Smart value, serious entertainment: save on Amazon Fire tablets
With the likes of Sony, Samsung, Nexus and Microsoft all fielding great contenders, the marketplace for tablets is growing ever more crowded. But if what you want is a device that lets you consume a wealth of online content, while also doing a few other nifty things too, then the Amazon Fire Tablet is hard to beat.
The Fire tablet currently comes in 7”, 8” and 10.1” inch versions. All three have quad-core processors running at 1.3 GHz or better, which make easy work of streaming videos and handling multiple apps. Battery life ranges from eight to twelve hours, giving you plenty of scope to read, surf and stream on the go. Meanwhile, dual-band Wi-Fi helps to keep you seamlessly connected whether you're at home or at large.
For all you Skypers out there, the Fire comes with a front-facing 640 x 480 pixel camera, while to the rear there's a two megapixel camera which can shoot video in 720p HD. The display has been upgraded on the latest models, with sharper contrast and fidelity, so that pictures and text now look all the better. As for storage, entry level devices boast 8 GB of memory, which you can bump up to as much as 256 GB with a micro SD card. On top of that, Fire users enjoy unlimited cloud storage for Amazon content.
Speaking of content, what kind of entertainment can you enjoy with your Fire tablet? You can stream TV, movies and clips on Netflix and a host of popular video-sharing sites. You can read eBooks, magazines, newspapers and comics. You can listen to music and audiobooks, and make the most of thousands of apps.
But the Fire tablet really comes into its own when you plump for Amazon Prime membership, or one of Amazon's other subscription options. With Amazon Prime, you can stream an eye-catching roster of TV and cinema hits, as well as an impressively broad selection of music. And since you can also download the content straight to your tablet, you can still get your fix of your favourite dramas and sitcoms even when you're away from a W-Fi signal. What's more, features such as Kindle Unlimited and Amazon Music Unlimited grant access to loads more good stuff at the cost of a small monthly subscription.
Navigating these options is a cinch via the Alexa voice control system, now standard on all Fire tablets. Not only can you ask questions and call up your favourite show or performing artist, you can also use Alexa to organise your calendar and set alarms. In addition, Alexa can link up with other smart devices, allowing you to create an instant smart home, with lights, heating and security cameras all leaping into action at a single word.
Amazon Fire tablets are already competitively priced compared to many of their rivals, but you can land even better deals when you look out for Amazon discount codes. Grab one of these handy codes and use it in time, and you might save as much as 40 percent off the price of your tablet. That's a whole bundle of tenners back in your pocket. Just keep your eyes peeled for May Day offers and other promotions, and happy surfing.
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