Amazon's Deal of the Day today is a refurbished Kindle Fire for only $139. I have an earlier Kindle (B&W only, which kinda fits), but the full-color Fire should be better for things like photography magazines and instructional books, for a lot less than the price of a current iPad. I've never seen one—just passing the news along.
ADDENDUM by Ctein: The Kindle Fire and the Nook Color are excellent alternatives to the iPad if the following apply to you:
- You don't need (or possibly don't even want) the larger screen.
- You don't need the superior color rendition of the iPad.
- You are comfortable doing a very small amount of software hacking to turn it into a full-fledged Android device. It's not difficult; it's about the equivalent of upgrading the power supply or video card in your component PC. You just need to follow some written instructions that aren't rocket science. If you're comfortable doing that level of tech, you can do the software upgrade. If you're purely the "I'm just an end-user" sort, that's another story.
I think both of these are great bargains for people who meet these criteria. Paula was very seriously considering getting one of them before she got my old iPad. —Ctein
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Featured Comment by Dwight: "I have one. I actually think it's preferable to the iPad. iPads are a bit too large to take everywhere and they are too big to use in bed. The Kindle does everything I would ever use a tablet for. The B&W Kindle is slightly better if you only want to read. The color one is better if you want to surf the web and do the things a tablet would do."
Featured Comment by Mike Plews: "Santa brought one of these to Mrs. Plews this year and it is a sweet little gadget. $139 is a steal for a Fire."