The tablet market is currently crowded with all sorts of tablets, ranging from budget sized tablets to full fledged large sized tablets. However, one must agree that it’s the budget range tablets that make the most noise around for the obvious reason that they offer more bang for the buck. Among such tablets are the Kindle Fire, its successor the Kindle Fire HD and the ASUS made Google Nexus 7. If you ask an Android loyalist, he would certainly urge you to get the Nexus 7, as it comes with stock Android and direct software upgrades from Google. Amazon’s offering however is a little plain and doesn’t even have the Google Play Store application despite being an Android running device (Amazon AppStore is used instead). So the odds are clearly in Google’s favor. However, Amazon seems to have realized that as the company has just announced a price reduction of $50 for the Kindle Fire HD tablet. This offer is for the 8.9-inch version of the Kindle Fire HD and not the regular 7-inch version. However, this promotion will be applicable only to students as it would require the purchaser to be an Amazon Student Member with a working Prime account.
Now if you’re not signed up to the aforementioned scheme, you can always sign up to it (provided you have a .edu email account). The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 starts from $299 for the Wi-Fi only models and extends up to $599 for the top end 4G LTE model. So a $50 off on the price for the tablet is a pretty big discount, especially for the entry level version. Students will certainly take a liking to this new deal and the tablet would be more appealing to them, especially considering that it’s relatively bigger than the Nexus 7 and also, this would arrive sooner (unless the Nexus 7 isn’t going through availability issues like the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10).
This tablet comes with an 8.9-inch 1920×1200 IPS display which gives it a pixel density of 254 ppi. There is no camera on the device, but there are some neat hardware specs to justify the price tag. There’s a TI OMAP 4470 dual core SoC clocked at 1.5 GHz, with 1GB of RAM. Running on Android 4.0, it’s not the latest build of Android, but considering that this device is merely for media lovers and avid readers, the OS version shouldn’t be much of a bother. All in all, for $299 ($249 after the student discount), the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD is certainly worth the money and is a strong contender in the budget segment. In the recently published Christmas sales, the Kindle Fire was among the most popular tablets sold after the iPad and the iPad Mini. It seems like Amazon has stocked up on the tablet pretty well to avoid any issues with availability.