Above: Amazon’s new 7″ Fire HD tablet

The new Fire HD tablets are available for pre-order now and will ship on September 30.

Fire Tablet, 7" Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB - Includes Special Offers, Black

$49.99
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  • The 24/7 online help Mayday is still there, now with Mayday Screen Sharing that can guide you to any feature you need help with. So is Family Library, a feature that lets household members share Prime services, apps, movies, books and similar content. And all Fire tablet owners can now also enjoy free, unlimited cloud storage for all photos taken with Fire tablets.

    Another Fire tablet app is Word Runner that helps people read faster by centering the words on the screen. For families there will soon also be Activity Center, an app that tracks how children spends their time on a tablet like how much time they spend playing games, and also what kind of websites they visit.

  • Amazon will also sel the $50 Fire tablets in packs of six, which is something quite unusual, but might appeal to those who want to make a bulk gift, if there’s even such a thing. The Fire Kids Edition tablet is priced at $99 but it pretty much has the same specs as the Amazon Fire only that it also features a kid-friendly case. It also gets a two-year “no worry guarantee,” allowing parents to send back broken devices, even if those devices were broken by kids.

    Amazon will also sel the $50 Fire tablets in packs of six, which is something quite unusual, but might appeal to those who want to make a bulk gift, if there’s even such a thing. The Fire Kids Edition tablet is priced at $99 but it pretty much has the same specs as the Amazon Fire only that it also features a kid-friendly case. It also gets a two-year “no worry guarantee,” allowing parents to send back broken devices, even if those devices were broken by kids.

    Most Android apps work on Fire tablets without any changes. Test your Android app using our App Testing Service by dragging and dropping your APK in the box to the right and receive feedback on your app's compatibility within 90 seconds. If you haven't registered for a developer account yet, you can create a free account here and get started with testing your app on Fire tablets.

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  • ModelFire tabletFire HD 10″
    Price$49Starts at $229
    Screen Size7″10.1″
    Resolution1024 x 600 (171 ppi)1280 x 800 (149 ppi)
    ProcessorQuad-core 1.3 GHzQuad-core up to 1.5 GHz
    AudioMono speakerDual stereo speakers, Dolby Atmos
    Storage8 GB (expandable by up to 128 GB)16 or 32 GB (expandable by up to 128 GB)
    CamerasVGA Front-facing camera +720p HD Front-facing camera +
    2 MP rear-facing camera with5 MP rear-facing camera with
    720p HD video recording1080p HD video recording
    ConnectivitySingle-band Wi-Fi b/g/nDual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac
    Battery LifeUp to 7 hours of reading,Up to 8 hours of reading,
    Weight11.0 oz (313 g)15.2 oz (432 g)
    Dimensions7.5” x 4.5” x 0.4”10.3″ x 6.3″ x 0.3″
    (191 x 115 x 10.6 mm)(262 x 159 x 7.7 mm)

    Other features added to the Fire tablets include the On Deck feature that automatically downloads related Prime movies and TV shows to the new Fire tablets so you’ll always have something new to watch in offline mode, like if you are commuting on a plane or elsewhere you might be offline. The content is automatically allocated to available space on the tablet.

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In the end, it seems the Fire Phone had two distinct disadvantages compared with its earlier Kindle Fire tablet success. The first was a decision to go high-end with the Fire Phone, as the company took an essentially new and undefined product and forced itself to compete with entrenched competitors with strong value propositions.