(Closed) Kindle Fire HD for a 13 and 11 year old?

posted 6 years ago in Parenting
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

My little cousin is 9 and has the first generation of the Kindle Fire. She is a big reader though, and a pretty responsible kid, so she takes good care of it and gets good use. She probably plays the apps on it too much, but oh well! I think it really depends on the child though. If they already have a Nook, I feel like they can wait a few years for another tablet-like device.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I think, personally, it’s silly to buy your children that kind of stuff at a young age. I’m sure they have access to a computer, if they need internet access, but any gifts, in my opinion, should be focusing on getting your kids out and active, not sitting in front of a computer/tablet. As educational as they are, it’s silly. I feel $200 could buy your kids a nice bike instead.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee

Can’t they just bring their nook back and forth from their dads house and your house ? Seems silly to have two.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

My 4 year old is getting a Fire HD for Christmas. I didn’t want to waste money on a less expensive version to have him outgrow it or it be crap. 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

What you want to look at is compatibility with different brands.  If I buy a book for my kindle, I can’t read it on a nook or other off brand device. The off brand tablets usually have fewer titles available then kindle or nook, and may have less customer support if you have an issue. I would look at the offbrand tablets you saw, and do a search as if you wanted to buy a specific book for it, or an app.  See if they have it and how complicated downloading it is.  So you could end up buying them the same book or app twice, once for nook and once for kindle or other tablet.  In the end, I’d rather spend the 200 on a device they will use frequently, then less money on a device that is limited or becomes frustrating and doesn’t get used.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

Wow OP, I’m sorry for the judgy and snarky responses!

Okay, first, the OP didn’t ask anyone’s opinion about whether or not the Kindle Fire is an age-appropriate gift for children. She’s just looking for comments on which is best. Furthermore, her kids are 11 and 13. Most kids get a bike way before 13. When you’re 13, you’re starting to think about driving a car. Further, it’s expected that school kids have an understanding of technology. They are young adults, at least in a bookstore, and undoubtedly do not need or want a new bike. The Nooks they have are likely not tablets but the simple reading devices. This would be an upgrade.

I think this gift is totally appropriate, FWIW. My nieces are 8 and 5 and they often use a Nook tablet for games and movies on long road trips or flights. All of my nieces and nephews use their parents’ phones to play developmentally appropriate games. And my 4-year old niece uses a very large touchscreen in her preschool classroom.

OP, I would go with the Kindle Fire or the Nook Tablet. I bought the latter for Darling Husband and it’s been great. I think they’re both very similar and both are $199. They both have a wealth of apps and websites are adapated to work on them. The good thing about the Nook is that if they already have an account for Nook Books, they can link the tablet up to that account and download the books they already purchased on the new device. So definitely think about that when comparing the items. Also, I like having access to support in a brick and mortar store. There’s a B&N right by my work and with a Nook, you get one hour of free reading on a book each day. You can read for unlimited hours, but just one hour on each individual book. Kind of a nice perk if you have a B&N nearby.

 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

@artichokey:  Seconded

I can’t give any opinions on the Nook, but Fiance and I have a Kindle fire, and it’s awesome.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@artichokey:  Sorry for being mistaken, but when something says “any thoughts?”, i’d think you should feel free to contribute your thoughts as long as it’s worded properly and not snarkily.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We dont have either My BIL bought my LO whos 1 and a half the Google nexus tablet and its great!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Since they already have a Nook and do not take it back and forth between your house and their dad’s house you may want to look into the Nook Tablet isntead of the Kindle Fire. As PP stated anything that you buy for the Nook will not be available on the Kindle and vice versa. If you decide to get an iPad there are both Nook and Kindle apps so you would be able to read the Nook books on the iPad. My niece is 10 and got a Kindle Fire for Christmas at the age of 9 and her brother also received one for his 8th birthday this year and they love them. Just make sure you get great cases to protect them, my brother has the Speck case for them which is what I have on my iPhone and it’s wonderful.

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