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Don't know too much about portable dvd players but here is my solution to the same issue. I've got 2 Nexus 7 tablets, that way the kids can watch a movie or play a game...(Anything for a few minutes of peace, am I right). Unless you're invested in the Android market or like messing around with roms, like I am and do, just go with the iPad. Same functionality as a DVD player and then some. Don't forget a car charger if you go that route and possibly one of those cloth sling things that can hang the tablet off the back of the seat.
 

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Just keep in mind battery life. So far the iPad has the best. Also, even though I'm a huge Android fan, the iPad is still the best tablet on the market. It's major downside is that it's pricey compared to one of the best Android tablets, the Nexus 7.

As Sauron said it's the most versatile option.... and I never agree with that guy, especially when considering his views on hostile takeovers. :)
 

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Though an iPad or another less expensive tablet may be a solution for older kids, the OP is looking for entertainment for a "two year old." That more or less limits the choices to portable DVD players such as those recommended by Kungfoo.

Another point to keep in mind is screen size. Since these devices are measured in terms of diagonal dimensions, a 9x6 screen is almost twice the size of a 7x4 screen. That impacts both "view-ability" and battery life.

I have a son that's two and he's been messing with my phone and, more recently, tablets for a while now. When strapped in they're not going to be able to break it...unless you decided to place a bunch of rocks on the floor or leave the back window all the way down for them to throw it out of. Can they drop it on the floor, yep, and they will. It's carpeted so it's not that big of a deal. and usually you have a diaper bag/travel bag/goodie bag (or garbage over time...lol, my cars are so messy) that you're towing along with the kid and where does the bag usually sit, on the floor near the kid. Now the only other thing I can think of from my own experiences with stuff getting broken is opening up the door when the tablet is wedged against it. As long as you keep that in mind, you're all good.

If it's hanging from a sling off the back of the front seat it also takes the "kid destruction" risk out of it. Keep in mind a movie will only keep a child's attention for so long. Usually they lose interest less than half way through...some times they regain interest but not always. There are plenty of games that are geared towards children of that age. One of the more popular ones that's available on both platforms, and my son loves, is called Monkey Preschool Lunchbox. That game will keep his attention way longer than any movie. It's the same for my 4 year old daughter. On top of keeping they're attention, they're learning basic skill which is far more important to me as a parent.

I'm not sure why dimensions of the screen are coming into play here. Obviously screen size impacts "view-ability" and battery life (even though the larger iPad has a better battery life) but we're talking about a little kid inside of a Sorento. It's not like they're going to be trying to watch it from 100 feet away. If they're interested in what's being displayed they'll watch it. They don't care about the quality of the viewing experience. Kids are faaaar less picky.

I suggested the smaller Android tablet for a couple of reasons it is a cheaper alternative to an iPad and it's easier for the child to handle in a car seat if they want to play a game on it. There are apps that allow you to lock it down so they cannot accidentally delete stuff off of it or move icons all over the place. Which is something little kids end up doing....a lot. I'm not sure if those types of apps are available for the iPad, I would like to think they are but I don't know.
 

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Gondor will be mine! :)

I think you have too many home repairs at the moment to be concerned with Gondor... you know, with your house falling down and all your help being swallowed up from the earth quake. I bet there wasn't a building permit for that tower, and the evilness continues.

I'm just glad I don't have to stand behind you in line at Lowes...lol
 

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Both valid points. You're right it is definitely a case by case bases.

I guess I am making some assumptions on the precautions that a parent should take when handing a child a $200-$500 worth of electronics. What's common sense to me may not be for others... I'm sure you've come across that with most of the breakage cases you've seen. My kids have been around smart phones and tablets the entire time so they know to be gentle... well... about as gentle as a 2 and 4 year old, in a good mood, can be.

I figured that iOS didn't have apps like that just based off the nature of the environment but I wasn't sure since I haven't had an iOS device since my 32GB 3GS. I didn't want to seem as though I'm jumping on the iOS vs Android crazy train.

What site are you a mod on for the Fire? I'm interested in how that's going dev wise. I'll have to hit a brother up too. :)
 
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