Amazon’s Fire HD tablet series offers one of the most streamlined experiences for enjoying popular content. It’s ideal for accessing the Prime Video catalog, for example, but it’s not limited to just Amazon apps. It also works perfectly with some of the most entertaining streaming services including Netflix and Disney+. But even in 2022, the internet is a wild place. You probably don’t want your children to have unrestricted access to the World Wide Web until they are old enough to make safe and healthy choices for themselves.
Enter the Amazon Fire HD Kids series, which ties in with Amazon Kids’ parental controls and content subscription service while streamlining the tablet experience for kids and parents. But with the Kids and Kids Pro models available for the Fire HD 8 and 10, it can be difficult to decide which version is better for your child and how much hand-holding their digital experience requires. We’re here to take the guesswork out of the equation.
Similarities between Fire HD Kids and Kids Pro
|Fire HD 7 kids||Fire HD 8 Kids/Pro||Fire HD 10 Kids/Pro|
|screen size||7 inch||8 inches||10.1 inches|
|processor||MediaTek MT8168||MediaTek MT8168||MediaTek MT8183|
|Wireless Internet access||WiFi 5 (802.11ac)||WiFi 5 (802.11ac)||WiFi 5 (802.11ac)|
|Bluetooth||5.0 LE||5.0 LE||5.0 LE|
|Android||Custom Android 11||Custom Android 9||Custom Android 9|
|Fire operating system||Fire OS 8||FireOS 7||FireOS 7|
|publication||June 2022||May 2020 (Pro: April 2021)||May 2021|
There are 7, 8 and 10 inch Fire Kids tablets, which are identical to the standard versions in terms of hardware. They come with perfectly fitted, extremely durable cases, an understandable attribute of any high-tech gadget you’d want to give to a 6-year-old.
If your little ones are able to overcome the tough exterior and damage the device, both the Kids and Kids Plus tablets come with what Amazon calls a “worry-free” guarantee. Unlike most warranties, it covers at least one replacement or repair due to user damage.
Amazon Kids+ and parental controls
A key feature of both versions is the included 1-year subscription to Amazon Kids+, which offers a massive amount of kid-friendly content. And while everyone loves cartoons, the Kids+ service isn’t limited to watching TV and movies. It offers a wide variety of fun, educational games, as well as plenty of e-books to relax and learn from.
But arguably the biggest benefit of Kids+ is the comprehensive parental controls it offers. You can restrict or whitelist individual websites and apps, and even set timers that limit daily screen time. It’s a powerful tool for parents who want to reap the benefits of a little “digital babysitting” action without unknowingly triggering screen addiction in young children. While most parental controls are available without a subscription, Kids+ allows for more granular control and reports on what your child is interested in or what topics they might need more time on.
Fire HD Kids features
An almost unbreakable case
The thick, durable, padded interior of the Fire HD 8 Kids and Fire HD 10 Kids is as reliable as it gets. It’s resilient to the spills that kids inevitably make, and they’d have to do a terrible job to damage it any other way.
The limitations of the Fire HD Kids tablets are also their selling points. Instead of unrestricted access to the Internet, the original Fire HD Kids gave youngsters access to a selection of carefully curated websites through a specially designed, proprietary browser. Maintainers can easily add additional websites or block websites already approved using a simple browser option. In other words, if you want to disable popular search sites like Google, no problem. Parents can even disable browser access entirely and limit usage to locally installed apps.
It’s also worth noting that Amazon continually maintains this handpicked selection of sites, adding new sites that meet certain kid-friendly criteria and removing sites that are no longer suitable for young users.
The primary user profile on the base model Fire HD Kids – your child’s profile – does not have access to the Amazon digital app store. As the curator of your child’s online experience, it’s your job to manage which apps they use. There is a tightly controlled list of available apps, and there really are quite a few to choose from, with more being developed all the time.
Differences in Fire HD Kids Pro
Internally, both Fire HD Kids Pro tablets are identical to their standard Kids counterparts. The differences are twofold: the case and the software.
A slimmer, cooler chassis
While there’s nothing wrong with the original Fire HD Kids case – especially from the perspective of the child using it – older kids will likely be put off by the remarkably bulky case. To make the experience more palatable for tweens and early teens, the Kids Pro comes with a much slimmer body (with stand) that’s almost as sturdy as the base version but looks way cooler. It also comes in a range of fun, eye-catching, colorful patterns.
Greater content availability
The biggest improvement of the Kids Pro is the expanded content library. Combined with parental controls, you can even allow your kids to stream PG-13 movies. There is also a digital store with a list of available apps for the user to browse. However, children cannot install anything without the supervisor’s permission; They simply make a request through the digital store and it’s up to the parents to approve or deny it.
Is the Fire 7 Kids worth it?
Along with the standard Fire 7 tablet, it’s the latest in Amazon’s line of tablets. Its hardware is similar to the rest, although it offers a choice of 16 or 32 GB of internal storage. If you’re concerned that the 8-inch Fire HD Kids is a bit too big for small hands, the Fire 7 Kids is more manageable. However, it’s a bit too small to use some apps, the resolution isn’t great, and the meager 2GB of system memory makes for a less than perfect experience.
Nonetheless, it’s a good option for the youngest kids and can easily last a few years before it’s time for an upgrade. One reason for this is the new and improved operating system Fire OS 8, which is the first to be based on Android 11 (while Fire OS 7 was based on Android 9).
As of June 2022, there is no Kids Pro version of Amazon’s latest 7-inch Fire Kids tablet. For that matter, it’s unlikely that there will be. Of course, nothing says you can’t buy the regular Fire 7 and slam your own kid-proof case on it alongside the Kids+ software, available through the Amazon Kids+ app on Android, iOS and regular Fire tablets.
Should you buy Fire HD Kids or Fire HD Kids Pro?
The correct answer depends quite a bit on how old your child is. Amazon recommends the Fire HD Kids for ages 3 to 7 and the Kids Pro for ages 6 to 12. Also note that existing Fire HD Kids tablet owners receive a 20% discount when they upgrade to a new model.
Ultimately, most young children are best served with an 8-inch Fire HD Kids, although the all-new Fire HD 7 is also a solid choice. If your child is nearing the edge of the recommended age range of 3-7 years, consider upgrading to Pro.
If your child is already 7 years old or older and you love the streamlined experience and parental controls that the lineup offers, the Fire HD 10 Kids Pro is the right choice.
Where to buy Fire HD Kids tablets?
- fire 7 children
- Fire HD 8 kids
- Fire HD 8 Kids Pro
- Fire HD 10 kids
- Fire HD 10 Kids Pro