The $150 Fire HD Kids Edition has many things going for it, including an extended warranty, but its competitors have strengths of their own (for example, not giving your user data to Amazon). Some are based on general purpose Android tablet designs (Samsung), while others are highly focused academic tablets (XO tablet from OLPC).
The hardware has mixed reviews and Kurio is not getting much buzz in the ed tech blogs I follow, so further research is warranted.
Fuhu offers Nabi tablets with 5", 7", and 10" screens. They have multiple models, including ones which focus more on entertainment (Dreamtab) and ones which are more academically focused (Nabi Jr).
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Chromo Orbo Jr.
It's so cheap that I would normally avoid it, but it did get a good review online. This might be a good choice for some parents.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids Edition
Released last year, the Galaxy Tab 3 Kids Edition offers a premium priced alternative for the kids tablet market. Samsung has a reputation in the Android tablet market for quality hardware and long battery life, but that comes with a high price tag.
This tablet costs $199, and I don't know about you but I would rather get two tablets for that price. What's more, reviewers noted that there were issues with a lack of software features and with bundled apps, so if you get this tablet you'll need to double check and make sure it can do what you want.
OLPC XO Tablet
The XO tablet is an Android tablet running customized software. It has a strict focus on academics, so it won't be the right tablet for everyone. But it did get high reviews, and it does have decent hardware plus a lot of educational software.