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Amazon Kindle Kids Edition Review

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No matter your age, the Amazon Kindle children’s edition is an excellent value for anyone looking to buy an eBook reader. Try not to be tricked by the name: Amazon’s new Kindle Kids Edition isn’t only for kids. While testing it, I realized there’s no reason for adults not to buy it: it’s a $109.99 hardware and services package that makes sense to everyone.

There is nothing intrinsically closed in the children’s unit; turn off parental controls, and it’s just a Kindle. While not our favorite Kindle in general, it’s still paperwhite, the Kindle for Kids represents the best dollar value for your eReader.

We want you to know.

For customers who already have an Amazon FreeTime Unlimited subscription, their active subscription will automatically change as soon as you activate the new Kindle Kids edition, and you will receive one year of FreeTime Unlimited thereafter. Learn more that Amazon FreeTime Unlimited is currently only available to customers in the United States.

FreeTime Unlimited provides access to books at a wide range of reading levels, including these best titles. Important: Want to see more choices? To set the age filter in your child’s profile settings, go to the parental control panel. …

AMAZON KINDLE KIDS EDITION REVIEW

Pros

  • Excellent value.
  • The parental dashboard lets you monitor your child’s reading and control their Amazon product use.

Cons

  • Not waterproof.
  • FreeTime Unlimited pushes picture books that don’t look great on the 6-inch screen.

What you get

Like other Amazon children’s products, the Kindle Kids Edition isn’t really new hardware. At a discount is a package of existing equipment and services. For $109.99, you’ll get a basic Kindle model ($109.99) without advertising; Acute, child-friendly case ($29.99); two-year uncontested guarantee ($14.99); and if you have an annual Unlimited FreeTime subscription or subscription, $35.88 per year (plan per child). That means you’re going to buy products for $190.85 for $109.99, which is a pretty good deal. Even if you discount FreeTime Unlimited, you’ll still stand out.

You have four variants of cases: blue, pink, cute little creatures and birds on the wire. I love the case of birds. It’s absolutely gender-neutral.

As mentioned, the Kindle is Amazon’s basic model with night-time backlights, Bluetooth support for audiobooks, and a good 167 pixel per inch display. It’s pretty much not a choice of editors because it’s not waterproof and it’s the latest Paperwhite, and many people want to read it in the bathroom, by the pool, or on the beach. Paperwhite also has a flat front panel, so the screen does not get sand and another scrimp. However, paperwhite without advertising plus a cover and a two-year warranty cost $205.

What about the kids?

I’m glad that Kindle has become a regular part of my child’s ration reading. Children quickly look through the books, and we have little space in the house on the shelves. We’re definitely adding a public library, but it’s not always what we need, especially if it’s the latest book in the popular series. (In addition, we have a current problem with library fines.)

However, it’s important to know what Kindle is for. This Kindle is best suited for chapter books, not picture books, comics or big picture books, such as the Geronimo Stilton series. The black-and-white six-inch screen is too small for most picture books, comics and manga. For picture books and comics you will need a tablet, and for the manga I recommend Kobo Libra H2O.

There are exceptions. Amazon’s subscription service includes the stunning “Phoebe and Its Unicorn” series, which uses four large transparent panels on each page and is perfectly displayed on the six-faced Kindle. But manga is like Yotsuba! has a text that is too small to read. This is really normal in our home, where we sometimes have to heavily arm the child to read books on chapters. The legend “You can read, but only on this device, which correctly reproduces only chapter books”, works pretty well.

How to give your child a chance to read

FreeTime Unlimited is a key element of the Kindle children’s experience; it is a subscription service that offers many popular book series. If your child is involved in these series and doesn’t have the job to get them out of the public library, it’ll be worth it quickly.

FreeTime Unlimited includes Fancy Nancy, Harry Potter, Narnia, and Warriors. It doesn’t have Emily Windsnep, her dark materials, or wings of fire. There are a lot of additional TVs and video games that I don’t care about, but a lot of elementary school students like to cut me.

In my opinion, your library has too many books with images or books with images. Amazon’s goal here, of course, is to get you to also buy a Fire tablet (such as Fire 7 – detailed below) for your illustrated books, and you can use this tablet with the same FreeTime subscription.

Kindle connects to a shared parent toolbar that lets you track your child’s reading and activities, and gives you some quick topics to discuss specific books so you can discuss them. Go to the parent dashboard on your phone or online and you’ll see what books your child last read, how many minutes and what days, and everything he did on his Amazon devices. You can add content from your own adult library to your profile, disable all devices for a while, or set time limits. I would like it to be even more detailed by allowing you to turn certain content on and off on certain devices, but this is just the beginning.

There is also some Kindle for Kids features that apply to all Kindles now, such as the ability to press words to get dictionary definitions, the ability to create flash memory cards from those definitions, and Word Wise, which simply displays definitions about complex words. Automatically. If a child prefers to listen than read, there is a collection of Audible audiobooks in FreeTime Unlimited, but they will need a Bluetooth speaker or headphones.

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And at the end of the day, this is just a Kindle. When your child isn’t reading, you can take it out of child mode by entering a password and simply use it with your regular library. As we mentioned, the Kindle base is not our favorite. Paperwhite, with its smaller dot size, has sharper text and is therefore more pleasing to my tired eyes. But your kids probably don’t care.

Amazon Kindle Kids Edition is the perfect e-Book reader for both children and adults. If no other e-Reader offers this overall package at this price and your budget is limited, this is a very good purchase. However, there are better e-book readers at higher prices. I lean toward a waterproof model like the $130 Kindle Paperwhite or the $170 Kobo Libra H2O. Amazon sells most e-Books in the Us, and if you have an Amazon library, you’re probably buying a Kindle. Kobo models will shine if they borrow primary uses from a public library or read books from non-Amazon fonts. The good news is, these are all good options, and we can all keep reading a little bit more.

Amazon Kindle Kids Edition

Pro

  • Excellent value.
  • The parental dashboard lets you monitor your child’s reading and control their Amazon product use.

Cons

  • Not waterproof.
  • FreeTime Unlimited pushes picture books that don’t look great on the 6-inch screen.

Amazon Kindle Kids Edition Specs

NameDetail
Dimensions6.4 by 4.7 by 0.5 inches
Weight10.2 oz
Screen Size6 inches
Storage Capacity8 GB
Book FormatsHTML, MOBI, PDF, TXT

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

What is the Parent Dashboard?

Parent Dashboard allows parents to get the most out of Kindle Kids Edition. You can adjust age filters, add books to your child’s library, set daily reading goals, view your child’s reading progress, and more.

What books are available in FreeTime Unlimited?

FreeTime Unlimited includes the complete Harry Potter series, and the first book from other popular series such as Artemis Fowl. We are always adding more content to the FreeTime Unlimited library, including these top titles and recently added books. Kids can explore the catalog by searching for specific titles and authors, or browse by themes such as Popular Books, New Books, and more.

Does this have backlighting similar to the paperwhite?

Yes. Although technically it is a front light that shines on the screen and reflects back rather than shining through the display like an LCD screen.

Are you able to purchase any eBook and deliver to this device or is it limited to Freetime unlimited books?

Yes – I purchased a Kindle book via Amazon Prime and had it delivered to the device. I think that the books need to be in Kindle format though in order for them to work.

Technical Details

DisplayAmazon’s 6” display technology with next generation e-paper and built-in light, 167 ppi, optimized font technology, 16-level gray scale.
Size6.4” x 4.7” x 0.5” (162 x 119 x 14 mm).
Weight10.2 oz (288g); Actual size and weight may vary by configuration and manufacturing process.
System RequirementsNone; fully wireless and doesn’t require a computer to download content.
On-Device Storage8 GB; holds over a thousand FreeTime Unlimited books.
Cloud StorageFree cloud storage for all Amazon content.
Battery LifeA single charge lasts up to four (4) weeks, based on a half hour of reading per day with wireless and Bluetooth off and the light setting at 13. Battery life will vary based on light settings, wireless usage. Audible audiobook streaming (coming soon) over Bluetooth will reduce battery life.
Charge TimeFully charges in approximately 4 hours from a 5W power adapter or computer via USB cable.
Wi-Fi ConnectivitySupports public and private Wi-Fi networks or hotspots that use the 802.11b, g, or n standards with support for WEP, WPA and WPA2 security using password authentication or Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS).

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