Amazon has refreshed its Fire tablet lineup. The tablet series aimed at children now caters to preteens with an upgraded set of features and hardware. The latest Fire tablet to enter the segment is the Fire HD 8 Pro tablet. It also comes with improved parental controls enabling parents to monitor their kids’ activities more effectively while giving them the necessary permissions to carry out required tasks.
The Fire HD 8 Pro is an upgraded device that is more powerful than its predecessor and more advanced to suit the needs of growing kids.
- 8-inch display with 1,280×800 pixels resolution
- 2.0 GHz quad-core processor
- 2GB RAM, 32GB storage
- MicroSD card support up to 1TB
- USB Type-C, headphone jack
- Up to 12 hours battery life
- 2 MP front and rear-facing cameras
Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Pro: The Basics
The Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Pro features an 8-inch display with 1,280×800 pixels resolution. The tablet comes powered by a 2.0 GHz quad-core chipset with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. It has a microSD card slot that allows storage expansion of up to 1TB.
The tablet is touted to deliver up to 12 hours of battery backup. Amazon claims battery life based on moderate usage, including using the tablet for regular browsing, listening to songs, watching videos, gaming, and more. For intense users, the battery backup may not be as long as 12 hours.
The Fire HD 8 Kids Pro has a 2MP camera on the rear and a 2MP selfie snapper on the front. Amazon has included a USB-C (2.0) for charging and a microSD card slot for external storage. The tablet supports connectivity options such as dual-band WiFi, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and speakers. The tablet weighs 544 grams and measures 161 mm X 211 mm X 18 mm. Amazon offers a 2-year guarantee and a sleek kid-friendly sturdy case.
Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Pro also includes an Amazon Kids+ subscription that offers educational content curated from National Geographic, Rabbids Coding, LEGO, and more. The titles included in the subscription are handpicked, keeping the young audience in mind. It also has a collection of over 20,000 books, Audible books, movies, TV shows, songs, apps, and games. All the content appropriate for the kids between the age of 6 and 12.
With Fire HD 8 Kid Pro, the kids get access to Netflix, Minecraft, and even the Zoom video calling app. Of course, their access depends on the permission granted by parents. Also, many of the apps are paid and need purchase approval from parents.
Parents Get Blanket Cover To Control Viewing
Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Pro also brings browser support with ‘filtered access’ to the internet, tweaked by parents. The tablet has built-in controls to block inappropriate websites. Parents get to enable and block specific websites.
As a parent, you can monitor and control how your kid uses the tablet. You can manage functions like screen time and also control how kids access digital content.
Overall, parents get to decide how the tablet interacts with the kid. In addition, parents can also set controls like daily goals, age filters, time limits, tweak web browser settings, enable/disable voice and video calling, approve/disapprove contacts for calling, and also control digital purchases.
Kids can also use video/voice calling. They can also use voice commands through Alexa. Kids can make these calls only to select contacts approved by their parents.
Amazon has made several upgrades in terms of hardware and software on this tablet. For example, the home screen gets a revamped look with more personalized widgets and info. The home screen can offer better control over the device and quick access to most-used apps.
|Tablet||Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Pro (2021)|
|Operating system||Fire OS|
|Display||8-inch display with 1,280×800 pixels resolution|
|Processor||2.0 GHz quad-core processor|
|Expandable||Yes, up to 1TB|
|Cameras||2MP front-facing and 2MP rear-facing|
|Connectivity||dual-band WiFi, 3.5mm headphone jack|
|Ports||USB-C, microSD card|
|Battery||up to 12 hours on moderate usage|
|Dimensions||161 mm X 211 mm X 18 mm|
Pricing & Availability
The Fire HD 8 Kids Pro is priced at $139. It is available in Sky Blue, Black, Doodle, and Intergalactic cases. Amazon’s warranty covers the case and replaces it for free even if it breaks. It also includes a one-year subscription to Amazon Kids+ (around $2.99/month for Prime members).
Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Pro vs. Fire HD 10 Pro
The Fire HD 8 Kids Pro is a compact offering by Amazon that features a smaller screen than the Fire HD Kids 10 Pro. Both the devices come with 32GB internal storage, and the price difference between them is also not huge. Both share the same battery life and USB-C ports. The Fire HD 10 Kids Pro takes the upper hand when it comes to better optics with a 5MP rear camera.
However, other than minor differences, both HD 8 Kids Pro and HD 10 Kids Pro are similar tablets with attractive cases. If you are looking for a tablet best suited for a child between the age of 6 to 12, then both Fire HD 8 and 10 could be your choices. We recommend both the tablets for their protective case and warranty.
Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids ProThe Fire HD 8 Kids Pro tablet is a great device for preteens who need an upgraded software and hardware than previous Fire Kids tablets. The tablet offers seamless parental controls and comes with a 2-year warranty and a free protective case. It also offers free content with an Amazon Kids+ subscription.
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