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Kindle for a 5 and 7 ear old

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Initial post: Oct 15, 2013 8:46:09 AM PDT
S. Szabo says:
My kids have a leap pad but I was looking to possibly get them some sort of tablet for Christmas. The apps seem to be less expensive than the leappad games which are about $20 and they can't play them at the same time since they are cartridges. Anyone have any recommendations on if a kindle is good for kids and which one would be best?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 15, 2013 8:50:17 AM PDT
Any of the Fire models would be great. The current models all have good parental controls (called "Free Time"). Be sure to get a good case to protect it from falls (the Kindle, not the kids).

Posted on Oct 15, 2013 8:56:31 AM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
I would also recommend getting extended warranties with drop coverage as well if you can afford it....

Posted on Oct 15, 2013 9:16:56 AM PDT
YepIt'sBecky says:
I purchased Kindle Fire HDs for my 4 grandchildren whose ages are 5 - 14 and they love them.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 15, 2013 9:31:14 AM PDT
Dane Brooks says:
You're smart to go with the Kindle Fire instead of those over priced "educational" tablets. With free app of the day you probably won't need to buy your kids any games after a while.

I'm getting my 6 and 9 yearold the "all new" kindle Fire HD for Christmas. They have had the Orignal Kindle fire for almost 2 years and still play them on a regular basis.

Kindle Free time will let you put solid controls on what they can do as well as limit the amount of time they spend each day on certain tasks.

If you are an Amazon Prime member they will probably be shows they can download and take with them while out and about for free. If you plan on using the feature or plan on buying them other movies/tv shows through instant video I do suggest you spring the for $169 16gb model.

Posted on Oct 16, 2013 6:52:16 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 16, 2013 6:53:23 AM PDT
My son who was 6 at the time got the first generation Kindle Fire the Christmas it came out. As in your situation, my husband and I didn't want to continue to pay for more expensive Leap Frog apps he would outgrow in a year or two anyway. My 5 year daughter got my old first generation Fire last year after I upgraded to the first Kindle Fire HD in 2012. We consider this one of the best decisions we ever made. The most expensive app we have purchased is the $6.99 Minecraft one but the majority of apps the kids play and love are the free ones or occasionally the $1.99 apps. Also, my son reads more books on the Fire than he did before which we consider a huge bonus.

One thing to keep in mind if you do purchase these for the kids is that content can't be moved from one account to a different account as the child gets older. I set up individual accounts for each of my kids so my account wasn't cluttered with their stuff and vice versa. They do not know they have these accounts as my husband and I are the only ones with the account sign in and passwords and we are in full control of anything purchased on the account. When the kids are older and more mature we plan to turn their account info over to them. This way they will still be able to retain any apps or favorite childrens books as they get older. Occasionally we have had to purchase an app twice but again this has still been cheaper than buying LeapFrog games, etc.

I definitely echo the sentiment to get a good case for the Fires if you do end up purchasing for your kids.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 16, 2013 7:06:54 AM PDT
The neat thing about the Fires is that you can set the Kindle FreeTime individually for each kid. You might put different apps on each one, based on the kids' ages and interests.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 16, 2013 7:48:50 AM PDT
S. Beardsley says:
Lots of good advice from other parents on here so I'm not going to repeat what they said. Just wanted to add that I got the kindle fire for my kids (5 & 7 at the time) last Christmas and it was a great purchase. They both can use it easily and use it a lot still (to the point where I have to take it away because I think they play too much sometimes). And the one poster that mentioned free app of the day was right on. They won't all be kid appropriate, but I've gotten tons of free apps. I have purchased a few, but not a lot because you can get free ones if you're patient.

Posted on Oct 16, 2013 8:00:09 AM PDT
JenL says:
I bought my daughter the Fire HD last Christmas when she was 8 and she loves it. I added FreeTime unlimited which I strongly recommend. Tons of books, games, and videos. The monthly fee is low and I don't have to worry about buying content for her Kindle. (although we do occasionally add a few extra books) The content on FreeTime unlimited also changes occasionally. When a new app is released that she is hoping for it usually shows up on FreeTime.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 16, 2013 8:39:14 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 16, 2013 9:33:15 AM PDT
Ripley says:
My 3.5yo has had a Fire since his last birthday. I subscribe to Kindle FreeTime Unlimited ($3/month) and have only purchased a handfull of apps because of that.

We tried the Otterbox case but he actually had a hard time holding onto it, and it made the Fire heavy. We then moved to a cover like this one: i-Blason ArmorBox Kido Series for All New Kindle Fire HD 7 Inch Tablet [2013 Release / Not Compatible with Kindle Fire HD 7 2012 Release] Light Weight Super Protection Convertiable Stand Cover Case Kids Friendly (Orange) , plus a screen protector. That dramatically reduced the number of drops, though it hasn't eliminated them. I just sold his original Kindle Fire HD 7" in favor of the new Kindle Fire HD 7", because I want the ability to download his favorite Prime shows (Thomas and Friends, Bob the Builder, etc). We are often away from wi-fi when he needs the extra entertainment (e.g., road trips).

Posted on Oct 16, 2013 9:25:35 AM PDT
scoutyjones says:
So wait, the "new" Kindle Fire HD 7" allows for some prime downloads but not the original? Damn...can't understand why that is...can anyone confim or give me an example (please?) of a show/video you can download from Prime?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 16, 2013 9:31:42 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 16, 2013 9:31:55 AM PDT
Ripley says:
Correct, the new (2013) Kindle Fire HD and HDXs have the ability to download from Prime. This was not available for the original Fire HDs, which is my main reason for upgrading. I don't yet have my son's HD, though it's out for delivery, or my HDX to give you a specific example of which shows. The product description says: "NEW-Prime members can now download hundreds of Prime Instant Video movies and TV shows on the all-new Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire HDX tablets to watch anywhere-on a plane, on vacation, or in the car. Prime Instant Video is the only U.S. online video subscription streaming service that offers offline viewing, and it's included at no additional cost."

Posted on Oct 16, 2013 11:25:07 AM PDT
scoutyjones says:
That is really disappointing as I am not sure what has been improved from the original HD7" to the new version other than losing the ability to have HDMI out...must be OS based. perhaps we will see this on the older Fire HD's...

Thank you for clarification.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 16, 2013 11:27:52 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 16, 2013 11:28:34 AM PDT
J. Gatie says:
You are looking at it wrong. The new Fire HD is not the successor to last year's Fire HD, it is the successor to last year's basic Fire. The successor to last year's HD is the HDX. View them as entry level and premium models.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 16, 2013 11:37:46 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 16, 2013 11:39:34 AM PDT
Dane Brooks says:
The few people I've seen mention Prime downloads have left me with the impression that most TV shows offered on Prime are available for download but the selection of movies is very limited.

As far as why it's not available on older models. It has to be one of two reasons, it made it easier to get the content owners ( TV and Movies studios) to agree to the download feature with a limited set of devices or they simple want to add an extra feature to encourage people to upgrade. I can't think of a reason besides those two, except maybe if they've added something in the hardware that would make it more diffcult to pull the downloaded files off and pirate them.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 16, 2013 11:58:19 AM PDT
scoutyjones says:
I call it the All new Kindle Fire HD makes it a successor to the Kindle Fire HD. Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD are separate entities to me, like the Kindle HDX line is for me...but that is just a matter of perception.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 16, 2013 12:10:01 PM PDT
Ripley says:
Check out the comparison table on the Fire pages; they actually added text that agrees with what J. Gatie's point: "NEW - Kindle Fire HD
Replaces 2012 Kindle Fire" and "NEW - Kindle Fire HDX Replaces 2012 Kindle Fire HD."

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 16, 2013 12:17:00 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 16, 2013 12:18:23 PM PDT
J. Gatie says:
Disagree all you want, but the logical way to look at it is entry level and premium models. Otherwise, Amazon has illogically downgraded the HD line to an entry level model and price, while simultanously bringing out a premium model which replaces nothing from the year before. It's all semantics in the end, and personally I prefer to look at it logically, rather than whine about this years HD being worse than last years.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 16, 2013 12:17:17 PM PDT
J. Gatie says:
And there you have it!

Posted on Oct 16, 2013 12:24:05 PM PDT
S. Szabo says:
So for my children should I be looking into the Kindle HD or the Kindle HDX? Thanks for all the answers to far

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 16, 2013 12:43:21 PM PDT
Dane Brooks says:
For a 5 and 7 yearold I think the HD should be fine. Unless you want them yo be able to skype, take pictures, or they are real graphics snobs for thier games.

I'm getting my 6 and 9 yearold the HD.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 16, 2013 12:48:09 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 16, 2013 12:49:02 PM PDT
Ripley says:
I got DS the new 16GB HD. I figure that way I don't have to worry much when he drops it. We haven't broken a Kindle yet, but there is always a first time.

ETA detail.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 16, 2013 3:42:17 PM PDT
scoutyjones says:
Lol...what would you expect them to say? Its a matter of perspective

Posted on Oct 16, 2013 3:50:31 PM PDT
Kelly says:
Thinking about a kindle for an 8 yro -- it need to be able to support audio books. Any recommendations???

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 16, 2013 6:00:16 PM PDT
Dane Brooks says:
I don't think any of the e-reader kindles support audio anymore so you'll need to get a Kindle Fire. If you mostly just want it for the 8 y/o to read and play audio books get the "all new" Kindle Fire HD and you probably only need the 8 GB model.

You only need to upgrade to the HDX if you want the 8 y/o to have really good graphics on games or they are going to use it for something like school.

You might want to go with the 16 GB HD if the 8y/o will want a lot of games on the Kindle or download several movies at a time.
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