With the advancement in technology in the past few decades, electronics have highly fostered and made their way in our everyday lives. Not even a single day passes without the assistance of these devices nowadays.
Kids are also no longer strangers to these tech-devices. Rather they are now smarter and are able to access these smart technological devices such as tablets better than adults.
However, parents need to keep a check on the devices that their kids use so as to keep them away from browsing inappropriate things, such as adult content.
In fact, they can rather use these devices to increase their child’s intellectual levels by making them play challenging mind games and do other brain-storming activities. Correctly chosen tablets can provide a good combination of useful educational as well as entertainment factor for your kids.
So before buying just any tablet, give quick research on the most kid-friendly tablets available in the market.
Here is a list of 10 Fire Kids Edition Tablet which could help you choose according to your interests:
Amazon Fire 7
Amazon Fire HD 8
Fire HD 8
All-New Fire HD 8
Fire Tablet with Alexa
Apple iPad (2018)
Asus ZenPad 3S
Lenovo Tab 4
Snapdragon™ 64-bit quad-core
Fire Kids Edition
The Amazon Fire 7 Kids edition comes with a robust design with a child-proof case which provides confidence in its hardware. Since kids may vulnerably happen to mishandle electronics, its sturdy design would save a lot of mess that kids can create with the accidental tablet drops.
It provides a snug fit around the Fire 7 and there are cut-outs for the 2-megapixel rear camera, the single, mono speaker on its bottom edge, the volume rocker and the 3.5mm headphone jack slot, along with the power button and microUSB charging port.
Although it comes with only 16GB of storage, there is a microSD slot which allows the storage to be extended up to 256GB. The Kids app comes with a one-year free subscription to the service. This app offers a child-friendly overlay with a load of useful parental controls and access to a ton of decent videos, games, and eBooks.
Hence, with the help of this tablet, your child can easily explore various apps, read and learn books of different genres, and can also watch interactive educational videos. This would provide a perfect balance of education and entertainment. It is quite child-friendly in terms of navigation and is very easy to use.
Customization: It comes with an Android operating system which allows a person to choose whichever app they wish to install and use.
Kid-oriented: A lot of child-friendly apps and fun games have been specially designed for this version for kids.
Great display: it comes with a 7-inch high definition screen which provides crystal clear display where a child can watch movies or educational videos.
Good memory storage: With the facility of external USB slot available, as much as 256 GB can be utilized to download and save stuff which is a very good amount of storage space for a child.
Parental watchfulness: Special settings feature which allows parental control over the stuff that child accesses on the tablet is a great way to make sure that your child does not view restricted contents.
Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids edition provides an 8-inch, 1280 x 800 display, which looks good. It also comes with a child-proof protecting case just like the previous version. The hardware is also more or less similar with features like cut-outs for the rear camera, the power button and volume rocker, the stereo speakers running along the bottom edge and the tablet’s microUSB power port.
It comes with even larger internal space capacity than the previous versions (32GB as compared to 16GB in the previous one). It provides a rich content library for viewing, learning and playing with different types of stuff.
Also, the parental control over the settings and accessibility is good. However, the 8-inch in-plane switching display of the tablet is quite reflective and lacks contrast which can make it not so outdoor-friendly.
Good battery life: It provides a battery life of almost 12 hours at a stretch, which is a fairly good amount of time for a kid’s tablet.
Age-suited content: The kids’ app available provides good access to decent materials suitable for kids’ viewing.
Worry-free guarantee: It comes with a two-year warranty which covers accidental damage in case of drop and/or breakage.
Good quality audio: The sound on this tablet is quite amazingly, especially in case of soft music. Heavy bass sounds are not so amazing but are still quite better than many kids’ tablets.
This version of the Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet has a few small upgrades than its previous versions, with the most useful being a better front-facing camera. It is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core processor and with 1.5GB of RAM.
It comes with a very good display provided by its 8-inch screen which is quite bright. The sound quality is also amazing and the speakers are loud. Good parental control is one of its competitive qualities.
It is available in the same colors as the previous models. Amazon Prime members can have access to a number of free videos, online music and other content with their subscription. It could be well utilized to play higher graphics games when connected to a good Wi-fi connection.
However, the battery back-up is quite poor than the previous version. Also, the charging is quite slow with sometimes the tablet may take up to 6 hours to get fully charged.
Cheaper: It was launched with almost the same or better features than its previous version but at a lower price, which attracted a lot of customers.
Additional storage: It supports for up to 400GB additional storage via its microSD slot, whereas the previous versions were only upgradable up to 256 GB.
Good Hardware: The silicon-based hardware offers a sturdy design and also a lot of heat generated is absorbed by silicon, making it more user and environment-friendly.
The all-new Fire HD 8 tablet comes with the ability to issue Alexa voice commands even with your screen on standby. The company promoted it as "always-ready" hands-free Alexa feature which is a nice addition to what remains the best tablet value.
The always-ready Alexa feature is built into Amazon's Echo devices and is only available for the previous generation Fire HD 8 via a software upgrade. However, earlier, accessing Alexa was not possible if your tablet’s screen is on stand-by mode unless your tablet was plugged into the power source.
But this version has access to the always-ready Alexa feature and Show Mode without being plugged in. All you need is to be connected to Wi-Fi to use the always-ready Alexa feature. You can also manage the impact of Alexa on the tablet’s battery life with some add-on hardware features.
If you do not wish to spend on add-on hardware, you can always choose to turn off Alexa (since it is an optional feature), hence gaining two hours of additional battery life.
Hands-free Alexa: This is probably the biggest features of this version. It makes it a competitor to the Apple’s most commercialized feature of Siri which was also upgrades to the hands-free version from Apple iPhone 6 series onwards.
Additional offers: This tablet provides built-in "special offer" ads, which you can buy out at any time for a flat $15 fee and enjoy additional features of Amazon shopping at nominal prices.
Pre-installed Kids’ apps: Kidzo playground comes pre-installed in this version of the tablet, enabling one to engage in endless entertainment with all the video clips and educational games.
This tablet looks and feels exactly the as the previous versions, but now with an improved camera and the latest software with an additional feature of artificial intelligence, Alexa, a cloud-based voice service.
It is quite similar to Apple’s famous Siri. Alexa may make your tableting experience even more fun and ease your life. You may depend on Alexa for your daily dose of music, entertainment, news & information, shopping, communicating and other stuff.
The tablet is also powered by a Quad Core 1.3Ghz processor which makes it work faster than its previous versions. The battery life is quite amazing and can easily last up to 12 hours. The HD display is accompanied by the panel, which makes the viewing angles more stunning.
Although internal memory storage may be a bit of concern for some people, it may be increased with the help of a micro SD card up to 200GB.
Alexa: The introduction of Alexa was a great leap towards artificial intelligence in cheap versions of tablets. People who could not afford to buy an iPad can now also use the artificial intelligence facilities and enjoy.
Free Prime Membership: The tablet comes with a feature of free prime membership through which one can enjoy millions of movies, books, videos and unlimited access to everything available on Amazon.
6. Verso Universal
This Fire version tablet comes with an even more strong body and a top handle, which makes it easy and ultra-safe to handle and carry. It also comes with an additional zipper pocket where one can store all your accessories such as headphones, power adapter, SD cards and a lot more while travelling along with the tablet.
It also comes with a sleeve where one can put his/her name card which gives a feeling of even more personalization and even the fear of losing it becomes lesser.
Even if you do happen to misplace it, it can be returned back to you by the person who finds it by seeing your name and/or address on it. Quite cool and thoughtful, right!
Additional Hardware protection: This tablet comes with solid body material and a protective case covering which make it hassle-free to carry.
More pockets: The case covering comes with additional pockets which can be used in several manners to put in things and keep them safe.
The Apple iPad 2018 supports a new feature – the “Apple Pencil” for doing art and annotation. Apple has also added a faster A10 processor. The Apple iOS software provides access to the best selection apps, either free or paid.
The Retina screen display is gorgeous and highly responsive to even slightest of feather touch. The gaming experience on iPad 2018 is great, with faster loading apps, and battery life is also surprisingly good.
Cost is probably the only issue which refrains one from buying any Apple product. Here too, the 128GB and LTE cellular options of iPad 2018 are quite expensive. Besides, giving such an expensive tablet in the hands of a child who can easily drop it is quite risky.
Since one could not afford to buy or repair a broken iPad every other day, it might not be a great idea to hand it over to your little one.
Pencil Stylus: Apple provides a pressure-sensitive pencil (or stylus) which is a delight for art-app lovers. One can also use it in apps like iWork, Pages, and Notes.
Speed: The speed offered by the latest A10 processor is significantly faster and beats out every other iPhone or iPad previous versions’ processor speeds. Also, the LTE speed on this version of iPad has been improved to 300Mbps.
The Asus ZenPad 3s 10 comes with a 9.7-inch 1536 x 2048 screen. It has also got fairly beefy specifications on the inside, with power supplied by a MediaTek hexa-core chipset and 4GB of RAM, with a 5,900mAh battery.
The volume and power buttons are located on the top-right corner of the device (when held in portrait orientation). A home button is also present which has an amazingly fast and accurate fingerprint scanner.
On the top edge, there's a 3.5mm headphone socket, which can output audio in Hi-Res, while the bottom is home to a USB Type-C port and two NXP Amp powered speakers. Front-facing speakers, one at each end of the device, are decent but could have been better.
Appearance: It comes with a very thin sleek design and attractive body. Its design quite well resembles a Mini iPad (but thinner)
Lightweight: At 430g, it is extremely light for a tablet of its size and is very easy to carry.
The Lenovo Tab 4 8 is powered by 1.4GHz quad-core processor, 4850mAh non-removable battery and it comes with 2GB of RAM. The tablet provides internal storage of 16GB which can also be expanded up to 128GB using microSD card.
As far as the cameras are concerned, it comes with a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front camera. The battery life is not so good, but given its size, it can be considered tolerable.
However, a serious drawback is the use of quite older versions of Android software in this tablet.
Good size: It measures 211.00 x 124.00 x 8.20 (height x width x thickness) and weighs only 310.00 grams, which is quite a decent size for a kid.
Nice display: It has an 8-inch screen display with 800x1280 pixels, providing it a great picture quality.
This tablet comes with a hard-wearing plastic shell, rounded corners, robust build and stereo speakers are all the same and perfect for the job. It is not exactly feather-light, but it is lighter than the bigger versions and may prove a better choice for kids as reading or video watching is easy.
Owing to its 720p screen, the tablet provides an amazing video watching experience. Its screen comes with perfect brightness and clarity. The viewing angles are also quite wide. Although screen colors are not up to the mark, its brightness compensates a lot of it.
Overall, you will like the video quality, if one is not so much into the details. The stereo speakers (located at the top) work well too. They are quite loud and clear with good enough stereo separation.
Light weight: It is quite kid-user friendly due to its small size and weight.
Good sound and display: As described in its specifications, sound quality and display are both amazing and worth the cost at its price.
After reading this extensive review of the top ten fire kids tablets available in the market, you could have already got an idea about all the features and specifications each tablet offer. This may help to match these features with the common interests of your child.
It is very important that your kid like the tablet as well could gain something nice every day from it and not just become a gadget-addicted freak.