As I peruse all the various deal and tech websites looking for the best Black Friday deals to post, it’s clear that everyone is focusing on Amazon’s knockout tag team duo: the Echo Dot and Fire TV Stick. On Tuesday, Amazon will inevitably put out a press release telling everyone that they sold a gazillion Echo Dots for $29.99 and a bazillion Fire TV Sticks for $24.99. What probably won’t be mentioned much is their newest tablet because the Fire HD 10 for $99.99 is easily one of the best deals this Black Friday that everybody is forgetting.
It might be because the deal went live early on Sunday instead of on Thanksgiving, like most deals, but the Fire HD 10 deal doesn’t seem to be getting the credit it deserves. That’s why I’m taking a minute away from hunting down deals for all you fine folks to highlight it now.
Amazon’s discounts tend to be greater the longer the product has been available. At only 44 days old, it’s surprising that Amazon has discounted the Fire HD 10 as much as they have, which is 33% off. For comparison, the Fire HD 8, which did also come out this year but has been available for three times as long as the Fire HD 10, is only being discounted 30%. The Amazon Echo which, at 24 days old, is the newest device that Amazon has discounted, is 20% off.
The unusually high discount might make sense if the Fire HD 10 was a bad product, but as the happy owner of one myself, I assure you it is not. It has a great full HD screen which is the first 1080p display we’ve seen on a Fire tablet since Amazon discontinued the Fire HDX line. It’s no slouch under the hood either, since it has the same guts as the very capable Fire TV 2.
The Fire HD 10’s biggest flaw is probably the smaller selection of apps in the Amazon Appstore, compared to other Android tablets that have access to the Google Play Store. However, that is easily remedied because it literally takes 5 minutes to sideload the Google Play Store on the Fire HD 10. You don’t need to root it or even use a PC to install the Google Play Store. It can all be done right from the tablet itself using the default web browser. Once installed, the full Google Play Store selection of apps are available to install at your fingertips and they even auto-update correctly.
Amazon is notorious for skimping on internal storage on their devices, but with 32 GB in the base model, the Fire HD 10 has the most internal storage of any Amazon device. If that’s not enough there is a 64GB version which is also $50 off and both come with a micro SD card slot to expand their storage. Movies from Amazon Video, Prime Video, and Netflix can be stored on either the internal storage or the micro SD card for offline watching.
There are plenty of great deals during Black Friday this year. If I were to rank them all, the Fire HD 10 for $99.99 would easily be among the top, if not the best deal.