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Ask HN: Which cheap computing device would you get your 5 year old daughter?
2 points by achalkley 1340 days ago | hide | past | web | 9 comments | favorite
I have a 5 year old and she's been playing around with a Raspberry Pi. Writing in leaf pad. Done a few Scratches. I connected it online and doesn't give the best browsing experience, basically unusable.

She's been playing around with iDevices since year dot, but I think she likes the keyboard. Been toying around buying a cheap Windows Laptop but Windows 8 is a little confusing and such and am thinking about a Chrome Book. Has anyone else had any experience?

I'd definitely not recommend getting her a non-laptop (eg. ipod touch, ipad, nexus 7, nexus 10, etc.).

Get her a cheap (<$300) netbook (acer still makes great ones), plop Linux on it, and here we go!

She'll have an environment she's familiar with, with a real keyboard, and plenty of room to grow.

In the meantime, have you tried overclocking the Pi? It may make browsing better.

I've tried over-clocking but the SD card becomes corrupted after a while.

She's done iDevices but when she's typing on her Pi scrolling is totally new and alien to her and so are the menus. Like what's this "File" "Save" business all about.

Have you tried exposing her to something like etoys?


Never seen this before. Will check it out.

Maybe an OLPC XO - seem to be available on ebay.

What would you see as an advantage going with a OLPC XO vs a Laptop with Ubuntu or a ChromeBook?

Nexus 7?

yeah the nexus 7 is an awesome device for kids too.

What do your kids do on it?

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