Amazon’s Fire HD 8 and HD 8 Plus are cheap tablets. And the best budget tablet option is the HD 8 Plus. The HD 8’s $89.99 beginning price makes it a natural choice for parents shopping for kids’ tablets. Consider Fire HD 8 Kids Edition. It’s pricier, but its features and warranties justify the expense.
What’s great about a Kids Edition? The Fire HD 8 Kids Edition bundle costs $139.99, compared to $89.99 for the tablet alone. Amazon Kids Edition devices come with a two-year worry-free guarantee. Amazon will replace your tablet if it breaks within two years, whether your child throws it across the room or drops it in the pool.
Kids Edition includes a case. Cases are blue, pink, and purple. One year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited is included. FreeTime Unlimited includes parental settings and Amazon’s kid-friendly books, videos, apps, and games. After a year, FreeTime Unlimited costs $2.99 per month. FreeTime Unlimited’s parental controls and curated library are among the best I’ve seen. You set up a profile for each child who will use it by assigning an age, establishing usage hours, including bedtime when the tablet will lock itself, adding or removing certain content, and limiting or approving access to specific apps, like the web browser or camera.
You can view usage and alter controls using the Parents Dashboard after creating a profile. The controls aren’t great. The Parent Dashboard will provide you with questions to ask your child about the applications or books they’re using. The Dashboard suggests asking, “Why does Runt want to be a warrior?” if your child has been reading “Diary of an 8-bit Warrior.”
Without reading the book, you wouldn’t know what to ask besides “How is the book?” Don’t expect much from this tablet. Amazon built FireOS on top of Android for the Fire HD 8. You and your children can use Amazon’s apps and services, as well as apps from Amazon’s Appstore. Due to Appstore changes, you won’t find Google apps like YouTube Kids. You’ll find Facebook, Zoom, and Roblox for adults and kids. I can’t run Geekbench 5, my typical benchmarking application, because not all developers offer apps in Amazon’s Appstore.
After a day or two of using the tablet, you won’t notice the slow app loading and switching. The 8-inch display boasts 1200×800 resolution, barely above 720p HD. Text is clear but not sharp; colors are bright but not vivid. It’s fine. The MicroSD card slot adds up to 1TB of storage, enough for any game, book, or video your child wants. Only 32GB is available. When using the case’s built-in stand, the left side of the tablet has a headphone jack, USB-C port for charging and data transmission, a power button, and volume controls.
As part of my testing, I played the same video on repeat with display brightness at 50% and airplane mode on. The HD 8 and HD 8 Plus lasted 9 hours, 40 minutes, and 9 hours, 38 minutes in the same test. Kids Edition was 10 hours, 41 minutes. Since it’s the same tablet as the Fire HD 8, it’s puzzling why battery life differs. None of the Fire HD 8 tablets lasted the stated 12 hours, although 11 hours is still respectable.
The Fire HD 8 Kids Edition combines a low price with peace of mind, parental controls, and tablet monitoring. The Fire HD 8 Kids Edition’s battery life and slow but stable performance will please any parent or youngster. You may get two Kids Edition tablets in any color for $209.98.
You’re not confined to Amazon’s color combinations. You’ll see the savings at checkout if you add two tablets.
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