My 4-year old wants an iPhone

We consciously limit the use of gadgets while our daughter is around. Nevertheless there are exceptions: browse photos, watch Peppa Pig when on vacation or when she is sick, and skype Grandma.

Today she asked to have her own iPhone?! What does she need it for? Quote: "Skype Grandma."

The intuitive touch interface and engaging apps attract the child in us - and, of course, in our kids. And I agree with +Mike Elgan  that form factor and price of 7" mini-tablets are good fit for children's toy of the year.

Though did you know there is already a (very) mini-iPad available? It is called iPod Touch. So if mini-tablets really dominate holiday gift sales, Apple should be able to leverage a fair share for an adjacent cheaper iPod Touch.

Oh, and my current iPod Touch 4G will become my daughter's first 'iPhone'. Yes, it does skype!
Why the mini-tablet is the children's toy of the year.

My prediction: Small touch tablets like the Google Nexus 7 and the upcoming Apple mini-iPad will utterly dominate holiday gift sales to children this year, and will become as much a part of kids' culture as Barbie and LEGO.

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9229405/Elgan_Why_the_mini_tablet_is_the_children_s_toy_of_the_year
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