Want a cheap tablet to keep around the house, let the kids play with, maybe browse some sites on, play a few non-resource intense games, and generally use sporadically for small tasks? Amazon's Fire tablet should definitely be on top of your list. It comes in a couple of variants: the Fire Tablet 7 is the cheapest with a 7" 1024x600 display and a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor with 8 or 16GB of storage, whereas the Fire HD 8 has an 8" 1280x800 display and keeps the same processor but ups the storage to 16 or 32GB. There's also a Kids Edition of the Fire Tablet 7 that comes with a kid-proof case to protect it from damage.
All of these tablets are on sale on Amazon now, making their prices even more seductive if you ask me. The Fire Tablet 7 is down $16.66 in all of its iterations, whereas the Fire HD 8 is shedding more of its price at $30 less. The Kids Edition is down $25. Here's the rundown:
- Amazon Fire Tablet 7" 8GB: $49.99 -> $33.33
- Amazon Fire Tablet 7" 16GB: $69.99 -> $53.33
- Amazon Fire HD 8 Tablet 8" 16GB: $89.99 -> $59.99
- Amazon Fire HD 8 Tablet 8" 32GB: $119.99 -> $89.99
- Amazon Fire Kids Edition Tablet 7" 16GB: $99.99 -> $74.99
Both the Fire Tablet 7 and Fire HD 8 have Alexa support so you can use them to control your smart home, and come "with special offers," which are Amazon ads that get displayed on the lockscreen and are generally easy to forget once you unlock your tablet. To get rid of those, you'll have to fork $15 more on each model. The Kids Edition doesn't have them though, so you don't have to worry about inappropriate content showing up for your children.
Honestly though, at $33.33, that Fire Tablet 7 is tempting if only to keep it around the bedroom, kitchen, or living room for random entertainment and Alexa commands. Shipping is free for Prime members or on orders above $49.