For a few months now the Amazon Kindle Fire (affiliate link) has been one of the tablets that I recommend for family use. It’s a reasonably priced device, with good parental controls, the ability to impose screen time limits, and the ability to set up multiple users so that each family member can have their own profile. The operating system is a customised version of Android, and very easy to use. The main drawback that most people cite is the fact that you are limited to the Amazon App Store (no Google Play store here), however I have been able to find a good selection of apps in the Amazon store, including a great range of kids apps, and to some less technical families a smaller selection of more carefully selected apps might be more appealing.
Yesterday I heard the news that Amazon have now gone one better, and launched a Kindle Fire device aimed especially at the family market. The Kids Edition is a 6 inch Fire HD tablet that comes packed with a super tough looking case. It also comes with a free year of Amazon’s Fire for Kids Unlimited service, which allows access to a wide range of Amazon content – books, videos, apps – at no additional cost.But the really inspired part of the Amazon Fire HD Kids Edition is the guarantee. Amazon guarantee that, for your first 2 years of ownership, if anything goes wrong with the device (including accidental damage) you can simply return it to them and receive a replacement.
I know many parents have an issue with giving kids what they consider “grown up technical devices”. These devices are often expensive and not really built for the kind of battering kids will give them. People can’t afford to replace a tablet if their child drops it. But with a two year guarantee like Amazon are offering with the Fire HD Kids edition, I can see a lot of parents thinking that maybe it would be OK to let theirs kids loose with this device.
The Amazon Fire HD Kids edition is available to pre-order now on the Amazon website (affiliate link). It retails at £119, with an option to pay an extra £20 to increase the internal storage from 8Gb to 16Gb. The tablet will be released on 18th June. Based on what I’ve read about this tablet I think it would be an excellent buy for a kids or family device.
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