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Help me decide what to buy my teenage girls for christmas!!

Dec 8, 2010 2:08AM PST

I am wanting to buy my girls either an e reader or a netbook. I also need something more portable for myself for my schooling online this spring.

I need something that will not only access the internet, but will allow creating, editing and printing word documents for my school work as well as for the girls.

We all also play farmville on facebook as well as other online games, social networking and email.

Can you please help me, and tell me what would be the best for us?? Thank you!

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What you described
Dec 8, 2010 6:54AM PST

Has me ditch the netbook idea. If you used one for a few hours you would learn why.

I would look at some 12 or 13 inch notebook (Apple Air?) and the iPad.

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Not netbooks
Dec 12, 2010 1:24PM PST

Too limiting with their meager performance capabilities. The Intel Atom processor in any of its flavors to date is just too anemic for anything beyond basic single-task surfing and email, and even then it can still be painfully slow. I use OpenOffice on my Acer netbook and it can really be a dog, especially as files get filled with content.

Despite its deficiencies my netbook is perfectly suited in my workshop, where when I'm stuck figuring out something while I'm working on my cars or my guns or any of my other hobbies and need to Google some advice or instructions up. It's decent enough in terms of performance to see video how-tos like those often posted on YouTube, but you can forget about it if there's something else already running in the background.

Like Bob Proffitt says, a small-form notebook computer or an iPad will do what you ask of it far better.

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Oh, and I forgot...
Dec 12, 2010 1:29PM PST

If an e-reader for your daughters is the other competitor for your money, keep in mind that--aside from the multi-faceted iPad or one of the Android tablets--pretty much all the rest are essentially one-trick ponies. I enjoy my Kindle 3 quite a bit, but for its respective size all it's really good for is reading books. The iPad or other tablet (or the small notebook) is far more versatile.

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I agree
Dec 23, 2010 11:45PM PST

Make-or-break is right. If, by e-reader, you mean a true e-reader with an e-ink display, then forget it. The e-ink display cannot show video of any kind. It's just too slow. Most e-readers cannot browse the internet at all.

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Teenage girls love clothes
Dec 16, 2010 3:42PM PST

Teenage girls love clothes (scarf, gloves, hat set), make up, cinema tickets, make up/lippy/lip gloss etc, latest cd/dvds, hoody jacket. The list is endless. Think what you would like yourself and act accordingly. I think teens girls are so easy to buy for.

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Clothes are always cool
Dec 16, 2010 3:45PM PST

Clothes are always cool. You could also give some CD's or electronics or you can get some stuff from Bath and Body works. Also, you can't go wrong with gift cards or cheques to a favorite shop.

Note: This post was edited by forum moderator to remove signature link which are prohibited in these forums. on 12/26/2010 on 10:05 PM PT

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Hmmm I'm sure the answer is in there somewhere
Dec 17, 2010 11:43AM PST

E-reader or e-book? E-reader or netbook? E-reader or netbook?

Well form this:

"I also need something more portable for myself for my schooling online"

not only access the Internet, but will allow creating, editing and printing word documents

We all also play farmville on facebook as well as other online games

I'd say, hands down the netbook.

The real question is ........ who's it for? My guess that is that is hidden in there somewhere too.