The Kindle Fire is a good choice for a tween or teen. For a price of $199, your child can read books, magazines, or newspapers, as well as watch movies and TV shows and listen to music. With a 7-inch (17.8-centimeter) touchscreen, the Kindle Fire is smaller than the iPad.
It comes with WiFi connectivity and 8GB storage space, and no camera is included. The Kindle Fire's main focus is content, not bells and whistles. Fire runs the Android operating system, so there are lots of apps available for download, including apps for e-mail. There's also a Web browser for accessing the Internet.
Kids can download games, learning apps and art apps. The purchase of a Kindle Fire includes free storage in the Amazon "cloud," so your child doesn't have to be anchored by the 8GB of storage space.
For more about home and personal electronics, check out the links below.
- Amazon.com. "Kindle Fire Apps." 2012. (Feb. 6, 2012) http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1000733201
- Consumer Reports. "First look: Content is king on new Kindle." December 2011. (Feb. 6, 2012) http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine-archive/2011/december/electronics-computers/tablet-computers/amazon-kindle-fire/index.htm
- Consumer Reports. "Review of tablets for kids." December 2011. (Feb. 6, 2012) http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/2011/12/review-of-tablets-for-kids/index.htm
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