Hands down the best Kindle ever with all the Amazon Prime content is a pure entertainment machine. Good price on an effectively new Kindle Fire HD 8.9. I think this for those of us who want or need a Kindle is priced right. I just bought 2 for gifts for great grandkids. ""Update"" Seems the Lightning Deals are loaded with refurb Kindles today. I suggest checking them out as they come to be sure you get the exact Kindle you need.
I bought the refurbished Kindle Fire HD 8.9", 32GB on August 6th for $269.00. I took advantage of Amazon's 30 day price guarantee. Amazon refunded the price difference including tax to my credit card. I hear rumors that a new Kindle Fire HD is coming out soon. One question you should ask yourself... "Does this unit have the abilities I crave?" In my case, the answer is "Yes". I bought this unit to replace my Kindle Fire HD 1st gen and my Kindle Keyboard. With my new unit I have the text to speech feature I really love as well as the touch screen I love from the 1st gen Kindle Fire. There are so many great features the Kindle Fire HD has making this an awesome upgrade including output to a TV, Bluetooth, Front Facing Camera, and more memory. Perhaps the new unit will be a bit faster and have a few more features but I don't need them to read books and watch Amazon Prime Movies. If this unit does what you want, buy it before they run out. I'd personally give Kindle Fire 2nd gen 4.5 stars. Some points are lost due to battery life and sound volume. Perhaps those will be addressed in 3rd gen.
A sure sign the newest "updated" fires are right around the corner. Amazon did the same thing last year clearing out inventory before the new launch. Can't wait for the Kindle Fire HD 2 Release next month!!!!
The Fire HD really does deliver a lot of bang for your buck. Beautiful display and fast operating system. I bought a 16 gb version when they were released. Thousands of free books. Just pick your genre, then click prices low to high and there they are. Of course there will be a newer version before too long that probably won't be much different. And brace yourself for the "experts" who will be touting the benefits of their favorite tablet and trashing the Kindle. In a nutshell the Fire HD will perform as well or better than most tablets for a fraction of the price.
Emm386 glad you were able to get a refund on your Kindle, but as a note, Amazon eliminated their "30 day price guarantee" long ago. Unless you get a sympatheic rep, Amazon typically does not refund price differences after purchases.
Perhaps I got lucky, perhaps it is the number of items I buy from Amazon. I have been very happy with Amazon's products especially when using my Amazon Prime. For the most part if I can find a product sold in a local store or on Amazon I will buy from Amazon. If Amazon has terminated the price mach guarantee from their own store for their products, it is news to me.
I paid $334 for a new one (32GB, without special offers) about a year ago, and have no regrets. I use it almost daily, love the size, and the quality of the display is amazing.
This refurbished one on sale really is a great deal. It's the special offers version, but the 4G version coming up later in a Lightning Deal for $249 may not be...that one also looks like a great deal. I also have a Kindle e-reader that does have the special offers, and it's no big deal. Most of the time I actually like seeing the offers that are available.
My only minor complaints about the one I have are: 1) It is HEAVY, like it's made of lead. You really notice this if you have to hold it up to use it for an extended period of time. 2) I haven't really noticed any great speeds in downloading or web surfing as compared to a couple of other tablets I have (a Toshiba Thrive and an HP Touchpad). In fact, the Kindle will sometimes re-boot itself for no apparent reason, which can be downright annoying.
I also use my Kindle HD for watching movies when I travel, which brings me to my final "complaint." I wish they would provide a slot for an SD card (micro or regular, either way) so I don't have to tether the thing to my PC every time I want to put a movie on it.
If the newer version is indeed on the way and they at least address the things I mentioned, it might be worth the wait...but I'm sure it will be nowhere near the price points being offered today.
A number of stores have offered Kindles for sale this month. Just yesterday I purchased a new Kindle Fire HD 7" from Staples for $159 (out of stock online and many stores are out of stock as well). This is a good price for a refurbished model and will make a great gift for yourself or others. Item says it includes a limited 1-year warranty. Some people buy these as gifts for children/grandchildren, and with the holidays approaching, some Amazon customers will be taking advantage of a good gift idea. I wouldn't be surprised if this sells out before the end of the day.
Wow, I wish I could justify this. Great price and great product. I bought a certified refurbished original Kindle Fire in March 2012 and it's still running perfectly and being used daily by my daughter. And Kudos to Amazon for not only listing the other Kindles that will be offered as Lightning deals today, but also putting the price on the preview.
In 15 minutes: "Save $50 on a Certified Refurbished Kindle Fire HD Tablet--only $119". My needs are simple, no photo requirements, though I miss color. I have a KK. DO need good email (verizon.net), web browsing and movies (long commute every day). What is the BIGGEST advantage to the KD HD 8.9 tablet over the KD HD Tablet? Either price is tempting! Thanks for your advice.
Rick... Per the page about special offers... Your offers display on the lock screen and in small text on the lower left hand corner of the home screen-they don't interrupt use of the device. If you would like to opt out of these special offers, you can do so through Manage Your Kindle for $15 after you have registered your device.
Two quick things I didn't see mentioned-the 32GB model is only $20 more than the 16GB (199 vs 179) and it has the full 1 year warranty which I expected for this item on Amazon in particular but have learned to check everywhere... It's tempting except that most tablets(true with phones too) don't work on my (hospital&adjacent clinic) workplace's wifi since they require you to click accept on a secure authentication screen-the redirect is blocked or not recognized by most browsers, even Safari-every hour so their bandwidth isn't leeched excessively by cheapskate online gamers (and it doesn't stay connected unless the browser's active etc)...so I still lean toward 3G models for backup and commuting...or even upgrading to an open source N9 or similar phone (I'm old -and old-fashioned- and read paper books). Temptation indeed but certainly not the least expensive or most versatile option in the world. Will the new line have any 3G options (even so called 4G is technically 3G-not even recent releases or our slow speeds would have 11Mbps uploads-America's still hitting under half the rural speeds of much of Scandinavia for tel-tech)?
Ritz - personal opinion: get the 8.9 inch (possibly 32 gb if you want to download lots of movies to it for your commute). The larger screen size will be better for email browsing/movie watching; the con to that size is that it's heavier to lug around of course. Hope others will chime in though.