Kindle Fire HD vs Nabi 2 – Top Rated Kids Tablets in 2013
There are many great kids tablets but the decision between a Kindle Fire HD or Nabi 2 can be very difficult so I’m going to break down the pros and cons of each and show you how they compare in categories like speed, education, entertainment, durability, functions, specs, and more. This is one of the hardest comparisons I have ever done because I love them both for what they can do and what they excel in.
First we are going to compare using the new Kindle Fire HD because it will be available longer with production just starting in this third generation of Kindle Fires. The Nabi 2 we will use the regular edition but know that there are 2 other special editions being the Disney Edition and Nickelodeon Edition.
My favorite category is how fast will it go and how many apps can it handle. The Nabi 2 uses a 1.3 Tegra Quad Core processor with a fifth core battery saver and separate GPU. The Kindle Fire HD is running a 1.5 GHz Dual Core SnapDragon Processor with separate GPU. These two processors test very close in actual processing but the Kindle Fire HD wins this with a sleight edge.
There are very few kids tablets that can match the type of quality content you can get with the Nabi 2. Only the Kurio 7s can match with Nabi 2 in education. Although there are available apps for the Kindle Fire HD, Fuhu has put together a curriculum that is hard to match by any company.
No kids tablet can match the beauty of the Kindle Fires. They run with even the best adult tablets with Dual Dolby Digital Speakers, high pixel ratios, and just overall clarity of the picture with their unique anti-glare technology, polarizing filter, and IPS technology. They also have huge markets with the FreeTime app and Amazon Prime for one of the largest libraries of media in the world. Hands down the Kindle Fire HD wins this category.
Although with a good case the Kindle Fire HD can be a very durable kids tablet I have never seen a tablet dropped 10 feet and be picked up and still operation and the screen still in tact like the Nabi 2. See this drop test of the Nabi 2.
Even with the upgrade to the 16 GB version of the Kindle Fire HD at $169 the Nabi 2 has 8 GB and can be expanded by 32 GB for a few bucks on an SD card. This makes them within $10 of price and your going to get 40 GB with the Nabi 2 and only 16 GB with the Kindle Fire HD. Amazon does give you the option of unlimited cloud space but this is only accessible while connected to WiFi so unless you have a WiFi card or can tether with your phone on a long car ride this option becomes useless.
Cameras and Ports
The new HD does not have any cameras and therefore cannot video call, capture photos, or take videos. Although the Nabi 2 has a camera it is an average camera at 2 Mp but you have to consider it is for self portraits and video calling so actually not to bad for it’s purpose.
They both have Bluetooth to connect to external devices including headphones, etc. Another option that is not matched by really any tablets on the market is the Dual Band Dual Antennae WiFi of the Kindle Fire HD. It is built to stream movies without interruption and runs with the best tablets available.
Another win for the Kindle Fire HD. I don’t know how they squeeze so much juice out of their batteries considering the components they run. 10 hours of mixed use compared to the Nabi 2′s 5 to 8 hours is no comparison. Amazon also offers quick chargers that reduce charging time by nearly half.
The Nabi 2 costs a little more $179 and the new Kindle Fire HD starts at $139. If you consider that you can have 40 GB with the Nabi 2 for about $189 and your going to max out with the Kindle Fire HD at 16 GB for $169 and memory options are the most expensive upgrades for tablets. Your also going to get a mini HDMI port and the camera they are relatively comparative in price for quality versus options and specs.
When I want to watch a movie I always use my Kindle Fire HD. My son also really enjoys the FreeTime Unlimited app that has over 10,000 kids apps, games, and books from top publishers like Disney, Nickelodeon, Warner Bros, and more. This is a very good tablet and is focused on entertainment, WiFi connectivity, and a large media library.
The Nabi 2 has an outstanding education system, better parental controls, a kids safe web browser and 3 options for buying apps including the Nabi store, Amazon AppStore, and Mobi Go store. I think it gives a well balanced experience for kids and offers great value in many categories and is more well rounded.
I think it will really depend on what you intend to use your new kids tablet for when deciding to buy the Kindle Fire HD or Nabi 2. They are both top rated kids tablets in 2013 and will serve their purpose well.