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I got this as a birthday present for my daughter. I was happy I was able to put Disney Plus on here, but haven’t tried that hard to put YouTube for kids on it. In fact, I am trilled that my daughter can only add Amazon approved apps for her age range, and gives me the ability to block access to Caillou.
Ordered this with the subscription. When I try to use it, it says my region isn’t eligible for the subscription. Even though I ordered it from amazon.ca and I live in Canada. It’s telling me I have to repurchase the subscription. Super annoyed about that. I’ve tried changing the settings but it sends me on a wild goose hunt and there’s no way fix or change anything. UPDATE: After doing some online searching, I found that apparently the free one year subscription you have to be in the USA. It would have been nice if that was stated and clear.
After purchasing two of these for my children and loading them up with all their favourite apps we of course came to realize there really is very limited internal space! So we added and formatted new SD cards as directed only to discover that they actually do not work as added internal space for about 98% of the Freetime functions.
These advertise you are able to expand the storage but beware that you are unable to save most apps to this storage, be it developer restrictions or some other reasons I am unsure.
Also in order to use that added space you need to fill up that original internal space, which slows down the tablets causing them to become glitchy and unresponsive at times.
Moving apps to SD also often does not work.
IF you were planning on using these for Disney+ as we had intended, then again you will be very disappointed. The storage issue is the same. In freetime mode you are unable to store the downloads on the external storage. Tho in Parent mode it does seem to allow this, but in switching back to a child profile they restrict it. So Basically only connection to Wifi at all times is required.
The userface is very unfriendly for children when connected to WIFI. Any little touch ends up accidentally downloading random books and apps (again filling storage). It is not easy to access downloaded apps while Wifi is enabled. Tho my work around has been to turn off WIFI and then you can see the available apps. Also if they children have started a ton of downloads there does not seem to be any place where you can see all the downloads in progress.
Support in this storage matter has been very limited for all that have seeked help from Amazon, with no actual fix or concern in the matter.
Wonderful table for my daughter, but I wish I would have gotten one with more storage...even after buying an SD card, I ran into an issue that there's MANY things that don't allow you to use the SD card, and requires to be used on the internal storage...
Take Disney Plus for example. They have a GREAT feature where you can download movies/shows, for when you're on the go, outside of internet access. Very handy for road trips, or in a waiting room...but it downloads onto the tablet, and there's nothing I can do to get it to download on the SD card instead...and there are many apps that force you to use internal storage, so the 16GB goes FAST!
Other issue is just the charger. I absolutely hate mirco USB chargers...after a few months, the cable wears down, and doesn't stay in the port well enough, and you have to have it plugged in JUST right to get it to charge properly. I've replaced the cable 4 times, because of how terrible micro ussb is. For that reason, I would 100% justify getting the 8 instead, simply because the charging cable is USB C, which should be the standard for all charging ports now.
It’s okay. I got it on sale for my son for his birthday. We have a few old iPad mini 2’s around but it was time for one of his own. Looking for a non apple, kid friendly, budget friendly alternative lead me to the kindle fire kids.
But he doesn’t want to bother with it much. The thing is slow. It takes several taps to open the app he wants sometimes, and even when it does register, it’s still a full second or so before it fully opens. Closing the apps and navigating the menus are totally unintuitive or difficult for a non reader. He just wants to use his sisters iPad mini 2 anyway. I wish I’d not purchased it and put it towards the cost of a mini 2 on eBay honestly.
Bought this for my daughter for Christmas. It worked well for a while but has a dreadful battery life. After about 5 months the charging port has become so loose that it's almost impossible to charge. I've bought several new cords to no avail, the port is just to loose to hold any cord in place. So 5 months of use and needs to be replaced, definitely not worth it in my opinion.
It’s a decent tablet for the money. We bought this when my son’s iPad couldn’t support Roblox and Minecraft anymore. It’s very hard to move from an Apple iPad to this though. The games are great and the Amazon FreeTime is fun BUT it is ridiculously difficult to put other apps on it. The ‘Kid’s YouTube’ is terrible compared to the Apple version. The battery life is AWFUL, we’re constantly having to charge it while his siblings have hours and hours longer on their iPads. My son has no complaints though because he’s 6 and it’s easy for him to navigate although he’s quite upset about having to constantly have to charge it. We’ll definitely upgrade him back to an iPad next Christmas.
I didn't really know what I was getting when I bought this tablet for my son. I assumed it would be like any other tablet that he could use to watch Netflix or any of our digital copies of movies we own but it isn't. There is very limited content and I'm not sure what he'll have access to once the one year free trial expires. There is no instruction booklet and I couldn't find anything online. The pros: it's durable, the battery lasts a lot longer than I expected it to and it's been easy for him to navigate and find things to do. I wouldn't buy another one of these tablets, especially if I have to pay a monthly fee for access to the few things that are on it.
Battery life is terrible, takes a looong time to charge. The system itself is very very slow to work. The 16 gigs already has a large portion taken up on stuff to run the thing, so I'll have to buy more storage it seems.
If you buy 2 tablets you don't get 2 years free subscription either. Its one year free on each tablet.
My kids are happy with them (4 yr old boys) ... thats why 2 stars instead of 1. If they were older I would have sent the thing back and looked for something more functional for them.
My kids hate this thing. I bought this to replace my son using my iPad. Well he was not pleased. As a 2 year old I wouldn’t think he would notice but he did. His little sister now plays with it, but she hates it as well. Had to end up buying an extra iPad! Now this thing sits and rots in a cupboard. It’s super slow and not very much fun. No kids YouTube which is what we wanted it for.
I regret not paying a bit more for a better quality tablet for my kids. We only use them a few times a week, if even, we are never rough with them and STILL the charging port has broken on both and the headphone jack on one of them has also ceased to function. I am hoping that Amazon will be able to replace them, but when it comes time to purchase new ones I will definitely not buy a Fire again.
Loved having access to many books and educational apps. Also the parental controls. Could not download Google Meet even after speaking Fire support. Was told Google Meet is not an app Fire supports. Was still going to keep tablet for her to play. Then found out cannot install Raz Kids. Sending back which I have never done.