Amazon has just released a slew of new tablets and e-readers. While this isn’t directly Fire TV related, the Fire tablets do make great companion devices to the Fire TV with the Second Screen feature, and the Fire HD Kids Edition comes with a 1-year subscription to FreeTime Unlimited which can be accessed through the Fire TV. Read on for a quick summary of each device.
Fire HD 6 & 7
$99 (6 inch), $139 (7 inch)
For under a hundred dollars, you’re not going to beat the new Fire HD tablets. They come with a 6 inch 1280×800 screen and 8GB of storage. For $20 more you can bump the storage up to 16Gb and an additional $40 gets you you a 7 inch screen. The tablets come with a 1.5 Ghz quad -core processor which is nearly as powerful as the one in the Fire TV.
Fire HD Kids Edition
$149 (6 inch), $189 (7 inch)
This tablet is identical in specs to the Fire HD above and comes in both 6 and 7 inch varieties. For the $50 extra that you pay over the regular Fire HD, you get 3 main features. First, and most impressive, the Fire HD Kids Edition comes with a 2 year worry-free guarantee. What that means is Amazon will replace the tablet, no questions asked, should anything happen to it. Second, the tablet comes with a normally $25 bouncy case. Lastly, the tablet comes with 1 year of FreeTime Unlimited, which is a $36 value ($60 value for non Prime members). The FreeTime Unlimited subscription gives your kids access to thousands of educational apps, books, and videos. FreeTime Unlimited also extends to the Fire TV, where kids can take advantage of the same subscription content offerings.
Fire HDX 8.9
The HDX is the flagship tablet made by Amazon. It’s incredibly thin and 20% lighter than the iPad thanks to its magnesium shell. It features a gorgeous 2560 by 1600 pixel display with a powerhouse 2.5 Ghz quad-core processor. First to any Amazon tablet, the HDX has the Firefly feature from the recently released Fire Phone. Also on board is a new light sensor that detects the tone of the light hitting the tablet and adjusts the display color temperature for a more pleasant reading experience.
For the first time, the base Kindle now features a touch screen instead of the directional buttons used to navigate the interface on the previous model. This new model also touts 20% faster page turns and double the storage capacity of the previous model.
The new Kindle Voyage features the highest pixel density ever on a Kindle. At 300 ppi text will be perfectly crisp and clear at any font size. The screen is completely flush with the device and is flanked by squeeze pads on either side which turn the pages using less effort than traditional buttons. The Kindle Voyage also has a smart auto-brightness feature that gradually dims the screen when reading in the dark as your eyes adjust.