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Worth it if you have Fire Tablets and want the free year of Amazon Kids+
Reviewed in the United States on October 31, 2020
The Echo Dot 4th Generation Kids Edition is a regular Echo Dot 4th Gen with a Tiger or Panda Face pattern on the fabric shell, and one free included year of Amazon Kids+ ( formerly known as FreeTime Unlimited) Currently the Kids+ subscription regularly costs $70 annually for the family plan, which allows the use of up to four Kid accounts. Here are my thoughts so far:
-Kids+ value. Amazon Kids+ is pretty nice to have, but only if you have Amazon tablets. Kids+ includes many cool games, apps and books designed for children. There are also many parental control features that allow you to restrict access to certain content or set viewing limits. These features have been great when using tablets, but there is very limited use if you don't have an Amazon Fire tablet device. With just this Dot, Kids+ can still read various stories out loud; but there isn't much point to have Kids+ unless you also have a screen (tablet) to play games and watch shows. If you DO have a Fire tablet, then this Dot is probably worth it because Kids+ currently costs $70 a year, which is more than the price of this Dot; and you can use Kids+ on all of your Fire tablets too.
-Sound. The speaker position on this 4th Gen Kids Edition Dot is better than on previous Kids Dots, and to me music sounds a bit better than previous generations.
-Cost. At $60, this is considerably more expensive than some other options. The previous generation (Gen 3) regular Dot ( not Kids edition), is only $19 at the moment; and if you don't need Kids+, it can really do just about everything that this can. The speaker might sound slightly inferior, but not enough to warrant this big of a difference in price.
In conclusion, this new 4th Gen Kids Edition Dot is ONLY really worth it if you ALSO have Fire tablets, and you want to make use of the free year of Amazon Kids+. If you don't have tablets, or don't want to use Kids+, then you are better off going with a cheaper Echo Dot or Echo Flex option.