Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet Review

Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet Review came with 7-inch tablet and builtin 16GB (expendable by up to 256GB) of storage and gives you full parental controls, while allowing your kids to learn, grow and have fun using the latest portable technology. The tablet lets you personalize screen time limits, set educational goals and gives age-appropriate content. This is a full Amazon Fire 7 with extra child profiles and full parental controls for age 3+.

 Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet Review

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7-inch IPS Display, 16 GB (expandable by up to 256 GB)




There is one in the Adults account and one in the Child accounts. Both menus have a plethora of options including; Set parental controls, manage profiles, change security settings, notifications, sync paid for items to the device, manage your account, get help, manage profiles, update the firmware, edit display and keyboard options, change the language, edit parental controls, find the device serial number, etc. To access this menu from the main adult account, swipe down from the top of the screen and click ‘Settings’.

Built for even the toughest kids Each Fire Kids Edition tablet comes with a Kid-Proof Case and a 2-year worry-free guarantee, giving parents peace of mind and kids freedom to play.

  • When you switch the device on from new I recommend a software update. Swipe down from the top of the screen > Settings > Device Options >
    System Updates. Should remove a few bugs.
  • When connecting the device to your PC to transfer files across, you need to enter your password to view the “Internal storage” folder. You may need to disconnect and reconnect the USB lead again, for it to appear under “This PC”.
  • Lots of parental control options in ‘Settings’ > ‘Parental Controls’. You can manage profiles and also block or unblock: Web Browser, Email, Contacts, Calenders, Social Sharing, Camera, Maps, Firefly, Amazon Stores and password protect purchases.
  • Editing Images: – Remember to click ‘Apply’ to save your photo edits and to continue to view and use the edit menu.
  • To Exit full screen mode from apps, books and movies for example; swipe down from the top or right of the screen. Alternatively you may have to tap the centre of the screen once, then click the home icon.
  • To Exit child profiles swipe down from the top of the screen.
  • To Export a photo from the tablet. Save and upload to Amazon Cloud Drive and then download to your desktop or device.
  • User Guide: Adult Profile > Help > User Guide. Be aware the User Guide is generic and I believe covers all Kindle Fires. I’ve found a few features listed which are not on the device.
  • Connect to WiFi: In the Adult Account > Swipe down from top of screen > Wireless > Ensure Aeroplane Mode is Off > Wi-Fi > On > Select your network > Enter password if required
  • Connect Bluetooth devices such as headphones and speakers: Turn on Bluetooth on your accessory > On the Fire 7 Tablet and in the Adult Account > Swipe down from top of screen > Wireless > Bluetooth > On > Pair a Bluetooth device > Select your device.
  • Display Mirroring: Even though the manual mentions this feature, it is not available. Your only option to mirror the tablet to TV is by using a
    SlimPort Adapter.

If they break it, return it and we'll replace it. No questions asked.

  • Display: 7" touchscreen, 1024 x 600 resolution at 171 ppi, SD video playback, with IPS (in-plane switching) technology and advanced polarizing filter
  • Size: 8.7" x 5.5" x 1" (141.0 x 222.0 x 26.3 mm)
  • Weight: 13.8 oz. (390 g) Actual size and weight may vary by configuration and manufacturing process
  • CPU & RAM: Quad-Core 1.3 GHz with 1 GB of RAM
  • Storage: 16 GB (11.1 GB available to user) of internal storage. Add microSD card for up to 256 GB of additional storage for even more movies, TV shows, music, photos, personal videos, and apps. 
Some apps may require that they are installed on internal storage.
  • Battery Life: Up to 8 hours of reading, surfing the web, watching video, and listening to music. Battery life will vary based on device settings, usage, and other factors such as web browsing and downloading content. Actual results may vary.
  • Charge Time:Fully charges in under 8 hours using the micro-USB power adapter included in the box, or slightly longer with other micro-USB power adapters that you may already have.
  • Wi-Fi Connectivity: Single-antenna dual-band Wi-Fi. Supports public and private Wi-Fi networks or hotspots that use the 802.11b, 802.11g, or 802.11n standard with support for WEP, WPA, and WPA2 security using password authentication; does not support connecting to ad-hoc (or peer-to-peer) Wi-Fi networks.
  • 4G Connectivity: N/A
  • Ports: USB 2.0 (micro-B connector) to connect to a PC/Macintosh computer, or to charge your device with the included power adapter; microSD slot for external storage
  • Audio: 3.5 mm stereo jack and integrated speaker
    Content Formats Supported: Kindle (AZW), KF8, TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively, Audible Enhanced format (AAX), DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, non-DRM AAC, MP3, MIDI, PCM/WAVE, OGG, WAV, M4V, MP4, AAC LC/LTP, HE-AACv1, HE-AACv2, MKV, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, HTML5, CSS3, 3GP, VP8 (WEBM)
  • Sensors: Accelerometer
  • Camera Specs: VGA front-facing camera. 2 MP rear-facing HD camera
  • Location Services:Location-based services via Wi-Fi
  • Available Colors: Blue, Pink, or Yellow Kid-Proof Case
  • Additional Features: External volume controls, built-in Bluetooth with support for A2DP compatible stereo headphones, speakers, microphone, and LE accessories support
  • Accessibility Features: VoiceView and Screen Magnifier enable access to the vast majority of Fire tablet features. VoiceView features IVONA's award-winning natural language text-to-speech voice. Fire OS 5 also includes system wide closed caption settings, adjustable font sizes up to 50% larger, and a variety of book reading text adjustments such as adjustable colors and text spacing. Also includes adjustable font sizes/color, and built-in Oxford dictionary. Learn more
  • System Requirements: Fire 7 Kids Edition is ready to use right out of the box—no setup, no software to install, no computer required to download content
  • Warranty and Service: 2-year worry-free guarantee. Coverage for anything that happens to your Fire Kids Edition including electrical and mechanical breakdowns. See details. Use of Fire Kids Edition tablet is subject to the terms found here
  • Included in the Box: Fire 7 tablet, Amazon Kid-Proof Case, USB 2.0 cable, 5W power adapter, and Quick Start Guide
  • Age Range: Ages 3 and up. WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD – Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.
  • Generation: 7th generation - 2017 release

  • 7-inch Kindle Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet
  • USB to Micro USB Charge Lead
  • Mains Charge Plug
  • User Guide

DESIGN

The tablet is a nice size and weight for smaller hands and with the included lightweight Kid-Proof case, seems to magically reduce the weight of the tablet – it feels much lighter and nicely balanced. The tablet is black and looks and feels very robust with a scratch-resistant Gorilla glass display, which has a wider black edge on the horizontal so your child can hold it without accidentally touching the touchscreen.

PERFORMANCE & USABILITY

With a quad-core processor and 1GB RAM (memory) the screen is clear and very responsive without any lag. The 7″ IPS display is a pleasure to read books, watch movies and play games. And the use of a very clean font is easy on the eye offers good usability to navigate around the tablet’s many great features. With the addition of a swipe input keyboard ensures fast and efficient input on the Silk browser, email or Amazon store. The battery capacity is also really good, it lasted over 28 hours on its first full charge, 2.4 hours to charge from flat via mains charger. The tablet connects to WiFi and Bluetooth devices in seconds and works flawlessly with various Bluetooth speakers and earphones I have.

Supported Profiles; AZDP, AVRCP, HID, SPP. The Dolby sound is pretty good.

KID-PROOF CASE

The included bump-proof blue case (also available in pink) is a lovely sky blue colour and the extra padded design ensures the tablet bounces when dropped which protects it from bangs, bumps and bruises. Superb design, not too bulky and has all of the necessary cut-outs for the Power Button, Volume Controls, Rear Camera, Speaker, Mic, 3.5mm Headphone Jack and Charge Port. And for peace of mind the Fire HD comes with a 2 year worry-free guarantee. It’s a seriously good device at a good price and the kids are absolutely loving it.

OUT OF THE BOX

The first thing you notice is the lovely presentation, the device is beautifully packaged. In the box is the Kindle Fire HD, USB Charge/Transfer Lead, Mains Socket and User Guide. Just opening the box and the kids were more than excited, the whole experience was fun and the product just looks top notch. I have various tablets and kindles and yes I am now officially jealous of the kids’ Fire HD.

PROFILES

The default adult profile is setup out of the box and linked to your main Amazon account – this is a full Fire HD account with no limitations. In total you can have 2 Adult profiles and 4 Child profiles. Child accounts are set-up and controlled by this main account. Child profiles have 2 options; Under 8 or Age 9 and over and the content is automatically matched for the age group selected. For kids you select a name, password, age group and add a photo.

MENUS

  • Adults Media Menu: Shop, Games, Apps, Books, Music, Videos, Newsstand, Audiobooks, Web, Photos, Docs
  • Adults Main: Silk Browser, E-Mail, Help, Fire for Kids, Camera, Shop Amazon, Calendar, Firefly, Instant Video, Clock, Contacts
  • Child (8 Under): Books, Videos, Apps, Camera, Characters (*no music)
  • Kids (9 Over): Books, Videos, Apps, Camera (*no music)

*Amazon say they have received feedback on not having a Music menu within the Child Profiles and will respond accordingly. So we may see ‘Music’ added in a subsequent firmware update.

ADULT CONTROL

The tablet, offers the ability to control what your child can view and it’s easy to set up educational goals and time limits, so they don’t over use technology, yet get the benefits. For example, if your child will read a book for 15 minutes, they can watch a movie as a reward. With an option for Weekdays or Weekends with different options for each. You can also put a block on browser usage, payments and social media so they don’t hit your Amazon account with unnecessary purchases. This is set up as default and simple to turn on and off in Settings > Parental Controls. There is also an activity monitor allowing you to keep on top of what, when and where your child goes and gets up to on the tablet. Notifications are key to this activity and can be accessed by swiping down from the top of the screen and are displayed on the Quick Actions Menu.

FIRE FOR KIDS UNLIMITED & PRIME

Included with the Fire 7 Kids Edition is a year of Fire for Kids Unlimited, which gives us unlimited access to tons of books, video, games, and apps. Lots of the kids favourite characters (mine too) are available including Angelina Ballerina, Dora the Explorer, Fireman Sam, Lego, Mr. Men, Harry Potter, Noddy, Pingu, Smurfs, The Penguins of Madagascar, Shaun the Sheep, Thomas & Friends, plus tons more. The titles are age-appropriate and match the Kids profiles so you don’t have to worry about approving every title. If you are a Prime member you have access to the full Amazon Instant Video catalogue.

WATCHING VIDEOS OFFLINE

You can download select Prime videos & TV Shows for Adults and kids to watch offline (without WiFi). But only from the adult account. You have parental controls accessible from the Settings menu found in both the adult account and child accounts (secured with password), look for “Add Content to Your Child’s Library” and here you can determine the content available on each Kids Profile. Unfortunately videos downloaded from Prime or added yourself onto the device are not accessible in the Kids profiles.

CAMERA & PHOTOS

The Fire 7 tablet has a 2MP Rear Camera, VGA Front-Facing Camera & Child-Safe Camera App. The ‘Photos’ menu offers easy to use camera and video controls and quite a few options including; take picture, record video, switch between front and back cameras, view all images and sort by date taken or uploaded, slideshow, HDR (High Dynamic Range), Image Review, Panorama, Lenticular. Plus options to share, edit, print, image info and upload to Cloud Drive (from where you can download to PC or Mac). When editing images you have a myriad of options to do all kinds of fun and creative things. Videos are recorded as MP4.

APPS

There are a few hundred thousand apps available at the time of writing and you can filter by category such as Free, Games, Kids, Magazines, Productivity, Sports, etc. To download the apps which is done from within the main adult account; From main screen > Shop > Apps … And to allow access to the app within each specific child profile you; Swipe Down from Top of Screen > Settings > Parental Controls > Manage ‘Your Child’s’ Profile > Manage Child’s Content > Check the Box on the App.

*At the time of writing (28/06/15) the iPlayer app is not compatible with this device.

I rip DVD’s with Magic DVD Ripper (works for me) and I’ve played .avi, .mp4 and .wmv formats. When you copy them to the device add them to the ‘Movies’ folder and they will appear under the ‘Photos’ menu on the Fire 7, not the ‘Videos’ menu which is reserved for Amazon Instant Video. If you download the VLC app (or other video app) from the Amazon Appstore this is the best way to watch videos. Other ways may fail to play the videos.

FIREFLY

Helps you identify physical products and use barcodes, QR codes and make purchases. Also music and videos, think Shazam. Adult Account > FireFly > Select Music or Video which is currently playing to identify. Alternatively point the camera at the product or barcode/QR code and it will find your product for sale. You can of course buy it on Amazon or add to your Amazon Wish List. Bar codes are accurate, products not always if the product is not in the Amazon catalogue.

ADD YOUR OWN CONTENT

Books, Docs, Music and Videos, can be transferred from PC or Mac to your Fire 7 and will be stored on the device and will also be added to Amazon Cloud Drive. Music can also be imported to your Amazon Music library. Connect the Fire to your (PC) and the tablet will appear as “Fire” under ‘Computer’ or ‘This PC’ (Windows 8) and copy and paste your supported files into the appropriate folders as seen below. For (Mac) you’ll need to download the Android File Transfer App. Go to Kindle.com/support/downloads for the Mac app. Save the app to your desktop, open it and transfer files onto your Fire. Android File Transfer also shows as a Device under Finder.

STORAGE

16GB or higher If you plan on adding lots of videos and music to the tablet, I’d consider the larger hard drive option as 16GB of space ran out very fast for me.

VIDEOS

I rip DVD’s with Magic DVD Ripper (works for me) and I’ve transferred and played .avi, .mp4 and .wmv formats on the Fire 7. When you copy them to the device add them to the ‘Movies’ folder and they will appear under the ‘Photos’ menu on the Fire 7, not the ‘Videos’ menu which is reserved for Amazon Instant Video. If you download the VLC app (or other video app) from the Amazon Appstore this is the best way to watch videos, accessible from the main adult screen. Other ways may fail to play the videos.

FIRE FOLDERS & SUPPORTED FORMATS

Audiobooks: AA, AAX
Books: AZW, (.azw3), Mobi (non-DRM), KF8
Documents: TXT, PDF, PRC DOC, DOCX, HTML5, CSS3
Music: MP3, Non-DRM AAC (.m4a), MIDI, PCM/WAVE, OGG, WAV, AC-3, E-AC-3,
AMR-NB, AMRWB
Pictures: JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP
Movies: MP4, 3GP, VP8 (.webm), M4V, MKV

Note: Remember to switch from ‘Cloud’ to ‘Device’ on the top menu to see content you have transferred from your PC or Mac to the Kindle.

We gave the Kindle Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet.

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Pros: Value: This is definitely the only (new) tablet under $100 worth considering. All the other tablets this cheap that I have seen are just plain unusable. The Fire 7 is very usable and is definitely more capable than any thing else this cheap on the market right now. Even though there are quite a few bad points about the tablet I have to remind myself that I only paid less than $100 for it (I got it cheaper on sale). Perhaps it is a testament to it's quality and I am to readily comparing it to other more expensive devices. Performance: The performance was surprisingly snappy and definitely punches above it's weight in this respect. The Fire 7 could handle light - medium heavy games (Jetpack joyride and simple planes). It won't be playing Just Cause 3 anytime soon but it is still impressive for such a cheap device. If you do want to use it for games I would strongly suggest picking up a micro SD card as the 16GB internal storage is hardly enough (I have included a link to a 64 GB version of the SD card I use) SanDisk Ultra 64 GB MicroSDXC UHS-I Memory Card with SD Adapter - Frustration Free Packaging .
Cons: Screen: The screen is absolutely terrible! I can put up with less than 1080p screens but the thing about this screen that bugs me the most is how many fingerprints it picks up (as shown in the picture). It picks up fingerprints so easily you feel the need to clean every ten minutes. Furthermore it is definitely the most difficult screen to clean on any device I have ever had. Come on Amazon! Storage: 16GB of storage is simply a joke for recently market but it can easily be rectified by the purchase of an SD card (it all adds up though!). Software: Amazon's skin of android is not bad but it definitely isn't good. They replaced all the Google services with Microsoft's or Amazon's services. Bing is the default search engine (which is infuriating). There is no Google youtube app on the amazon marketplace. There are only 3rd party knock off youtube apps. The software does redeem itself through the inclusion of features like Alexa (Amazon's A.I) and Blueshade (blocks out blue light to improve sleep quality). I would still prefer a standard android experience. Amazon's ecosystem: The software is built to force you into amazon's ecosystem. Each tab in the software is basically trying to get you to give amazon money. I personally don't mind this however I understand many people will not like this. It is after all turning the OS into a giant advert for amazon . If you don't have prime you will not get the most out of this tablet and I suggest you look elsewhere, alternatively, you could get amazon prime which I do recommend as it is a bargain. Build quality and design: The build quality is alright and what I expected from a device at this price. I do, however, hate the massive amazon logo on the back of the device. It boggles my mind that companies do this. It would save a bit of money if they didn't do it and most people if they want to know what tablet someone is using they generally ask.

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