iPad vs Fire Tablet Which Should You Buy for a Child?

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Are you looking to buy your child a tablet? Or are you considering buying yourself a tablet and letting your kids use it?

Each year we put together a list of best kids tablets – but in this article we are specifically looking at the Apple iPad vs Fire tablet.

iPad vs Fire Tablet

When looking for a tablet for your kids, 2 immediate contenders may come to mind: the Apple iPad and the Amazon Kindle Fire.  

After researching and owning both the iPad and Fire Kids edition, here are the pros and the cons of each. These are things to consider when deciding on whether to buy the iPad vs Fire Kids.

apple ipad vs fire tablet which should i buy

This post “Which tablet should I buy my kid?” was originally written in 2011.

We are looking at the Apple iPad vs Fire HD. Apple versus Amazon tablets – here are the specs for each.

Apple iPad

The Apple iPad is the end-all-be-all to tablets. With the simple design and intuitive user interface, your children will be able to easily figure out how to work their way around the iPads OS.

iPad Pros:

  • Thousands upon thousands of applications for both fun and education
  • Easy to use interface
  • Several iPad cases for kids available to protect your device

iPad Cons:

  • Price – even if you were to buy a refurbished 1st generation iPad, you will be spending over $300
  • Size – the iPads are quite large, which could be a disadvantage to small hands carrying around

Final Thoughts:

While I LOVE my Apple iPad, if I were buying for my child, I would consider another device due to price.

Amazon Fire Kids Tablet

The Amazon Fire Kids Tablet is a popular affordable tablet for kids.

amazon fire tablets for kids
Amazon Kids Tablet is a great alternative to the Apple iPad when purchasing a tablet for kids.

Read our Amazon Kids Tablet Review for specifics. In regards to iPad vs Fire Kids here is what you should know.

Fire Kids Pros:

  • The Amazon Kids Tablet starts at $99 for the entry level Fire 8 edition and up to $199 for the premium Fire HD 10 kids edition.
  • Apps are available via the Amazon app store
  • The Kindle Fire’s size fits perfectly in the hands of kiddos.
  • Easy access to Amazon – great for streaming movies
  • 2 year warranty – great for kids that drop tablets!
  • Tablet case is included with the purchase.

Fire Kids Cons:

  • The Amazon Kids Fire does not have near the quality of apps that is available to the Apple iPad
  • Not as many cases or covers that can protect the fire like there are for the Apple iPad
  • No 3G access (there is wifi – but you have to provide your own connection)

Final Thoughts:

If price is a factor – the Amazon Fire Kids edition tablet is a great alternative to the Apple iPad.