Amazon is offering discounts on Kindle and Fire devices this holiday weekend. You can pick up an eReader for as little as $49, a tablet for $79, or an unlocked smartphone for $199. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Here are some of the best deals on Amazon hardware.
The latest Amazon Kindle has a 6 inch, E Ink touchscreen display and a $79 price tag… usually.
Right now you can pick one up for $49. In some ways this model is a step down from the Kindle Touch WiFi I bought a few years ago. It doesn’t have an audio jack, for one thing. But a basic eReader that offers several weeks of battery life for $49? That’s a pretty good deal.
Want to get a Kindle, but not sure you want to buy a bunch of eBooks to put on it? Why not rent them… sort of.
Kindle Unlimited is Amazon’s Netflix-for-eBooks service. For$10 a month you get access to more than 700,000 digital books.
So a 6 month subscription would normally cost $60. Right now you can get a Kindle and a 6-month subscription for just $79.
Amazon is also knocking $20 off the price of a Kindle Paperwhite. This is the company’s mid-range eReader and the most affordable option that has an illuminated display for reading in the dark.
Just like the Kindle deal above, this deal gets you a Paperwhite plus a Kindle Unlimited subscription for half the price a 6-month membership would normally cost.
Amazon’s cheapest, smallest tablet isn’t much bigger than a smartphone (and it’s actually smaller than some). This model normally sells for $100, has a 6 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel display, a quad-core processor, and support for Amazon’s app, music, movie, and book stores, among other things.
Want a bundle with 6 months of Kindle Unlimited? That’ll be $109.
Ordinarily priced at $139, the Fire HD 7 is a lot like the Fire HD 6… it’s just a little bigger thanks to the 7 inch screen. It also has stereo speakers (the smaller model has a mono speaker).
Those features might make this a better option if you’re looking for a portable media player.
Oh yeah, there’s a Kindle Unlimited bundle for this model too. It runs $139.
This model’s actually a bit older than the tablets listed above, but it’s also more powerful thanks to a speedier processor and a higher-resolution 7 inch, 1920 x 1200 pixel display.
Amazon charged $229 and up for this tablet when it launched in 2013, before dropping the price to $199. Right now you can pick one up for $20 less.
Speaking of price drops, this phone used to sell for $649… and that was just a few months ago.
There are probably better phones available — the Fire Phone has decent specs including 2GB of RAM, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, a 13MP camera, and a 4.7 inch, 720p display, but it also runs Amazon’s Fire OS instead of Android which means it doesn’t have come with the Google Play Store.
But for $199, this phone doesn’t look so bad: it’s kind of like a more powerful Fire HD 6 tablet, but it has a SIM card slot, supports unusual features like Amazon’s Dynamic Perspective 3D effects, and could make a decent phone for folks who are already heavily invested in Amazon’s ecosystem.
This isn’t so much a holiday sale as a “now available” announcement. Amazon charges $99 for its TV box which lets you stream internet music and video or play games. Now you can pick up a refurbished model from Amazon for $20 off the list price.
Since this is sold directly by Amazon, it comes with the same 1-year warranty as a new model.
Looking for a cheaper media streamer? There are plenty of stores selling Google’s Chromecast for $25 or less this Black Friday weekend. But there’s at least one place where you can pick up Amazon’s Fire TV Stick for $25… and it’s not Amazon.com.
Best Buy continues to sell the tiny TV streaming device for just $25. You’ll have to pay for shipping if you don’t choose in-store pickup, but that’s still a pretty great price for a device that lets you do as much as the Fire TV Stick.