Amazon’s Fire tablets make great couch devices or gadgets to give to your kids when you don’t want them messing with your more expensive tech. They’re usually pretty affordable, but Amazon Prime Day brings the opportunity to grab any of Amazon’s tablets at all-time-low prices. Both the Fire HD 10 and Fire HD 8 tablets are half off and down to $75 and $45, respectively, while the 2019 Fire 7 tablet is only $30 for Prime Day. On top of that, all of the Kids Pro versions of the slabs are also on sale, so you can pick one up for as low as $50.
You’ll get the best bang for your buck if you spring for the Fire HD 10. It’s the most powerful of Amazon’s tablets, running on a 2.0 GHz oct-core processor, 3GB of RAM and at least 32GB of storage. It has a 10.1-inch 1080p display, Dolby Atmos support and a USB-C port for charging. Amazon estimates you’ll get up to 12 hours of battery life on a single charge, and it takes roughly four hours to charge the device up from nothing. The Fire HD 10 also supports Show Mode, which essentially lets you turn the thing into a makeshift Echo Show smart display. If you have a stand or case that props the tablet up, you could use it in Show Mode to display information like the weather, calendar events, news stories and more.
But the best option under $50 this Prime Day is the Fire HD 8. We gave the tablet a score of 81 for its refined design, decent performance, hands-free Alexa capabilities and good battery life. While the display isn’t as high quality as the HD 10’s, and it won’t feel as zippy as the larger slab, the Fire HD 8 is a solid option if you just want a basic tablet at a great price.
If you’re thinking about buying a Fire tablet for your kids, maybe as a first device of theirs, consider getting one of the Fire Kids Pro devices. They’re basically the same as the standard Fire tablets, but they come with additional parental controls, a customizable home screen theme, a two-year warranty, a protective case and a one-year subscription to Amazon Kids+. The latter is the company’s service that provides child-friendly, ad-free games, books, videos and other content that kids can access from their tablets.
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