SOC: Android tablets

#SOCsundayToday’s SOC is supposed to talk about what we believe about fate.  But I’ve already answered that here and here.

So instead, I’m just gonna do a general stream of consciousness.


I’ve finally entered this fancy “app” world with the purchase of an android tablet. I really wanted an iPad but we couldn’t afford that.  Maybe now I don’t mind so much.

We’ve been playing with several free apps (especially games) and suddenly I again have leverage with my children.

“You wanna play on the tablet? Great. Count backwards from 25 for me.”

“Go clean your room!”

“Put your clothes away!”

“Spell ‘course'”

“What number comes before 20?”

Bloody fantastic. Whatever I ask, they go run to do it, just for another chance to play Angry Birds or Cut the Rope.

A mother could get used to this.

Plus suddenly I understand what people are talking about.  I mean, I was on Twitter before. I’ve been on Facebook for ages.  But now I can see the app versions of these and suddenly some comments make sense. Many misspellings make sense too.  (I mean, geez, I know how to type properly, and now you want me to go back to single-finger hunt and peck?)

Bonus: I have Skype back!!  During the great computer death at Christmas, I lost Skype, because my little old laptop couldn’t handle it and we weren’t allowed to download it to Hubby’s work laptop.

So what android apps do you love? Preferably free.  I know many of them are inexpensive but we’re just not at that point yet.  Unless, of course, one is so unbelieveably fantastic that we must purchase it, right?


This was my 5 minute Stream of Consciousness Sunday post. It’s five minutes of your time and a brain dump. Want to try it? Here are the rules…

  • Set a timer and write for 5 minutes.
  • Write an intro to the post if you want but don’t edit the post. No proofreading or spellchecking. This is writing in the raw.
  • Publish it somewhere. Anywhere. The back door to your blog if you want. But make it accessible.
  • Add the Stream of Consciousness Sunday badge to your post. (Can be found at all.things.fadra)
  • Link up your post at all.things.fadra
  • Visit your fellow bloggers and show some love.

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4 responses to “SOC: Android tablets”

  1. Dominique@Dominique's Desk says :

    We have both an android tablet and the IPAD2..for the android there is this game- Where’s the water where you have to guide the water stream down tubes so that croc can have his bath..there is both the free/paid version to this and my kids are really addicted on it. Other non game ones are those productivity apps which I use to schedule things that I have to do each day on my android phone.

  2. Erin O'Riordan says :

    “Android tablets” sounds like a remedy for a robot’s headache.

  3. Kenya G. Johnson says :

    We have the iPad and it is a GREAT bribe machine. This past summer I taught my son how to tell time on the iPad. He only gets in the weekends and he has to earn the right to use it. During the week I find free books to download. Something that he can read to me as part of homework and/or something I can read to him at bedtime. As far as the reading to me, he is definitely more excited to do it from the iPad vs one of his own books. #1 its new, #2 its electronic.

  4. solodialogue says :

    I’m seeing a lot more people doing these stream of conscious posts and finding out how talented you all are. You are motivating me to try it but I’ve become spoiled by weekends off! Glad you are enjoying your tablet! I lost my iPad to the child when I first got it for my birthday a couple years ago (it was okay cuz he gets so much out of it with the ASD and all). I stick with my iPhone which does pretty much the same with a smaller screen. Glad the tablet is getting you “added” presents in the form of help with the kids!! Now, once you start playing Words with Friends, let me know!! There’s the app I’m addicted to and I would consider you would be quite the good player!! 😉

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