Amazon announces a kids tablet that doesn’t suck



Kids love touchscreens. Being able to directly interact with things on a screen is very easy for kids to pick up. Plus, games are fun. Many companies have tried to cash in on this market with kid-friendly tablets. The only problem is most of them aren’t very good. They’re cheap, under-powered, and usually run a weird UI. Bigger companies, like Samsung, are starting to get in the game. Enter the Amazon Fire HD Kids Edition.

In terms of specs this tablet is good enough to be used by anyone. It comes in 6 or 7-inch varieties (all HD), with a quad-core processor, front and rear cameras, and Dolby Digital Audio. But this device isn’t about the spec sheet. Kids don’t care about processors. They care about books, movies, apps, and games. That is where this tablet shines.


The Fire HD Kids Edition runs Amazon’s version of Android, so of course you get access to tons of apps and games. Amazon has also thrown in a year of “FreeTime Unlimited.” This service provides access to over 5,000 kid-friendly books, movies, TV shows, educational apps, and games. All free for an entire year. Don’t worry about all this content going to bad use. They’ve included parental controls, profiles, and time-based limits.

The 6-inch version costs $149, while the 7-inch version will cost $189. They come with your choice of colored protective rubber case, and 2-year worry-free warranty. Amazon will replace the tablet for free if anything happens (and something probably will). No questions asked. Pre-order starts today and the tablets will ship on October 21st. This is sure to be a hot holiday item.

Joe Fedewa
Ever since I flipped open my first phone I've been obsessed with the devices. I've dabbled in other platforms, but Android is where I feel most at home.

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  1. I’m actually very interested in this. I’m not completely entrenched in the Amazon ecosystem, but enough where this would probably be worth my while.

    1. I’d recommend finding a refurbished Nexus 7 (2013) with a strong case.

      1. Google will replace it within 2 years no questions asked, and offer kid specific content for a year?

        The N7 will future proof you for a bit, but then again if you’re even considering an Amazon product you’re not looking at real specs or anything, you just want the ecosystem.

  2. May grab one for my kid

    1. Me too..for my little cousin.

  3. Waterproof?

    1. In the video they show a drink getting spilled on it so I would think to somewhat it is. Either way, for 2 years Amazon will replace it no questions asked which is awesome.

  4. @robjackson81:disqus, looks like I will need 4 to test… just shoot me over the tracking number.

  5. I actually bought a cheap $38.00 (on sale) 7″ tablet from HHGregg this weekend. It didn’t ship with google apps so I installed the Amazon App store and got a launcher that basically locks it into a mode that my kid won’t be able to do anything I don’t want her to do. It’s been great and keeps my kid happy. Can’t beat the price.

  6. was looking at leap pad… this blows that away… will be a great Santa gift for my 1st little

    1. Buy a 2013 Nexus 7 with a strong case. My 2.5 year old loves the Nexus 7 and doesn’t need a special kid interface.

  7. No Google Play, No Buy

  8. This is awesome for the kids. Will definitely be buying for my 5, 7 & 12 yr olds.

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