Kids Edition tablets are an excellent choice for younger children. They're 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.
- Year of Amazon Kids+ included
- Great kid-proof case
- Fantastic parental controls
- Expandable storage
- More expensive than standard Fire HD 8
For somebody looking for a tablet that offers better performance than an entry-level device and won't 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.
- Great price
- Optional 64GB built-in storage
- Expandable storage
- No included case
The differences between the Amazon Fire HD 8 (2020) and the Fire HD 8 Kids Edition are small, but they can be significant depending on your needs. Knowing what the plan is for your tablet is key in understanding what to buy, especially when these two options seem very similar on the surface. Let's look at what separates these two devices and which you should get.
Amazon Fire HD 8 (2020) vs. Fire HD 8 Kids Edition: Reading between the lines
Amazon continues to update the hardware on its excellent Fire HD tablets almost yearly and still keeps the prices extremely reasonable. 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 Edition||Fire HD 8|
|Weight||19.4 oz||12.5 oz|
|Display||8-inch HD||8-inch HD|
|Dimensions||9.2" x 7.2" x 1.0"||8.0" x 5.4" x 0.4"|
|Storage||32GB||32 or 64GB|
|Expandable Storage||Up to 1TB||Up to 1TB|
|Screen Resolution||1280x800 (189 ppi)||1280x800 (189 ppi)|
|Battery life||Up to 12 hours of multimedia||Up to 12 hours of multimedia|
|Camera||2MP front and rear-facing cameras with 720p video recording||2MP front and rear-facing cameras with 720p video recording|
|Alexa enabled||Off by default||Yes, hands-free|
|Colors||Pink, Blue, Purple||Black, Twilight Blue, Plum, White|
|Audio||Dual speakers with Dolby Atmos||Dual speakers with Dolby Atmos|
|Case||Kid-safe case included||No case included|
|Amazon Kids+||One year included||Not included|
|Ports||USB-C, 3.5mm headphone jack||USB-C, 3.5mm headphone jack|
|Warranty||Two years||90-day limited warranty|
As shown in the table above, these two devices have very similar internals, aside from a 64GB option for built-in storage on the standard Fire HD 8 (2020) and the included case for the Kids Edition. Both tabs support expandable storage up to 1TB, something you can easily achieve by grabbing a solid microSD card for your Amazon Fire tablet.
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 App store. The increased 2GB RAM will give the performance a much-needed boost from the prior 1.5GB.
So what is the reason for the added cost for the Kids Edition? The case is a massive part of it. The included Fire HD 8 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 comes 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 — that's definitely worth something.
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 increased parental controls that let you set up the device specifically for your child. They only see the content you approve in an interface they can navigate more easily.
Amazon Fire HD 8 (2020) vs. Fire HD 8 Kids Edition: Which one should you buy?
It all comes down to the primary reason for your purchase. If the tablet will be used mostly by a young child, go for the added cost of the Kids Edition tablet. You'll appreciate the included case for those accidental drops and have the added warranty if the tablet gets broken. 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 getting this tablet 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 decent heavy-duty case for your Fire HD 8 separately if needs be and enjoy the tablet any way you choose.
The Kids Edition offers all of the great performance of the regular Fire HD 8, but with added protection and content for kids. The included case will keep the tablet safe from accidental drops, and the two-year replacement warranty will cover you should it get damaged. With the free year of Amazon Kids+, there'll be plenty of kid-safe content to keep your little one entertained.
Adults like to have some fun too
Amazon has given the Fire HD 8 some nice upgrades with increased RAM, faster CPU, and improved charging with USB-C. The specs will ensure your movies, games, and reading all look great on the HD screen.
- Namerah Saud FatmiContributing Writer
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