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Amazon currently has the Kindle fire on sale for $34.99 for prime members

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Fire = restricted low end tablet with amz marketing everwhere. Kindle = dedicated ereaders with special displays and long battery life suited for that purpose
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Ignore other replies, most seem misleading at best.

In reality, this cheap Fire is astronomically faster and capable than Kindle paperwhite (faster hardware on Kindles doesn't make them proportionally faster because everything it does is limited by its display).
And everything boils down to the display, including cost. Fire and almost any other tablet including ipads use LCD displays of varying qualities and resolutions. Regardless, LCD displays are commoditized by now and are pretty cheap to make while the e-ink display (Pro: easy on eyes, akin to paper; Con: looooow refresh rate) used in Kindle and other e-readers is still proprietary and belongs to E-Ink corporation and hence costs licensing fee on top of manufacturing costs. Since it is essentially a monopoly, they can charge more. Manufacturing costs are considerably higher than LCD too (economies of scale). All adds up to the cost.

Amazon would love to sell Kindle to you for $30 and keep you locked in their ecosystem but this is what, kind of, preventing them to do so.

FYI, Amazon sells a lot of devices at very thin margins and sometimes even at loss to keep you in their ecosystem and make money of you as you go.
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It's much nicer to read on the Paperwhite and regular Kindle e-reader than it is to read on the low PPI screen of Kindle Fires
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OK, I'll admit I'm not up on all the Amazon devices, but why is the Fire cheaper than the reader all the time when it does the same thing plus a bunch more on a bigger screen by 1 inch. the reader is on sale for twice as much, what am I missing? Enlighten me please.
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Fire = restricted low end tablet with amz marketing everwhere. Kindle = dedicated ereaders with special displays and long battery life suited for that purpose
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OK, I'll admit I'm not up on all the Amazon devices, but why is the Fire cheaper than the reader all the time when it does the same thing plus a bunch more on a bigger screen by 1 inch. the reader is on sale for twice as much, what am I missing? Enlighten me please.
It's much nicer to read on the Paperwhite and regular Kindle e-reader than it is to read on the low PPI screen of Kindle Fires
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Can't speak to pricing but in a nutshell the Kindle reading devices are purpose built for reading. Their e-ink displays are much easier on the eyes and last a lot longer battery wise than these screens.

Kindle also dominates the e-reader market, while Apple dominates the tablet market. I think the fire is just trying to stay relevant and get people into the amazon garden in terms of content,etc.
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Fire = restricted low end tablet with amz marketing everwhere. Kindle = dedicated ereaders with special displays and long battery life suited for that purpose
I am not sure about low end. I got mine at this price and serves me well. Slap google play on it and you can get all the apps, chrome etc. I bought it strictly for Alexa for add-on items on amazon which paid for itself.
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It's much nicer to read on the Paperwhite and regular Kindle e-reader than it is to read on the low PPI screen of Kindle Fires
It's not just pixels, kindle e-reader uses e-ink. After rendering a page, it's a static screen which needs a light source (like the sun or a lamp) to illuminate. The kindle fire, or your phone or any other tablet is a light source of itself, and the screen has to refresh x times per second.
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The 8" and 10" are on sale as well
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combine w/ amex promo to get for $14.99 each (was able to apply to 2 tablets)! thx op
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combine w/ amex promo to get for $14.99 each (was able to apply to 2 tablets)! thx op
Yep, same here.
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OK, I'll admit I'm not up on all the Amazon devices, but why is the Fire cheaper than the reader all the time when it does the same thing plus a bunch more on a bigger screen by 1 inch. the reader is on sale for twice as much, what am I missing? Enlighten me please.
There is no price integrity anymore. Price is now based on user need and capacity to pay instead of components and margin.
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can we install Google Play app on the Fire HD 8 ?
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It's much nicer to read on the Paperwhite and regular Kindle e-reader than it is to read on the low PPI screen of Kindle Fires
Current gen Paperwhite is 212 ppi and this cheapest Fire is 171 ppi, not an astronomical difference there and until this gen, kindles have much worse ppi.
Sure, its nice to read on Kindle coz its build for that purpose and easy on eyes because it doesn't have any light emitting beneath the screen.
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