Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition survey in 2020
The Good|| This ease tablet is sufficient for most video, game, application and social needs, in addition to its installed stockpiling is expandable through microSD card. The Kids Edition incorporates an abundance of additional items, including profound parental controls, a no-questions-asked two-year guarantee and Amazon’s phenomenal FreeTime Unlimited help.
The Bad|| The Kids Edition costs altogether more than the generally indistinguishable standard variant. There are the equivalent application store constraints as the other Amazon Fire tablets, and no child will incline toward this to a (substantially more costly) iPad.
The Bottom Line|| The child benevolent form of the phenomenal Amazon Fire HD 8 costs significantly more, yet offers a major bundle of beneficial additional items for adolescents.
Amazon has reported another adaptation of the Fire HD 8 that will be accessible beginning Oct. 4. Estimating continues as before at $80 (£80) and the progressions are unobtrusive – the new form ventures up to a 2-megapixel forward looking camera with 720p video, a microSD space that can oblige up to 400GB of extra stockpiling and without hands, consistently on Alexa uphold. The organization additionally declared that the 32GB Fire HD 8 Kids Edition ($130 or £130) has been comparably redesigned and incorporates a defensive case, a two-year free substitution strategy and one year of FreeTime Unlimited. We’ll post a full audit of both when we get our hands on survey tests, which ought to be not long before it ships on Oct. 4.
The Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition audit, distributed on April 23, 2018, follows.
Children and tablets now and then go together like bulls and china shops. I’ve seen crushed screens, clingy catches and gadgets covered with a fine film of gunk, food and who recognizes what. What’s more, that is before you get to managing all the improper applications and sites children can access on a tablet.
Giving over an iPad is to a lesser extent a white-knuckle insight than it used to be, with beginning costs dropping from $500 to $329 in the course of recent years, yet that is still a great deal of confidence to place into small hands that may not see exactly how fragile these gadgets can be. And keeping in mind that strength children’s tablets and children’s PCs have been around for quite a long time, they’ve regularly been low-end machines that don’t do a lot, and do it gradually. Some are secured in a modest bunch of preloaded no-name applications, others are probably as amusing to use as an awful Black Friday doorbuster.
Amazon’s Fire line of tablets has a characteristic interest for guardians, with low costs, respectable specs and admittance to a wide universe of applications and highlights. In any case, they’re actually universally useful machines, focused on grown-ups, and explicitly at Amazon Prime individuals on head of that. Beginning in 2014, in any case, an equal arrangement of Kids Edition Fire tablets took a similar fundamental equipment and included extras and programming (and greater costs), trying to make something valuable for the more youthful set.
This audit is explicitly about the Kids Edition. You can find out about the general superb Fire HD 8’s equipment and execution in this survey, and the likewise excellent, however more restricted Fire 7 here.
A numbers game
The current Amazon Fire line, last refreshed in 2017, comes in 7-inch, 8-inch and 10-inch adaptations, with on special costs dropping as low as $35 for the (exceptionally) essential Fire 7. It’s the tablet as motivation buy, sponsored by the expectation that you’ll purchase content – books, recordings and applications – from Amazon and make a repetitive income stream for the online business goliath.
Other than the standard models, there are likewise the previously mentioned Kids Edition renditions of the Fire 7 and Fire HD 8. These child amicable models are truly indistinguishable from the ordinary variants, and the distinction originates from frill, programming and backing. From the outset, it appears to be insane to pay an extra $50 for a tablet that normally costs $49/$70 (for the Fire 7/Fire HD 8), yet the math really bodes well than you may might suspect.
The Kids Edition costs $100 or £100 for the 7-inch, and $130 or £130 for the 8-inch form of the Fire tablets. (Apologies, Australia: Amazon hasn’t yet chosen to offer its tablets Down Under.) Here’s what that additional money gets you:
A rubber treated guard case: Amazon sells this independently for $30 or £20. I’ve had a comparable one on my child’s rummage iPad 2 for quite a long time.
A two-year “no inquiries posed” substitution guarantee: The case is pleasant, yet this is the place the genuine true serenity comes in. Crushed screen? Unloaded in the mud? Amazon will trade it free for the initial two years.
Twofold capacity: For each situation, Amazon knocks up the capacity from the benchmark “grown-up” model. Purchasing the Kids Edition of the Fire 7 gets you 16GB rather than 8GB, while the HD 8 gets you 32GB rather than 16GB. Both are further expandable through microSD cards, which are abundant and modest.
One-year membership to FreeTime boundless: This Netflix-like membership administration is packed with kid-suitable digital books, recordings and games. Following one year, the administration costs $2.99 per month for Amazon Prime individuals ($4.99 for non-individuals), which is about $35 every year. That all indicates well more than the $50 premium for the Kids form over the standard tablet.
The shrouded charms of FreeTime
Of the additional items remembered for the Kids Edition of the Fire tablets, the membership to FreeTime Unlimited may appear to be the most un-valuable, in any event contrasted with the cushioned case, additional capacity and no-bother substitution plan. It’s really Amazon’s distinct advantage, and having utilized the administration widely over the recent weeks, it’s criminally low-profile for the worth and adaptability it offers.
Getting in character
One fascinating approach to look for content is through a top menu symbol marked “characters.” There, children can look through symbols that run from conventional, similar to Dinosaurs, to quite certain brands, similar to Lego, Sesame Street, Marvel and Star Wars. Tapping on any of these raises a rundown of all accessible digital books, recordings and applications from that class, and tapping on every individual thing downloads or streams it.
It’s an incredible method to find content, albeit a few brands have just applications and recordings, yet no books, or just books and recordings, yet no applications, etc. Some, notwithstanding, have each of the three, and Dash currently has a moment Phineas and Ferb book assortment.
This helps feature one of the UI’s inadequacies, nonetheless. Sorting out what content you have really downloaded is troublesome, as you see symbols for “accessible” and “downloaded” content combined and basically undefined from one another. The giveaway is a little checkmark on the base left corner of downloaded content, so watch out for that.
Talking about downloading, the 8-inch Kids Edition begins with 32GB of SSD stockpiling, twofold that in the non-kids base model. The 7-inch has 16GB, up from 8GB. On the off chance that that gets topped off, there’s a microSD card opening that can take up to a 256GB card. A 256GB card can be more than $100, however a 64GB one, significantly increasing your stockpiling, can be found for as meager as $20.
Timing is everything
The piece of FreeTime that you can access without a membership is a profound arrangement of parental controls. Key among them is the capacity to set time limits for tablet utilization. (That is additionally a typical element on devices from the Nintendo Switch to the Apple iPad.)
For instance, you can set the framework to rest at 8 p.m. what’s more, not enact again until 8 a.m. Various timetables can likewise be set for non-weekend days versus ends of the week. Yet, that is only the start.
I can restrict the aggregate sum of screen time to 60 minutes, 4 hours, or leave it boundless. Or then again, I can set time limits on explicit classifications of substance, from books to applications to recordings to the essential included internet browser (which goes to an endorsed whitelist of sites). Or then again, I can set what Amazon calls “instructive objectives,” and require 30 minutes of digital book perusing previously permitting admittance to applications and recordings. A parent can blend and match these controls to calibrate the experience, and it gives a lot of granularity, if that is what you’re searching for.
Both the 7-and 8-inch models have a 1.3GHz ARM processor, however the HD 8 includes 50% more RAM, 1.5GB versus 1GB. The Fire HD 10 ($230 at Amazon) beats both, with 2GB of RAM and a 1.8GB quad-center ARM processor. (Note, however, that there’s no Kids Edition for the 10-incher.)
The outcome is that, even with similar CPU, the HD 8 feels altogether quicker, because of that additional RAM. Applications load more slow, swiping between pages is more slow, and the Fire 7 includes barely enough slack and stammering that it tends to be irritating, particularly in case you’re utilized to the quick exhibition of an iPhone or iPad.
In a test utilizing the 3DMark benchmark (accessible in the Amazon application store), the Fire 7 scores 4,654, while the Fire HD 8 scored 5,700 (higher scores are better). The Fire HD 10 shows off its better equipment with an a lot higher score of 13,217.
All things considered, testing a few children games, including Subway Surfer and Riptide 2, when the games were completely stacked and running, the Fire 7 played them similarly just as the bigger rendition. In any case, the Fire 7 battled more with the designs on Star Wars: Puzzle Droids, a more up to date portable game.
One other huge distinction between the two sizes is the sound. The Fire HD 8 has two speakers on the lower part of the tablet, which fire through two patterns in the elastic case. The Fire 7 has just a solitary speaker, situated on the back upper right corner, close to an abnormal single pattern in the elastic case that doesn’t exactly agree with the speaker itself. The sound from the more modest tablet is far second rate. Sufficient for an easygoing video real time meeting, however not actually fulfilling. (Fortunately, the two tablets have standard 3.5mm earphone jacks, which are getting progressively uncommon on telephones.)
Where things become real
With its thick cushioned froth elastic case, the Kids Edition of the Fire HD 8 is obviously set apart as good to go.