Which Tablet Should I Buy My Kids? iPad vs Kindle Fire

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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?

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 both, here are the pros and the cons of each when considering purchasing for a child – or for kid use.


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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.


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


  • 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 Kindle Fire

The Amazon Kindle Fire is selling more than a million devices a week (December 2012). How kid friendly is the Amazon Fire?


  • The price is right at $199
  • 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


  • The Kindle 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:

The Amazon Kindle Fire provides a fabulous alternative to the iPad if you don’t need all the bells and whistles.

Would You Consider Buying Your Kids a Tablet?

1 thought on “Which Tablet Should I Buy My Kids? iPad vs Kindle Fire”

  1. I have considered buying a tablet “for” my daughter but it being shared if I go to a conference or other business trip. She is 9 yrs old and very into the techy sort of things now. So yes, I would consider buying a tablet for my kids with the fact that I would monitor use & be able to take it with me when I travel.

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