Which Kindle Fire should I spoil my kids with?

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I’m going to give in and get the kids electronics for Christmas. I’ve decided a Kindle is the perfect kid gadget. They can play games and watch cat videos to their hearts’ content and not get my gadgets all gunked up with their grimy hands anymore.

But, now that I’ve decided on a Kindle, which one should I pick?

First thing I need to determine is what features and functions matter most for an eight-year-old and a nine-year-old. So far when they run off with my tablet or phone they play games and like to have at least nineteen game apps open at one time. They also like to sneak watching their cartoons and animated movies on Netflix. I also happen to have Amazon Prime so they can expand their viewing library.

Since they are little I’m not going to worry too much about display quality because they won’t really notice if it’s the best or not. I do think processing speed is important, because boy do I hear it if their Netflix show is buffering. I’m not going to put too much weight on being able to Skype or not either. They can do that on the house computer so I can keep an ever-loving, control-freak eye on their communications.

Knowing all of that here is what looks great to me about each new Kindle.


All New Kindle Fire HD 7”

  • This one is described as the most-affordable Kindle at $139 for 8GB and $169 for 16GB
  • It has a stunning HD display at 216 ppi / 1280×800
  • It has a fast, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, great for impatient kids
  • It boasts parental controls that speak to the control-freak-mom in me
  • It has fast browsing over Wi-Fi that should keep whining down to a minimum
  • It has a long battery life, up to 10 hours of mixed use
  • It calls itself light and durable, which will be great for my non-careful kids, especially my son
  • It has that latest Fire OS 3.0 which enables fast access to apps and info
  • No camera is included on this model
  • It’s durable, but having an OtterBox Kindle Fire HD case available makes it even better!


Kindle Fire HDX 7”

  • This one is available in three options: 16GB for $229, 32GB for $269 and 64GB for $309
  • Can get a Wi-Fi only version or one that also has 4G LTE connectivity from AT&T or Verizon
  • The 7” HDX display has a  high pixel density (323 ppi/1920×1200)
  • The processor is a faster 2.2GHz quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM
  • This one comes with the MayDay button for instant tech support, a great feature, but I could see my kids contacting support just to chat with someone
  • Battery life is a little better at 11 hours of mixed use
  • This one comes with a front-facing 720p HD camera and we all know how much kids love taking pictures and videos of themselves, the pets, their socks on the floor, you name it,  kids love to capture it no matter how mundane
  • Peace of mind knowing that OtterBox already has a Kindle HDX case available!

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Kindle Fire HDX 8.9”

  • This one is available in three options: 16GB for $379, 32GB for $429 and 64GB for $479
  • Can get a Wi-Fi only version or one that also has 4G LTE connectivity from AT&T or Verizon
  • It’s got a larger 8.9” HDX display (2560×1600) with unsurpassed pixel density (339 ppi)
  • It has a 2.2GHz quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM just like the 7” version
  • It says that it’s “startlingly light for a large-screen tablet” which is important for those smaller hands that will be using it
  • This one has an 8MP rear-facing camera that allows for high-resolution photos and 1080p HD video. Combined with the front-facing camera, the cataloging of pets and socks will be enhanced with innumerable selfies and videos
  • OtterBox Kindle Fire HDX cases available, so I know it’s protected at all times!

Alright, I have to admit as I set out to learn about all of these Kindles, I figured I would just pick the basic model, but now that I’ve checked out and compared all three, I’m going to pick the Fire HDX 7”. I like that it has a camera. I wouldn’t pick one with the 4G LTE though, the kids don’t need to use up my data plan.

The amount of apps look good for what I think my kids would need and watching movies and shows will be easy too. Amazon’s done a great job comparing each Kindle here. I have to admit, if I was buying for myself, I’d go with the 8.9”. Which one would you pick?

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