex and his Kindle and an extra Kindle on hand, I finally get to read those e-books.

I consider it a win-win all around! But, when it comes to the boys, the Nabi wins out over the Kindle hands down. When it comes to me, I want the grown-up toy.

Kindle Addiction

  • Posted on July 29, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Alex and Ben love their Kindle Fires. They really do! Maybe a little bit too much.

When the Internet goes down, they can no longer use the Kindles as they prefer to do. So, I make a point of downloading programs that they can use (and enjoy) without wi-fi access. Unfortunately, they are better at the Kindles them than we are. Before the Internet went out, they both went and deleted the programs I’d downloaded. I don’t notice until after we lose our Internet connection.

And then what happens? Can you guess? The boys fight with each other, of course! They want to use their Kindles so badly that it’s very disruptive when they can’t.

Life is better with Kindles. I know that. But I have to keep telling myself, “It’s worth it when they work….It’s worth it when they work…It’s worth it when they…STOP THAT!”

Oh boy!

Kindling Out

  • Posted on August 13, 2012 at 8:00 AM

Thanks to a very cost-effective warranty plan, both our Kindles have been replaced and are back in working order! Yay!

Alex and Ben both love their Kindle Fires. They mostly watch YouTube videos, but they do it themselves and can do it separately from each other and there’s harmony in our house once again.

Now all I’ve got to do is find the time to learn what apps work for them and get them on both Kindles. Yeah, sounds easy to me, too. Ah, well, maybe someday. Like after school starts up again.