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Best gift of the season? The Kindle Fire

The iPad finally has a worthy challenger, at half the cost
Jamie Pearson. and work as an Freelance writer, a mother of two, and the publisher of two popular-ish websites: Best Kids Apps and Travel Savvy Mom. at BestKidsApps.

According to Nielsen Co., for the second year in a row, the most wished for holiday gift is the iPad.  The prices-starting-at-$499 iPad, that is.  Up until now, there haven’t been many good alternatives.

Until lately, I haven’t been very impressed with Android tablets.  I test drove a bunch of them, and briefly owned the Samsung Galaxy Tab, but returned it after two frustrating months.   Then, two weeks ago, I got a Kindle Fire.

I still prefer my iPad, but if I were buying my first tablet (or a gift, either for an adult or child) this holiday season, I’d totally go with the Kindle Fire.  Here’s why:



1.  It’s compact

I love how easy it is to slide the Kindle Fire into a purse or carry on bag.  At 7.5 x 4.5 inches, it’s about the size of a trade paperback and much, much thinner.  Even kids can hold it with one hand (though mine grip it with two, the better to prevent their sibling from grabbing it and running).

2.  It’s tough

The iPad screen is gorgeous, but glass.  The lightweight, chemically-strengthened Kindle Fire display is some kind of plastic that is allegedly 20-30 times stronger than plastic. I have no hesitation throwing it into a bag with keys, a phone, and all my other junk.

3.  It’s affordable

At just $199, you can buy two Kindle Fires for less than the price of a single iPad 2.  How many kids do you have?  If you have more than one, it’s a total slam dunk.  The Kindle Fire battery doesn’t last quite as long as the iPad’s, but it’s in the same league.  You can stretch it farther by turning down the brightness and turning off the wifi.

4.  The Amazon Appstore for Android is just so great

Amazon knows how to make shopping easy, intuitive, and fun.  It’s a real  pleasure to browse apps, games, and movies on this device.  And they offer one paid app free every single day, which is totally fun.  Who doesn’t like free stuff?

5.  It’s also got books, email, and web browsing

Of course you can also read on it, check your email, and browse the web.  I appreciate the versatility, but honestly I seldom get the chance to use these features when my kids are around.  I’d rather read on my regular Kindle anyway.  Since it’s not backlit, it’s a lot easier on the eyes.  Magazines are nice on the Fire though, since you can see them in color.

>>Read more about the Kindle Fire on Amazon

5 thoughts on “Best gift of the season? The Kindle Fire

  1. Zach says:

    It must be said that the Kindle Fire is NOT a good gift for a child for one simple reason: no parental controls. In contrast to an iPad, on Fire parents cannot disable the web browser. That’s a huge problem in my opinion, and it’s the reason I returned the Fire that I had bought for my 6-year old daughter. The second big reason is that you cannot disable or monitor browsing of the book and movie stores. Although you can prohibit downloading, there are so many titles, book covers, and movie previews that are not suitable for children.

    So…Kindle Fire is an absolute no-go if you are a conscientious parent.

  2. Corey says:

    I got a Kindle Fire for my birthday and I love it. It’s a lot cheaper than the IPad, and smaller to. I would recommend it for 10 and up.

  3. jalen says:

    Zach,if you go to the settings there’s a restriction bar so if you turn restrictions on it won’t let you go on the Internet or any place you can buy stuff.

    So any people with young kids should get a kindle fire. It’s also great for adults because its really cheap but is still great.

  4. thijs says:

    its a great platform, also for developers. We recently launched Dr. Panda Teach Me. See

  5. Valerie says:

    How does it compare to the NOOK? I get a discount through B&N and my husband has the color(my husband uses his NOOK while traveling and so I can’t check it out for myself)…My husband loves his NOOK and uses it daily but I am looking for something for my son whom I am now homeschooling. My son is 9 yo and autistic, he loves the Ipad they had in his class but don’t want to pay the price for the Ipad, so checking out the Kindle vs NOOK.

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