Top 5 things to do with an old Kindle Fire

There are some new Kindle tablets in town, but that doesn't mean the old Fire is extinguished. Here are the Top 5 ways to put your old Kindle Fire to good use.

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Amazon's original Kindle Fire tablet has been officially put out to pasture. In its place are four new tablets, a 7-inch Kindle Fire HD, an 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD, a version with laughably limited 4G, and an entry-level model that looks like the original, but isn't.

Whether you'll end up buying one of Amazon's new tablets, or one of its competitors', a lot of you are probably asking yourselves, "What do I do with my old Kindle Fire?"

Well, I'm sure you could auction it for charity or donate it to an orphanage, but let's be realistic. If you're reading CNET, you probably hoard gadgets like you're stockpiling for your own post-apocalyptic tech depot.


Seriously, though, I took a moment to think of some useful ways to use your retired Kindle Fire. It's just my way of being helpful and exploiting trending topics for my own personal wealth. So, you're welcome.

But this list is just a start. If you have other suggestions, let's hear them.

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Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9" with 4G LTE

The Bottom Line: If you're looking for a pure media consumption experience, the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 delivers better than any tablet before it. People looking for something more utilitarian, however, will want to look elsewhere. / Read full review

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Amazon Kindle Fire (2012)

The Bottom Line: The Kindle Fire (2012) takes it up a notch in value, but is tethered to the same design oversights of the original. / Read full review

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Amazon Kindle Fire

The Bottom Line: Though it lacks the tech specs found on more-expensive Apple and Android tablets, the $199 Kindle Fire is an outstanding entertainment value that prizes simplicity over techno-wizardry. / Read full review

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Amazon Kindle Fire HD

The Bottom Line: With a beautiful screen, refined interface, and huge coffer of media consumption options, the Amazon Kindle Fire HD is the Kindle Fire as it should have been. / Read full review

About the author

Donald Bell has spent more than five years as a CNET senior editor, reviewing everything from MP3 players to the first three generations of the Apple iPad. He currently devotes his time to producing How To content for CNET, as well as weekly episodes of CNET's Top 5 video series.



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