Jimmy Kimmel, a late night comedian, tried to give a Sony tablet to an exceptionally bright child. After dazzling the audience with his knowledge and perspicacity, the boy was offered a globe of the world in the form of a puzzle, and a Sony tablet. After a bit of coaxing, the boy took the puzzle, but declined the tablet, saying that he was expecting an iPad for Christmas, and didn't really want the other tablet. This was on of those rare moments of unscripted awkwardness that enters the life of a live TV host. Never work with animals or children.  

Beyond the show, there lies a greater truth. Many parents try to save a little money during the holidays by getting a cheap tablet, instead of the iPad their kid really wanted. That is likely the bulk of the Kindle Fire and Nexus 7 sales. Stores like K-mart go even lower. Kids open these garbage tablets, and are immediately disappointed.

Parents, this is your fault. It is one thing to be broke parents, but don't be bad parents. If resources are limited, buy them Spiderman pajamas, socks, and a new backpack. They will appreciate that more than a cheap tablet they will play with once, then put away forever. Or, you could tell them that they will get the iPad, it will just be a few more weeks. This is better than the iPad knock-off you could afford at the time.  

I know, this is a first-world problem. But, if you are reading this, you are probably a first-world citizen, so that makes it your problem. Do the right thing, and let this video be a cautionary tale. The tablet rejection comes near the end. Enjoy. 


The video has been edited by Disney to remove all traces of the tablet rejection. Here is an example of Sony trying to buy press by sponsoring this crappy gift, and Apple getting the unpaid press from a genuine fan. For those of us who've seen it, it can't be unseen. We know the truth of what happened. Trust me, it was epic.


David Johnson