Parents, be delighted! Finally, a kids tablet that is not “just another toy”, but offer features that are at par with some of the latest tablets available in the market today, has hit the stores. Amazon’s new tablet for children, Fire HD Kids Edition, has been recently released and many parents are already lining up to buy it. The buzz is high because a lot of companies have not been paying much attention to developing kid-friendly tablets, despite the fact that a lot of children do spend a great amount of time on modern gadgets, especially the tablet. The Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition is available for pre-order in two size variants, a 6 inch version and a 7 inch version, and is available at a reasonable price.
Amazing Features Customized for Kids
Kid Friendly Size and Weight
The Fire HD Kids Edition tablet comes in two size variants:
- Fire HD 6 with Kid-Proof Case – 7.6″ x 5.0″ x 1.1″ (192 mm x 126 mm x 26.4 mm)
- Fire HD 7 with Kid-Proof Case – 8.4″ x 6.0″ x 1.1″ (214 mm x 151mm x 26.4 mm)
With the size difference, the weight difference follows too:
- Fire HD 6 with Kid-Proof Case – 12.6 ounces (360 grams)
- Fire HD 7 with Kid-Proof Case – 15.0 ounces (425 grams)
If you have younger children, you may want to pick the smaller variant for easier grasp and hold. Otherwise, even if this tablet is rather on the bulkier side, I feel that the weight will not be too heavy for your children. This device comes with a durable case in Blue, Green, and Pink.
Sleek and Strong Display
Gorilla Glass: The glass that everybody has come to trust. One of the main concerns that people generally have when it comes to a kid’s device is its durability. For gadgets such as a tablet, the screen experience and durability is very important. Thankfully, the display in Fire HD Kids Edition is laid in Gorilla Glass, so, it is not only sleek, but strong too. The display size is as follows:
- Fire HD 6 with Kid-Proof Case – 6″ (inches), 252 ppi (pixels per inch
- Fire HD 7 with Kid-Proof Case – 7″ (inches), 216 ppi (pixels per inch)
Both variants offer high definition touchscreen; 1280×800 resolution, video playback up to 720p, with IPS (in-plane switching) technology and advanced polarizing filter.
Fire HD Kids Edition comes with a Quad-Core: 2 @ 1.5 Ghz + 2 @ 1.2 GHz processor, with 1 GB of RAM. This is the same processor that the new Kindle Fire HD 6 offers too. This ensures that the performance of the tablet is quick and smooth. It comes with 8 GB (4.5 GB available to user) of internal storage.
I didn’t really think that a kid’s tablet would have cameras and was surprised to discover that the Fire HD Kids Edition has both front and rear cameras; a 2MP rear-facing camera that allows for high-resolution photos and 1080p HD video, and a front-facing VGA camera. This means that you can check in on your children even if you are not at home through video chatting; a great way to make sure your children are ok when you are away.
2 Years Guarantee Offer
Have your heart ever skipped a beat when you hear a big crash after you lend your rather expensive phones and tablets to you sons, daughters, nieces, or nephews? Mine has, a lot of times. It is as if Amazon is doing a great favor to us by offering a really wonderful guarantee program. I am not even going to use my own words here, but quote Amazon, “If they break it, we’ll replace it. No questions asked.” Isn’t that just what every parent wants to hear? The guarantee is for 2 years. In addition to all of the amazing features, for me, this is a deal maker.
Great Battery Life
This tablet comes with a great battery life of up to 8 hours of reading, surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, and listening to music. Battery life will vary based on device settings, usage, and other factors such as web browsing and downloading content. This means the battery can cover a good one-day’s worth of activities. The charging time is under 6 hours with the micro-USB power adapter included in the box and an overnight charge seems to be most ideal. In case you lose the charger or damage it, it will take longer to charge with a normal USB cable, and that kind-of blows.
What is So Great About the Fire HD Kids Edition?
I think one of the main concerns as a parent is appropriate content for your child. With the internet freely available, a lot of content is not appropriate for young children. With the Fire HD Kids Edition, you can create individual profiles for each of your children; personalize screen time limits, educational goals, and age-appropriate content. You can select and determine the content that your child can see. It is entirely up to you on how much you want your child to spend time on a particular activity, be it recreational activities or educational materials. If you are a single parent juggling time between work and home, or if you are both working parents, this feature will definitely be your ally.
Is This Device Really Kid-Friendly?
The features are really great, but will your child be able to use this device with ease? Yes. The layout and visual interface has been designed with a simple theme, easy navigation, and easily accessible apps. Your child will get the hang of it like a duck to water.
If your child has been spending too much time on your iPad mini or your PlayBook, or if you are looking to buy an educational device for your child, this is a good candidate. With all the kid-friendly customizations, your child will not just be playing games or watching movies, but reading and engaging in educational activities. It is also great that buying this device comes with a year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited. This means that your child get unlimited access to 5,000 books, movies, TV shows, educational apps, and games—at no additional cost.
Considering all of these delightful features that Amazon’s Fire HD Kids Edition offers, this is easily, by far, the best Kid’s tablet available in the market today.