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Amazon Launches the Fire HD 6 and HD 7; Their Cheapest Tablets Yet

September 18, 2014 - Written By Tom Dawson

Amazon have made something of a name for themselves in the technology space over the last couple of years, competing mostly on price, Amazon’s Kindle Fire range has taken off and it’s pretty common to see people choose one of these over a Samsung tablet or something similar. It’s no wonder though, these tablets have all the features that the average consumer cares about, and everything is easily accessed from a simple UI. Not to mention that Amazon offers music, books, magazines, apps, games and now great TV all from their online store, it’s no surprise that these have gone down a treat. So, what of Amazon’s latest offerings? Simply called ‘Fire’, the Fire HD 6 and HD 7 are Amazon’s cheapest yet, and for a lot of users, could be the best out there, too.

Both the Fire HD 6 and Fire HD 7 share similar, underwhelming specs, with an unknown quad-core CPU running the show at 1.5 Ghz and display resolutions of 1280 x 800. They’re also only available in 8 or 16GB models, but there are some luxuries, like the included cameras at both the front and the rear as well as a choice of colors including  black, white, magenta, citron, or cobalt. As you might have guessed, these two come in 6 and 7-inch versions, with the Fire HD 6 sporting the 6-inch display and the HD 7 a slightly larger 7-inch display. While a 6-inch tablet might not make that much sense to us, it’ll seem nice and portable to the first-time tablet buyer or indeed, your little ones. Which is where Amazon is hoping they’ll make their money this time around.

The software as well as the digital offerings from Amazon are mostly the same this time around, but where the Fire HD breaks the mold a little is with the Kids Edition. For an extra 50 bucks, Amazon will sell you a Fire HD with a big, colorful case perfect for Kids. That’s not all though, as Amazon’s Free Time initiative comes along for the ride as well as a two-year “worry free” guarantee. Which essentially lets your kids handle the device however the hell they please, and Amazon will send you a new one back. No questions asked. You can spill juice all over it, get it covered in cereal to the point where it’ll no longer turn on, tread on it, drop it down the stairs – you name it and Amazon will send you a replacement. That’s a big deal, for sure, and it’s one that parents will find an attractive deal, especially as the Kids Editions start at just $149 for the 6-inch and $189 for the 7-inch, of course they include “special offers”.

Otherwise, the Fire HD 6 can be had for as little as $99 when it starts shipping in October, but will realistically cost you $114 if you want rid of their “special offers”. The larger version will cost $139 for 8GB of storage and special offers, or $154 without special offers. If you want to double-up your storage to 16GB, Amazon charge an extra $20, which isn’t too bad really. Overall, these tablets aren’t designed for someone like myself, rather they’re aimed at first-time buyers and families and this is right where Amazon should be aiming. With the Kids Edition especially, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Fire HD flew out of warehouses at a decent pace this Holiday Season.