The Amazon Kindle Fire HD
was the online retailers hottest product during the holiday shopping season, which really is no surprise. While Amazon felt it had the 7 inch end of the market covered, it needed a product that might compete better with the Apple iPad mini
and its 7.9 inch panel, the 10 inch screen on the Google Nexus 10
and the fourth-generation of the Apple iPad
with its 9.7 inch display. That is why in November, Amazon launched the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9
. With a resolution of 1920 x 1200, the 8.9 inch slate offers a pixel density of 254ppi. That tops the 162ppi on the Apple iPad
mini and comes close to the 264ppi on the fourth-generation full-sized iPad.
Pricing-wise, the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 is priced at $299 vs. $329 for the Apple iPad mini and $499 for the full-sized iOS tablet. If you're a student, Amazon is willing to take a $50 haircut off the price of the tablet during all of January, giving the device an even larger edge against the competition. To take advantage of the deal, you must not only be a student, but you also have to be a member of Amazon Prime
. You can have a free 6 month Amazon Prime membership, or the paid membership for one year which costs $39.
If you need more than just a Wi-Fi connection, the deal is also good for the Wi-Fi/4G LTE version
of the tablet. The Wi-Fi only model is available in 16GB or 32GB at prices of $249
respectively after applying the discount. The Wi-Fi/4G LTE variant can be purchased with 32GB or 64GB for $449
respectively, after the discount is applied from the price.