New! Fire HD 8 Reader’s Edition (available for pre-order)
Amazon just announced a new choice (shipping December 9th):
They sent me this
They list it as part of a bundle, but it’s not a bundle I would buy (it includes a leather cover, and I don’t use leather). However, I tested it: I put the bundle into my cart, and then I could delete the cover from the cart.
The tablet is $149.99.
A year’s membership in
(Amazon’s subser…subscription service. I’ve been a happy member since it started) is listed at $119.88.
That leather cover is listed at $79.99.
The total of those is $349.86.
The bundle is $249.99, so that’s just about a $100 savings.
The big new feature they mention is “Blue Shade” (no relation to Zoolander’s “Blue Steel”, I assume). 😉 We had a big discussion about this recently, in the comments to this post:
One of my readers, Dr. Alan Church, was kind enough to share expertise on the impact of blue light on sleep.
This new feature claims (in what I considerable to be plausible terms) to switch out the blue, so that your device won’t tend to disrupt your sleep patterns.
That feature by itself will get some people to buy this model.
I think, based on a careful reading of the press release, that it will come to all of the Fire OS 5 Fire tablets (and possibly the now discontinued Fire Phone, which is my daily use personal phone). The press release says:
“…an exclusive Fire OS “Bellini” feature…”
There’s no Amazon Help Page on it yet, but my guess is that it will come to the other models (running Fire OS 5…and that list will increase with updates to some older models) pretty quickly…perhaps after the first flush of sales for the “Reader’s Edition”, maybe even sooner.
I checked my
It’s not on there yet. 🙂
As I mentioned, they list this tablet at $149.99…and the current version of the
is $20 less than that right now at $129.99.
That’s not necessarily because of the new model: there are other Amazon devices on sale right now for the holidays:
- Fire HD 10, 10.1″ HD Display, Wi-Fi, 16 GB – Includes Special Offers, Black (at AmazonSmile*) $179.99 ($50 off!
- Fire Kids Edition, 7″ Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB, Blue Kid-Proof Case (at AmazonSmile*) $89.99 ($10 off)
- Amazon Fire TV (at AmazonSmile*) $84.99 ($15 off)…this is a good way to get the Alexa Voice Service…and it’s the main way I watch TV
It’s definitely a time of year to get good deals!
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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. Shop ’til you help!
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