05
Aug
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The shiny new Nexus 7 may be the current king of the 7-inch jungle, but that doesn't mean you should pass up a good deal. The Kindle Fire HD - that's the upgraded 720p tablet, not the newer non-HD Fire - is $40 off for all models at the moment. The Amazon storefront shows "For a Limited Time," so we have no idea how long this price will last.

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The price drop applies to all the variations of the 7-inch Kindle Fire HD. That makes the base 16GB WiFi model with "special offers" (integrated Amazon advertising) $159, the same price as the non-HD Fire, which is not on sale. You can bump it up to 32GB for $189. Without Amazon advertising, the tablets go for $174 and $204, respectively. (Add the tablet to your shopping cart to see storage/advertising options.) According to price-checker CamelCamelCamel, this price is as low as it's ever been.

Considering both the hardware and software limitations of Amazon's tablets, even that price drop will make it a hard sell to serious Android users. But if you're looking for a nice gift or you're already heavily invested into Amazon's media marketplace, it might be a good deal - remember that Amazon still steadfastly refuses to give Google-equipped Android devices access to its streaming videos. Even though there's an Amazon Video app for iOS. And Google TV. (Seriously, Amazon, cut the crap and let me watch Prime videos on my phone.)

If you're tempted by the offer, you'd best move quickly. If the the deal is limited by stock, it may disappear soon.

Source: Amazon Kindle Fire HD Listing

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • porter86

    Even at that price, it's still worth ponying up a bit more cash for the new Nexus 7.. it's so much better! 5 reasons to 18 in this comparison - http://versus.com/en/amazon-kindle-fire-hd-16gb-vs-google-nexus-7-(2013)-16gb

    Can't wait til they release it in Europe!

  • PamelaLibrarian

    I can't believe Amazon doesn't let you watch Prime videos on your phone. That is truly lame. Netflix looks better & better.

    • CoreRooted

      Agreed! What really ticks me off is that NONE of the Prime membership features are available if you don't have a Kindle (free books/book lending, videos, etc). To read through Amazon's forums is a trip through pissed off customer hell. Were it not for the ordering perks and the fact that I can still watch Prime videos on my desktop, I'd cancel my account. I get that Amazon wants to sell the Kindle, but they are still making money off of people with Prime accounts.

      • PamelaLibrarian

        Yeah, I didn't even renew my Prime membership this year. I found that Netflix had more of the shows I want to watch, and I can access them on my phone.
        Oh, there is one more place you can watch Prime videos. If you have a Roku, you can watch them on your TV. I've done that from time to time. But, that's not a mobile option.

        • CoreRooted

          I have my Revue (Google TV) that I can watch them on. I don't think I'm going to renew my Prime either specifically because I do 90% of my media consumption on mobile devices. Granted, Netflix is good (I actually have both Netflix and Hulu), but I feel that if I am paying $80/year for a service and that service is supposed to provide X features, then the supplier should provide those.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=708741524 Robb Nunya

            Is there an app for that or are you simply using the browser?

          • CoreRooted

            Using the Amazon Kindle App for Google TV.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=708741524 Robb Nunya

            I found it, but for some reason it wouldn't let me install from the web. I'll try it on my Revue when I get home.

          • CoreRooted

            I couldn't load it from the web either. I haven't been able to install anything since they changed the Play Store site.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=708741524 Robb Nunya

            Tried last night... couldn't find it on the device... /SIGH

  • Iggies

    Gonna wait and see what they have in store for their refresh. If it's better specc'd than the N7 I'll be going that route and doing the appropriate tinkers.

  • Floss

    Now if only the Amazon market wasn't a unusable piece of crap.

    • Carlos Brown

      What about the Amazon Appstore is "unusable," precisely? I find it better laid out, more attractive, and that there are a grand total of maybe 2 apps I've ever WANTED that I could not find there. And how often does the Google Play Store offer paid apps for free?

      • Floss

        Laggy as hell, battery whore even when not being used. Completely unresponsive to clicks, usually have to press things several times to actually get it to do anything. Lack of press animations so half the time you can't even tell whether the press happened or not. Apps get put on and forgot about, never to be updated, specifically because everyone just waits and gets them for free. Devs can't make money worth crap off it. Etc, Etc...

      • someone755

        My main issue with it is that it wants my credit card info when I download a free game. Fair? No.
        Would you really give your kid all your money at once? No. You wouldn't give them a device which cna make use of your money, either. (And don't give me the 'but there are passwords' excuse. I don't like passwords.)