Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet is essentially an HD 8 with the kids cover, FreeTime, and a 2 year warranty. There are a lot of improvements over the previous kids edition tablet such as dual band wifi, higher quality 720p screen, Dolby stereo speakers, double the storage, and increased battery life.
Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet worth the money!
FreeTime has a wealth of content, and it includes a kid-safe web browser that will only load sites that are whitelisted by you or Amazon. If you don’t want your child using the browser or camera then both can be turned off.
You can also restrict access to certain categories, set time limits, and view what your children are watching and reading with the Parent Dashboard. After the first year there is a nominal fee to continue using the service.
As far as cons I would like to see all content be available for download and viewed offline since accessible content is limited if you do not have wifi. I also think the interface could use a little polishing as the navigation can be clunky at times.
Finally, once you move outdoors the screen could wash out in the sun due to limited brightness. I also think there should be a volume limiter without having to find a functional app. With all of that in mind I’m taking off one star.
Hold your finger down on an item to see if Download is an option. If so then it can be accessed without wifi for at least 48 hrs before you need to reconnect.
You can view purchased Amazon videos offline when not connected to wifi. Switch to your adult profile and download the video(s). Now go into settings, profiles and family library, select your child profile, add content, videos, and select your videos.
You can sideload Google Play on the adult profile and gain access to even more apps such as YouTube Kids.
You can set FreeTime to only allow entertainment content after daily educational goals have been met.