Amazon’s 2 Day Annual Customer Appreciation Sale Prime Days Ends Tonight at Midnight…So There’s Just 4 Hours Left for These Great Prices
The rapid pace which Amazon continues to launch new Alexa enabled Echo devices makes it clear they are set on keeping their huge lead in the smart home, AI device market.
There are 2 devices Amazon includes within this group which consistently outperform the others despite their incredibly low prices. Prime Days is known to be the best opportunity for customers to acquire these devices at the lowest prices imaginable and…
…today is that day!
The 1st Device is Amazon’s Smallest Echo Show
Fyi…if you happen to not be quite ready today to make your entry into the world of Amazon’s AI Devices…there is one other day that’s also well-known among ‘Primers’ for having the lowest prices on all Amazon devices. That day is Amazon’s Black Friday Sale.
Amazon Just Released a New Smaller Sized Echo Show Timed Perfectly for their Huge Annual Prime Day Sale
In a move guaranteed to gain an even larger fan base for Amazon’s widely popular Echo Show lineup, Amazon’s newest Echo Show 5 is predicted to clinch Echo Show the top position as Amazon’s most popular Echo device ever. The Verge did a great review of the original Echo Show when it was first launched in the spring of 2017.
The Show 5 is the only device of the 2 that I don’t own personally. That’s because I have the original Show which I really like and which I’ve never felt needed to be upgraded.
Many of you may be wondering, what exactly an Echo Show even is! It’s a combination personal assistant, smart speaker, home automation controller, telephone and video phone and a quasi-computer-like device which also serves a huge entertainment need by including things like YouTube, Hulu and similar TV-like viewing experiences, plus games, news updates…all in one nicely packaged box.
I happen to love the original Echo Show’s size and footprint (about 4” x 7.5.) If I didn’t I would probably invest in the newer 10” models in order to gain the bigger screen size. The newest Show 5 is also the smallest Show in their lineup.
Just to make sure we’re all on the same page here’s a brief overview of the Echo Show with a description of each model.
The Original Echo Show
Echo Shows are similar to all of the other Alexa enabled Echo devices, which initially were launched as ‘smart speakers’ in 2014. Echo’s were designed to seamlessly serve up all of Amazon’s great free Prime content. The one thing that all the other Echo devices couldn’t provide was a way to view Amazon’s free Prime video content.
So in the spring of 2017 Amazon announced a pre-sale for their newest Echo device…the Show…which also included a 7” touch screen. By including a touch enabled screen, Echo Shows finally addressed that one deficiency. There’s no doubt this is how Show’s have managed to dominate the widely popular Echo product line in such a short span of time.
The original Echo Show is currently only available as used for around $99 during the Prime Day’s sale. It’s regular price was reduced to $189.99 after it’s initial release price of $230.
The Echo Show 2
The second Show model that was released Amazon called the Echo Show 2. It was launched in September 2018. Everything about the original Echo Show was beefed up…the screen size was increased from 7” to 10”, sound was greatly enhanced (although I feel the sound on the original Show is still pretty great!) and many people felt it was overall a better looking device than the original Show…which I don’t happen to agree with. I love the form of the original!
Echo Show 2’s regular price is $229 and it’s Prime Day’s sale price is $159.
The Echo Show 5
When Amazon released Echo Show 5 many people including myself were puzzled about why. The even smaller form factor of 5 1/2 inches seemed unnecessary. It didn’t really strike a chord with me until Prime Days were underway that the whole point of Amazon releasing the Show 5 was for price. It’s normal price of $89.99 makes it the only Show priced under $100.
The Echo Show 5’s Prime Day’s price of $49.99 places it in the unique position of being truly a much more affordable Show than has ever previously existed.
Although Amazon Now Offers the Echo Show In 3 Different Sizes…the Most Popular ‘Show‘ Device May Well Be One That’s Not Even a True ‘Show‘ Device
The 2nd Device is a Fire 10 HD Tablet
In 2018 Amazon added Alexa capabilities to their line of inexpensive Fire tablets too. This one small feature addition has had a huge impact upon the Show community, because it made Show type features available to anyone with a Fire Tablet.
The only thing that remained was for Amazon to add a few settings tweaks which make it easy to keep the Fire 10 plugged in and turned on 24/7 thereby keeping Alexa at the forefront of all other applications.
Fire Tablets Go On Sale Frequently Throughout the Year
One big reason for my writing this post is to explain to readers the ways in which owning a Fire Tablet can be really beneficial to them as well as how they can go about acquiring one for as little as $60. Because that’s how much I paid for my most recent Alexa acquisition…the Fire 10 HD Tablet.
Why We Bought Our 1st Fire 10 Tablet
Currently, in 2019, Amazon sells their Fire tablets in 3 sizes…the Fire 7 is their budget model…it’s the only Fire Tablet without an HD display. The Fire 8 is their small, high-end HD version and the Fire 10 is their flagship tablet which includes the most features, bells and whistles of Amazon’s current tablet lineup.
I bought our first Fire 10 tablet during the Prime Day Sale in 2016 for $230.
When I discovered that Fire Tablets now had the capabilities of performing as an Echo Show device, I immediately dug out our old original Fire 10 tablet, which I’d acquired during a Prime Day sale.
Recently, during their Mother’s Day promotion, I acquired a brand new 2nd generation Amazon Fire 10 Tablet after having discovered that I absolutely love it for certain things. It was while I was purchasing our 2nd Fire 10 Tablet that I discovered there are quite a few holidays during the year when Amazon reduces the prices for many of their devices. Some of these holidays include Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, 4th of July, Valentine’s Day, Black FridayI and of course their major Prime Day sale.
Overview of the Fire 10
Our first Fire 10 was really only used before a big trip, when I loaded it up with content and then a lot during our travels for viewing that content.
The Fire 10 tablet was first introduced in 2015…a few years after the successful introductions of the Fire 7 and 8 tablets. The reason I bought our first Fire 10 was because Amazon devices are the absolute best way to consume Amazon content. Not only do they display information in the best way possible making it easy to find what you’re looking for. But it used to be that owning an Amazon device was the only way possible for consumers to download Amazon content for viewing offline. In our case we wanted to download content in order to use it while traveling internationally.
But downloading Amazon content has changed a lot since then. At that time we could only download purchased content. Now we can download any content that’s available for viewing…so all free Prime content can be downloaded too. The restriction allowing only those users with Fire devices was changed so that now any Prime members can download free Prime content using their mobile devices as long as they do it using the Amazon video app while signed into their Prime account.
Why Buying a Fire Tablet Now is So Awesome
While it’s not necessary to own a Fire device for downloading video content anymore, there are 2 other equally compelling reasons for wanting to own one.
If like us you happen to be Amazon Prime members who take advantage of all the great free content Amazon offers, then using a Fire tablet to discover, manage and consume all your content offers a lot of advantages efficiency-wise.
Amazon bestowed Fire tablets with all of their great Alexa, voice activated features which means that you can now use them as inexpensive Echo devices. I happen to love the Echo Shows, but (up until the Show 5) they were relatively expensive. So, for me, Fire Tablets offered an alternative way of having multiple Echo Shows in our home without breaking the bank! The fact that they function both as an Echo Show as well as a stand-alone tablet made the decision a no brainer!
Getting the Best Price Possible for the Fire 10 HD Tablet
Buying the Fire 10 HD tablet today is simple if you want to just go with the retail price of it (which varies significantly with holidays and Amazon sales.) According to CamelCamelCamel the best price for the Fire 10 tablet was $99.99 and it normally retails for $149.99.
So…how did I acquire it for $60 in May?
How to Get the Fire 10 Tablet at Rock Bottom Prices
My purchase was during Amazon’s Mother’s Day sale. The Tablet was discounted to $119 for that sale. I noticed as I contemplated placing my order that Amazon had several special deals related to buying that tablet. One involved upgrading from an older Fire tablet. Since I did have an older Fire 10 that I was no longer using, it made sense to explore this further.
What I Discovered Was Shocking!
By Trading in an Old Device I Could Save A Lot More Money!
What I learned is that in addition to receiving a Gift Card for the value of the old tablet that I could apply the the purchase of the new tablet I also received another 25% off the price of the new Fire 10 tablet too. So, for me, I paid $119 – 25% (-$30) – $30 trade-in value = $60!
Since the Fire 10 HD tablet is now priced $20 less than when I purchased it…it can be had today only (and maybe on Black Friday too) for the low price of $40…if you were to have an old Fire tablet laying around!
It Isn’t Necessary to Trade-In Just Old Amazon Devices…Any Old Device Will Save You A Lot!
I thought long and hard about trading in an old iPad instead. Mainly because the trade-in credits were so generous. For example the original iPad Mini receives a trade-in price of $28 and the iPad Mini 2’s trade-in price is $55…I had one of each to consider.
There isn’t a great way to link to the trade-in’s I considered because they were displayed as a pop-up window which is part where of the Fire 10’s Product Page. But you can directly visit Amazon’s Trade-In webpages and Lookup trade-in values for any devices you might currently own here.
If You’re a Prime Member These Kinds of Devices Help You Remember to Take Advantage of All Amazon’s Free Content
Since Prime Day’s are ending soon I won’t go into a lot more detail about the features and functions of each device. Suffice it to say there are tons of YouTube videos which do exactly that. Here is a great Amazon review written by someone familiar with Fire tablets and iPads which I relied heavily upon to make my purchase.
If you do get a Fire 10 Tablet please be aware that it doesn’t run a standard version of the Android operating system therefore it doesn’t utilize the Google Play Store out of the box. That’s because Amazon sells these tablets at a loss in order to make more money in their own App Store…although most apps are free so that can’t be going well!
You can install the Play store however…quite easily…just Google it to find instructions. Also, because it’s an Android Tablet that means 2 great things…you can have multiple user accounts on one tablet…and you can add an SD card for additional storage. Here’s the SD card I got for $7.99.
Originally I was going to write about another fabulous bargain but ran out of time because we literally just arrived home from a great vacation in Seattle where we got to tour the Amazon campus! But I’ll just briefly mention it here just because it is too great of a deal to pass up imo.
Amazon’s Fire TV Stick is currently on sale for $14.99. I had my first opportunity to try out this Roku lookalike just recently and I was very impressed!
Here’s a link to a great comparison chart of all Amazon’s Fire tablets…you need to scroll down the page somewhat to see it.
Wired wrote a helpful article on determining which Fire Tablet is the one you should get.
Rather than buying Amazon’s expensive charging dock for the Fire 10 to use while in Show Mode, I use this inexpensive tablet stand instead.