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Kindle Fire for Kids

Updated on September 18, 2014

Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition

Kindle Fire for Children of all Ages

Amazon have finally brought out a Kindle Fire model specifically for children. The new Fire HD Kids Edition tablet is new for 2014. The tablet is available in 6" and 7" versions and comes with a colored bumper case in pink, blue or green. You also get a 2 year warranty which includes replacement if the tablet gets damaged by the kids.

The Fire HD Kids Edition is a 6" or 7" color tablet, just the right size for kids to hold. It has access to lots of eBooks including color titles, and video, music, games, apps and web browsing too. It comes with a year's subscription to Amazon FreeTime unlimited which has loads of kids books, video content and apps.

It's also worth noting that Amazon have also released new 6" and 7" HD Fire devices which come in a variety of colors. These devices are well-suited to tweens and teens. They are well-specified and affordable.

In this article we'll take a look at the features that make it suitable for kids and we'll also look at some alternative devices for children.

Oct 2014 Update: New Fire HD Kids Edition and Fire HD 6 and 7

2014 Update

Amazon have announced the new Kindle Fire models for 2014, and we've actually got a kid-specific model this year. Yay! Lot's of parents have been buying Kindle Fires for their children since they first came out. Amazon have gradually responded to this by adding parental controls and kid-friendly content and cases. Now they've put it all together into a kid-specific device.

Note that for older children the new 6" and 7" Fire HD models for 2014 are also worth considering. They may not need the bumper case and will appreciate the cool colors of the more grown up device.

Kindle Fire for Kids Overview - 2014

The Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition is a new table for 2014 coming out in October in time for the holiday season. In the past Amazon have provided child-friendly features for their regular tablets, but that required a bit more work for parents to pull everything together. The Fire HD Kids Edition is designed specifically for children and is a complete offering with case, insurance and content (free subscription to FreeTime unlimited for the first year.)

The Kids Edition is available in 6" and 7" sizes with the 6" being a little cheaper. 6" isn't a bad size for little kids, it's a bigger screen that you'll find on most kid-specific tablets like the LeapPad3 and InnoTab 3S Plus. 7" does give you quite a bit more space to work with though.

The Kindle Fire has lots of content that will be interesting to kids. There are eBooks, audio books and music, instant video for TV shows and movies. Games and apps from the Amazon AppStore and more new titles appearing all the time. There are lots of things that kids will enjoy doing. The Freetime Unlimited subscription service for kids' content is excellent value even when you have to pay for it after the first year.

The Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition product page doesn't yet stage how much storage the devices have, but their listings in the search results say 8GB which isn't a huge amount, but should be fine if you regularly remove content that the kids are using.

Fire HD 6" and HD 7"

I have a Kindle Fire 7" HD tablet which I share with my kids, especially my 6 year old son. He has asked for his own for is next birthday which makes sense as we often want to use the tablet at the same time.

For 2014 we have a new Fire HD 7" model which is available in a choice of colors for the first time. And we also have a Fire HD 6" device which is smaller and even more affordable.

Cheapest Kindle Fire

For 2014/15 the cheapest Kindle Fire in the range is the new Fire HD 6" HD model with 8GB of storage and special offers (advertising.) The smaller device size brings the price down and makes this an attractive and very portable gadget for older kids, tweens and teens.

This isn't a kid-specific device, but the cool colors will appeal to older children.

If you want to get access to the Kindle Freetime parental controls and the Freetime Unlimited subscription service at a bargain price then this tablet is a good choice (you get a free trial and must then pay for the service.) The Amazon tablets are very well made compared to budget options that we've tried. In particular the screen and sound is very good.

Unlike earlier entry level Kindle Fire tablets, the Fire HD 6" does have front and rear cameras so it can be used for Skype.

If the kid-friendly features are useful to you then buying a Fire HD Kids Edition offers good value for money. Otherwise go for the cheaper Fire HD for older children.

Fire HD vs Fire HD Kids Edition

Amazon have announced a new range of Fire HD tablets as well as the new Fire HD Kids Edition. You might be wondering which one to choose for your kids.

The Fire HD Kids Edition is more expensive - about $50 more expensive. This might seem surprising at first - stuff for kids is normally cheaper, right? But in this case you are getting more for your money:

  • the specially designed bumper case
  • insurance included rather than as an extra
  • a year's subscription to FreeTime unlimited
  • no "special offers" - you pay extra to remove these with the Fire HD

If these features are important to you, which they are likely to be if you have small children then the Fire HD Kids Edition will be better value for money.

The Fire HD (grown up edition) does have some extra features too though, you have the option to upgrade to 16 GB and choose from a range of cool colors.

According to engadget, both tablets have the same technical specification so there's nothing to choose between them there.

Note: Older material below

New Kindle Fire for Kids

Amazon are clearly including kids in the target audience for the new range. Children feature in the new video commercial:

Kindle Fire HD for Kids: Kindle FreeTime

The original Kindle Fire proved very popular with kids. The new versions have some features designed with kids in mind:

FreeTime is included with the Kindle Fire HD and offers:

- Multiple profiles so each child has access to the content that parents decide is appropriate (very useful for tablets or Amazon accounts that are shared by multiple family members.)

- Time limits for usage

- Kid-friendly user interface

Kindle Fire FreeTime Unlimited

Content Subscription Service

Kindle FreeTime Unlimited is a new service from Amazon (announced Dec 5th 2012 and available within a few weeks) that offers a subscription to kids content. Kids get access to thousands of videos, books, apps and games that have been selected for their suitability for kids aged 3-8.

This is just want has been needed to allow kids some choice over what they watch, read and play without coming across unsuitable content. or spending real money. I love the idea of a fixed subscription. The cost of buying apps and eBooks can really add up and accessed to lots of kid-friendly videos is brilliant. This could be the clincher for a lot of parents.

Kindle Fire and Fire HD tablets come with a one month free trial of Kindle FreeTime unlimited and then there is a monthly fee which is discounted for Amazon Prime members.

Kindle Fire Multiple Profiles

Having multiple profile support is a big deal for kids. This means that each family member can have a separate profile so they see just the apps that are suitable for them.

Parents can set up the tablets with the games, apps, eBooks, movies that they want that child to have access to. Parents can now control what kids can do with their Kindle Fires in an effective way.

This feature is also useful when a device is shared. For example, an adult can have access to grown up movies while they don't want their child to see. And siblings can each have eBooks at an appropriate reading level for them.

It also makes it easier to find things if each child has just the content that is suitable for them

Child-Friendly Accessories for Kindle Fire and HD

There are various accessories that make sense as child-friendly add-ons for the Kindle Fire. I've put together a selection of the best:

Immersion Reading

Another new Kindle Fire feature that is great for kids is called "Immersion Reading". This feature can synchronize the written text of an eBook with an Audible voice track. Kids can see words highlighted as a book is read to them. Great for kids who are learning to read or improving their reading and spelling.

Many kids tablets have interactive eBooks that support this kind of reading along, but the immersion reading feature has the potential to offer this for a much wider range of titles.

Which Kindle Fire for Kids?


We now have a choice of devices to choose from. Which should you choose for your child?

If price is critical to you then the new releases have made the basic Kindle Fire HD model more affordable but with a higher spec.

If the higher spec, additional storage, camera and video camera (with Skype video chat) make sense for your child then there's the new Kindle Fire HDX 7" tablet.

We've stated before that the 7" tablet is just right for kids. There are however times when the larger screen of the Kindle Fire HD 8.9" could make sense. These include picture books for infants and toddlers who will not be holding the tablet themselves, but sharing storytime with a parent. And then for older kids there are graphic novels and magazines which can also benefit from a larger screen.

Kindle Fire for Kids Books - Gorgeous Color eBooks

Kindle Fire Kids Books
Kindle Fire Kids Books

A lot of kids books, especially for little kids aren't very exciting on a black and white Kindle. I have used my eInk Kindle with my kids, but there's no doubt they'll be more interested in the Kindle Fire with its gorgeous color touch display.

Amazon have announced that over 1000 specially formatted children's books for the Kindle Fire. "Choose from over 1000 popular children's books never before available on Kindle. A select list of titles are available for pre-order today with more being added regularly."

For older kids, a Kindle Fire that can be used for reading and lots of other things is very convenient. Though avid readers may prefer a Kindle Touch which is easier on the eye when reading for long periods.

Kids TV Shows and Movies - For Little Kids through to Teenagers

Kindle Fire Kids TV Shows
Kindle Fire Kids TV Shows

Amazon has a huge library of instant videos. There are tons of kids TV shows and movies for babies, toddlers and preschoolers through to tweens and teens.

Note that if you subscribe to Amazon Prime using the Amazon account associated with the Kindle Fire then you will be able to download instant video any time you want for no additional charge. Or you can just buy individual titles if you'll only use video occasionally.

A small tablet that you can use for watching video is handy for travelling, resolving disputes over what to watch on the main TV and letting kids have some control over what they watch.

Note that you video content is backed up to the cloud so you don't have to fit all of your video content on the device itself.

Kindle Fire Comics and Graphic Novels

The Kindle Fire is a great platform for reading comics and graphic novels which are very popular with older kids. Amazon are bringing the latest comic titles to Kindle Fire (and not other Kindles.)

Kindle Fire Internet Controls and Content Filtering

Some parents will want to prevent their kids accessing the internet. In other cases you may want to offer your child limited web browsing of kid-safe sites. There are applications available that you can install on the Kindle Fire so that you can control and monitor your child's web access.

Instructions for installing NetNanny on Kindle Fire here. Note that this is a free trial of a subscription product.

Kindle Fire with Parental Controls

Now with comprehensive parental controls:

- Password protection on purchases

- Ability to disable access to some content libraries

- Ability to block access to the Silk web browser

New features as of May 2012, Software version 6.3.1.

September 2012: New multiple profiles and usage time limits.

Kindle Fire Parental Controls

Update Fall 2012: FreeTime designed specifically for kids to provide parental controls for kids.

Update: May 2012.

The lastest Kindle Fire Software 6.3.1 update provides significant additional parental controls: "This update brings additional parental controls to Kindle Fire, including the ability to password-protect purchases, disable access to specific content libraries, and block access to the Silk web browser."

These latest changes will make a big difference to parents who don't want their children to be able to buy things accidentally (or on purpose.) It's also useful for parents who want to share a device with their children and keep some content private.

Amazon had previously responded to concerns by providing partial parental controls for the Kindle Fire:

Parents tend to be concerned about two things:

1. Access to inappropriate content - via the web or downloaded books

2. Ability to spend money without permission

You can set parental controls for in-app purchases (new game levels, in-game currency, etc) for Amazon Appstore for Android on the Kindle Fire. This is important because kids sometimes don't realize these things cost real money.

You can turn off 1-click purchasing on the Kindle Fire, but at time of writing this is not possible for apps.

You can set kids up with a gift card or prepaid Visa card to give them a budget.

To access free apps you do need a credit card on the account, but a prepaid credit card, e.g. Visa, is okay.

As of Kindle Fire Software Version 6.2.1 you can set up Kindle Fire Wifi Password Protection. This means that a password will be required to enable network access. This means that kids won't be able to browse the web or make purchases without the password.

Some parents feel that these issues are best dealt with by communication with a child rather than software enforcement. Others would prefer to have more safeguards built in. Amazon have listened and added further parental controls.

Personally, my children are young and closely supervised when using any electronic device. I'm not sure how I'll feel when they are older though.

Make a Kindle Fire safe for kids

Watch this video to see what you need to do make a Kindle Fire safe for kids by turning off the Wifi access.

As of version 6.3.1. additional parental controls are also provided.

More Cheap Tablets for Kids

There are other Android tablets available for under $200. Some of the cheaper tablets don't run recent versions of Android and maybe heavier and slower than higher priced tablets. But definitely worth considering.

One thing to check carefully is the quality of the screen. This is an area where the Kindle Fire tablets perform very well and it's particularly important if the tablet will be used for reading.

View cheap Tablets under $200

Kindle Fire vs Nabi 2

The Nabi 2 is an Android tablet designed for kids. Unlike the Kindle Fire it has a kid-specific operating system with extensive parental controls. It also has a silcone bumper for protection.

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Kindle Fire vs Apple iPod touch

Before the Kindle Fire came along, the iPod Touch was the obvious choice for a small media device for kids. It has lots of kids apps and is well established.

Of course the screen on an iPod Touch is much smaller than the 7" screen on the Kindle Fire. This makes the iPod more portable (and more easily lost) but not so good for watching movies or reading eBooks - though still quite possible.

The iPod Touch also has parental controls so you can decide what your child is able to do on the device and you can restrict purchasing to items you choose.

Kindle Fire vs LeapPad Ultra

The LeapPad Ultra is the new high-end young kids tablet from LeapFrog. This is quite a different device from last year's LeapPad. It has a 7" screen (yes, like a Kindle Fire) and a rechargeable battery.

It also has controlled and limited internet access via Wifi. Don't expect a full browsing experience, but this does open up the device.

It's definitely worth considering. We have an older LeapPad and the educational software is excellent. It's a very good tablet for young kids who are learning to read and write. For kids up to the age of around 5 I think a learning tablet is a better choice.

Top Things for Kids to do with a Kindle Fire

My kids are 4 and 6 and find lots to do with our Kindle Fire HD. Here are a few of their favorite things to do:

  1. My 6 year old likes to play Maths vs Mummies. He's very competitive and loves to level up.
  2. My 6 year old has an Italian boy in his class so he wanted to learn some Italian vocab. Babbel is multiple choice with lots of hints so he can make progress.
  3. Both my kids love Fruit Ninja (and I'm addicted too!) The Zen mode is great for my four year old and it's helping him to learn about big numbers.
  4. Reading! Attack of the Scorpion Riders (Quest of the Gods) is a hit with my 6 year old son.

Kindle Fire on eBay

You may be able to save money on a used Kindle Fire tablet.

Kindle Phone for Kids?

There are rumors of an Amazon Kindle phone that could come out in 2013. If Amazon include all the parental controls that we are seeing in the Kindle Fire now then this might be a good first smartphone for tweens and teens.

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Kindle Fire for Kids

What do you think about the Kindle Fire for Kids? - Comments

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      hacene daoudi 2 years ago

      Get the best way to hack wifi password here : http://www.howtohackwifipassword.info

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      mommyplus3kids 3 years ago

      Good review. I like the Kindle Fire, don't have one yet but hopefully soon

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      Angelique 3 years ago from Christchurch

      A Kindle fire is the way to go when getting a kindle for children, as the paperwhite kindle and earlier models do not have the ability to display great pictures.

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      angelinaward lm 4 years ago

      Wonderful review of the Kindle Fire - I'm not decided yet on this or the Ipad mini yet though!

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      RadaFrancis LM 4 years ago

      Great review of Kindle. I just got one for my little girl, so far so good. The only problem I see is not being able to add personal videos from computer to Kindle FreeTime. She can still access them on the Kindle, but not in the safe environment which FreeTime provides. Hope they fix that :/

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      kuldeep-bharti-549 4 years ago

      The Kindle Fire is, to its roots, an e-book reader, so if you are willing to buy a tablet for the reading purpose you should go with the Kindle as it also a good tablet with the features of a good e-book reader.But if you are going for screen resolution then i pad 2 is better option rather than kindle fire hd , As the market sort of pupose Kindle fire and i pad 2 both are useful in its own scenario. so i will prefer both at the instant of uses.

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      MagpieNest 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Have you tried the app? http://www.raz-kids.com/main/ViewPage/name/tc-mobi...

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I would love to know if you worked out this issue.I too would love to use the raz- kids as well as myon.com but I do not know if there is a way to do it. please let us know if you have it going.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      thought the topic of Adobe Flash might be covered here. I would like my son to utilize his web based reading program, Raz-Kids on his Kindle Fire and it is telling me I need to download Adobe Flash. I don't think it is supported. RK said to get an cloud browser app. Can't get this up and running... anyone know?

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      mistaben 4 years ago

      Good info. Appreciate sharing.

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      June Campbell 4 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      I would think the Kindle Fire would be a great boon for young children.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      A fun puzzle game for kids on the Kindle Fire is called Traktor Digger

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      Enchantable 4 years ago

      I am truly amazed at all of the apps available to kids these days! There is no excuse for learning now! hehe

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      DanielBrooks 4 years ago

      its awsm for kids

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      DanielBrooks 4 years ago

      awsm lens

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      syreviews 5 years ago

      I'm actually ambivalent about this one. On the one hand - there are so many apps and educational things for kids to do. On the other hand - when they get used to learning by continuously being stimulated, learning in the classroom becomes so boring. I'm thinking the Kindle Fire is a good idea for kids, as long as you limit the amount of time spent.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      The article I read previous to yours asked readers to vote whether Kindles are good gifts for kids. I voted no which I stand by. Although your article is swaying my decision. I especially like the less expensive alternatives.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      There are a lot of e-books on Amazon written by new authors. Some of them aren't so great, but a lot of them really are. One that I can personally vouch for is Steven the Bull. It is written for young children. It is cute and teaches an important lesson. If you do download it, please feel free to leave a review on the product page. The author would really appreciate it.

      http://www.amazon.com/Steven-the-Bull-ebook/dp/B00...

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      FunFactsFreddie 5 years ago

      kids love pets. i've written quiz games about cats, dogs and horses that teach children fun facts about their family friends.

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      Linyan 5 years ago

      Compare to app store, choices on kindle fire for good quality kids apps are not wide. I bought dr. Panda teach me for my son on iPad, and noticed that this game is also available on kindle fire now, you could give it a try. Dr. Panda did keep my son entertained for quite a long time. http://amzn.to/drpanda-am

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      KidsCare is a great app to protect what apps your kids can access (like a global child lock)

      http://www.amazon.com/Tapp-Software-KidsCare-Child...

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Certainly there are good apps for kids in Kindle Fire. I love Clocky the Clock for my Kids. They are learning to tell the time both in english and in spanish:

      http://amzn.com/B007QFODUK

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I think that you've forgotten to mention another great and free app for kids:

      Animal Hide and Seek

      http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007IWL034?ie=UTF...

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Your page here on the Kindle Fire for Kids is excellent. Lots of good info, and you convinced me that kids can get a great deal with the Kindle Fire.

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      Buchamar 5 years ago

      These look great! It's nice to have choices :-) I review Learning Games for Preschoolers on the iPad. Visit my lens for more! So far I am working with Apple products.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      With all the reading and learning that kids have to do, it's a good idea for them to have a Kindle. There are so many free books and low cost books for them to read , and something for all ages.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Do You Think That The Kindle Fire Would Be A Good Device For A Girl Between 12-13 Years Old?

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      GoAceNate LM 5 years ago

      Cool thanks for the resource. I just got a Fire and was looking for apps for children.

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      MagpieNest 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Check out the latest updates. You can now password protect Wifi access on the Kindle Fire.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @MagpieNest: That can work but even when the pre paid card is empty they can still purchase things (Amazon does not validate there are funds before the purchase completes) and a lot of these cards have monthly fees. Unless this is fixed I would not recommend a fire for a child go for a nook instead.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @CarlittoDunaway: Are you kidding me? By the time you purchase other "gadgets" and then games for it the price will far surpass the cost of a kindle fire and free apps

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      MagpieNest 5 years ago

      @CarlittoDunaway: It does depend on your budget. The Kindle Fire can be used for a lot of different things which makes it value for money to many families. And many Kindle Fires will be shared with parents.

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      CarlittoDunaway 5 years ago

      Kindle Fire is still too expensive gadget for kids...

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      Avi Wolfson 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      This is great information. Thank you for sharing.

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      MagpieNest 5 years ago

      @Wendy Leanne: Yeah, my 5 year old wants a Nintendo DS to play Super Mario too. He's getting a tablet for the same reasons as yours. But he's also getting my old Nintendo Game Boy Advance SP with Super Mario (which I already had.) Lucky child!

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      Wendy Leanne 5 years ago from Texas

      We bought the Nook Color to give our 5 year old this Christmas. When my husband first suggested it I thought he'd lost his mind. A tablet for a 5 year old! But, I was planning on getting her a Nintendo DS. My husband pointed out that she may lose the cartridges and that the games were so much more expensive than the app games we could put on the Nook Color. My husband is a programmer so he stripped the Nook down so that it really is just a super powerful yet crazy affordable Android tablet. So, I think a Kindle Fire is a great idea for kids. :)

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      jadehorseshoe 5 years ago

      Most kids can handle it.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I really hope this has a chance against the iPad

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      Mickie Goad 5 years ago

      Wonderful information. The LeapPad Explorer looks like a good choice for a child under 6 years. It is not so "kid" looking and a child might not be turned off by its design. I know that my grandkids want something that looks like what their parents use. I never thought about the Fire as a substitute for an iPad for a child. Great job. Glad I read the SquidLog newsletter today that suggested I visit your pages.

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      DesignedbyLisa LM 5 years ago

      Great review. You covered all the features and compared all the tablets that I was considering! Thanks for doing the work for me. :)

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      baby-strollers 5 years ago

      I really like the fire, but I'm thinking more for me than the kids...

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      JMaltman 5 years ago

      Good job on the Fire for Kids review! My son loves my Asus eeePad Transformer - we both use it a lot. Enough that I wrote about it here: https://hubpages.com/technology/top-10-android-app... - most of those would work on the Fire as well. Definitely look at Famigo Sandbox as well for your tablet, I mention it in my lens.

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      TopToysForKids 5 years ago

      Kids are growing by leaps and bounds in technology. They are practically at the center of it. The Kindle is an extension of that growth.

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      jlshernandez 5 years ago

      This is a great way to learn and have fun. Kids will love to read more play games at the same time anywhere and anytime. Thanks for sharing the great reviews and info.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great article--thanks for comparing to LeapPad as our daughter is only 5 so that was one of the tablets we were considering instead!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Arlene, the wifi won't work while you're driving anyway, so she won't be able to search for anything while you're on the road, but she would be able to read books or use apps that have already been loaded on the Fire.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I really wanted to get the fire for my 9 yr old she loves reading books on my iphone ( kindle app) Not to mention the games ans so on, ir keps her from getting into fights with her younger sister in the car, but now i am considering the nook just because the parental controls, i am worried i can not keep an eye on her while driving plus things can find her quicker than she can find things , lets face it shes an innocent 9 yr old so why risk it, i know she wont go looking for porn or whatever but when she was younger she was looking for a hello kitty web site and we were both horriefied what came on the screen, so i huess the debate is nook color or nook tablet

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      Tamara Kajari 5 years ago from Zagreb, Croatia, Europe

      I'm far from being an expert, but this is an outstanding review lens with an excellent products offers from the same niche. Well done and blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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      MagpieNest 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Yes, hopefully Amazon will soon have a recommended solution for parental controls. (There do seem to be some workarounds.)

      As far as I know the original Nook tablet does have parental controls, and has the earlier Record and Play feature.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great article. This is the only article I could find related to kids and the Kindle Fire so I was afraid it wasn't going to be great. You covered everything though. Thank you.

      It looks like I might be considering the new Nook for my almost-7-year-old for Christmas because of the parental controls. Does anyone know if the original Nook Color has the recording options and parental controls? If so, I don't see any reason to buy the newer version of the NC.

      Thanks again for the great article!

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      MagpieNest 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I have a feeling Amazon will be addressing this one - there are some rumors on their forums, but I'll wait for something concrete to update. I remember something similar with the iPad originally. Why don't they think of these things!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Amazon may be depending on the ease with which people can purchases with a pre-registered card to make their profit, but it's just another flaw in an already limited device. Sure, you can get around it with a pre-paid Visa card or whatever, but why do we need to go to that trouble? Wouldn't it be much, much easier for Amazon to allow separate logins or parental controls? We got one so our child could take books to school and use it as an all-round gadget for calendars and notes, and we trust her not to buy things on impulse or accidentally, but we don't like the idea that it's simple for someone else to tap the screen a couple of times and spend our virtually unlimited amounts of our money in a few seconds.

      Of all the dubious decisions Amazon made when designing this device (no mic, seriously?), the lack of account security has absolutely got to be the dumbest.

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      MagpieNest 5 years ago

      @anonymous: The Kindle Fire docs say "You are not required to have a credit or debit card on your Amazon.com account to make digital purchases such as Kindle books, but you must establish a default 1-Click billing address on your Amazon.com account to use Amazon.com gift cards for digital purchases." If digital purchases doesn't include apps, then a prepaid card is a good workaround to get a credit card on the account. Thanks very much for your input.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @MagpieNest: Exactly. You have to enter a payment method. You had told a PP that you could just not enter one and only use gift cards but that will not work on the fire. You have to have some sort of payment method which is why I suggested the prepaid card. Amazon explained that the reason you must have a credit card on file is something about the laws and the apps being made from various developers and publishers and I guess tracking where their apps are sold. They told us the prepaid card was a loophole around this that would work for a situation where you did not want to give a person full reign access over your card (such as her elderly mother or my 7 year old son)

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      MagpieNest 5 years ago

      @anonymous: You do have to go through setting up a payment method and enter a default 1-click billing address, perhaps that was where the confusion arose. But you don't have to set up credit or debit card details. See: Setting Your Kindle Fire Payment Method.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @MagpieNest: Let me clarify. The account can not be set up with only a gift card on file. You have to have a payment method of either a credit card or debit card on file. Once you do that you may be able to use a gc for the purchases but you can't only have a gift card on the account. A friend tried to set up her elderly moms with only a gift card and could not even get the free apps but once she called amazon and they suggested the visa gift card as a pymt method on file then she did just that, the account worked correctly.

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      MagpieNest 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Really? The Kindle Fire documentation covers using gift cards for appstore purchases. A prepaid Visa gift card would work though and is a good option for older kids.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @MagpieNest: You can't use a gift card for app purchases. When talking to Amazon about this they suggested setting up the account with a prepaid visa gift card so that when it's out, it's out.

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      MagpieNest 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Yes, many people would like full parental purchase controls. One approach is to register the Kindle Fire to an account with no credit card details. Then use gift cards for purchases. Or buy items as gifts and send them to the Kindle Fire account.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      There are no purchase protection passwords for kids. They can buy anything in the real amazon store with 2 clicks! I'm typing on one now, and although its for my daughter for Christmas, I'm hesitant to give it to her. Sure you can turn off one clickas an option, Bhutan I would love to see some parental purchase controls.