(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)
OK tablet, but read the fine print
Let's start w/ the good.<br /><br />I bought my wife a 1st gen. Kindle Fire last Christmas for $standard price. We have 4 & 6 year old girls, who once they discovered the game & educational apps, have fought over who's turn it is to play w/ Mommy's Kindle Fire ever since. It's also useful for books, videos, music, etc. It's ok at web browsing, but that's because of trying to view a web page w/ a 7 screen...no fault to Kindle...that's what apps are for.<br /><br />Obviously good enough to warrant buying 2 2nd generation Kindle Fires for our girls for this Christmas. Plus, 20% cheaper than gen. 1...wow, right?! Not so fast.<br /><br />This is where the reading of fine print becomes necessary.<br />$starting price (have to look this up per rules)<br />+ $ of 9.4% more if you don't want extra ads popping up on your kids devices.<br />+ another $ of 12.6% if you want to be able to recharge the thing in an AC outlet like the 1st gen. version.<br />You end up paying 22% more than the original advertised price (each). *read the fine print & ask questions*<br /><br />Kindle Fire FreeTime - it does what it says. It puts the device in kid mode where parents can decide what app, book, & video content the kids gets to access...along w/ screen limits, etc. Not bad.<br /><br />Here's where the fine print comes in. The Amazon product description also explains how all Kindle Fires associated w/ an account can access Prime instant videos & the Lending Library. This is true. But it does NOT WORK w/ FreeTime. In order to put content into FreeTime, it (book or movie/video) HAS to be downloaded to the physical Kindle Fire device. Books/movies/videos via Prime are streamed & therefore cannot be used w/ FreeTime. *read the fine print & ask questions*<br /><br />FreeTime Unlimited -- the description on Amazon says, With unlimited access to thousands of hand-picked titles for kids ages 3-8, parents don't have to spend time (and money) guessing what their kids will enjoy, and kids can explore a world of age-appropriate content on their own – no ads, no in-app purchases. I browsed the Kindle FreeTime Unlimited department for books, videos, etc. I noticed that there were prices next to the books.<br /><br />So...I chatted w/ an Amazon Customer Service rep. According to the Amazon description, it makes it sound like you have unlimited access to lots of kid-oriented content...all for the relatively low monthly subscription fee. Not so fast, according to the Customer Service rep. You still have to pay for the books, movies, & other content. By paying the monthly subscription fee, Amazon will automatically populate your kid's FreeTime account w/ the kid-oriented content...but you still have to purchase the content. What!?!?!<br /><br />So, yes...you end up paying Amazon a monthly subscription...so they can market books, videos, & apps for you to buy!! Seriously?!?!?!
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No, I would not recommend this to a friend.