Review: Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition (2019)

by Micheal Quinn

With small kids, locating a reliable, long-lasting tool is most effective half of the struggle. Once you’ve decided to give your infant a tablet, you’re now stuck in a countless series of protracted negotiations and snap judgments approximately the way to hold them secure. How many unboxing movies of jelly toys can your child watch earlier than their brain melts? How many Peppa Pig reruns?

While many dad and mom might locate the Amazon Fire pills demanding to barter for their functions, the kid versions include a giant advantage: FreeTime Unlimited, that is Amazon’s kid content material platform that we could mother and father tinker their baby’s get right of entry to to books, movies, games, and apps. In the past, I advocated Amazon’s Fire 8 Kids Edition pills for his or her larger display and higher sound. But this month, Amazon finally launched an upgraded version of its smaller Fire 7 youngsters version.

For the past week, I let my 2-12 months-antique and 4-12 months-old take the new pill on a (fantastically supervised) test run. I have to say: I surely just like the improvements, which include the case redesign. And regardless of flaws like the nevertheless-lousy battery life, you get lots for the fee.
The Power of FreeTime

Just like the different Fire drugs, the kid’s editions exist specifically as a portal to Amazon content.

As constantly, Amazon offers you, the figure, get right of entry to to a figure dashboard that helps you to regulate what your kid can and cannot watch. You can upload as much as four separate child profiles in FreeTime and modify the age range (my daughter’s profile is set from 2 to six years antique). I can whitelist some apps, like Minecraft, into their FreeTime profiles; I can block others, like every thing Barbie. I can set curfews and cut-off dates and set desires. For example, I set it so she can most effective have a look at secure websites when we’ve study books for a half-hour.

Unlike YouTube Kids, I do not have to watch every video along side my youngster because I’m not worried that an algorithm is going to do stupid stuff like insert animated films of children drinking bleach into my baby’s pointers. FreeTime indicates books and films, like Pete the Cat, which are already to be had on Amazon.

And every yr, FreeTime gets better. There are now 20,000 Spanish-language titles; My 2-yr-antique son especially appreciated Camiones Monstruo en Acción (Monster Trucks in Action).

Amazon has additionally introduced Audible books. I cannot strain enough how exceptional Audible books are for bored small kids, especially if watching a moving display screen in a car makes your preschooler barf. And much like Billy Joel acting on Sesame Street (I am dating myself right here), a number of the actors reading kid’s books appeared to were picked for the mother and father’ gain, in addition to for the kids. My 4-year-vintage did not well respect how cool it changed into to have actress Lily Collins reading Peter Pan out loud to her, but I did.

The new (included) case comes with a stand. You can turn the pill one manner to have it stand upright, or turn it to have it lay nearly flat. It is so cheesy to be excited over a new case, but the puffy case in older editions did not have a stand. My 2-12 months-old son refuses to keep the pill upright, and each time we tour, I have to maintain it for the viewing satisfaction of His Majesty, so it becomes a pleasing marvel to find that Amazon had blanketed this option. As before, the new Fire 7 Kids Edition nevertheless comes with Amazon’s extraordinary two-yr fear-free assure. If your infant damages the tablet, Amazon will replace it within years, no questions asked. You truly can’t beat the charge. If you have more than one children, you could bundle capsules, in two distinct colours, for $150 general.

Amazon also fixed some annoying quirks. For example, with older variants, you couldn’t use Alexa with parental controls on, even if you switched to a determine profile. Now you may.

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