My mom currently uses a laptop and mp3 player mostly to listen to sermons that she downloads from a website (desiringgod.org in case it matters). Before Christmas my dad and I had discussed getting her an iPad. However, at the time we decided that the cost , as well as my understanding that it doesn’t have USB ports, outweighed the benefits (being lighter and easier to move around than the Dell laptop).
My niece got a Kindle Fire HD ($120) for Christmas, and her sister got a regular ol’ Kindle ($50). Last year their brother got the Kindle Fire. My mom spent some time reading a book on the Kindle and likes it OK. My sister brought up getting mom a tablet for Mother’s Day (or sooner. No point in waiting for some arbitrary future date.)
So, it needs to be able to play audio and video from this website (which I’ve already confirmed that the Kindle Fire will do), download MP3’s to the device for playback when they are away from the home network (I’m pretty sure the Kindle Fire will do this). It would also be nice if she could check her FB profile to see updated pictures of relatives and their babies. Checking e-mail would be nice, but she doesn’t really do this much. Anything else would be gravy.
Also would like for it to be as cheap as possible. We’re not spending $350 for a giant iPod just so that she doesn’t have to transfer songs from the PC to her MP3 player.
I searched some threads.
In this one everybody recommended the iPad http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=708435
This one seemed to settle on the Nook HD+ http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=707908
The Nooks seem to start at $150.
Can anybody recommended something cheaper than the Kindle Fire? I checked out the offerings at Best Buy and Wal-Mart and the only things that I’ve found cheaper are knockoff brand tablets that everybody says not to buy in those threads that I found.
Any advice would be appreciated.