Amazon introduces Kids Pro tablets for older children
(Pocket-lint) – Amazon has revealed four kids’ tablets – a new Fire HD 10 Kids to match the ‘adult’ version also announced today, as well as three brand new Fire Kids Pro tablets.
These are available in 7, 8, and 10 inch sizes to match other Amazon tablets and are intended for older children ages 6 to 12.
These are all Full HD tablets with octa-core processors and the same two-year worry-free Amazon warranty, which means you can get a replacement if one is broken.
They also come with a one-year Amazon Kids + subscription for curated content, along with a slim case that isn’t as bulky as the standard Fire Kids Edition case. The case is available in black or blue. There are also a few special edition cases, including one called “intergalactic”.
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As usual, there are full customizable parental controls through the Amazon Parent dashboard, but the design of a new Kids Pro UI is more like the adult version. It adds a For You tab with recommended content, a Me tab with parent added content, and customizable wallpapers. If the child has a time limit, this will also be displayed.
There are three key new features. The first is a filtered web browser that doesn’t provide access to inappropriate content or social media. Google, Bing, or Yahoo searches are SafeSearch only. Parents can allow other URLs – such as those needed for schoolwork in the parent dashboard.
Then there is a kid-friendly app store for the device where a child can request access to apps, which the parent must approve. Parents can also choose other apps – like Netflix or Spotify – to add to their child’s device if they want. These can include apps with in-app purchases, but each purchase must be approved by the parent.
Finally, it is possible to make a video call from the device to approved contacts who have the Alexa app or an Alexa-enabled device.
Children cannot call landlines or mobile phones from the device. They can make announcements on Alexa devices in your home but, like everything else, this can be turned off in the parent dashboard if you wish.
The new tablets are all available for pre-order starting today. The Amazon Fire 7 Kids Pro starts at £ 99.99. The Fire HD 8 Kids Pro starts at £ 139.99. And the Fire HD 10 Kids Pro is priced at £ 199.99.
A next-gen version of the Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids tablet also costs £ 199.99.
Written by Dan Grabham.