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Amazon Fire 7 inch 16gb Kids Edition Tablet Review

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fire 7 kids edition tablet review

WITH SMALL KIDS, finding a reliable, durable device is only half the battle. Once you’ve made the decision to give your child a tablet, you are now caught in an endless series of protracted negotiations and snap judgments about how to keep them safe. How many unboxing videos of jelly toys can your kid watch before their brain melts? How many Peppa Pig reruns?

While many parents might find the Amazon Fire tablets annoying to negotiate for their own purposes, the kid versions come with an enormous benefit: FreeTime Unlimited, which is Amazon’s kid content platform that lets parents tinker their child’s access to books, movies, games, and apps. In the past, I recommended Amazon’s Fire 8 Kids Edition tablets for their bigger screen and better sound. But this month, Amazon finally released an upgraded version of its smaller Fire 7 kids edition.

For the past week, I let my 2-year-old and 4-year-old take the new tablet on a (highly supervised) test run. I have to say: I really like the upgrades, such as the case redesign. And despite flaws like the still-awful battery life, you get a lot for the price.

The Power of FreeTime
Just like the other Fire tablets, the kids editions exist mainly as a portal to Amazon content.

As always, Amazon gives you, the parent, access to a parent dashboard that lets you regulate what your kid can and cannot watch. You can add up to four separate child profiles in FreeTime and adjust the age range (my daughter’s profile is set from 2 to 6 years old). I can whitelist some apps, like Minecraft, into their FreeTime profiles; I can block others, like all things Barbie. I can set curfews and time limits, and set goals. For example, I set it so she can only look at safe websites after we’ve read books for 30 minutes.

Unlike YouTube Kids, I don’t have to watch every video along with my kid because I’m not worried that an algorithm is going to do stupid stuff like insert animated videos of kids drinking bleach into my child’s recommendations. FreeTime shows books and movies, like Pete the Cat, that are already available on Amazon.

And every year, FreeTime gets better. There are now 20,000 Spanish-language titles; My 2-year-old son particularly liked Camiones Monstruo en Acción (Monster Trucks in Action).

Amazon has also added Audible books. I cannot stress enough how amazing Audible books are for bored small children, particularly if watching a moving screen in a car makes your preschooler barf. And much like Billy Joel appearing on Sesame Street (I am completely dating myself here), a lot of the actors reading children’s books seemed to have been picked for the parents’ benefit, as well as for the kids. My 4-year-old definitely did not properly appreciate how cool it was 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 tablet one way to have it stand upright, or flip it to have it lay almost flat. It is so cheesy to be excited over a new case, but the puffy case in older editions didn’t have a stand. My 2-year-old son refuses to hold the tablet upright and whenever we travel, I have to hold it for the viewing pleasure of His Majesty, so it was a pleasant surprise to find that Amazon had included this feature.

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