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According to the calendar, Black Friday may be two weeks away, but the price of Amazon Fire Tablets says that Black Friday is coming soon. Amazon and bothDropped their prices on the Fire tablet back to their prime day lows from last month, and while those deals have expired, it pays to keep an eye out, as they can come back at any time. The best deals were as follows:
- The Fire HD 10 (10-inch tablet) was $ 80 ($ 70 off, the lowest price we’ve seen back then)
- Fire HD 8 (8 inch tablet) was $ 55 ($ 35 off)
- Fire HD 8 Plus was $ 75 ($ 35 off)
- Fire HD 8 Kids Edition was $ 80 ($ 60 off)
- The Fire 7 Kids Edition was $ 60 ($ 40 off)
Note that the Fire Kids Edition includes one case and one year, A $ 36 value.
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The Fire HD 8 Plus adds wireless charging and more RAM (3 GB instead of 2 GB), with performance that improves on the standard Fire HD 8. It’s $ 20 more, but is definitely a better deal at $ 75.
The tablet should charge just fine on most wireless charging pads. Read our Amazon Fire HD 8 Plus review.
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Amazon has come a long way from the first Kindle Fire tablet. The Amazon Fire HD 10 is Amazon’s largest tablet with a 10-inch screen size and powerful speakers (and now charges via USB-C). Like its smaller 8-inch sibling, the Fire HD 8, the Tablet Prime is full of benefits for customers, making it easy for members to stream and download movies, TV shows and games. Fire tablets do not use the pure version of Android, but instead pull applications from Amazon’s Android-based Fire operating system, and the Amazon App Store. You can still get the application from Google Play, but you’ll have to set up the store yourself – meaning that gaming enthusiasts have access to all their favorite mobile games for an excellent gaming tablet experience. Read more.
The Fire HD 8 was updated earlier this year with faster processor, USB-C charging, better Wi-Fi performance, 2GB RAM (up to 1.5GB) and 16GB to 32GB storage in the base model. Its HD screen is faster than the entry-level Fire 7, but it is not as sharp as the iPad display. Still, it’s a good deal at $ 90 and a great deal at $ 55.
The HD8 Plus adds wireless charging and slightly better performance, thanks to 3GB of RAM. It is on sale for $ 75, or $ 20 more. Read our Amazon Fire HD 8 (2020) review.
This child-friendly version of the Fire HD 8 tablet includes a padded case, parental controls, a two-year warranty, and a one-year subscription to Kids Plus (formerly known as FreeTime Unlimited), which is normally a Spends $ 3 a month and gives you access to a bunch of kid-friendly stuff. It is not really suitable for distance education, but it is a much more affordable option than giving a small child on a full iPad.
It has all the same features as the HD8 above, but is a childproof version of the smaller, more affordable Amazon Fire 7. You’re getting a 7-inch screen instead of 8, and a less robust processor.