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Amazon Fire HD 8 (2020) vs. Fire HD 8 Kids Edition: Which should you buy?

Amazon Fire Hd 8 2020 Lifestyle
Amazon Fire Hd 8 2020 Lifestyle (Image credit: Amazon)

Fire HD 8 Kids Edition

Amazon Fire Hd 8 Kids 2020 Reco

Kids Edition tablets are an excellent choice for younger children, packed with deeper parental control, a free year of Amazon Kids+ full of kids content, and a two-year "worry-free" warranty. Put all of that into a kid-proof case, and you have a fantastic tablet for your little one.

Fire HD 8 Kids Edition

Protected investment

Year of Amazon Kids+ included
Great kid-proof case
Fantastic parental controls
Expandable storage
More expensive than standard Fire HD 8

Fire HD 8

Amazon Fire Hd 8

For someone who may be looking for a tablet that offers better performance than an entry-level device that isn't going to break the bank, the Fire HD 8 is a great option. With enough specs to ensure smooth operation, and an easy to hold size, it makes for an excellent tablet for watching movies or reading a good book.

Fire HD 8

Snappy tab

Great price
Optional 64GB built-in storage
Expandable storage
No included case

When digging into the differences between the fire HD 8 2020 vs Kids Edition, you can see that they are small, but depending on your needs, they are significant. Knowing what the plan is for your tablet is key in understanding which to buy, especially when the differences aren't so much on the surface. Let's look at what separates these two devices and which you should get.

Reading between the lines

Amazon tablets continue to almost yearly updated to the hardware and still keep the excellent prices. 2020 saw the Fire HD 8 get its update and in-kind, so did the Kids Edition. The price of entry for the 8-inch tablet is low, making it a fantastic buy when you're looking for an entertainment device. So what makes the Kids Edition, well, a Kids Edition? It boils down to the software, a case, and some back-up from Amazon.

Fire HD 8 Kids EditionFire HD 8
Weight19.4 oz12.5 oz
Display8" HD8" HD
Dimensions9.2" x 7.2" x 1.0"8.0" x 5.4" x 0.4"
Storage32GB32 or 64 GB
Expandable StorageUp to 1TBUp to 1TB
Screen Resolution1280 x 800 (189 ppi)1280 x 800 (189 ppi)
Battery lifeUp to 12 hours of multimediaUp to 12 hours of multimedia
Camera2MP front and rear-facing cameras with 720p video recording2MP front and rear-facing cameras with 720p video recording
Alexa enabledOff by defaultYes - hands-free
ColorsPink, Blue, PurpleBlack, Twilight Blue, Plum, White
AudioDual speakers with Dolby AtmosDual speakers with Dolby Atmos
CaseKid-safe case includedNo case included
Parental ControlsYesYes
Amazon Kids+One year includedNot included
PortsUSB C, 3.5mm headphone jackUSB C, 3.5mm headphone jack
Warranty2-year90-day limited warranty

As you can see in the table above, these two devices are essentially the exact same. Aside from a 64GB option for built-in storage on the standard Fire HD 8 and the included case for the Kids Edition, the separation between the tablets isn't too physical.

Each of these 8-inch tablets offers a solid set of internals, allowing them to be great for media consumption or even a bit of gaming. The 1280x800 HD display gives you an excellent screen for reading books from the Kindle store, watching shows from Prime Video, or playing a game from the Amazon Appstore. The increased RAM to 2GB will give the performance a much-needed boost from the prior 1.5GB.

Things break, and if you plan on giving this tablet to a child — a 2-year "worry-free" warranty will be well worth it for that added cost.

So what is the reason for the added cost for the Kids Edition? The case is a massive part of it. The included case is a soft rubber foam that offers exceptional protection for that inevitable drop that comes from letting a child play with almost anything.

Each of these tablets come with a warranty should something go awry. That added cost for the Kids Edition version brings the benefit of a two-year warranty over the standard 90 days. Amazon calls the increased warranty a "worry-free guarantee," so if the tablet breaks for any reason in that two-year period, Amazon will replace it for free — and that's definitely worth something.

The extra money you pay for the Fire HD 8 Kids Edition is about more than just a big foam rubber case.

On the Kids Edition, Amazon also bundles in a free year of its Amazon Kids+ that boasts over 20,000 books, videos, and games all specially curated for kids. Amazon Kids+ can be added to the standard Fire HD 8, although the monthly cost of $3 per month, or $70 a year, for a family plan might not be worthwhile. Amazon Kids+ allows for increase parental controls that let you set up the device specifically for your child. They only see the content you approve, and in an interface that they can navigate more easily.

Which one should you buy?

Amazon Fire Hd 8 Kids 2020 Lifestyle

Source: Amazon (Image credit: Source: Amazon)

It all comes down to the primary reason for the purchase. If the tablet will be in the hands for a younger child for the majority of the time, go for the added cost of the Kids Edition tablet. The included case will be very much appreciated for those accidental drops. Should the tablet get broken, you'll be glad you have the added warranty. Then, you can pair all of that up with the free year of Amazon Kids+ to get all the kids content and parental controls you could want.

However, if you plan on this tablet is for an older kid, or you'll be using it most of the time, you can save the upfront costs. It is possible to get the same experience on the standard Fire HD 8 tablet, but if the enhanced parental controls, younger content, and bulky case aren't necessary for your situation — forgo that cost. You can get a more age-appropriate case and enjoy the tablet any way you choose.

Chris Wedel
Chris Wedel
Chris Wedel is a fan of all things tech and gadgets. Living in rural Kansas with his wife and two young boys makes finding ways to get and stay online tricky. By utilizing his years of experience with the tech and mobile communications industries — success is assured. When not conquering connectivity challenges and testing new gadgets, he enjoys cruising a gravel road in his UTV with some good tunes.