Friday, May 19, 2017

Amazon's new, updated Fire tablets for 2017, their features, and Amazon's special introductory offer

Amazon actually came out with some new, updated tablet models

All New Fire 7

Thinner and lighter, improved 7" IPS display, battery life no up to 8 hrs, faster performance, improved Wi-Fi connectivity. 8 GB or 16 GB. Up to 256 GB expandable storage via microSD card.

All New Fire HD 8

Over 1 million pixels, widescreen 8" 1280 x 800 HD display, up to 12 hrs of battery life, and 16 GB of storage. Up to 256 GB expandable storage via microSD card.

All New Fire 7 Kids Ed.

As above, but with 16 GB of storage and with a year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited* (see article explaining benefits, a kid-proof case, and a 2-yr worry-free guarantee.

All New Fire HD 8 Kids Ed
As above, now with an 8" screen, with 32 GB of storage and with a year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited* (see article explaining benefits), a kid-proof case, and a 2-yr worry-free guarantee

* Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, Amazon adds, "now offers over 15,000 age-appropriate books, videos, educational apps, and games, plus access to over 55,000 hand-curated websites and YouTube videos, plus Parent Dashboard and Discussion Cards."

Accessories for the tablets
Promo Code FIRE3PACK - Amazon's special introductory offer
The tablets are available in a multi-pack option ... Buy any three Fire tablets and save 20 percent.

For now -- For those in the UK, you'll see the same new tablets HERE.   Canadian and International Fire tablets are probably ordered from the U.S. pages above these days.

Amazon's announcements yesterday highlight the following:

Features both the tablets have(and the "kids" versions of course)
Alexa - Just press and ask to play videos, enjoy music, listen to audiobooks, ask questions, shop, find news, display the weather, and more on your Fire tablet.
Quad-core 1.3 GHz processor - Quickly and easily switch between apps, stream movies, and browse the web without waiting for your tablet to catch up.
Durability - As measured in tumble tests, Fire 7 and Fire HD 8 are both more durable than the latest generation iPad.
Front- and rear-facing cameras - Video chat with friends and family with the front-facing camera; take and share photos, and save them for later with free, unlimited cloud storage for all photos taken on Fire devices.
Fast Wi-Fi connectivity - dual-band Wi-Fi with support.
Screen Sharing customer service - let an Amazon expert guide you remotely through any feature on your screen, available 24x7, 365 days a year - for free.
Amazon-exclusive features - Alexa, ASAP, X-Ray, Second Screen, Amazon FreeTime, Family Library, Blue Shade, On Deck, Prime Video downloads, and more.
World-class content ecosystem - Access to millions of movies, TV shows, songs, books, magazines, apps, and games - with free, unlimited cloud storage for all Amazon content.
New color options - Black, Punch Red, Marine Blue, and Canary Yellow.

I'll update the special Kindle eReader and Fire Tablets sheet or table probably this weekend.

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  1. Wish they'd update the HD 10, or even better, my much beloved HDX. That was the best one ever and it's a real shame they let that product line go. I'd have loved to see it with a 10" screen and expandable memory. The HD 10 is inferior. So sad.

    1. Phantom-Rose, I think that the HDX's used features that were too expensive for the vast majority of tablet buyers. I still use only the HDX 8.9" ... I'm not sure the 10" screen on an HDX would be that much better than the almost 9" one for the added weight and length. Expandable memory would be great, for sure! If only... The HD 10 has nice screen area but lower resolution than the 8.9" ... apparently, the market is just for lower cost models when it comes to Android...

  2. Hi there! Do you happen to know how to turn off private browsing on a kindle fire or how to view private browsing?

    1. Anonymous - Apologies for the very late reply, as I've not been active on the blog. To learn how to select, use, and/or deselect private browsing on a Kindle Fire, see the Help page for that feature.

  3. I'm late to this discussion. While the most significant improvement over last year's HD8 appears to be the price drop (I got mine for $49 on Prime Day; it is about an ounce heavier and a little thicker for some reason), it is a vast improvement over my Fire HD6, which had become so sluggish as to be almost unusable, while the battery drains quickly and charges slowly. Hard to go wrong for $49, and I find myself using it as much or more than my Kindle Voyage (which is pretty much a perfect ereader) because the Fire can do TTS/immersion reading, Kindle In Motion format, Word Runner, etc. Amazon Appstore remains inferior but that is why I have an iPad.
    I do wonder how long Fire OS will hang back on Android 5 (now 3 versions back) and at what point app publishers will stop supporting it.

    1. I'm even later to this discussion extension :-) I now read that the 10" has 1920 H resolution rather than 1280 or whatever and that the new HD 8 now allows Google Play files to be added. So I'll do something in the way of a writeup tonight. As for an iPad I bought a used 9.7" iPad 4 this month because I was worried that the Kindle HDX 8.9" 2013 model (which is faster and has higher resolution than the iPad 4) might be stolen (as is happening a lot with tablets here) and is harder to replace -- ithas 64 GB on it. Got the iPad 4 with 64 GB though and in nigh-perfect condition for $210 at EBay. Well, it IS 5 years old now :-) Very smooth functioning on Directv, which is not true of Directv's horrific Android app.
      We'll see if I can catch up on things and be somewhat up to date again. Thanks for the added information. Cannot beat that $49 price !


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