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My son wants a DS for xmas. I have nothing against gaming systems but this seemed expensive for what it is.<br><br>
In the mean time I have a brand new I-phone 3G and my husband has my old I-phone. We have tons of aps and my son loves, loves loves it. So I was thinking an I-touch might be the way to go.<br><br>
Comparing prices there really isn't much difference for the final cost. The DS its self is cheaper than the I-touch but the games are expensive. Even used they can be pricey.<br><br>
The I-touch is more expensive, especially for the second level with more memory but we already own TONS of apps/games. In addition he can watch movies, listen to audio books, podcasts etc. Of course he can do all that on his ancient Ipod too.<br><br>
So anyone have or used both? Would love to hear pros and cons!
 

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How old is your son?<br><br>
Both items seem pretty cool to me, but they're very different. I think the Touch is an older person tool/toy. It can't do everything the DS can do. Is he looking to play head to head games against his friends?
 

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He is 8 and it is mostly for solo play. We have long drives and his friends all have some kind of handheld system they use on road trips.<br><br>
We do use my iphone to play bowling and skeeball against each other, also hangman, tick tac to etc. Can the ds let you play against a friend?
 

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I would get the itouch. We have iphones, 1 DS and 2 DSi's -- the itouch would offer so much more fun, IMO. Plus music, videos, web browsing (the DSi's browser is pretty lame), and so on. Does the itouch have a camera like iphones do? DSi's do, while DS's don't.
 

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no camera but rumor has it they might debut a touch w/ video and /or camera next year...
 

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Good to know! My DD wants one - but loves the camera function on her DSi. I'd still get one over the DS b/c I think it would be a better long term investment.
 

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You can interact w/another DS user-I think you have to be w/in a certain amount of space of each other.<br><br>
DD loves her ds-it was the first electronic "anything" she had. Literally, straight from wooden waldorf toys to the DS. However, I think that the itouch would be a great choice if you weren't only game oriented. As a preteen, dd is into her music, etc., and I can see the itouch in our future. 7 y/o ds is into games and wants a ds for Christmas this year, which I think is fine. He is not into anything more than the games at this point.
 

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My ds is 8 and we gave him a touch over the summer. He loves it. He's very into music so that was the biggest reason we got him one. A really nice thing is you can download a text message app and it's almost as good as a cell phone!<br><br>
He has a DS but honestly since he got the touch he rarely uses it. Helpful tip....make sure you talk about downloading things that are age appropriate and asking before downloading. We had a "Rate a Babe" incident where ds was checking out "adult' themed apps.
 

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My son, seven, has a DS. Sadly, it's a huge part of the social life for preteen boys where we live. My son is homeschooled and the DS, game sharing, and such gives him some common ground with kids who are not. I know that is not a consideration for everyone.
 

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I have an iTouch and a DS. My kids like the iTouch (4 & 7) but the games are more quarky. Meaning we run into issues more often with them crashing and so forth. I find it is great for short games while waiting for dinner or a movie while on a long drive. My 7 yr old likes the iTouch because of movies and music and audiobooks. I would not get him an iTouch. Mostly because I do not want him to have the internet access. We have wifi in the house and I much prefer all internet use is within my view. Also youtube at the press of a button - not for a child. And I have problems giving him direct access to movies on the iTouch. For example he wants to use an ipod to listen to music at night when he wakes up and it is just too much for him to have access to movies then. I am actually considering a refurbished older nano or the shuffle for him for Christmas.<br><br>
The DS is mine mostly so I can control who uses it when. It is much easier to break up a fight over who gets it next when it is yours <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> My 7 yr old actually prefers the DS because it is easier for him to control and he likes the games more. Plus they do not crash on him.<br><br>
I use both daily. I use my iTouch for audiobooks all the time. Not to mention random email when out, calendar, address book and other basic stuff. I use the DS for games.
 

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DSi, especially since he already has an IPOD. Not only can many games with played with friends (for instance, Pokemon characters can be traded when friends get together), but you can also connect via WiFi, and there is that camera and software to play around with the photos on it.<br><br>
We are also homeschoolers and yeah, all the homeschooled kids seem to have one, so when we have get togethers of all sorts, there are often 6-8 DSs or DSis involved.<br><br>
Yes, games are pricey but there are tons and tons of age appropriate games available.
 

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Isn't 8 too young for an Ipod?, DH bought a DSi for himself (<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">) and DD loves it but she wont get her own yet.
 

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My DS has a DS and he loves it. I feel it is a little more durable than itouch (I have one), and the games/activities are of much higher quality. He loves the nintendo games, as well as others like lego star wars and so. Also, the screen is large enough for his little bro to enjoy watching as big bro plays.<br><br>
I also don't like my son fooling around on the internet without me watching -- he's only 6 1/2. I like DS's type of chat he can do with neighborhood kids.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Isn't 8 too young for an Ipod?, DH bought a DSi for himself (<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">) and DD loves it but she wont get her own yet.</div>
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Well he has had his hand me down iPod since was 6.5 so my answer would be no. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
why do you think 8 is too young?
 

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I think it depends mostly on the type of gaming he wants to do. Both are very cool machines, but, IMO, they have different strengths. If his old ipod is wearing out and the video and music options are a high priority, then the itouch is perfect. If he likes longer, more involved games and still has a working ipod for music and video. I would choose the DS. DS games are more expensive, but they tend to have a lot more play value than iphone games.<br><br>
My dds (ages 5 and 7.5) have ipod shuffles and DSs and the combination works well for them.<br><br>
Oh, have you considered the PSP? It might be a good option, too.
 

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My kiddo is a lot younger that yours, but he loves his iPhone. (my old one) He was only 2 when he got it. At 2 he could work it better than my DH. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> He loves all the games, and has his music and shows loaded onto it. There are also lots of learning apps that we love. It is the best thing we have found for keeping him entertained while we drive to the ILs, or go out to dinner.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Well he has had his hand me down iPod since was 6.5 so my answer would be no. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
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I don't know I just think it is. I guess I'm not a cool mom, DD wont get an ipod until she's unleast 12<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> Even though I know DH would love to give her one earlier.
 

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We have both in our house and either way - totally up to you. With that said I would get a good case for either one. For the DS we have a Nerf case and I you can drop it or run over it and it's still works. For the iTouch, I would probably do an Otter Box.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I don't know I just think it is. I guess I'm not a cool mom, DD wont get an ipod until she's unleast 12<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> Even though I know DH would love to give her one earlier.</div>
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would you be okay with her having a Walkman? I just ask b/c when we bought DD an iPod for her 8th birthday my mom at first thought she was too young... Then I reminded her we had walkman/discman's at that age when we were kids. It's music -- just that technology has advanced. IME, iPods are much more durable than their portable music predecessors - and I realized that was my moms main concern.
 
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