Amazon introduced 4 new tablets and two new eReaders in September. Now the first of those devices are shipping to customers.

The new $79 Amazon Kindle eReader with a touchscreen display is shipping and so are the new Fire HD 6 and Fire HD 7 tablets with prices starting at just $99.

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The latest Kindle eReader is basically what you’d get if you took the 2011 Kindle Touch WiFi, gave it a darker case, and removed text to speech and MP3 playback features.

On the bright side, the new model is a lot cheaper, offers up to 4 weeks of battery life, and has 4GB of storage space for holding thousands of eBooks.

This is also the first entry-level Kindle to feature both a touchscreen and a list price of under $80.

The new reader doesn’t have a front-lit or high-resolution display, but you can opt for a Kindle Paperwhite or Kindle Voyage if you need those features.

Those models sell for $119 and $199, respectively.

Fire HD 6 and Fire HD 7

Amazon’s new entry-level tablets include a 6 inch model that starts at $99 and a 7 inch model that sells for $139 and up.

Both features 1280 x 800 pixel displays, 1.5 GHz quad-core processors, 8GB to 16GB of storage, front and rear cameras, and up to 8 hours of battery life.

The 7 inch model has a bigger screen and features stereo speakers while the 6 inch model has a mono speaker. Otherwise the two devices are pretty much the same.

Like other Amazon tablets, these new devices feature tight integration with Amazon’s app, music, video, and eBook stores and support features such as beaming content from your tablet to an Amazon Fire TV.

If you want a higher-resolution screen, faster support or access to the Mayday one-click, 24/7 voice and video support service you’ll need to pay extra for an Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 or Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 tablet. The new entry-level tablets come with email, web, and phone support, but they don’t have a dedicated Mayday button.




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8 replies on “Amazon’s now shipping the 2014 Kindle and Fire HD 6 and 7”

  1. Don’t forget the current generation of the entry Kindle has the latest firmware, which is a significant upgrade to previous generations, so you have all the features of the Kindle Voyage and Paperwhite. It also gets a processor bump and with that its performance now compares to the Paperwhite. Considering this, then it is really a good buy. Also, there isn’t that much difference between the entry Kindle’s 167ppi and the 212ppi you get on the Paperwhite (put them side by side and you’ll notice the resolution difference but it’s only slight); of course you get the front light with the Paperwhite.

  2. I’m not sure whether to purchase the Kindle Fire? I currently have a Kindle paperwhite and use it with for my Kindle notes and for sending blogs to my Kindle. Does anyone know whether these are supported and any advice on the Kindle fire in general?

  3. @Brad, please review the new Fire HD 6 tablet. I am not a fan of Amazon’s OS, but the hardware looks really well balanced. I promise to not speculate about how teens would use this device.

    1. saw the tablet at BestBuy. Nice little tablet. Did see some lag compared to my Dell Venue 2014. Without advertising $114 pre_tax, $125 post sales tax. A 7inch $130 Intel tablet from NewEgg has no sales tax for me, and has the Google Play store.
      With Intel severely discounting their tablets, this fire HD 6 tablet is for chumps.

  4. Yawn… No audio, no SD card, dripping with DRM. Move along. Nothing to see here.

  5. The Fire HD 6 seemed like a really good value until HP unveiled the Stream 7.

      1. I can’t seem to find any specs on the Stream 7. I’d doubt a full Windows tablet at $100 could match the screen quality of the HD 6. I doubt either has GPS. But I could be wrong.

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