So I really want, and need, to explain that the only difference between the "kids edition" and the regular one, other than price, is that the "kids edition" comes with-
-A kidproof case (and this one even has a kickstand!!) Which yes, the kindle kid cases are amazing with protection.
-The year of Free Time, which is the kids gaming platform.
-The 2 year replacement guarantee (that I have used in the past for a broken screen. SUPER easy process. You have to CALL Amazon to do this, it cannot be done via your order page; Return the kindle without case to Amazon, they ship you a replacement kindle without the case.)
O N L Y differences. So when I see all of these negative reviews about the kids kindle, then I jump over to the positive reviews on the normal kindle, it's baffling. And I did compare the two because it's a $50 price difference, and what really sold this version for me, rather than buying everything separately, was the 2 year replacement guarantee.
My child started out with my Fire HD 7, which you can switch between adult and kid profiles on as well. Any kindle can be a kids kindle as long as you've got a childs profile set up. Once she got bigger/older, we bought her the kids edition 8. So the kids edition 10 is her Christmas gift this year. It's so much faster than the 8, obviously bigger. And I loved that with having it connected to my account before shipment, setup was fast-All the hard work was done and I just had to select a pin for this device, it was set up and ready to go within 10 minutes. Memory card slot on the side, removal and replacement of the case is MUCH easier than on the 8. The volume on this thing is loud, crisp, and clear.
With the 10, the only differences I've noticed that would be worth mentioning is that usually on the other kindles, you would pull down the settings bar to click on the icon and switch profiles. With this one it seems you've got to lock, click the icon, then switch profiles. Not a big deal to me and I'm sure it wont be to her. She uses my profile for regular youtube and roblox, just normal things that aren't accessible on the kids/free time dashboard. Other difference here is that it now uses a USBC charger, which is another positive since every phone in my house uses USBC so it's easier to replace and keep up with.
The free time dashboard. Lots of negative feedback on that one; So sometime ago, maybe in the last year or 2 I think, free time had an update. I HATED the update. It jumbled literally everything together and she had to look for all of her downloaded games, just randomly clicking on everything. But this was a year or 2 ago and the dashboard on the 10 is no different than the dash on the 7 and 8. It's just the same free time update that's been there for a year or 2 now.
She has an ipad air that we have her school apps on. They weren't available on kindle so we keep the ipad around for homework. She absolutely hates the ipad. So if your kid is an apple fan, they may not like this one. My daughter had 2 kindles before she got an ipad from a relative so she was already used to the interface. iPad is easy for her too but she would rather not use anything, than reach for the ipad when the kindle is dead/charging.
For anyone wanting more in depth reviews on this Kindle, jump on over to the Kindle 10 listing and read them there because there is virtually no difference between the "Kids Edition" and the regular 10.