Amazon offers installment plan to pay off purchases of its new top-shelf slates

Amazon offers installment plan to pay off purchases of its new top-shelf slates
When the Amazon Kindle Fire first hit the market in 2011, it was right around the holiday shopping season. With its low price, the original Kindle Fire immediately challenged the Apple iPad for leadership on top of the tablet sales charts. But that was then and this is now. Apple has a hot selling new slate in the Apple iPad Air and a recent study showed that only 5% of Americans looking to buy a tablet are planning on buying a Kindle Fire.

Perhaps with that survey in mind, Amazon is offering a new payment plan for those who are interested in buying one of the two newest Kindle Fire models. Pay 25% of the cost of the tablet now, with the balance to be paid off over three 90 day periods. The Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 is a 7 inch slate that is priced at $229, while the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 (with an 8.9 inch screen, natch) is priced at $379.

The HDX line comes with the Mayday button that let's you speak with a customer service rep via a dedicated video chat. Amazon has been pushing this service in its holiday period television ads. In addition, the HDX series allows users to download television shows and movies from Amazon's Prime Instant Video streaming service. During a recent DisplayMate showdown, the panel on the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 beat out the screens on the Apple iPad Air and Nexus 10.

Amazon has gone after the Apple iPad Air with its recent ads, explaining that the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 has 1 million more pixels than the iPad Air, weighs 20% less, and is priced lower than Apple's new flagship slate. You can check out one of the ads by clicking on the video below.



source: AllThingsD

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Kindle Fire HDX 8.9
  • Display 8.9" 2560 x 1600 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
Kindle Fire HDX 7
  • Display 7.0" 1920 x 1200 pixels
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2260 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB

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16 Comments

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Smart move Amazon. Smart move.

2. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Ah, desperation sets in for Amazon. Good. The Fire HD was the worst piece of trash I have ever owned, and the Amazon app "outlet" is just piss poor. As someone who once sold on the Amazon Marketplace, watching them sink in at least one area is a satisfying feeling.

3. quyenqchau0813 unregistered

Wow, so much hatred in your comment.

5. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

He sounds a bit jealous.

7. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Jealous? I can own any tablet I want, so why would I be jealous? Amazon is a terrible company with predatory business practices who sells junk tablets. I sold phones on Amazon as a registered seller, and the way they treat vendors is atrocious, so seeing them grasp at straws while they fail in a venture is satisfying.

9. ZombieHunter

Posts: 259; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

Yes, you are rich and famous,,, Yet we don't care. As soon as you develop, maintain, and spend millions on your own successful website, please come back and let us know. Further, I would HARDLY call Amazon tablets a failure... you sound pretty bitter because of your failures.

11. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Who said "rich and famous"? It's a freaking tablet purchase, not a Maserati. How daft are you? As for failures, I sold just fine on there. In fact, better than on Flea Bay. However, at least Flea Bay, even though they have terrible fees, doesn't hold your money for 21-28 days making money off it in addition to fees like Amazon does. And the tablet? The KFs stink, and that statement needs no defense.

16. jromy

Posts: 114; Member since: Feb 26, 2013

Nope, the fact that they're locked out of the google play store sucks. The tablets are pretty sweet, they're cheap but pretty good spec-wise.

6. theaztech unregistered

Someone's mad there app sucked

8. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

I don't do apps, and apparently not many do apps for Amazon. By the way, it's "their app," for your information.

4. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Now let us do this for other items on amazon...

10. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

Ok ok slow down. The gentleman is welcome to hate amazon. Personally I shop there all the time and have no qualms with the business. I'm not sure I would buy a Kindle Fire as the OS is to restricting for my taste. I'm looking at getting a note tab or a nexus 10. However thats my choice. If the guy had a horrible experience as a vender so be it. There's always two sides to a story. Sorry Amazon I will not be getting your tablet, and apple u had better think again if you even crossed my mind. As it is I have to fus with my moms over priced apple tablet which she just wants me to get it working for her lol

12. hurrycanger

Posts: 1743; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

I'm very interested in this tablet for the hardware. Man, I would get it if only it has access to the Play Store.

13. axllebeer

Posts: 271; Member since: Apr 05, 2011

Oh I'm sure there are ways my fine sir. :)

14. Landmarkcm

Posts: 507; Member since: Aug 11, 2009

Last Tablet I had I sold because did not use enough between phone & laptop. But heres a better dealhttp://www.hsn.com/products/kindle-fire-hd-89-dual-core-16gb-tablet-with-adapter/7356507

15. Adrian38

Posts: 142; Member since: Nov 05, 2012

Amazon just get's better and better :) You can't beat Sunday delivery :P

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