Kindle Fire, no. Samsung Galaxy Tab, yes.Previously I discussed the Amazon Kindle Fire as a potential tablet for our kids. Now that they are a little older and have managed to keep their Nintendo DS devices in working order for more than a year, we went back to the market to pick a tablet. And the best part; the kids are using their own money to make the purchase.
Two Galaxy Tab 2 devices are on the way from Amazon.
Here's why we went with the Samsung:
- Android OS is more open than iOS
- Plenty of games from Amazon or Google Play
- Amazon movies, we have a Prime Membership, and Netflix movies are an option
- Standard browsers - no "Silk" to get in the way
- Expandable storage
At 12 ounces the Tab is much lighter than the 1.6 pound Thrive. They might notice the lack of a docking option, but the form factor is perfect for portability.
As a footnote: I have a Microsoft Surface RT, but the kids are just not interested. The game selection is not yet up to speed, and I have not turned on the XBOX Smartglass. As soon as I do, I think they might be more interested.