Can you believe it’s almost time for the kids to head back to school? It’s true. I’ve been busy buying school clothes and supplies for the past few weeks. Our school requires a graphing calculator, so I bought one of those. Speaking of gadgets, I’ve also been testing out the Fire Kids Edition Tablet. It’s not really for school, but the device will come in handy during the school year. BTW, don’t let the words “Kids Edition” fool you. This Fire Kids Edition is a real Amazon tablet.
The Fire Kids Edition Tablet features a 7″ Fire tablet, one year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, a kid-proof case, and a two-year worry-free guarantee. I’m sure all parents will love the guarantee. If your kid breaks the tablet, Amazon will replace it free for two year. I already have a Fire tablet. My children use it more often than I do. And with the way my kids treat their stuff, I’m always concern they will accidentally break my tablet. With the two-year warranty on the Fire Kids Edition Tablet, I have peace of mind. The kid-proof case also helps. You never know when the kid will drop the tablet on the floor.
The Amazon tablet also includes one year of FreeTime Unlimited, which gives children free and unlimited access to 10,000 kid-friendly books, movies, TV shows, educational apps, and games. After a year, the optional FreeTime Unlimited will cost you $4.99 per month for one child or $9.99 a month for up to four children. If you are a Prime member, the monthly subscription fee goes down to $2.99 for one kid and $6.99 for up to four kids.
Parents shouldn’t freak out about the unlimited content available through FreeTime Unlimited. You can still manage your kids’ usage limits, content access, and educational goals via FreeTime. For instance, I limit the use of the tablet to two hours a day and between the hours of 8am and 8pm. During the school year, I plan on limiting the time even more. BTW, you can create different profiles for each of your children and set different limits for each of them.
With FreeTime, you can also set different limits for the weekday and weekend. It doesn’t require a lot of work to do this, but it would have been nice if there was a way to clone the settings and then manually adjust the ones I need to change. For instance, I had to manually set the limits for reading, videos, apps and web browsing for weekdays. Then I had to do it again for weekends even though I wanted to use the same settings.
One of the things I really love about the Fire Kids Edition Tablet is the ability to block entertainment content until my kid has met their educational goals for the day. For instance, they can’t play their games until they read a book on the tablet for at least 30 minutes. Nice, right? BTW, my kids hate this option. Big surprise.
The Fire Kids Edition Tablet also has smart filters that give parents the ability to automatically set age range for content. In addition, parents can add or remove content regardless of age.
Another nice feature dads and moms should be aware of is the ability to disable the web browser. If you don’t want your kids to surf the web, then turn it off. If you do have it enable, you can still view their web history.
The Fire tablet includes two cameras. These cameras can be disabled if you don’t want your kids to have access to the cameras or photo gallery.
As I mention previously, the Fire Kids Edition Tablet is a real Amazon tablet. It includes 8 gb of memory (16 gb option or add microSD card for up to 128 GB of additional storage), 7″ IPS display (1024 x 600, 171 ppi), 1.3 GHz quad-core processor with 1 GB of RAM, and Wi-fi support.
The battery has a life of about seven hours and can be recharged with the included USB cable and AC adapter. According to the product literature, if fully charges in less than six hours.
The tablet includes an audio jack, USB port and physical buttons for volume and power.
Fire Kids Edition Tablet Technical Details
- Display: 7″ touchscreen, 1024 x 600 resolution at 171 ppi, SD video playback, with IPS (in-plane switching) technology and advanced polarizing filter
- Size: 8.6″ x 5.4″ x 1.0″ (219 x 138 x 25.5 mm)
- Weight: 14.3 ounces (405 grams)
- CPU and RAM: Quad-Core 1.3 GHz with 1 GB of RAM
- Storage: 8 GB (4.5GB available to user) or 16 GB (11.6 GB available to user) — add microSD card for up to 128 GB of additional storage for even more movies, TV shows, photos, personal videos, and apps
- Battery Life: Up to 7 hours of reading, surfing the web, watching video, and listening to music (based on mixed usage outside of Amazon FreeTime mode)
- Charge Time: Fully charges in under 6 hours using the micro-USB power adapter included in the box, or slightly longer with other micro-USB power adapters that you may already have
- Wi-Fi Connectivity: Single-antenna Wi-Fi supports public and private Wi-Fi networks or hotspots that use the 802.11b, 802.11g, or 802.11n standard with support for WEP, WPA, and WPA2 security using password authentication; does not support connecting to ad-hoc (or peer-to-peer) Wi-Fi networks
- 4G Connectivity: N/A
- Ports: USB 2.0 (micro-B connector) to connect to a PC/Macintosh computer, or to charge your device with the included power adapter; microSD slot for external storage
- Audio: 3.5 mm stereo jack and integrated speaker
- Content Formats Supported: Kindle (AZW), KF8, TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively, Audible Enhanced format (AAX), DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, non-DRM AAC, MP3, MIDI, PCM/WAVE, OGG, WAV, M4V, MP4, AAC LC/LTP, HE-AACv1, HE-AACv2, MKV, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, HTML5, CSS3, 3GP, VP8 (WEBM)
- Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyroscope
- Camera Specs: VGA front-facing camera, 2 MP rear-facing HD camera
- Location Services: Location-based services via Wi-Fi
- Available Colors: Blue, pink, or green kid-proof case
- Additional Features: External volume controls, built-in Bluetooth with support for A2DP compatible stereo headphones, speakers, microphone, and LE accessories support
- Accessibility Features: VoiceView along with Screen Magnifier enable access to the vast majority of Fire tablet features. VoiceView features IVONA’s award-winning natural language text-to-speech voice. Fire OS 5 also includes system-wide Closed Caption settings, adjustable font sizes up to 50% larger, and a variety of book reading text adjustments such as adjustable colors and text spacing. Also includes adjustable font color and built-in Oxford dictionary.
- Warranty and Service: 2-year worry-free guarantee — coverage for anything that happens to your Fire Kids Edition including electrical and mechanical breakdowns
[Disclosure: I received a tablet for review on my dad blog. As always, the opinions expressed are mine and I am not obligated to write a positive review.]