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Should you buy an Amazon Fire tablet with lockscreen ads?

Amazon lets you save a few extra bucks by offering ads on its tablets, but does it actually save you money? Or just open you up to spending even more?

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Fire Tablets are a popular product lineup for Amazon, taking the number four spot in market share in 2021 (via Gizmochina) with 9.5% of the market to themselves after selling 16.1 million units. The driving force behind this growth is competitive pricing, and those already competitive prices will drop right down into impulse buy territory on Amazon Prime Day. Fire Tablets are cheap, and most are available at two pricing tiers — with lockscreen ads and without lockscreen ads. So when choosing your tablet, you might be tempted to save extra money in exchange for the ads, but are the savings worth it?

Amazon's Fire tablets are a great alternative to pricier options for people who aren't especially demanding on their tech. While they're not particularly powerful devices, they're great for lighter tasks like reading, thumbing through social media, and playing simple games. Right now, a wide range of Fire tablets are on sale for Prime Day, highlighted by a screamin' deal on the Fire HD 10: it's half off at just $75.

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The best Android tablets in 2022

There are plenty of options at plenty of price points

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Android has a reputation for being less than ideal on tablets ("There are no apps!" is the most common complaint). While it's true that iPadOS enjoys access to more apps that are better optimized for big screens, the best Android tablets themselves are often excellent pieces of hardware. We're hopeful Google's recent efforts will improve the software side.

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 marked a turning point for the company’s A-series tablets. It launched with a refreshed, more modern design reminiscent of a 2020s device. Its sharp, boxy corners and prominent circular camera bump in the top right corner of the back are quite similar to the iPad Air/Mini. Similarly, the logo placement in the top right corner is reminiscent of the Galaxy Tab S7 FE and Galaxy Tab S8 series. If you’ve been looking to snag one, Amazon Prime Day presents the perfect opportunity as the device is $80 off for the 64GB storage option and $110 off for the 128GB storage model.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ is a bargain at $459 for Amazon Prime Day

The Tab S7+ is the cheapest it’s ever been

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Until the launch of the Galaxy Tab S8 earlier this year, the Galaxy Tab S7+ was pretty much the pinnacle of Samsung tablets and Android tablets as a whole. With a gorgeous 12.4-inch 120Hz super AMOLED, quality speakers, and top-of-the-line internals, it’s still as capable as ever. And at $391 off for Amazon Prime Day, you can snag this beast for $459.

One of the best cheap Samsung tablets is even more affordable this Amazon Prime Day

Get the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite for just $115 right now

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Amazon’s annual Prime Day is now in full swing, and Samsung products are, naturally, also a part of it. Samsung’s tablets are pretty much unrivaled in the Android market, so it’s great to see that many of them are on sale during the shopping event. This is also true for the entry-level market, with the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite seeing a drop to only $115, which is roughly a quarter off the usual $150 it goes for.

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The best Prime Day tablet deal takes $180 off the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE

Grab the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE for just $500 right now

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Samsung makes the lion's share of the best Android tablets you can get your hands on in the US, with options available at nearly every conceivable size and price point. Between the extremes of the compact Galaxy A8 at $160 and the enormous Tab S8 Ultra at $1,100, there sits the Tab S7 FE — the "Fan Edition" version of Samsung's previous-gen flagship tablets. It's historically a little overpriced for what it offers, but for Prime Day, you can grab one with 256 gigs of storage and eight gigs of RAM for $500 — a generous $180 discount.

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How to read free e-books on your Amazon Kindle

Expand your library beyond the Amazon book store

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The Amazon Kindle has become the default e-reader for a lot of people. These devices are inexpensive, easy to use, and can access a massive library of Kindle books, especially if you have a Kindle Unlimited subscription. But what if the book you're looking for isn't available? Thankfully, Kindles aren't as locked into the Amazon store as you might think, and it's possible to sideload free e-books onto your Kindle.

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The best Amazon Kindle in 2022

The Amazon Kindle has revolutionized e-readers and comes in a few versions, ranging from a basic model to one equipped with an impressive feature set

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It's easy to forget that Amazon started exclusively by selling books. Reflecting on that, it's no surprise that Amazon's Kindle tablet and the associated app and subscription service remain today's most effective e-reader platform. There aren't many models to choose from, but the existing versions are very different in some fundamental ways. Regardless, these e-readers are a great way to carry your books everywhere or even from your local library.

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Amazon Fire 7 (2022) review: Budget, indeed

Your smartphone probably beats this budget tablet's sluggish performance, but not its price

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If you're looking for an Android tablet that can do it all for under $100, you should prepare for disappointment—especially if you're eyeballing Amazon's Fire 7 (2022 edition). We're not going to dunk on this tablet, because there are certainly some people out there who might want a cheap, lightweight device for reading books and watching YouTube, Netflix, or whatever other streaming service you love. To that, this $60 tablet (with ads; $75 without) isn't the worst buy. But if you already have a decently sized smartphone, even a hand-me-down from the past few years, you're better off sticking with that and saving up for a higher-performing tablet (or a Paperwhite, if you're a voracious reader).

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The first 8 things to do with your new Amazon Fire tablet

From installing the Play Store to controlling your smart home gadgets

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Amazon's lineup of Fire tablets are some of the best bang-for-your-buck devices you can find today — especially if you wait for a sale. With all three models now updated with modern processors and USB-C, it's a better lineup than ever. With Prime Day happening right now, Amazon's entire lineup of tablets is on sale, with discounts as deep as 50% off their usual prices. If you've recently picked up a Fire device but don't know where to start, here are the eight things you should do right away with your Fire device.

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The best Amazon Fire tablets in 2022

When you need a reliable but affordable tablet, Amazon's Fire HD lineup is ready and waiting

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Amazon's Fire tablet lineup is excellent if you want a nice and affordable tablet for content consumption, browsing the web, or reading. None of the Amazon tablets cost as much as an iPad or premium Android tablets but still offer a decent performance. In addition, the company's portfolio has tablets in small, medium, and large screen sizes and even includes kids-specific versions. But with so much choice, it can be tricky to pick the right tablet. So we have rounded up the best Amazon Fire tablets you can buy today.

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What is Amazon Glow?

The learning device of the future might be your next big purchase

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It seems every generation has its own unique learning devices that we use to teach kids as they grow up. The Speak & Spell and original Leapfrog tablet are some of the most famous examples over the past few decades. We can now add Amazon Glow to that list in 2022; however, it taps directly into the more modern era of always being online and connected. This guide will cover what Amazon Glow is, where you can get one, and highlight the types of games or content you can play on it.

Impulse buy a 2019 Fire 7 tablet for $30 in this killer early Prime Day deal

Skip takeout tonight and get a tablet or two instead

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There are plenty of low-cost Android tablets out there, but they don't come much cheaper than Amazon's Fire tablets. The previous-gen Fire 7, released in 2019, is a very basic tablet, with a sub-HD display and microUSB charging. But it's plenty capable of light tasks like reading or simple games, and today, you can pick one up at a crazy low price: just 30 bucks.

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The best Amazon Kindle Oasis cases in 2022

Give your eReader the best protection

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The Kindle Oasis is Amazon's most premium eReader, offering exclusive features, the best screen, and a unique design that makes one-handed reading more comfortable. In fact, it's one of the best Kindles you can buy. When spending this much on a Kindle, you'll want to ensure it's protected against drops, knocks, or any other damage that might threaten it. That's what we've collected the best cases for the Oasis, from sturdy protective cases to stylish covers that make your Kindle stand out. If you already own a Kindle Oasis or are doing some research hoping to buy one on Prime Day, these cases cover all the bases of what you'll need to keep your Kindle safe.

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HTC's bizarre Android hardware strategy has culminated in a tablet no one asked for

The former lighthouse of smartphone innovation has been releasing some strange devices lately

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HTC may mostly be out of the Android business. It instead focuses mostly on its virtual reality hardware and establishing the metaverse-like “Viveverse” surrounding it. HTC is still releasing a new Android device every once in a while, be it last year’s Desire 21 Pro or last month’s Desire 22 Pro. Now, the company has revealed another device. It’s a tablet called the HTC A101, and it’s running Android 11 in 2022.

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The best Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 cases in 2022

Your Galaxy Tab S8 has a multitude of cases to choose from, so we've rounded up the best for you

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While many manufacturers have bowed out of the high-end tablet market, Samsung is still going strong and giving Apple a run for its money with the new Galaxy Tab S8. This premium tablet offers everything you need for both productivity and entertainment. It isn't cheap, though, and if you're going to shell out at least $500, it makes sense to protect that investment with a quality case. We've rounded up some of the best options ranging from slim and sleek professional folios to oversized silicone models that can handle whatever abuse a child might subject your Tab S8 to.

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6 reasons to buy an Amazon Fire HD tablet

These affordable tablets may not be the best on the market, but there are a few perks beyond saving a few bucks

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Amazon doesn't wander into the hardware side of tech very often. The Ring lineup of doorbells and security cameras are obviously quite popular, and Alexa devices have become the go-to virtual assistant for the best smart home performance. However, as far as personal devices go, the e-commerce giant typically leaves smartphones and computers to the experts.

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Amazon Fire 7 (2022) vs. Amazon Fire HD 8: Which should you buy?

Between the two budget Amazon tablets, it comes down to one factor

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Whenever you’re looking for an affordable tablet, Amazon’s range of Fire slates is bound to come up. That’s because even the two cheapest Fire tablets—the Fire 7 and the Fire HD 8—offer a package that many Android tablets find hard to match, especially at their prices. But when deciding between the two, plenty of differences help separate their purposes and intended niches. These contrasting approaches will help you determine if it’s worth saving some cash with the shiny, new Fire 7 or going for the larger Fire HD 8 for its extra perks.

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Amazon's Fire tablets are slow, but here's how you can make them faster

Speed up your Fire tablet with these tips and tricks

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Google might finally have its sights on tablets again, but until that new Pixel-branded tablet arrives next year, you might be better off spending your cash on budget models. For your buck, there's no better lineup than Amazon's Fire tablets — especially now that all three models are rocking USB-C. Forget high-end processors, 4K-quality AMOLED displays, and cinema-style stereo speakers. Amazon's tablets are built around offering a solid experience without breaking the bank, all at the cost of a few concessions along the way.