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Before Amazon released the $50 Fire last year, the Fire HD 6 ($135 at Amazon) was my favorite dirt-cheap tablet. For a mere $99 (a steal back in 2014), you got a cute little slab of a tablet that I found especially ideal for kids.
Today only, and while supplies last, Woot has the refurbished Amazon Fire HD 6 for $29.99, plus $5 for shipping. That's one of the lowest prices I've ever seen for any tablet, let alone something in Amazon's lineup. Price for a new HD 6: $69.99.
Let me hit the caveats first. The Fire HD 6 comes in "used - good" condition, meaning they will have "minor cosmetic blemishes," but also have been fully inspected and tested by Amazon. Woot backs the tablets with a 90-day in-house warranty.
Next, you can have this in any color you like -- as long as it's black. That's a bummer, because the HD 6 comes in a variety of nice colors.
Finally, this model gives you only 8GB of storage, and it's not expandable.
So why not just spend $15 more for a new 7-inch Fire? After all, it has a slightly larger screen and an expansion slot. I'll tell you my reasons. First, the Fire HD 6 has a faster processor and higher screen resolution. Indeed, if there's one complaint about the 7-inch Fire, it's the decidedly pokey performance.
Second, the limited storage may not be an issue if you're using this primarily for media consumption: books take very little space, and music and movies can be streamed. Plus, if you have an Amazon Prime subscription, you get unlimited cloud storage for any photos you take with the Fire HD 6 (and 5GB for any videos).
Plus, there's just something appealing about the chunky little HD 6. If it's possible for a tablet to be adorable, this is that tablet.
And $29.99! You can't even buy a Kindle ereader for that.
Bonus deal: Hey, do you like zombies? There's a TV show you might want to check out. It's called... wait, let me double-check the name... okay, right... it's called "The Walking Dead." Can't imagine it'll catch on, but if you're interested, Google Play has "The Walking Dead," Season 1, for 99 cents. That's not for a rental; you'll own all six episodes.