Amazon Kids Fire Tablet Review: A Parent’s Take

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The Kids Fire tablet we bought for our daughter is a big hit in our home. This Amazon Kids Fire Tablet Review breaks down the value and what’s included.

We purchased Amazon’s Kids Fire Tablet as a gift for our 13 year old daughter on a lightning deal several years ago and it has been a terrific gift. She has used it for hours of entertainment and reading before going to bed.

We have shifted to being more of an Amazon home as we also the Fire TV stick and Amazon Echo devices, plus a handful of others.

We’ve had the device for several years and have learned how to tailor the Fire Kids tablet to our daughter’s interests. This review covers our experience with the device and if it’s worth the cost.

What Makes the Kids Fire Tablet Special?


To say that life is busy in our home is an understatement. Our business and three young children keep our lives full and flying by at a fast clip. Our kids (aged 13, 11 and 8) have grown up with tablet technology from a young age.

We’ve found tablets useful in helping them develop reading, spelling, vocabulary, and other language art skills.

Amazon Kids Fire Tablet Review

What we’ve noticed about the Fire Kids edition that we appreciate most is the included subscription to Amazon’s FreeTime Unlimited service.

Before we had the Fire Tablet, we had iPads in our home for years. One of the most frustrating things about the iPad is that whenever our kids want a new app, they must wade through countless options.

Many cost money or allow in-app purchases, which we don’t allow.  That is not the case with many options with the Amazon device.

What makes Amazon’s Kindle Fire for Kids unique is the FreeTime Unlimited subscription it offers. While this is something you can add on to any Kindle Fire tablet, ours came with it free for one year.

As Amazon notes, its benefits include:

  • 20,000+ kid-friendly books, educational apps, games, movies and TV shows
  • Age-appropriate content from Disney, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Disney Jr., Sesame Street, PBS Kids, and more
  • Ability to watch content on Fire Tablets, Kindle Readers and Fire TV
  • Lots of parental controls (more on that later)
  • No ads or in-app purchases

Once our daughter starts reading a book or using a Fire Kids tablet app, she get to enjoy all levels and characters. Other devices limit you to just the first two that free versions of paid apps give you access to.

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This leads to a more enjoyable experience for both us and our daughter.

What Comes with the Fire Kids Edition?


As I mentioned in the open, we purchased the Fire Kids Tablet on a lightning deal and includes the following:

  • Fire Kids Edition Tablet, 10” Display with Wi-Fi, and front and rear cameras
  • 32 GB expandable up to 400 GB, internal digital storage capacity
  • Kid-Proof Case
  • 2-Year Worry-Free Replacement Guarantee
  • 1-year subscription to Amazon FreeTime Unlimited
  • Micro-USB power adapter

A few other product specs to note is that this Fire Tablet weighs 27.4 ounces and measures at 11.5” x 8.1” x 1.0”. It fully charges in under six hours and boasts a 12-hour battery life. It comes with a octa-core 2.0 GHz and 2.0 GB of RAM and has a USB 2.0 (micro-B connector) that can connect to a PC or Mac or charge with the included power adapter.

Also, it has a microSD slot for external storage and a 3.5 mm stereo jack and integrated speaker.

Fire Tablet for Kids

There’s really not anything else you need to add to the Fire Kids Tablet. If you want more storage or want to use it for over seven hours without recharging you have that option.

You need a micro SD card to expand the storage capacity and a portable battery charger to take care of the rest.

Honestly, the Kids Fire package comes with everything you need.

Customizing the Fire Tablet for Your Child


Amazon says the Fire Tablet with its FreeTime content is built for kids and it really is. In FreeTime, the background color of the device turns blue, letting parents know what their child is viewing is age-appropriate and safe.

Kids can only see titles that have been chosen for them. Younger kids can search before they know how to type with character images.

While in FreeTime, kids can’t access social media or the internet or make in-app purchases. Robust parental controls let you design the experience you want your child to have.

For our daughter, we mainly allow her to use the tablet to read so we set the Time Limit controls to require her to read at least one hour before she can play games or watch videos. We set a daily time limit of 30 minutes to play games or watch videos.

Kindle Fire for Kids Review

We gave her unlimited reading time but set the Fire Tablet to turn on at 7:00 a.m. and off at 8:00 p.m. each day. Just the other night she was reading on her Kindle, and came downstairs (at 8:03 p.m.) saying it had shut off.

It was a nice verification that this feature was working properly. We explained that was to let her know it was time to stop reading and go to bed.

The Kids Fire Tablet with FreeTime uses smart filters to ensure your child sees age-appropriate content. We chose the age 3 – 9 category so our daughter wouldn’t see teen or baby content.

Beyond that, you can filter further to refine the experience for your child’s individual needs and preferences.

Something to Watch Out For

One thing to mention is that despite the parental controls and time limits. In the beginning you may have to refine the experience a little further, especially for very smart and curious kids.

Our daughter innocently figured out the first day using the tablet that she could switch to our profile and access paid content. She purchased a few books that we were able to get refunded.

Your child may not be so enterprising, but it was a cue to us that she had learned our profile password and that we needed to change it to prevent this from happening again.

Amazon emails you whenever content is purchased or added to the tablet so we were able to immediately see what she was doing. We were also able to use it as a teaching opportunity for the need to always ask us before buying anything online.

The Kids Fire tablet we bought for our daughter is a big hit in our home. This Amazon Kids Fire Tablet Review breaks down the value and what’s included.



Sometimes, ‘package deals’ aren’t really deals but in this case, it seems like the Kids Fire Tablet is. The device comes with plenty of items most children will love. If you already have Amazon Prime, the Kindle Fire comes with even more options for your child.

Considering the cost along with the value we receive, our family feels the Kids Fire Tablet is a good deal.

While you have to make sure you set a passcode and parental controls so that your child can’t accidentally or intentionally buy paid content under your profile, Amazon makes it easy for kids and parents alike to enjoy a robust tablet at a fraction of the cost of higher priced Apple iPads.


Do you think tablets can be useful for learning and development or do they encourage kids to be too plugged in? Is your house an Amazon or Apple (or neither) house?


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  • Money Beagle says:

    Our kids have them. We have noticed some quirks that I think could be corrected. The external storage is useful but it still seems that they fill up the main storage pretty quick since some apps won’t install on ‘external’ storage. The tablet will usually deal with this by offloading some apps to cloud storage and will also put up an alert on the tablet itself in the notification panel, which kids don’t really see. We’ve noticed that the apps that get offloaded seem to be ones that they use. Amazon should adjust the algos to have the ones not used get moved first. Also, Amazon should e-mail the parents when storage is getting full, not just put it where kids are not going to see it.

    We have profiles for each member of our family, and our kids have figured out that they can switch to the other ones profile on their device once their time allotment runs out. Lol.

    • John Schmoll says:

      Thanks for sharing some of those quirks MB. She hasn’t used it long enough to run into the memory issue you mentioned, but we’ll be on the look out for it. Lol on changing the profiles, doesn’t surprise me as our daughter figured that out pretty quickly. I wish they wouldn’t make it as easy to do that – especially when it can result in unintended purchases.

  • Chonce says:

    Great review and very timely! I just purchased this tablet for my son for Christmas yesterday. I had a credit with Best Buy so I got the tablet with the case and replacement guarantee for about $37. My son used to have the Cubby tablet which was from the PBS kids Sprout channel but now that he’s getting older I think he’ll like this one more and it will be more appropriate for his age. Can’t wait until he sees it on Christmas!

    • John Schmoll says:

      Thanks Chonce! Very cool on the deal. Yea, I think he’ll probably love it. Our daughter is having to fight off her younger brothers to use it, lol, so I’m sure your son will like it.

  • Adam Buller says:

    Thanks for sharing John! I’ve been looking at these for a while now as I’m sick of the kids ruining our Kindle Fire cases and feel that, for the cost, it would be better to invest in a couple of these before they ruin the screens too! Hope things are going well with you 🙂

    • John Schmoll says:

      Hey Adam! Lol, I can feel your pain. Thankfully the one we got came with the case so it can withstand the beating our kids give it. 🙂

  • Adam Lansdon says:

    Just received Fire HD 8 Kids Edition tablets for my kids as a gift. Wondering what happens if I don’t resubscribe to Freetime unlimited? Are all the apps that I see on it a part of Freetime? I guess Im confused as to what is a part of Freetime and what is not. Thanks!

    • John Schmoll says:

      That’s a good question Adam. Many of the apps need the Freetime unlimited. Without it, the device largely becomes a reader and allows you to buy products from Amazon. I know there are a few apps that still work without it, but we still have the Freetime unlimited, so not certain what those are.

  • Ivy Dudley says:

    Very disappointed with the so called “2 year worry free guarantee” A year in and the tablet does not work. Tried calling to find out where to send it and they said to take it back to Target. Target says I’ve had it too long. Annoying

    • John Schmoll says:

      Sorry to hear that Ivy. I wonder if purchasing it direct from Amazon might’ve resulted in a different situation. Looking at Amazon, they do allow you to return it within the first two years if something goes wrong with it. I’m inclined to think that might not be offered if bought through a third-party.

  • JerryA says:

    If you disconnect the Fire from the internet (disconnect fro wifi) before the Freetime subscription expires, will all of the downloaded content still work?

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