Amazon makes the cheapest brand-name tablets around, and while we wouldn’t put them on par with proper iPads, they’re solid budget-friendly options for use-anywhere streaming media, ebooks, web browsing, and more. Usually, the dirt-cheap Fire 7 and the Fire HD 8 catch our attention, but it’s the sizable Fire HD 10 tablet that is Amazon’s best bargain at the moment.
Right now, the 32GB base model of the large 1080p slate is just $95, a 37% savings off the original $150 list price, while the 64GB version is 42% off the $190 list price at $105. Both have lock screen ads (special offers) that you can pay to unlock later, if you please. Note that this is the 2019 edition that was the current model until a couple weeks back, when Amazon unveiled a streamlined, more powerful edition that ships later this month. That version starts at $150.
This sizable Android tablet gives you a crisp screen ideal for media, apps, browsing, and even games, plus the 12-hour battery life will keep you entertained whether kicking around at home right now or hopefully on future, safe travels. Amazon’s tablets aren’t the most powerful devices around, so keep your expectations in check as far as glossy 3D gaming and speedy multitasking. However, they hit a sweet spot in terms of function and price and are ideal for consuming media.
This post was originally published by Andrew Hayward on 02/11/2021, and updated with new information on 05/10/2021.