Amazon has launched its Fire Kids Edition tablet for kids in Canada. Available in three sizes, they are full-featured Fire tablets that come with a year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited (more on this later), and start at $130.
The line-up starts with the Fire HD 7 that features a 7" IPS display, quad-core processor, 16 GB of storage with expandable storage via a microSD card slot, and up to seven hours of battery life. Fire HD 8 Kids Edition offers a 1,280 x 800 widescreen 8" HD display, quad-core processor, 32 GB of storage with expandable storage via a microSD card slot, and up to 10 hours of battery life. The Fire HD 10 Kids Edition has a 10.1" 1,080p Full HD display, octa-core 2GHz processor, 32 GB of storage with expandable storage via microSD, up to 12 hours of mixed-use battery life, and fast and easy charging.
Amazon FreeTime Unlimited is a content subscription service that offers thousands of premium books, educational apps, videos, and games that have been curated for age-appropriateness. It includes new and popular titles like TRANSFORMERS Rescue Bots: Disaster Dash, National Geographic Readers: Elephants, the complete Harry Potter book series, Sago Mini Zoo, and more from brands like Budge Studios, National Geographic, Pottermore, Sago Mini and more. It also includes books from popular Canadian authors like The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires, Scaredy Squirrel by Mélanie Watt, and Big Bear Hug by Nicholas Oldland. There are also French language versions of popular titles like Disney Crossy Road, Pete the Cat, Johnny Test, Kung Fu Panda, and more. All of the FreeTime Unlimited content is kid-friendly and hand-selected by the Amazon FreeTime team with new titles added regularly. Books, educational apps, and games can also be downloaded for viewing when not connected to Wi-Fi, such as while travelling in the car, train, or on an airplane.
Parents can also access parental controls, including features like Learn First, which hides all entertainment content until daily educational goals are met. Kids also don't have access to social media, they can't make in-app purchases, and all content is ad-free. Bedtime, meanwhile, automatically turns FreeTime off at night until the wake-up time parents set, plus weekday and weekend settings. Parents can also access Parent Dashboard (parents.amazon.ca) via any web browser to view daily activity reports of the digital content their kids are using in FreeTime, and can set limits for their child's usage remotely.
Each tablet comes with a kid-proof case available in blue or pink, and a two-year worry-free guarantee: if anything happens to it, send it back and Amazon will replace it for free.
The Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition is $130, while the Fire HD 8 Kids Edition is $170 and the Fire HD 10 Kids Edition is $260. All are available for pre-order now, shipping starting October 30. After the first year, Amazon FreeTime starts at $4/mo. for Prime members and $6/mo. for others. The FreeTime Unlimited subscription can also be accessed from the FreeTime app that can be downloaded on compatible Fire tablets, including Fire 7, Fire HD 8, and Fire HD 10.