So you are looking to buy your table but need a reason to buy a Kindle Fire for kids. While I have long been a fan of the Apple iPad, Amazon recently sent me a Kindle Fire HD to review. The iPad offers many great features, but is it worth the money? You can purchase 2 Kindle Fire HDs for what you will 1 Apple iPad.
With so many tablets on the market, let’s look at why the Kindle Fire might be your best option when it comes to kids.
7 Reasons to Buy a Kindle Fire for Kids
Kindle Fire Price
The Kindle Fire HD price starts at $199. The Kindle Fire price starts at $159. These are priced well below the Apple iPad.
Front Facing Camera
The Kindle Fire HD comes with a front-facing HD camera, perfect for Skyping! Keep the kids connected with Grandma with the Kindle Fire HD. (Note: Kindle Fire does not offer a camera option.)
Free Unlimited Cloud Storage
Amazon offers free unlimited cloud storage for all your Amazon content. We purchase all of our MP3s on Amazon, cheaper than Apple and the easy cloud storage makes it worth it.
Highlights & Bookmarks
Kindle makes story time more effective – with just a quick swipe, readers can highlight their favorite passages and quotes. With the ability to digitally bookmark pages and key moments (in addition to seeing the important and meaningful passages frequently highlighted by other Kindle readers), Kindle makes it easier for students to stay on track with their reading goals.
Immersion Reading lets kids listen to and read along with their book
at the same time! Not only is there a massive selection of childrens titles to choose from, including the Percy Jackson Series and 39 Clues, Immersion Reading is a great feature for kids learning to read or for those wanting to brush up on their reading and spelling skills.
With Whispersync for Books, kids can get lost in a book while never actually getting lost because it automatically synchronizes bookmarks, notes and highlights across all your devices. With Whispersync for Voice, Kids can also listen to an Audible audiobook while in the car on the way to school and pick up right where they left off with the companion Kindle book before bedtime.
Available on Kindle Fire devices, Kindle FreeTime gives parents easy-to-use tools to personalize their childrens viewing experience. With a kid-friendly interface and access to thousands of videos, books, apps and games, parents have the ability to set limits on screen time such as having daily limits for games and videos but unlimited time for reading.
Amazon Kindle and National PTA®
The National PTA® and Amazon Kindle have teamed up to offer a new Family Reading Experience program hosted by local PTAs in cities across the United States.
The PTA Family Reading Experience, Powered by Kindle is a set of free activities that engage the entire family. The activities focus on improving the reading skills of children between kindergarten and fifth grade.
Read more about this program
Amazon Kindle Fire HD Giveaway
Digital Mom Blog, The National PTA® and Amazon Kindle are giving away an Amazon Kindle Fire HD. Stay tuned for details and how you can enter for your chance to win this April.
Let’s talk eReaders.. Do you own one?
Kindle vs Nook – Forrester projected that the $150 price point would jump start e-reader sales. That price is just about here.
Yankee Group estimates that 6 million e-readers will be sold in 2010. By 2013, 19.2 million e-reader units will be sold a year. Wondering if that includes iPad sales. As of June 2010, it is projected that 2 MILLION iPads have been sold. crazy.
Anywhoo… in talking price, let’s talk fairy tale…
There once was an eReader called the Kindle. It was released by a company named Amazon, who controls the online ecommerce-land . It provided you a black and white way to read digitally.
Seeing the direction of publishing, a brick and mortar retailer named Barnes and Noble developed an eReader called the Nook. The Nook was pretty. People liked the Nook because it wasn’t the Kindle and it looked shinier.
Then one day, the all mighty brand above all brands named Apple decided that it wasn’t going to miss out on opportunity in the new digital publishing frontier. Apple waived their magic wand and produced a more than an eReader product called the iPad. With a silly name, a fancy setup and a high price – Apple was sure to beat up its competition (mainly Kindle and Nook).
OH NO! What to do! Amazon and Barnes and Noble had no choice. They must fight to win and since they can’t produce a shiny product like Apple – they can win by lowering the price on their products.
So just in time, before Apple launches a new product into the market place, Kindle and Nook went down in price.
Kindle vs Nook
Let’s get into the nitty gritty in this Kindle vs Nook competition. Here are the specs for the Amazon Kindle
Original Price: $259
- Display: 6? diagonal E Ink® electronic paper display, 600 x 800 pixel resolution at 167 ppi, 16-level gray scale.
- Size (in inches): 8? x 5.3? x 0.36?.
- Weight: 10.2 ounces.
- System requirements: None, because it doesnt require a computer.
- Storage: 2GB internal (approximately 1.4GB available for user content).
- Battery Life: Read on a single charge for up to 4 days with wireless on. Turn wireless off and read for up to two weeks. Battery life will vary based on wireless usage, such as shopping the Kindle Store and downloading content. In low coverage areas or in 1xRTT only coverage, wireless usage will consume battery power more quickly.
- Charge Time: Fully charges in approximately 4 hours and supports charging from your computer via the included USB 2.0 cable.
- Connectivity: EVDO modem with fallback to 1xRTT; utilizes Amazon Whispernet to provide U.S wireless coverage via Sprints 3G high-speed data network. Check our wireless coverage map for availability. This expanded coverage is only available for Kindle. See Wireless Terms and Conditions.
- USB Port: USB 2.0 (micro-B connector) for connection to the Kindle power adapter or optionally to connect to a PC or Macintosh computer.
- Audio: 3.5mm stereo audio jack, rear-mounted stereo speakers.
- Content Formats Supported: Kindle (AZW), TXT, Audible (formats 4, Audible Enhanced (AAX)), MP3, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; PDF, HTML, DOC, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion.
- Included Accessories: Power adapter, USB 2.0 cable, rechargeable battery. Book cover sold separately.
- Documentation: Quick Start Guide (included in box) [PDF]; Kindle Users Guide (pre-installed on device) [PDF].
- Warranty and Service: 1 year limited warranty and service included. Optional 2 year Extended Warranty sold separately.
Specs provided by Amazon.com
So in our Kindle vs Nook talk, we looked at the Amazon Kindle, now Nook – it’s your turn.
Original Price: $259
NEW Price: $199 for the Nook 3G and just released – WiFi for $149 (thanks AGAIN Apple!)
Height: 7.7 inches
- Width: 4.9 inches
- Weight: 12.1 ounces (343 grams)
- Display: 3.5 inch color touchscreen LCD with one touch control and navigation and E ink Vizplex electronic paper display reads like the printed page
- Connectivity: Free wireless from Barnes & Noble via AT&T, the nations fastest 3G network; Wi-Fi ( 802.11 b/g); Free Wi-Fi in all Barnes & Noble stores.
- Storage: 2GB (approximately 1500 eBooks), and expandable microSD slot
- Audio: MP3 player , holds 26 hours of audio; Built-in mono speaker; Universal 3.5 mm stereo headphone jack
- Battery Life: Read up to 10 days
- Battery: Installed Rechargable battery.
- Charging time: 3.5 hours from wall outlet, Charging via USB to computer system or power adapter.
- Supports: EPUB, PDB, PDF, EPUB (Non or Adobe DRM), PDB (Non DRM), PDF
- Graphics: JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP
Specs provided by Barnes & Noble
Which eReader do you – Kindle vs Nook or the iPad like and why?
(I still choose the iPad. It’s an eReader, plus more. I must have something to play Words with Friends on!)