If you’re like me and have a tablet, chances are that your kiddo has wanted to play with it. I mean, I can’t really blame them: the way you control them with your fingers and the fun little games (hello, Angry Birds!) make them kid magnets. Unfortunately, the typical tablet isn’t exactly suitable for kids, and one little drop can spell the end of Mr. iPad.
Recently, Amazon announced their newest tablet, and it’s aimed squarely at kids: The Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition, which is designed from the ground-up to be perfect for little hands. It’s also backed with an awesome warranty: even if your kid managed to break it, Amazon will send you a new one, free of charge! How awesome is that?
We absolutely love this product, but read on to find out why we think this is definitely the best tablet for kids!
It’s A Full-Fledged Tablet, Not Just a Toy
There have been a number of tablets released that have been marketed toward children, but most of them are more like toys. They might have a few educational games installed, but at the core, they were slow, outdated tablets and frankly, weren’t much fun. Amazon has done their homework and created a great, kid-friendly version of their Fire HD. This is a full-featured Android tablet that can run all of the games and apps you know and love.
The Kindle Fire HD: Kids Edition comes in two sizes: 6″ which retails at $149 and 7″ which retails at $189. You’ll probably be fine with the 6″ at the lower price, but the 7″ is nicer and easier for kids to hold and use.
It Comes With a Generous 2-Year Kid-Friendly Warranty
One of the best things about this tablet is the guarantee Amazon includes: a 2-year warranty that covers accidental breakage! Tablets are fragile little machines, and although the Fire HD Kids Edition is engineered to withstand drops, accidents can happen. It’s pretty incredible for a company to give a warranty like this on an electronic device. If your child drops it down the stairs or in the bathtub, they’ll replace it, no questions asked. This alone is one of the reasons this is the best tablet for kids: you’ll never find a warranty like this anywhere else.
No-Slip Kid-Proof Case Included: It Makes it Tough
Included with the tablet is a “Kid-Proof Case” which is designed to be no-slip and add a lot of protection to the tablet. It’s made of thick, rubbery plastic, but it doesn’t add much weight or bulk to the unit when it’s on. It’s still very easy for kids to hold and use, and makes it easier to hold onto without dropping it.
The Other Kid-Proof Features Included
Outside of physically breaking the tablet, another fear parents have is the in-app purchases and movie downloads that kids can accidentally get into, racking up huge credit card bills. Amazon has alleviated this problem by including 1 free year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, which gives you access to over 5,000 free kid movies, TV shows, games and educational apps. These aren’t no-name shows or movies, either: there’s a big selection from Disney, Nickelodeon, PBS Kids and much more. There’s a pretty big selection of stuff to choose from and it should keep your child entertained for hours.
What’s also nice is that the tablet can be set to a mode for younger kids that can’t read, where they can simply click on the character they want to watch the show. Pretty fun stuff.
Parental Controls Let You Set Limits
The built-in parental controls let you set precise limits on how your child uses the tablet. For example, you can set a limit that disallows playing games for a few hours a day, or until until after 6pm, but allows them to read books on it until 9pm. You can also disallow games altogether, or access to certain types of apps: it’s up to you.
No Built-in Advertising
If you’re familiar with the Kindle Fire line of tablets, many models include built-in advertising to subsidize the cost and make them cheaper. It’s worth noting that these Kid models have no such advertising, which is nice.
User Profiles: Great For Multiple Users
If you have more than one child, you can set up user profiles for each of them. It keeps everything separate, and makes them feel like they have their very own tablet! Since this is a full-fledged tablet, you might even make yourself a profile, giving you access to the standard tablet apps and videos, but keeping them totally separate from what your kids can access.
For The Tech Moms: The Specs
What tablet review would be complete without listing the specs?
Here’s the breakdown:
- Display: 6″ & 7″ models, 1280×800 resolution.
- CPU & RAM: Quad-Core: 2 @ 1.5 Ghz + 2 @ 1.2 GHz , with 1 GB of RAM
- Storage: 8gb internal storage
- Battery life: 8 hours of normal usage
- Charge time: 6 hours
- Sensors: Accelerometer, gyroscope
- In The Box: Fire HD 6 or Fire HD 7 tablet, Amazon Kid-Proof Case, 5W power adapter, USB 2.0 cable and Quick Start Guide
The Conclusion: Why We Love the Kindle Fire HD: Kids Edition
With all of the bad “kid” tablets out there, it’s refreshing to find one as great as the Fire HD for Kids. Amazon really understands their market, and created an awesome, kid-friendly tablet that isn’t just a toy.
There’s so much good about this little machine, and if you’re looking for a slate for your little guy or girl, you really can’t go wrong. This is simply the best kids tablet: period.
- Great, kid-friendly design
- Awesome 2-year warranty where Amazon will replace any broken tablet, no questions asked
- Free 1-year subscription to Amazon FreeTime means hours of entertainment
- Full-featured tablet: not just a toy
- It could stand to be cheaper
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