Amazon is running a promotion for the duration of January which should give students a reason to buy the new Kindle Fire HD 8.9. The company is slashing the price by $50.00 for Amazon Student Members with an active Prime account.
The Amazon Student Members program allows diligent young scholars with a valid .edu address to get price deals on e-textbooks and hardware. Prime membership is also cheaper with at $39 a year. The $50.00 discount really gives you a bigger tablet for the same cost as the seven inch version.
The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 features the highest resolution touchscreen display panel Amazon has ever produced. You are looking at a very respectable 1920 × 1200 pixels, compared to the 1280 × 800 showcased in the Kindle Fire HD 7. The enhanced colors really make graphic-heavy content very vibrant. The screen is actually flush with the bezel due to the Gorilla Glass they use. Most tablets have a small dip from when the bezel hits the screen. Kindle is very unique because it’s easier to utilize the touchscreen for a longer duration.
Underneath the hood is a OMAP 4470 1.5 GHZ dual core processor. It has 1 GB of RAM and comes in 32 or 64 GB of internal memory. There is no possibility to enhance your storage via an SD card, so make sure you buy the one that suits your needs. Most purchases from Amazon and most apps are stored in the cloud these days, so you don’t need to bog your device down by loading it with videos and television shows. You can use Dropbox for your videos or just watch them via Amazon Instant Video.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and Verge.