SAVE 45%: A solid budget-friendly pick for Amazon devotees, the Fire HD 8 Plus tablet is on sale for only $59.99 as of August 22. That’s $50 off its usual $109.99 MSRP.
The iPad is not the only tablet in town. If you’re an Amazon devotee, consider the Fire HD 8 Plus instead. It plays well with other Amazon services and it’s much easier on your wallet — especially on sale.
As of August 22, you can scoop up the Fire HD 8 Plus tablet for just $59.99 at Amazon. That’s 45% off its regular price of $109.99.
The Fire HD 8 Plus works best as a pure streaming and Kindle machine. It’s about the same size as an iPad mini with an eight-inch 1280 x 800 screen, and it supports Amazon’s Appstore. (It doesn’t support Google Play or Apple’s App Store.) According to Mashable tech reporter Alex Perry, it doesn’t exactly play well with third-party apps, and its overall performance is relatively weak. But if you rely on Amazon for literature, entertainment, and retail, it performs respectably.
You’ll get up to a half a day of battery life, which is certainly enough to read, stream, and shop to your heart’s content. The HD 8 Plus supports wireless charging (unlike its non-plus sibling) and has an upgraded 3GB of RAM. Otherwise, the HD 8 and HD 8 Plus are identical.
One feature we do particularly like about Fire tablets: You can use them hands-free with Alexa. Even if it’s asleep, the HD 8 Plus will recognize your voice instructions — tell it to pull up recipes, stream A League of Their Own, play your morning playlist, video-chat your mom, and more.
Christina Buff is a freelance deals writer for Shopping.