If you want a mid-sized tablet with a high-resolution screen, LTE connectivity, and you don't mind going with Amazon's ecosystem, but don't want to spend much money, today's Gold Box deal should be particularly compelling. The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 LTE version (the previous high-end Kindle Fire model, from late 2012) is discounted by $80 today, bringing its price down to $219.
There's just one catch: it's a refurbished model. The Gold Box deal includes a one-year warranty, which is the same that you'd find on a new Fire HD 8.9, so there's at least some peace of mind to be had. The LTE model is designed to work with AT&T and compatible GSM-LTE carriers in the United States, so it should be capable of hopping onto airwaves in Canada and Europe without any trouble. The standard LTE model has 32GB of storage, but you can upgrade to 64GB for $269, also refurbished and enjoying the same $80 discount.
With a dual-core TI OMAP 1.5Ghz processor and 1GB of RAM, the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 is definitely getting a bit long in the tooth in terms of performance, and those who don't need LTE can choose from some compelling low-cost options in the 8-9" category from more conventional Android tablets. But for someone who insists on mobile data and a full HD screen, and especially someone who's already bought plenty of apps or video from Amazon, it's a pretty good deal.
Like all Gold Box sales, the discounted Kindle Fire HD 8.9 LTE gets free 2-day shipping with Amazon Prime, and the sale will end today or when stock runs out.