Some very welcome announcements from Amazon this week including all new Kindle Fire devices with Alexa support, Kindle Fire Kids Edition, and new prime benefits.
All-New Prime Benefits
It’s no secret that Amazon Prime is one of the best value for money subscriptions that you can buy. While it started as an improved, faster shipping service it has morphed into a wide-ranging package of benefits that they keep adding to at no extra cost. Which brings us to two new Prime benefits that Amazon recently announced.
Prime Reading is a new reading benefit for UK Prime members which provides you with unlimited reading from a rotating selection of books, magazines, and comics. The initial lineup of content is impressive with Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Star Wars and Guardians of the Galaxy comics, Good Housekeeping, Time and OK! Magazines and more. Prime Reading will work on all Kindle devices, but if you don’t have one then no need to worry as you can just use the Kindle iOS or Android apps.
Back in March we featured Amazon Prime Tickets as one of the recent additions to the Prime benefits. Prime Tickets gives you access to exclusive ticketing and Amazon benefits at some of the top venues and concerts around the country. To complement that, Amazon has launched Prime Live Events which takes aim at Apple’s iTunes Live series. There will be exclusive, intimate gigs from some big names like Blondie, Alison Moyet, Texas, and Katie Melua which are available only to Prime members.
Make sure to take advantage of the 30 day free trial of Amazon Prime. If you choose to upgrade at the end you have the option of £7.99/month or a one off, yearly payment of £79. That’s less than the cost of 20 coffees over the cost of a year.
It’s been awhile since Amazon refreshed its Android-powered tablet range but from 7th June you’ll be able to get your hands on the latest affordable device from Amazon. This edition brings with it the usual improvements of better battery life, a thinner device, improved display, and upgraded processor.
The biggest improvement is the addition of Amazon’s personal assistant, Alexa, allowing you to access all your Amazon entertainment, and control your smart home. As is customary for Amazon’s Kindle and Fire devices, you can choose to remove Special Offers in return for a slightly higher device cost.
The new range of Fire tablets come in a selection of vibrant colours including Black, Marine Blue, Punch Red, and Canary Yellow. The Fire HD 8 features the same software experience as the Fire 7 but with improved hardware.
This includes Dolby Atmos dual-stereo speakers, 16GB storage as standard (with 32GB options available), and a higher resolution screen of 1280×800. As with the Fire 7, you can choose to remove Special Offers for an additional £10.
Looking after your kids when they go use electronics can be tough – and that’s not to mention the stress of protecting them once they get online. Amazon feels your pain, and has developed a kid-friendly version of its tablet with a tough case to protect against drops and spills. They have also modified the Android-based OS to give you more Parental Controls and a simplified interface for the children.
As an added bonus, Amazon provides a 2 year “worry-free” warranty on the Kids Edition devices – if anything happens to the device in the two years just return it to Amazon for a free replacement.
The Fire HD 8 Kids Edition adds the same improvements found in the standard Fire HD 8 along with the Kids Edition benefits. This includes the addition of Dolby Atmos dual-stereo speakers, and up to 12 hours of usage with a larger battery. The Fire HD 8 Kids Edition comes in only one storage option – 32GB – but it supports expansion up to 256 GB – more than enough for all the Disney films – and sing-a-longs – you
fear can imagine.