Well, it's good to be back. A lot has happened in the last few months of my life (a major flooding event in my home, moving twice, the end of the school year, and the birth of our third child), and I have some catching up to do.
In April, Amazon introduced an updated 7" Kindle Fire Tablet. Though there wasn't much that changed with this update, there are a few things worth noting. Perhaps these changes will be just the nudge you need to try these budget friendly and capable devices in your classroom this fall.
A Splash of Color
As pictured, the 7" Kindle Fire Tablet is now available in blue, magenta and tangerine as well as the original black. These are a nice touch. For me, I almost always choose to purchase black when given the option, but I can see some potential for why you might want tablets in different colors. Beyond matching your classroom decor or personal preference, you might utilize the different colors by:
With the new option to upgrade, consumers can now spend $20 more for about $5 worth of increased memory. The MSRP of the 8GB device has not changed much. Originally, when I purchased the first six for my classroom, they came in a bundle for $250, but this bundling is no longer being offered.
This summer the 7" Kindle Fire sold for only $40 a piece right before Father's Day. This is a common discount that seems to be running every month or so. I can't imagine the price ever going lower than this, but anything is possible. Last November the Black Friday price dipped down to $35 a piece. To see the price history of the 7" Kindle Fire, and to set up up an alert for when the price dips down, visit the 7" Kindle Fire product page on Camelcamelcamel. This is a great site that I use to secure the best prices on items I don't need to purchase immediately.
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