Sunday, 8 July 2012

Sunday Supplement

There's a technological tone to today's post. I'm reviewing the Tesco Mobile capped tariff in a paragraph or two and Charlie's going to tell you all about the LeapFrog LeapPad a little later on.

First though, a couple of unsponsored plugs. I 'phoned my father yesterday (no, that's not the plug) to ask for some advice. As I've mentioned before, in a reversal of generational norms he's my ultimate oracle for all things technical, especially if they involve iPhones and other Apple devices. Anyway, to cut a long story short I came away from the conversation £1.49 poorer but infinitely better off thanks to downloading a little app called AirDisk Pro with which I can move photos and videos (and all manner of other things) to and fro from my PC to my phone to my heart's content. And without wires.

This morning I downloaded the Android equivilent - WiFi File Transfer Pro, spending 89p in the process. I am now liberated from all kind of leads (as well as unreliable PC driver downloads) and can use my computers, devices and phones interchangeably.

And talking of 'phones, we've recently been trialling (thanks to Tesco's generosity) the Tesco Mobile Capped tariff. Not that I'm a control freak or anything, but keeping control of my daughter's mobile spending (that's Sally by the way, not Eloise) has been something of a concern since my own brush with the underworld of out-of-allowance data useage.

Three (my own network) provider did send several text messages telling me I was over my monthly allowance but they all arrived at four o'clock in the morning, several hour's after the extortionately-priced upload had occurred. So having been quite painfully bitten I thought we'd take the cautious approach when Sally was after a new phone.

The Tesco capped tariff is simple (handy that, in my case) - you choose a phone and allowance package and simply opt to 'cap' it at the checkout. The bundles are varied and flexible and come with a variety of phones at a range of prices. And - importantly - you know how much you're going to spend. In advance. And believe me, that's very reassuring.

Reassuring, too, is finding a games console that can genuinely be regarded as an educational tool. The LeaFrog LeapPad is billed as the number one learning tablet for kids aged 3 to 9. That means Charlie's at the lower limit of its range but - as you can see - that doesn't seem to hold him back. I ought to declare at the outset here that I'm not a big fan of gaming and games consoles for kids - we've resisted the lure of all kinds of hand-held consoles until now. But the LeapPad really is different. Yes, you can play (and Charlie does) but it's also an excellent instructional tool. In fact, many (if not all) of the games are highly educational (as well as entertaining) as you can see from Charlie's 'Sponge Bob' spelling race. And, of course, it's just the thing for a wet summer Sunday.

Whatever you're doing today, enjoy it!

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