Fire Kids Edition, 7″ Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB, Blue Kid-Proof Case
The Kid-Proof Case is designed to be the perfect solution for parents who need worry-free protection against drops, bumps, and the typical mayhem caused by kids at play. Designed to be durable and lightweight, the Kid-Proof Case fits perfectly in little hands without adding unnecessary weight to their Fire tablet.
We all know accidents happen. The 2-year worry-free guarantee includes coverage for anything that happens to your Fire tablet. Just return the tablet and Amazon will replace it for free. It also covers your Fire tablet against electrical and mechanical breakdowns.
Up to $109 in savings on Fire, 1 year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited and a Kid-Proof Case, plus a 2-year worry-free guarantee; Not a toy, a full-featured Fire tablet with a 7" IPS display and front and rear cameras. Add a microSD card for up to 128 GB of additional storage.; 2-year worry-free...
I've owned several iPad's and tested and reviewed numerous inexpensive (sometimes “cheap and nasty”), 7 and 10 inch tablets for kids, and was impressed by this - as was my 3 year old granddaughter.As I work in IT, I'm aware just how confusing technology can be, so I'll try to avoid references to jargon, and focus instead on the experience. I’ve broken the review up into sections so you can skip the bits you’re less interested in.Quick Summary============With a years subscription to FreeTime and it’s huge library of age appropriate videos, books and games, a two year replacement policy and a great tablet, this seems pretty good value.Although not as sharp as the more expensive competition, the screen is clear, bright and colourful at almost any angle, and a pleasure to watch video or play games on. It is highly reflective, and pretty useless in bright sunlight, but otherwise great. While the low resolution makes reading very small text difficult, most text in FreeTime books is large and clear, and as a video player it’s a joy.Web performance is certainly fast enough, and it ran the graphically intense “Real Racing 3” with ease (so even good for older kids). Sound quality from the mono speaker was impressive, and at 7 hours, the battery life is pretty respectable.A bluetooth connection at this price is a surprising bonus (means you can keep the older one’s happy with a bluetooth speaker), although the front and rear cameras are basic, as is the low 5Gb of usable storage. At least you can add a huge (up to 128Gb) Micro-SD card to store more stuff.In conclusion, for a child from 3-12 year old this is a non-brainer. Four times cheaper than an iPad mini, and all the functionality.Read more ›
Let's get the cost/benefit of buying this versus the $50 model out of the way. For $100, you get:7" Kindle Fire without sponsored lockscreens = $65Kid-proof case = $202-year accident protection = $161-year of Free Time Unlimited = $36 minimumThat's a nice value! I've seen a few reviews where people are upset that it doesn't work without Wi-Fi, but I'm not sure what their expectations are. If you have previously download an app/game/video and it doesn't require internet access (some do, some don't), it works fine. As for performance, it's OK. Not great. It freezes every now and then and needs to be rebooted more often than I'd like to get it working again. This is frustrating to a 3-year-old, as you can imagine. Hard to complain too much given the price, but I was expecting it to be more stable.You will want to buy a micro SD card because the Fire OS takes up 5 of the 8 GB of on-board storage. This is where Amazon is doing something that is, shall we say, a little sketchy. When you customize your purchase, it allows you to select the "SanDisk 32 GB SD Memory Card for All-New Fire Tablets" for $19.99 (or more or less depending on the storage size), but gives you no other options. This SD card is by the looks of it the exact same as this one SanDisk Ultra 32GB Ultra Micro SDHC UHS-I/Class 10 Card with Adapter (SDSQUNC-032G-GN6MA) [Newest Version], except that it has a different paint job, doesn't come with an adapter, and costs $6 more. So if you're going to buy a SD card, add a different one to the cart separately.
We have an old 3rd gen iPod touch for travel for my 13 month old daughter, but she expresses more interest in my iPhone 6+ than the tiny iPod. When Amazon launched this refresh, we jumped on it for an upcoming 3 hour plane trip. After spending 2 days using it, I'm satisfied with it, and it keeps the baby's interest.I had a couple questions about it in the back of my mind, before it arrived, and perhaps you have the same:Q: Which model of Fire tablets is this most similar to?A: I wondered, if this was a product all it's own, or a re-packaged existing Fire. Inside the box, you literally get...ANOTHER BOX with the actual Fire tablet inside it. In that box is the actual $49 Fire, that has been given Amazon Freetime (kid's apps/videos) access. You simply pop that tablet in to the foam case (it's very tight - a good thing). So, it appears an extra $50 gets you the worry free guarantee, Amazon Freetime, and a foam case.Q: Is FreeTime content available offline, the same way you can download Prime video now?A: Best I can tell, no. I'm still researching this one, but I'm not having any luck. My workaround right now is do download Prime content in my profile, and switch to that when there's no wifi. A pain, and I wish this was a feature. If I can have it in Prime why not in Freetime? This is why I only give 4 stars.Q: Is one year old too young?A: According the age on the box, yes (3 yrs)...but so far with a little assistance, ours seems to like it. The case is the right amount of chunkiness for her to hold, and the volume level is perfect at about 80%.Others have griped about it, but I actually like the fact that there's no physical home button - our young daughter can't exit videos or apps quite as easily.Read more ›