Tablet Wars Heat Up During Black Friday 2016

Tablet Wars Heat Up During Black Friday 2016

For day-to-day use, I prefer my iPad, but given the low price point of the Amazon Kindle Fire (starting at $50 but sometimes on sale for $35 to $40) I had to buy a few of the Amazon variety. They work well for watching videos using Amazon Prime; and given their price point, they are practically disposable. For example, I've spent more on a case for my iPad than the Amazon Kindle Fire tablet costs.

Now, thanks to some Black Friday 2016 Amazon Kindle Fire deals, the tablets are going to be even more affordable. Amazon, Staples, and Best Buy will have the low-end Kindles at their lowest price ever, $33.33. If you were waiting for a great Amazon Kindle Fire deal, this is your opportunity.

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However, Barnes and Noble is also trying to get into the low-end tablet act with a Black Friday 2016 deal on the Nook.. While the bookseller has been selling monochrome e-readers and fully functional color tablets for a while, it has now announced plan to release a $50 Android-based tablet in time for Black Friday. That price, while attractive, will still be more than $16 more than Amazon's proven tablet. The specs for the new Android-based 7-inch tablet include seven hours of battery life, 8 GB of storage but there will be a microSD card slot for up to 128 GB of added capacity. There are some advantages to the Barnes and Noble version over Amazon, including easy integration with Google Play as opposed to using Amazon's own app store, where not all apps are available. But you will give up many of the benefits of Amazon Prime.

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