Amazon Device Christmas Sale (2019): Fire Tablets, Kindles, Echos

Amazon has afforded a few opportunities in the past few weeks to nab its own devices at steep discounts, and—good news fellow last-minute deal seeker—there are still some surprisingly good deals going on.

These last-minute device deals aren’t as cheap as the same items were during the Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals week, but they’re pretty close. Our favorite deals right now are on Kindles, Echo speakers, and Fire HD tablets. In most cases, the current sale price is within $10 of the lowest we’ve ever seen. Better yet, most of these will arrive before Christmas (the Echo devices won’t). Also, remember that some of these devices do contain cameras and microphones. If you’re considering these as gifts, keep in mind the privacy implications for the recipient.

Be sure to check out our many buying guides, including the best last-minute gifts to save Christmas.

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Kindles

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Say what you will about the rest of the company, Amazon makes a damn fine ebook reader. Kindles are the most eye-friendly way to read digital books, and the battery life is outstanding (about a month per charge). To figure out which Kindle is right for you, check out our guide to choosing the right Kindle.

  • Kindle for $70 ($20 off): If you’re looking for an ebook reader, the 2019 Kindle has everything you need (8/10, WIRED Recommends). This model uses a 6-inch E Ink capacitive touchscreen for reading, and it lights up so you can read in the dark. There’s no water resistance though, and it still uses a MicroUSB charging port.
  • Kindle Paperwhite for $100 ($30 off): The Kindle Paperwhite is an upgrade worth considering. The touchscreen is noticeably clearer (300 pixels per inch vs. 167 for the standard) and the light is better. The Paperwhite is also rated IPX8, meaning it can sit in 2 meters of water for two hours. That makes bathtub reading a little more relaxing.

Fire Tablets

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