Is a Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ Tablet a Good Tablet for Kids?

by SSF | Last Updated Mar. 4th, 2016

Tablets are a wonderful way to keep children entertained while helping them to learn simultaneously. These hand-held devices can be taken anywhere and work with a few touches of the finger. However, parents often have difficulty knowing which tablet to purchase for their children because so many tablets are geared toward adults.

A child’s tablet should be strong enough to withstand some abuse and should be small and light enough for even the smallest hands to be able to hold comfortably. In addition, the screen should be easy to navigate, and the tablet should be able to be used for many activities, including movie watching, reading and playing games. Many parents also look for a tablet that can have multiple users set up; this way, parents can use the device under one profile and their child can use the device under a child’s profile with parental security installed.

The Kindle Fire HD 8.9-inch Tablet

Price: $299-$499
Rating: 4.1 out of 5 stars

Main Features

  • The Kindle Fire comes in sizes of 16, 32 and 64GB for versatility.
  • Users have access to unlimited cloud storage for all their content purchased from Amazon.
  • The Fire weighs 20 ounces and has a 10-hour battery life when used only for reading.
  • Charging time is only 5 hours when charged with the Kindle PowerFast accessory but takes up to 14 hours when charged through a computer’s USB port.
  • It comes with a USB 2.0 port for connecting to computers and a micro-HDMI port for connecting to televisions.
  • The 8.9-inch high definition screen is larger than most in its class. It has very low glare and can be easily viewed from extremely wide angles.
  • The sound by Dolby Digital Plus comes from dual speakers for excellent quality even in low bass notes.
  • The front HD camera can be used for taking photographs or using Skype.
  • The device can have AT&T 4G network added on for use anywhere that there is a cellular signal.
  • Two WiFi antennas produce very fast internet browsing.
  • Users have access to a large Amazon library, full of books, movies, music, games and educational apps. The selection includes over 20 million songs, 400 magazines, 1.2 million books, 150,000 audiobooks and 120,000 movies and television shows.
  • Whispersync allows users to switch from an audiobook to the same Kindle book without losing their place. Whispersync also works with movies and games to allow users to switch from their Kindle to their computer or television without missing anything.
  • One free month of Amazon Prime is included.

Family Appeal

Several parts of the Kindle Fire HD make it appealing to parents. First, the beautiful display is perfect for movie watching, making it a great choice for long trips. This is particularly beneficial to parents who have Prime memberships; their children will have unlimited to access to thousands of popular children’s television shows and movies. Second, children who love to read will appreciate Kindle FreeTime Unlimited, which can be purchased with a minimal monthly subscription. FreeTime gives children unlimited access to educational books, movies, games and apps that are perfect for their developmental level.

Things To Consider Before Giving It To Your Child

However, there are a few downsides to this Kindle Fire. It is one of the heaviest Kindles to hold. It weighs in at well over a pound while its counterparts are often only 11 to 14 ounces. In addition, although the large screen may first seem like a positive, the size of the tablet may make it difficult for young elementary-age children to hold. Overall, the Kindle Fire HD is probably a better choice for older children, such as preteens, who can handle a larger, heavier device and who will appreciate having a multifaceted tablet that they can even use at school.

Alternatives to Kindle Fire HD

Apple iPad Mini

With a 4.5-star rating, the iPad Mini is priced at a moderate $299.99. Often thought of only for adults, the iPad is a great choice for children because it will last for years and can grow with them into their teenage years. The mini offers a 7.9-inch screen and has a superb battery life of up to 10 hours.

Dell Venue 8 Pro

With a 3.8-star rating, the Venue is priced at $299.99. One of the few tablets around that uses a Microsoft Windows operating system, children who are used to using Windows-based laptops may find this tablet easy to understand. It has a fabulous 10-hour battery life.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4

With a 4.3-star rating, this popular tablet is priced at $199.99. The Galaxy offers expandable memory with a microSD card, perfect for adding apps and movies to the device. A special kids mode makes the tablet quite simple for young children to navigate.

LeapFrog LeapPad Ultra

With a 3.5-star rating, this educational option is priced at $149.99. A kids-only tablet, it may not continue with your children when they become preteens, but the bright colors, comfortable grips for holding and superfluity of LeapFrog Apps that can be purchased more than make up for this. Parental controls keep security high.

Google Nexus 7

With a 4.2-star rating, this tablet is priced at $229.99 for the 16GB option. The Android tablet has an excellent 9-hour battery life and an extremely vivid screen. It is a great option for children because its thin 7-inch screen is easy to hold, it can be customized for every member of the family and it can be loaded with a variety of kid-friendly apps from Google Play.


Of course, the best tablet for any family depends entirely on their unique needs. For example, one family may want a kids-only tablet that can be passed down to the youngest child and continue to function well while other families may want a tablet that can be used for school projects. Whichever one a family chooses, it is sure to be a hit with any child who will love having a piece of technology for use at home and for travel.

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