Amazon Prime Day taking place in October this year kind of makes sense. Let’s ignore the real reason (the pandemic) and focus on the theme of the month. It’s Halloween month. Amazon Prime Day is kind of like Halloween. On Halloween we pretend it’s about all these other social things, but really it’s about free candy. While nothing on Prime Day is free, Amazon pretends it’s about some giant garage sale, but really it’s about selling Amazon products (Kindle, etc.,) and gaining new Prime subscribers. That’s the candy for Amazon.
While Amazon highlighted at least one Kindle in its early release of Prime Day sales, there are a ton more Kindle products to mention for Prime Day 2020, along with Amazon’s other tablet series, Fire TV. Some of us may remember when there was only one variant of Kindle, now there are a bunch. A wealth of options for our hand-held entertainment is always appreciated.
Best Prime Day Kindle Deals
Ah, the classic. The Kindle from Amazon has lasted a long time as a standalone, single-purpose tablet. Amazon’s version of an e-reader has been a staple of the industry for as long as we decided to read books on a tablet instead of paper (or alongside, depending on your personal preference). It outlasted the Nook and other competitors, sticking with a simple design and a continuously expanding library. Over the years the display has been upgraded so that now, even direct sunlight can’t distract from the crisp reading experience offered by a Kindle.
Amazon Kindle Kids Edition
The Amazon Kindle Kids Edition is just like the classic Kindle, except for kids. That designation adds a kid-friendly cover in four bright designs, access to the entire Harry Potter series, weeks of battery life and a two-year warranty (because kids break things). It’s a great way to get your kids into reading, because it’s a book, but it’s also a tablet. Their little minds get confused and think they are playing on a tablet, whereas they are reading on one.
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite
The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite takes the classic Kindle design and features and steps it up a notch with a 300 ppi glare-free display. It reads like actual paper but doesn’t feel like actually paper and stores thousands of books. With a battery that lasts weeks instead of hours and a waterproof exterior, you never have to actually put your book down. Read in the shower. Read in the pool. Read in the rain. Just don’t read while driving. It’s available in four colors too, in case you want a little flash with your Paperwhite.
Amazon Kindle Oasis
The Amazon Kindle Oasis is the boss-level Paperwhite device from Amazon. It’s also the most expensive. It has a thin and light ergonomic design for its 300 ppi 7-inch screen and is of course, waterproof (IP68). Pages turn like real paper with e-ink technology for faster page turns and has an adjustable warm light to give the screen an amber tint to be easier on the eyes in darkened rooms. If you are going to start reading your books on a device instead of actual paper, this is the device that will make that adjustment a bit easier.
Best Prime Day Tablet Deals
Amazon Fire 7 Tablet
While the Kindle is great as a reading device, the Fire tablet line is where Amazon steps in to compete with Samsung, Microsoft and Apple in the tablet game. The Fire tablets make no allusions to being anything more than entertainment devices though, lacking some of the more computer-like features of its stronger competitors. These are what you buy when you finally understand what tablets are for, watching movies and playing games. The 7-inch version is obviously the cheapest, but with a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor and 16GB of expandable storage, it’s a heck of a deal for this price.
Amazon Fire HD 8 Tablet
Sure, the 7-inch Fire tablet is great but what if you want one more inch of screen space and that inch turns the screen into an HD display with all-day battery life? Then you have the Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet, a beefier tablet from Amazon that focuses on things you love best, your apps and streaming services. It also introduces gaming mode, which drops off distractions from the screen so you can concentrate on whatever soul-enhancing mini-game you are playing while the world burns.
Amazon Fire HD 8 Plus Tablet
With more storage than the Amazon Fire 8, the Amazon Fire 8 Plus offers that sweet HD screen along with 3GB of RAM and up to 1TB of expanded storage. It also charges fast through USB-C and has a 2.0 GHz quad-core processor for solid tablet processing speed. With game mode and hands-free Alexa capabilities, it’s one of Amazon’s best entertainment tablets under 10-inches.
Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablet
The biggest differences between this and the Amazon Fire 8 is a full 1080p HD screen (and two inches of screen size). It also has a 2.0 GHz octa-core processor (that’s a lot of cores), but only has 2GB of RAM. That’s still good speed for a tablet, but considering the Amazon Fire HD 8 Plus has 3GB RAM, a little odd. Regardless, it’s still priced to be a very affordable entertainment device that has about 12-hours battery life.
Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids Edition Tablet
The Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids Edition Tablet is just like the previous tablet in terms of performance. The trick with this one is that it’s for kids. You’ve figured it out. Congrats. As parents we’re often inclined to just hand our own tablets to our kids and sure, many of us trust our kids not to break them. They are just things after all. But for a kid, there is something to be said for owning and being responsible for one’s own technology. Plus it kind of helps that the kids edition tablets have a kid-proof case with built-in stand. Hell, as an adult I wish I had more tech that was this protected.