Fire Kids Edition Tablet, 7" Display, 8 GB, Blue Kid-Proof Case (Previous Generation - 5th)
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- 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.
- 16 GB of internal storage. Add a microSD card for up to 200 GB of additional storage.
- 2-year worry-free guarantee: if they break it, return it and we'll replace it for free. No questions asked.
- Unlimited, free access to 10,000 kid-friendly books, movies, TV shows, educational apps, and games with 1 year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited included
- Best-in-class parental controls allow you to manage usage limits, content access, and educational goals
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If they break it, we'll replace it. No questions asked.
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 we’ll replace it for free. It also covers your Fire tablet against electrical and mechanical breakdowns. Learn more
A case designed for little hands, protects against big drops
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.
Hits kids love from PBS, Nickelodeon, Disney, and more
Amazon FreeTime Unlimited is the first-ever all-in-one subscription that brings together all the types of content that kids ages 3-10 love—books, movies, TV shows, educational apps, and games. You don't have to spend time guessing what your kids will enjoy. Fire Kids Edition includes a year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited at no additional cost.
Best selection of digital content
On Amazon.com or the device, parents can hand-select additional paid and free titles that kids can access in Amazon FreeTime, like Disney Jr., Angry Birds, Minecraft, and more.
Coming Soon—Smart Filters
To ensure that your child sees only age-appropriate content, FreeTime Smart Filters tailor subscription content based on your child's age, so that older kids don't get the baby stuff and little kids don’t see the scary stuff.
Designed with kids in mind
Fire Kids Edition starts in Amazon FreeTime, which is built from the ground up just for kids. The background color and fonts change to a kid-friendly design, kids only see the titles that they have access to see, the home screen carousel shows their recently viewed titles, and they can even navigate visually to content based on characters or topics—for example “Elmo,” “Dinosaurs,” or “Puppies.”
Profiles designed for kids…
Parents can create up to four individual child profiles and choose content that they want to give each of their kids access to. It's like giving each kid his or her very own, personalized tablet. A child’s profile does not have access to in-app purchases, email, or social media features.
…And for parents
Parents can take Fire Kids Edition out of Amazon FreeTime using a password. Fine tune settings, download apps, or share kids’ drawings with family on Facebook. You can choose specific books, videos, and apps for your child to see in Amazon FreeTime from your library.
Screen time limits so they don’t just play
Amazon FreeTime offers innovative parental controls that encourage learning before play and that help manage screen time. With FreeTime, you select all of the content your kids can see, and you can limit your kids' screen time by content type—for example, you may choose to limit videos and games, but make reading time unlimited. FreeTime blocks stores and in-app payments, so you don't have to worry about additional expenses.
Easily set educational goals
Parents can block access to games and cartoons until after educational goals are met, and set when FreeTime may be used. Learn First and Bed Time features extend Amazon FreeTime's existing Daily Time Limit controls.
Amazon FreeTime web browser
Once parents turn this feature on, kids can access more than 40,000 age-appropriate YouTube videos and websites. Websites and videos are selected using a combination of the expertise of Common Sense Media and Amazon FreeTime team to ensure they are appropriate for kids. Parents can also add most websites if they choose to.
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After considering the price to purchase 3 of them and checking out the apps my husband and I were pretty sure we would purchase them. Then I came across the warranty. 2 year worry free guarantee! Are you kidding me? I knew there had to be a catch, I couldn't find one and at that point we were convinced it would be a good investment.
I ordered 3 (at the time pink and blue were our only color choices) So we have 1 pink and 2 blue. Which has caused a host of issues on the toddler level (identifying who's tablet is who's as you can imagine)
They were easy to set up and create their own profiles and add apps to each of their tables . I love the unlimited freetime, they've had their tables for a few months now and can completely work them themselves and download the apps/movies/books that they want. I don't have to do it for them (with the exception of my 2 year old of course). I was able to link our Disney movies anywhere account with our Amazon account and now they can access all of our Disney digital movies on their tables! Which was a huge win for us! I do wish that Amazon could figure out a way for us to be able to link our Ultraviolet movies, it's a huge bummer that Amazon doesn't offer any app to make that possible. I also love that I can login to my Amazon account and send apps/movies etc to their tablets as I see fit, I can locate and page their tables when they are misplaced and remote lock them if I need to . The features on these tablets are astounding, I think there are still some kinks to work out, but overall they are great. My once MAJOR complaint is the charging ports. We've always been very careful about not letting the kids plug in or unplug their tablets themselves. So it's always been myself or my husband and about 2 weeks after having them they became very positional. It is difficult to have to position them JUST RIGHT to get them to charge. Aggravating would be an understatement. I don't however want to send them in for the warranty because you get 3 replacements in 2 years and we didn't do anything to them to cause this, and they DO still charge, it's just a pain. So, we are just dealing with it. My 2 year old did recently shatter his screen on his tablet and the replacement process was fantastic! We had our new tablet in 2 days and was able to easily restore the new on with all of the things he had on his broken tablet. Amazon sent us a return packing slip and we boxed up the broken tablet and dropped it off at UPS to be returned. Super easy! We have 6 kids in our family and it is quite unfortunate that Amazon limits kid's profiles to 4. So our older 2 kids (teens) have to be logged in under myself or my husband which allows them access to our credit card information. I contacted Amazon with this issue and we figured out a work around, but it is still quite frustrating. There really should be a way for us to have more than 4 kids profiles and a way for older kids to have their own profiles and still have access to our family content.With the price and considering everything on a whole, we are still very satisfied with these tablets.
As for the guts of the tablet itself, it's fine. Not great, but certainly fine. It's not the fastest tablet. It isn't the most feature-rich tablet. It doesn't have the sharpest display. But it's only $50, so it deserves to be graded on a curve. For a $50 tablet, it's great.
Now, grab a coffee, get comfortable, because I have some thoughts on Amazon's Freetime service for kids/parents:
Price plus the year of Freetime were the selling points for me (the case and added warranty were nice bonuses). The problem is, Freetime, though fantastic in theory, isn't even half-baked. It's a lump of dough left on the counter to rise. And then whoever was supposed to put it in the oven got distracted and forgot about it. It's getting moldy, and it smells kind of funny.
Freetime: great in theory, terrible in practice.
Normally, when you buy a new tablet, it might have a little bloatware pre-installed, but you generally don't start with the offerings of the entire app store on your homescreen. You find and add the apps you want.
The way you install/remove apps in Freetime is sort of backwards. It's subtractive. Every single title is served up on the home screen (and in the apps, books, videos screens). These aren't technically pre-installed, but to a young kid looking at a sea of icons, it looks like he has all of these wonderful titles at his disposal. Well, he does. But only sort of. He clicks Elmo's face, and the wheel starts spinning over the icon while it downloads. To an impatient kid ("impatient" is redundant, I suppose), it looks like it doesn't work. So, forget Elmo. He clicks the next colorful icon—a dump truck maybe. Same thing. So onto the next and the next and the next. You immediately have a logjam of dozens of apps and videos attempting to download and install at once.
Also, there is only 8GB available (a microSD card is a must). And there exactly 8 bajillion GBs of content represented by all the icons on the homescreen. A kid can't contemplate this. He's going to tap and tap and tap on those icons. A bunch of crap he doesn't really want is going to eat up that 8GB faster than the snot on his fingers can congeal on the screen. And then he won't be able to access anything else (because it's full, not the snot).
Alright, so maybe it's best if mom or dad gets things up and running. The biggest virtue of Freetime is the parent's ability to limit access to specific content (and at specific times and/or after certain goals have been met). You don't want to listen Caillou's shrill nonsense? Back to French Canadia, Caillou.
Because you start with EVERYTHING, you must remove almost everything. You can't start from scratch and give your kid a handful titles to play with. No, you have to select the titles, one by one, that you want to remove until there's a more manageable selection available. This is the most frustrating oversight on the developer's' part. It's just nuts. There are a LOT of titles to remove. It'll take a good hour just to go through and deselect everything so you can go back and add what you actually want for your child.
There's no way around this. And if you have a young child, the tablet will be basically useless until you do this.
The irony is, you got this for Junior to buy yourself the occasional 10 minutes of peace and quiet while you shirk your parental responsibilities—not to add a long, tedious to-do to your list. Also your child will cry, because you're a jerk who just gave him a brand new toy and took it away, apparently so you could play with it.
Did I mention the design of Freetime is nuts? Did I say that already? There should be an expletive before "nuts," but I don't think my review would get approved if there was.
If someone knows someone who worked on Freetime, could you please tell them I said so? Definitely tell them the nuts part, and be sure to include the bad word (you choose). You can quote me. Give them my name. I don't care.
Alright, I should be nice and list some pros:
* Price. If it breaks in a year, oh well.
* Case is decent. I wouldn't buy it on its own for the price, but since it came bundled, it's great. Perfect for kids. Protective. Easy for little hands to grip.
* No-questions warranty is a nice perk.
* Expandable memory (I don't really mind that it starts with only 8GB)
* You have to manually remove every God-forsaken titles yourself before your kid can really use the tablet. This one con outweighs 100, nay, 1000 pros.
* Only PURCHASED Amazon Prime video content is available for offline viewing. Note the emphasis on "purchased." Free titles included in your Prime membership are not available for offline viewing. Amazon heavily advertises offline viewing (awesome!) but omits this detail. Good to know before you pull out of the driveway to go to grandma's.
• We've barely used it in 2 months of ownerships, because—did I mention?—Freetime is stupid and I hate it.