Yesterday, I headed off to Amazon HQ in London for a very hush-hush event. It was hard not being able to talk, tweet, instagram such a great product all of yesterday.
But today – I finally have the freedom to introduce Amazon’s newest product – The Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition Tablet.
I know, I can hear you saying – not another kids’ tablet!!
I can assure you what I’m about to reveal will ensure that it is NOT just another kids’ tablet.
I love my own Kindle Fire HD so I was quite excited to hear, see and have a little play with the product yesterday as the features sounded and are awesome. So, what’s the hype all about?
Firstly, this is not a toy tablet. It is a fully functional tablet with a 6″ screen meant for children aged between 3 – 10. I’ll tell you why in a minute. However, it is possible to use it as a normal functioning adult tablet.
Why is it then a kids tablet?
Well, firstly, the screen is made from reinforced glass. This means that this is less likelihood of it being shattered if dropped. It also comes with a protective case made from rubber that further ensures its safety. You can throw it around a bit.
And if it does break or the screen cracks or it somehow gets immersed in water -fear not – as it comes with a 2-year no questions asked warranty where it will be replaced. And yes, it is included in the price.
The most important worry for me is whether the kids are safe online and here’s where Amazon has thought long and hard and come up with a winner. The Kindle Fire HD for kids has a safe environment much like bubble. It is a blue background screen which includes all the apps, books and videos that children could wish for without going online. It is safe and fun and I love this aspect of it. Since the background to this ‘bubble’ is blue, you know if the kids have somehow found out your password or pin and got out of it, even from across the room. A great concept.
There’s more – included in the price is a 1 year subscription to Fire for Kids Unlimited which includes UNLIMITED access to books, games, educational apps and videos for upto 4 children.
You may be wondering why I have mentioned 4 children? This brings me on to my next feature – on the Kindle Fire HD for Kids, you can set up upto 4 profiles and these can be then personalised to suit the age and interests of the child. The clever device also remembers the products that the child plays with and then brings up suggestions the next time the child searches for apps/games/books.
While searching for apps, you can actually search by character and this is perfect for little ones who can’t read or spell but love playing on devices and are pretty much
sure strong-willed about the characters they want to play with.
Some other cool features of the device –
- HD display
- Front and rear facing cameras – these take lovely pictures too – I’ve tried it.
- Dolby digital sound
- Parental controls – where you can set screen time and learning time much like the Kindle Fire.
It is also the perfect size for little hands.
All this must come at a price but at the modest price of £119 for 8GB memory and £139 for 16GB memory, it is well worth putting it on your To-Buy list.
The subscription to Kindle Unlimited can be purchased separately too and costs £4.99 for a family and £1.99 for one child annually if you are a Prime member. If not, the annual cost is £3.99 and £7.99 respectively. So there alone you are recovering about £96 on the cost of subscription since one year’s subscription is included in the price. If you already have a Kindle/Kindle Fire, you can have a free one-month trial through the Fire for Kids App.
As mentioned you can also use the Kindle Fire HD for kids as a normal tablet so when your child grows out of the bubble, you can let them use it to get online. That means that it will provide years of usage too.
I am really excited about this product because I do love the brand and I know that I can hand the device over to my children knowing they are safe online and that I have complete control.
The only thing is that I like it so much that when it arrives home, I may want to keep it for myself!
Disclaimer: I was under no obligation to write this post. I think this is such a safe, fun product perfect for children.