Black Friday has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean any more good deals are heading your way. In fact, Amazon has another great deal on the last-generation Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″, where you can buy the tablet for as low as $224.
It’s important to note that these are the previous generation, but it’s still a good tablet. Amazon has three models on sale, all for $125 off.
The WiFi-only 16GB model is priced at $224, the WiFi and LTE 16GB model with Special Offers is $324, and that same model without special offers can be had for $339. However, the cheapest $224 model on sale offers the best discount at 36%, whereas the other models on sale only offer a 28% and 27% discount, respectively.
Previously, the best deal we’ve found for the Kindle Fire HDX was $259 for the latest-generation model earlier last month, but $224 for the previous-generation is still really good.
The Kindle Fire HDX is the newest addition to the Kindle lineup for Amazon, sporting faster internals and a higher-resolution display, as well as a revolutionary new customer support feature called MayDay, which allows you to get on the horn with an Amazon customer support rep through your Kindle Fire HDX tablet in case you’re having any troubles. It’s pretty much a two-way video chat session, but the rep can only see your screen and not you through the camera.
Amazon has never been shy about discounting its hardware products, dropping the price of its Kindle Fire tablets by $50 for Cyber Monday last year, as well as few other models about a week later, and the company even offered some great deals on their tablets this year for Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
You can usually take advantage of Kindle hardware sales throughout the year, so there’s almost no reason to not wait for a good deal on a Kindle e-reader or Kindle Fire tablet, but if you’re wanting a Kindle Fire HDX, saving $125 is about the best deal you can find right now, so don’t hesitate if you’re looking for a last-minute Christmas gift for that special someone.
The Kindle Fire HDX is starting to age, but still feels relatively new, and it comes with some impressive specs. Perhaps its most impressive feature is the 1920×1200 display on the 7-inch model that provides a crisp and sharp image. The 8.9-inch version offers an even higher resolution of 2560×1600, which is actually better than the iPad.
Of course, if you don’t want to pay that kind of money for an Amazon device, you could opt for their ereaders, including the Kindle Paperwhite.
The Kindle Paperwhite costs a bit more than Amazon’s entry-level Kindle ereader, but the features are there to justify the higher cost a bit. The device includes a front-lit LED display, which means that the device lights up the screen from the front instead of the back like most LCD panels do. This prevents eye strain when reading at night.
Of course, some of the biggest advantages of an ereader like the Paperwhite is that the battery lasts a long time. Amazon says that a single charge on the Paperwhite can last up to eight weeks (based on a half hour of reading per day with wireless off and the light setting at ten). The same can’t be said for tablets, which usually only last a day or two depending on the amount of usage.
Ereaders also don’t come with any glare in bright sunlight, making them great for reading on the beach. This is thanks to the e-ink display that uses an entirely different type of screen technology than smartphones and tablets, and also uses up way less battery juice, allowing the device to last for weeks on end.
For the true book reader, there’s nothing quite better than actually handling a real book (and you can’t beat the old book smell), but for those who are more casual with their reading and don’t want the giant bookshelf collection that comes with it, a Kindle Paperwhite could be the perfect companion in your home library.