I spy and the number plate game won’t entertain the Nintendo DS generation for long on car journeys. The modern parent needs to be armed with portable DVD players, PMP’s, games consoles and the new breed of tech that will amuse for hours. Some even have an educational benefit, but don’t tell the kids.
Best for Young Gamers
Leapfrog Leapster Explorer
Love: Strong educational elements. Lots of games. Headphone jack
Hate: The cost of extra games can mount up
Best for Literacy
Love: Miniature iPad styling. Educational
Hate: Expensive eBook cartridges. Flimsy screen protector. Low-res screen.
Best for Grown-up Gaming
Nintendo DSI XL
Love: Large screens. Built-in browser
Hate: Low-res screens. Pricey games
Best for Young Adults
Apple iPad WiFi+3G 16GB
Love: High res screen. All-round entertainment
Hate: iPad and young kids = foolish or brave
Best for Movies
Love: Very portable. Dual headphone socket.
Hate: Low-res screen