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Is the Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition Worth the Money?

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Is the Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition Worth the Money?

If you’re a fan of Amazon’s e-reader/tablet the Kindle Fire then you may have heard of the Kindle Kids Edition. The Kids Edition of the Fire HD comes in a smaller size, comes with a durable rubber protective case and allows you to easily protect your children in the app store and online. Because built in parental controls with FreeTime run from the start, it’s an easy way to make sure that your children are reading and doing what they’re supposed to be.

What is the Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition?

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The Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition is a version of the standard Kindle Fire HD with a rubberized case for protecting the Kindle Fire. It’s also designed around kids, with Amazon FreeTime already set up, and a few tweaks to the system. This allows you to control what your kids are doing, log in without the restrictions if you want to use the tablet, and present a system layout geared towards children’s interests.

Kindle Fire HD vs Kids Edition

The Kindle Fire HD and the Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition are remarkably similar, and so much so that there are virtually no differences.

Kindle Fire HD

The Kindle Fire HD features the following items:

  • 6′ or 7′ screen
  • LCD Screen (Gorilla Glass)
  • 252 pixel density
  • 1,200×800 display
  • 1.5Ghz Processor
  • 10.1 ounces
  • Front and rear camera
  • 8 hour battery life
  • 8-16GB storage
  • 1 year warranty

The Kid’s Edition adds:

  • 2 Year Warranty
  • 2.5Ghz processor
  • Durable Case
  • Built-In Kids Apps
  • App Access Limited to Kids Options
  • Multiple Colors
  • Parental Controls from Startup
  • 12.6 ounces

What is Kindle Free Time

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Kindle Free Time is a parental control application that allows you to set conditional locks on what your children do. FOr example, you can require them to read for 30 to 60 minutes before apps and games are unlocked, you can limit game and app time to a specific number or you can put specific games, apps or even searches completely off limits. This allows you to censor what your children see and do, and ensure that they spend enough time with activities that help with learning and development rather than just playing games.

Unfortunately, at the end of the day, buying the Kindle Fire HD is a better bargain. The limited operating system on the Kids Edition is definitely a disadvantage if your kids are old enough to want to use it for homework, although the additional year of warranty is nice. You can purchase a similar case for the regular 6″ for considerably less than $50, and then just set up FreeTime on the device. Because you can create different profiles for your kids with the regular FreeTime, you can set up almost the exact same experience. The only difference is that the tablet isn’t geared towards showing advertisements, apps and games for kids.

Better yet, if you’re on a budget, you can purchase the Kindle Fire HD 7 previous generation model for as little as $60 secondhand on the Amazon store. If you don’t necessarily care about the extra cost and want a tablet that is designed around your kids, then the Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition makes a good choice.