Why write about a gift from last year? Easy, because this time of year is usually of time of reflection. lately I find myself reflecting on Christmas day last year and how it has actually impacted our 2016 as a family. The best gift we purchased our kids last year was their Amazon Fire 7 tablets.
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As some of you may know last year Amazon released a very affordable 7 inch tablet. At launch the Amazone Fire (2015) was priced at $49.99. Most tablets in this price range are beyond horrible, but I trust Amazon. Dad E. has a second generaton Kindle Fire tablet that still works but the software is outdated. Knowing what this tablet has been through and through research about the tablet specs, I knew we had to make the purchases. Around the same time NewEgg was running an excellent deal on 32GB microSD cards, we purchased two.
Fast foward throughout 2016. The kids tablets have taken a beating and are still ticking. No freezing, no sudden restarts, and very little lag. I will say that we tried Amazon’s Freetime (Amazon’s content curated just for kids ages 2-10), we loved it we just weren’t in love with it. It was great but at the end of the day you can’t share you Amazon Household Prime subscription (think Prime Video) with the kids unless you go in and assign each show to or movie to the child’s account. Both kids use the standard Fire Amazon OS and it works beautifully. They read together, watch movies and shows for school, research for school, play games.
The Amazon Fire 7 (2015) has been a great addition to our homeschool and family life. There are some days for school that we just play educational games on Monkey’s tablet and he’s happy with that. Monkey is four, therefore he has bad days where the power struggle is real. At some point in time on a day like that he will get on his bunk bed and watch a movie. After that downtime he’s ok. Sometimes this involves listening to media while he plays with something else, and that works too.
The Amazon app store and Underground (free apps full apps with free in app purchases) are always growing, so there is something for everyone. Your average game (think Facebook games) play perfectly on this little tablet. Even games like Sims Freeplay where there are multiple actions taking place onscreen at the same time run without issue. This little tablet lets us take online school with us (via WIFI) whenever we are on the go, keeps the kids busy when we are out running errands or on a daytrip somewhere, lets reading time be a little more portable and even entertains us with good family oriented games.
If you are still on the fence about purchasing this tablet. Don’t be afraid go ahead, if you don’t like it Amazon will take it back up to 14 days after purchase. Want something a little bigger, try the Amazon Fire HD 8 (2016).