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Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids’ Edition: A Good Deal That Just Got a Little Better

BY: jolene | Dec 11, 2018

One of Amazon’s hottest holiday toys this year isn’t even a toy, it’s the Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids’ Edition. This specially designed kids' tablet isn't some watered-down version of the real thing, there are added features to tailor it to kids' use.  But with a price tag that’s $50 more than the basic Fire HD 8, lots of parents are asking: is it really worth it? Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition tablet Colorful kid-proof case aside, the tablet's Big Brother-esque parental controls, age-appropriate content, and a no-questions-asked replacement guarantee for two whole years more than justify the cost. And for a limited time before Christmas, it’s on sale for $30 off, or just $99.99.  

A Side-by-Side Comparison

Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids' Edition

The Hardware

Don’t be fooled by the flashy case, this tablet is the real deal. It’s got the same 8", high-definition screen as the adult one, and it comes with double the internal storage—32GB versus the standard’s Fire HD 8’s 16GB. Plus, an impressive 12-hour battery life will outlast most long car rides and Trolls movie marathons.

The Kid-Proof-iness

The Kids’ Edition’s comes with a colorful foam case that acts like a lightweight, but strong body armor. It’s designed to be easier for small kids’ hands to hold and to withstand the drops, dings, and inevitable fights over whose turn it is to use it. With the adult version, you’re on your own for a case. Speaking of protection, the kids’ Fire HD 8 also comes with a two-year worry-free guarantee. Seriously, Amazon will repair or replace almost any havoc those little ones can wreak on it. Amazon FreeTime games apps books movies and shows Now that you’re convinced this tablet is tough enough to handle your kids, let’s talk about how they’ll use it. With Amazon’s FreeTime service, more than 15,000 games, apps, books, and shows are all right at their fingertips. The subscription service curates content that will be age-appropriate for the user, and it’s included free with the tablet for one year. After that, it’s $2.99 a month.

Parental Controls

Amazon also built in more advanced parental controls. The dashboard lets you create individual profiles for up to four kids and set limits on things like screen time and curfews for each. Plus you can block social media or the internet if you want. But the tablet’s kid-safe browser already comes with built-in limits on the types of content and sites users can visit. That means you get superior storage and protection, plus control over what your kids see with the Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids’ Edition. And that peace of mind has got to be worth something.
This post has been sponsored by Amazon, but the opinions are my own.