Are Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets really as popular as they used to be? With their Mayday buttons for instant customer service, Amazon’s newer Kindle Fire slates have something unique that other tablets don’t have, but data from market research firm IDC claims that Amazon tablet sales declined 69.9 percent year-over-year in the last quarter. That said, Amazon remained the world’s fifth-largest tablet vendor, having shipped 1.7 million tablets. Amazon was quick to dispute the statistics released by IDC, as the retail giant claims that the figures didn’t include sales and shipments for the 6-inch Kindle Fire HD. A new product for the 2014 model year, the 6-inch Fire HD has, according to its maker, been quite popular since its fall release.
That’s an interesting contention indeed from Amazon, but if you’ll look at the retailer’s website, you’ll see that it is selling some Fire tablets at lower prices, as well as several cases designed for these slates. That’s not saying that IDC is absolutely spot-on with its figures or that Amazon tablet sales have really seen better days, but if you’ve long been wanting to buy a Kindle Fire tablet, or a case for your Fire tablet, now’s the perfect time. Here are some of the better Amazon Kindle Fire tablet/case deals currently available on the company’s website.
The Kindle Fire HDX 7” from the 2013 model year is still a pretty solid tablet, and just in case you forgot, the 2013 model-year Kindle Fire HDX slates were the ones that introduced the Mayday button as a key selling feature. This version, which represents the third generation of 7-inch Fire tablets, will only cost you $199, which is $40/17 percent off the original price of $239. Other specs include 1920 x 1200 display resolution, a 2.2 GHz Snapdragon quad-core processor, and Amazon’s Fire OS, which is based on Google’s Android mobile platform, albeit without Google core apps such as the Play Store.
If you own a Fire HDX 7”, or want to buy a case with that tablet, you have many choices, including Amazon’s official Kindle Fire HDX Standing Polyurethane Origami Case. This case is available in Mineral Black for $44.99, or $5 off the usual selling price of $49.99. Among third-party case options, you can get a solid discount off the price of the MarBlue Slim Hybrid Standing Case, which comes in red or purple and costs $29.99, again a $5 discount off the full price of $34.99. The same company also has a Clear Screen Protector Kit for the Kindle Fire HDX 7”, and that will cost you $12.99. That’s just two dollars cheaper than the original price tag of $14.99, but then again, that translates to $14.99.
Those cases are far from the only ones available for the Kindle Fire HDX 7”, and they won’t give you the biggest discounts. Fortunately, we’ve saved two of those cases for last, starting with the Belkin Kindle Keyboard Case, which works for most versions of the Kindle Fire HD 7 and HDX 7”, but not the 2014 model-year Fire HD 7. Pricing is $59.99, or $20/25 percent off full pricing of $79.99. Lastly, you can get a discount of $55 – that’s right, fifty-five dollars – off the price of the Atlas Waterproof Case for Kindle Fire HDX 7”. This price applies to the purple version, which used to sell for a whopping $99.99 on the Amazon website.