Kindle for Kids Bundle with Previous Generation Kindle (7th), 2-Year Accident Protection, Kid-Friendly Blue Cover
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- Includes the previous generation Kindle (7th) without sponsored screensavers ($99.99), a kid-friendly cover ($19.99), and a 2-year warranty provided by SquareTrade ($19.99). Save $39.98 compared to when purchased separately.
- Set reading goals and track progress with Kindle FreeTime
- Drops or spills? No worries—includes 2 years of accident protection provided by SquareTrade. Once your Kindle ships, you will receive an email with instructions on how to activate your coverage.
- Power up a young reader’s vocabulary with features that offer hints for difficult words and let you practice them on digital flashcards
- Zero distractions—unlike tablets, Kindle is designed just for reading
- Lighter than a paperback and holds thousands of books
- Kindle offers more than 250,000 children’s titles, plus easily borrow e-books from your public library
Includes a 2-Year Warranty with Accident Protection provided and sold by SquareTrade
Once your Kindle ships, you will receive an email with instructions to activate your included coverage. Offer details
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* First of all, this is the same 7th generation Kindle being advertised for $79. I own it and love it.
* This is a dedicated e-reader. This simply means that this Kindle is used for reading books. You cannot watch videos or play games. It is not a tablet computer. It is designed to read on.
* This is not a color e-reader. Any book you buy will be in black and white, well, greyscale really. But again, it's designed to read books. Any novel you open will be in black and white.
* There is no built in light. Like a regular book you will need to read with a light source. Outside, lamp, natural daylight in a room are all perfectly ok.
* No text to speech on this model. The reader cannot plug in headphones and hear the text read.
Those are the biggies I can think of that might be of interest to a child. Basically, if the receiver of this Kindle wants to read books and read books only, this is a slam dunk! But if they want to read books, watch videos on youtube, play games, and go online, you'd be better off with a Kindle Fire. I am a fifth grade teacher and I can tell you that I see a variety of Kindles. When students use the Fire I really have to discourage the playing of games in class. This can sometimes be problematic. But when students are using a dedicated e-reader like this I know they are using it to read.
It starts with the basic Kindle e-reader which is still a very good choice for many readers:
- for those who simply want an e-reader, don't want or need a combination device that is also intended for installing apps and web browsing and playing games, and are not demanding a color screen (for those purposes a tablet device is really needed, one alternative of course being the least expensive Fire model, the Fire HD 6 which is also available as the Fire HD 6 Kids Edition, or the Fire HD Kids Edition Bundle, both Kids models being more expensive than this e-reader bundle but perhaps more suitable depending upon what features are desired). As Amazon says: this device is "Purpose-built for reading. Kindle is designed as a dedicated e-reader. Indulge your love of reading without interruptions like email alerts and push notifications".
- for those who want an e-reader but don't need or want either of the self-illuminated and more expensive Kindle Paperwhite or Voyage models (I have both, and I love them, but the illumination is not needed under many lighting conditions, and the battery draw is greater when the lighting is turned up).
- for those who are new to the Kindle ecosystem and want the lowest price reader to see how they adapt to reading books on an electronic device (I hesitated too in trying out the e-reader, but after first purchasing one of the original Paperwhite models, I've become a committed Kindle user. I now do the vast majority of my reading on one of my Kindles).
- for those who might want a lower priced second Kindle for use outdoors or while traveling, and don't want to worry about damaging or losing the more expensive model they keep at home (this is where the ability to keep your books on the cloud and download whichever ones you want to whichever device you're using is really terrific, not to mention that the Kindle system keeps everything synchronized so that you can read for a while on one Kindle, and then pick up at the same point you left off, if you happen to go to the next room and decide to use the Kindle you keep THERE. Oh yes, Kindle fanatics can be like that sometimes...).
So, briefly, what are the pros and cons of this particular version of the Kindle, and this bundle?
- thinking first of how this bundle is being pitched as a product for kids: this Kindle is for reading, not for other uses (see comments above and links to the Fire models), so for someone who wants a Kindle for a child and who wants to encourage them to read without being distracted by games or other activities, this is the right Kindle to get.
- It's the lowest price Kindle
- It has the same display size as the more expensive self-illuminated Kindle e-readers, just with slightly less resolution
- It has the best battery life of any e-reader Kindle, since there is no display lighting to draw down the battery
- It has an absolutely mammoth storage capacity - 4 GB which for all intents and purposes will hold as many books as many people may read in a lifetime (I have almost 800 books on my Voyage - I know! - which has the same 4 GB storage capacity and it is still only about 50% full).
- UNIQUE TO THIS "KIDS BUNDLE" - you get the version 'without special offers' included as part of the discounted package (most people don't want to pay the $20 difference at normal pricing to remove the ads). It makes the device a bit less commercial, since it's not pitching commercials to you every time it's turned off. Personally I prefer not having the special offers so it's nice that the Kindle here is configured this way, but some people actually like the offers.
- UNIQUE TO THIS "KIDS BUNDLE" - you get a 'kid-friendly' "grip" (not "cover" because it doesn't provide full coverage of the Kindle) in your choice of one of five colors (black, dark blue, green, pink, purple), which is something that will help to protect the Kindle from those occasional drops. The grip wraps around the corners and provides very good protection, and it is styled similar to the most recent Kindle models with a sculpted back design (the Voyage and most recent Kindle Fire devices themselves have similar styles, for example). This is the grip included: NuPro Protective Comfort Grip for Kindle - Dark Blue.
- UNIQUE TO THIS "KIDS BUNDLE" - you get a 2-year accident protection policy, so that even with the grip, if the device is dropped and damaged, you're covered (see 2-Year Protection Plan plus Accident Protection for Kindle for the full details. A maximum of 3 claims can be made over the lifetime of the policy).
- It has many features particularly beneficial for kids who are learning to read: font styles and sizes are adjustable, parental controls are available, the newest Kindle FreeTime software is incorporated and allows reading objectives to be set and achievements rewarded, vocabulary builder is included, and so forth. These features are included with all e-ink Kindle models, not specific to this device or bundle.
- It has all of the other great features every Kindle includes - such as the built-in dictionary (I don't know how I lived before when I didn't have the ability to simply touch a word and have the definition pop up).
- No built-in light. The self-illuminated displays of the Paperwhite and Voyage offer their own advantages, and for readers who will want to read in bed or in dim lighting and without requiring a separate light, they are terrific.
- Slightly less crispness and clarity of display compared to the above-mentioned models.
- No 3G connection capability, so that a wi-fi connection is the only way the device can communicate with Amazon and the cloud, download books, and so forth.
- The grip included with this bundle is not a 'book' style cover, so it doesn't have the automatic 'wake' or 'sleep' feature that would be provided if you had purchased this Kindle in the normal (un-Bundled) way and selected one of the other covers available. It also does not cover or protect the front display of the Kindle, and it does not provide a support to prop up the Kindle for reading, such as the 'origami' covers provide. (The grip is removable, however, so I suppose one could remove it and then use a different one, but that would basically negate half of the advantage of this 'Kids Bundle' deal).
- Does not provide tablet capabilities - no web browsing, e-mail, video, or color. Also does not include speakers (or microphone, or camera, or audio out port) so can't be used to listen to audible books (or .mp3 files, etc).
- This Kindle uses the touchscreen display for page turning and selecting menu choices. Some Kindle users, who have become accustomed to earlier Kindle models with page-turn buttons or even a keyboard, lament the loss of those features. Amazon, in it's present Kindle e-reader lineup, offers only touchscreen models (with the additional 'pagepress' capability of the Voyage, where you can use either touchscreen or buttons to the side of the display to turn pages).
- notwithstanding my earlier comments regarding the suitability of this Kindle for reading only, I do have to point out that it does incorporate a basic web browser (Amazon calls it an 'experimental' web browser and refers to it as 'Webkit'), so it does offer some web functionality, and the web access does provide the ability to pull up wikipedia information in addition to dictionary definitions, for example.
- it includes a charging cable but not an AC adaptor. This is typical these days; I suppose Amazon has decided that by now most customers have enough AC adaptors already, from devices they already own, and it would be wasteful to provide an AC adaptor with every device sold. If one is needed, then the Amazon product is Amazon Kindle 5W USB Power Adapter although a better choice is really the higher capacity Amazon Kindle 9W PowerFast Adapter for Accelerated Charging, particularly since they are priced the same. There are also lots of other choices available on Amazon, as well as car adaptors and so forth.
- the protection plan, when it is sold separately, can be purchased to cover 3 years for an additional $5. I assume that it will be possible to extend the coverage here to 3 years as well, for that same cost, but haven't yet confirmed that. I don't normally spend extra money for extended warranties, but in this case I think that five bucks is a very small price to pay for that added coverage.
- If I find any issues of durability or other problems over time, I will return here and update this review accordingly.
The alternative choice for a new e-ink Kindle that would be least expensive would be to purchase this same Kindle model but 'with' special offers for $79. That's also a good deal, but again you don't get either the grip or the protection plan, and you also don't get the 'cleaner' version without special offers. Most people will want to get some kind of protection for their Kindle eventually, so this is a way to get that, in the form of a nice but simple grip, plus the protection plan, for the discounted price.
Really, this is a great deal, and for anyone who is interested in this particular Kindle model (for the reasons I stated at the beginning of the review, or others), then it's is very attractive way to pick one up. Amazon is calling it a Kids Bundle, and it's being offered just as we're approaching the summer time with kids out of school, but really it's just as nice for someone who is ready to buy the regular Kindle anyway, and wants to get the advantages that this bundle provides.
(By the way, I ordered one for myself, and I'm not even a kid! The 'verified purchase' identification does not seem to be working for this Kids Bundle, because the order is implemented as separate line items for the basic Kindle device, grip, and protection plan. The 'verified purchase' designation therefore goes to the products individually, if a review is posted to them, but not to this bundle).
Kindle's have been around for several years now, and the technology is sound and tested. Reading on this device is not only similar to reading on paper, it also references the feel and aesthetics of reading an old fashioned book with pages that turn. So why get a Kindle when books are so much like it? For me, there are three simple answers: 1) you can store hundreds of books on this device, 2) it can actually be easier (physically) to read on a Kindle, and 3) reading can be a little bit more fun on a Kindle, and any little bit of incentive (when it comes to reading and kids) is worth it.
There are a couple of additional reasons why I think this is a great deal. The first is that this is the ad-free version of the Kindle. By paying $99, this means that portions of your screen are not given over to ads. As far as I'm concerned, there is no reason to pay to look at ads, and kits really don't need to be enthralled by more ads, so this version of the device is the way to go. The other thing that's worth noting is that the accessories that come with this Kindle are really nice. The case offers both a better grip and increased protection ... and you're gonna need it, because our kids drop and kick their devices all the time! A 2-year warranty also comes with it, though I've never needed to exercise a warranty on a Kindle. Still, the free warranty is great to have.
One additional note: keep in mind that there is nothing dumbed-down or "kiddie" about this Kindle. It's just a regular Kindle that anyone can use for reading. So I'm imaging plenty of parents and grand parents who might have some of their own books on this Kindle. This Kindle is marketed as being for kids, but really, it's for anyone who wants to read.
If you haven't read on a Kindle, and if you haven't taught your kids to read on a Kindle, I think you're missing out. Books are great, don't get me wrong, but Kindle's can sponsor a whole lot of reading. They are light and make books easy to page through. Since they easily bookmark your reading adventures, they promote reading multiple books at once. And you can carry an entire library with you on spring or summer break, which is a real space saver. Most of all, these things really do help you promote READING, plain and simple. In this day and age of sooooo much video and audio and interactive everything, there is something refreshing about simply reading a book. And when our kids read, we suddenly have so much to talk with them about -- not only the details of the books they're reading, but the books we're reading and all of the ideas informing these texts.
At $99, this is a platform for literacy that any kid would benefit from, I think, making it extremely worth while.
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