It took over a month for these bad boys to show up at my door. When I opened the box, there were 6 of these cardboard "pouches" inside. So, with the help of my 4 year old, we pulled them out...
...ripped them open...
...sorted the components....
...unwrapped them and powered them on.
While I've always appreciated the fit and finish of an iPad, the overall feel and weight of the 7" Kindle Fire is good. While I would not want it as my primary device, I can't help but think this little device will be the perfect fit for the 7 and 8 years olds in my classroom.
For the sake of comparison, here are a few images of the Kindle Fire next to a ipad mini. Note that it is quite a bit smaller and not as bright. However, the five of these kindles cost the same as one ipad in a case. Over the next month we'll determine if they are worth it.
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