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Amazon Fire Tablet 7 vs. Fire Tablet Kids Edition: Which should you buy?

Amazon Fire 7 lifestyle
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Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet

Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition Cropped Render

As with its Echo Dots, Amazon is offering kids edition versions of its Fire Tablets for a more premium price than the originals. However, these kid tablets offer some intriguing extras like enhanced parental controls, tons of kid-friendly content, and kid-proof cases.

Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet

Child-proof value

Kid-proof case included
Industry-leading parental controls
One year of Amazon Kids+ included
Expandable microSD storage
Not HD resolution
More expensive than standard Fire 7 Tablet

Fire 7 Tablet

Amazon Fire 7 Tablet official render

The Fire 7 Tablet is a great entry point into the Amazon ecosystem. It starts cheap and is often on discount, and gives you access to all the great tablet-y content you'd want (minus Google Play), hands-free Alexa, and expandable storage.

Fire 7 Tablet

Fire for all

Unbeatable entry price
Expandable microSD storage
Not HD resolution
Lower-quality mono speaker

You want to get your youngsters an Amazon Fire Tablet, but which of these options is the best option? Should you go for what is one of the best Fire tablet values in the Fire 7, or one of the most affordable Fire tablets for kids in the Fire 7 Kids Edition? There are several different size options in the Fire Tablet lineup, and some are made specifically for kids. Today, we're taking a look specifically at the Fire tablet 7 vs. the kids edition version at that size. Let's see what makes these tablets different, and which is the right fit for you and your family.

Fire Tablet 7 vs. Kids Edition: Adult-focused vs. kid-proof

The Amazon Fire 7 Tablet is a great buy for just about anyone looking for an inexpensive, entertainment-focused tablet. It's capable enough to keep the kids entertained while not costing enough to pull your hair out if it gets accidentally destroyed. You can also get all the (non-Google) major content services on there as well as a dedicated kids mode to keep those little fingers from buying a new dollhouse or even a real tiny house on your Amazon account. While there is now a parallel line of Fire Kids Pro tablets for older children, the Fire 7 Kids Edition is the one to get for children under six years old.

However, you may notice that when hovering your mouse or your finger over that Buy Now button that there's both a regular Fire 7 Tablet and a Fire 7 Kids Edition, so what gives?

Fire Tablet 7 vs. Kids Edition: Spec comparison

Amazon Fire 7 Kids Tablet 2020 Lifestyle

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Spec-for-spec, there isn't much difference between these Fire Tablets. In fact, under the hood, they're basically the same device. However, it all comes down to the extras.

Fire 7 TabletFire 7 Kids Edition Tablet
Weight10.1 oz16.1 oz
Dimensions7.6 " x 4.5" x .4"8.7" x 6.3" x 1.0"
Storage16 or 32GB16GB
Expandable StorageUp to 512Up to 512
Screen Resolution1024x600 (171 ppi)1024x600 (171 ppi)
Battery lifeUp to 7 hours of multimediaUp to 7 hours of multimedia
Camera2MP front and rear-facing cameras with 720p video recording2MP front and rear-facing cameras with 720p video recording
Alexa enabledYes - hands-freeOff by default
ColorsBlack, Twilight Blue, Plum, SagePink, Blue, Purple
AudioMono speakerMono speaker
CaseNot includedKid-safe case included
Parental ControlsYesYes
Amazon Kids+Not includedOne year included
Warranty90-day2-year

Price is one of the main differences. Depending on what deals Amazon is promoting, the Fire 7 Kids Edition is anywhere from $10 more to double the price of the regular Fire 7 Tablet. So what do you get for that price difference? Well, you get a few features that may be very important to parents, particularly parents of younger children.

For starters, the Fire 7 Kids Edition comes with a free year of Amazon Kids+, ordinarily $3 per month for a single child or up to $70 per year for a family plan. Amazon Kids+ provides enhanced parental controls and puts the device in a kid-friendly mode with a different user interface and tons of content that is specifically geared towards younger children. With this Amazon Kids+ content, you won't have to continually buy new games or shows to entertain your little ones. Amazon Kids+ also prohibits children from accessing social media apps and prevents them from using Alexa. However, Amazon acknowledges that you know your kids best, so you, as a parent, do have the ability to exit Amazon Kids+ mode with a passcode.

The Fire 7 Kids Edition also comes with a durable and practically kid-proof case that will protect the tablet from all kinds of mishaps. That case alone would cost you around $25 if you were to purchase it separately. Additionally, the Fire 7 Kids Edition includes a two-year worry-free guarantee. The regular Fire 7 Tablet only comes with a 90-day limited warranty, and if you wanted to extend it to two years, it would cost you an extra $10 or so. With the way kids treat their toys and, well, everything else, you can easily see the value in this included service.

Fire Tablet 7 vs. Kids Edition: Just in case

Amazon Fire 7 Kids Lifestyle

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The kid-proof case that is included with the Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet certainly offers excellent protection, is friendly to small hands, and still allows easy access to all the ports and buttons.

However, you don't have to get Amazon's kid-proof case to protect your Fire 7 Tablet from the kids. There are a number of other cases available at various prices though that will also do the trick. So if you wanted to save a bit of money, buy the regular Fire 7 Tablet and pick up another protective case for less than the one that is included with the Kids Edition.

Fire Tablet 7 vs. Kids Edition: Which should you buy?

If you're purely buying a tablet for your kids, spend the extra money and get the Kids Edition. It's worth the investment, not least for that worry-free two-year warranty. It's also a single purchase that comes 100% child-equipped, with that tough-as-hell case and the included one-year subscription to kids content.

You can provide the same experience by buying a regular Fire Tablet at $50. Still, you should probably only get one of those if you're going to be buying for an older child/teenager, or it's going to be used by yourself a decent amount of the time. If that sounds more like your scenario, then this option is for you. Buy a more grown-up case and slap in a microSD card and use it as a grown-up would!

Jeramy is proud to help *Keep Austin Weird* and loves hiking in the hill country of central Texas with a breakfast taco in each hand. When he's not writing about smart home gadgets and wearables, he's defending his relationship with his smart voice assistants to his family. You can follow him on Twitter at @jeramyutgw.