I watched an exciting news conference today from Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos. You see, I have been waiting for months for the new Kindle Fire HD to release. I currently own an old-school Kindle Keyboard 3G/Wifi and I love that it has 3G – I can download books anywhere and it doesn’t cost me a dime! Sure I wanted something a little snazzier for the apps, games, and browsing on the go, but no way would I pay $629 for an iPad 3 plus $14.99+ per month for data. Ouch.

My dream of a Kindle Fire with 3G did come true — kind of. But more on that in a minute. What I want to tell you about is the thing that me, and all the other parents out there, are most excited about with the new Kindle Fire HD.

kindle-fire-hdIt’s called Kindle FreeTime – a personalized tablet experience just for kids. With Kindle FreeTime you can:

  • Create a profile for each child and choose what books, apps, games and videos your child can access.
  • Set daily limits for use, or restrict certain categories – like games and video – while leaving unlimited time for reading.
  • Kids see it as their very own, personalized tablet with kid-friendly backgrounds and fonts.
  • Plus, the Kindle Fire HD is designed to stand up to accidental bumps and scrapes. The state-of-the art display is 20 times stiffer and 30 times harder than plastic, so you can let your child play, without worry.

The best part? Kindle FreeTime is free on every Kindle Fire HD.

I have two children who are both addicted to technology. They will sit with their faces glued to a television, computer, or tablet screen for hours, but if I put a book in front of them, all they do is complain. As a parent, the Kindle FreeTime app is the biggest selling point of all. I can actually restrict my child’s use of games but still let him use the Kindle to read. And he’ll want to read because it’s on a cool gadget. Perfect! Get “straight A’s” on your report card and receive 30 extra minutes per day of Kindle FreeTime. Yep, he’ll dig that.

Did you know that Kindle FreeTime (or anything like it) is not available on any other tablet or video game system? We own a PS3, Xbox 360, PS Vita, PSP, and iPad 2.. none of these have any time limit restriction abilities built in. None. Don’t forget that you can also save over $400 a year going with the Kindle Fire HD 4G LTE over an iPad 3. Plus the Kindle Fire HD includes a camera so you can enjoy one on one face time via Skype video chat with grandma and grandpa. Bonus!

With that said, here’s the lowdown for the new goods:


So there you have it. Get a better bang for your buck with the Kindle Fire HD, but even more importantly, limit the time your child spends on it with Kindle FreeTime. Head on over to Amazon and check out the complete Kindle line-up. I’ve already added the Kindle Fire HD 4G LTE to my Christmas list. :)

Join the conversation! What do you think of Kindle FreeTime? Are you adding a new Kindle to your wish list?

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Hi there! I'm Jenny, a coffee-addicted, busy-body, work at home mom of two insane boys. I love football, cooking, Deadliest Catch, video games, Wordpress, and CSS (I'm kindof a geek). Feel free to say hi! We can be nerdy together.

6 Responses to Why Parents Should Choose a Kindle Fire HD over an iPad 3

  1. madamedeals says:

    Jenny- Can I use the kindle to blog off of.. my children ruined my ipad and this looks like a better and more reasonable option

    • Mama-Jen says:

       @madamedeals I don’t have mine yet (I think the one I’m getting comes out Nov 20) but you should be able to. It includes a browser so I don’t see why not. :)

  2. brettbmartin says:

    wow that’s awesome! i want to get the kids a tablet of their own. mommy hates sharing LOL

  3. JenS221 says:

    Ohhh…. this is sooo tempting to upgrade! Since you posted this I’ve been reading up on the new options on Amazon.
    My 4 year old has reset my Kindle Fire to factory default once and just about did it several more times since they made that way too easy when you have parental controls on (she now knows if a pop up comes up after clicking on something, look for the word that starts with “c” – that’s cancel). So I love the concept of the Kindle FreeTime. I love my Kindle Fire, and have often said the two things I wished it had was some way to filter the books on it to a kids reading list and have a camera to use it for Skype.
    Maybe I’ll wait and see if I can get a refurbished one down the road. That’s what I did with my current one and it’s worked out well and saved a few dollars.

    • Mama-Jen says:

       @JenS221 It’s amazing how kids learn fast which word does what. “C is for cancel mommy” – haha! I only have the Kindle 3G (non-Fire) but I have not let my kids touch it because I can’t control anything. I simply love the Kindle FreeTime feature and I hope Santa brings me what I want for Christmas. :)

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