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Amazon's new $99 tablet and $79 e-reader

Amazon's new $99 tablet and $79 e-reader

With Apple dominating the news, I didn't want you to miss the latest from Amazon. Yes, it's got some new items, and you'll really want to know about them.

Let's start with something anyone can appreciate - a truly budget tablet. Amazon says it is tired of lousy-quality budget tablets, so it made one it hopes will be better.

It's called the Fire HD 6 - Amazon is dropping the "Kindle" name from everything but its e-readers. A 6-inch tablet isn't exactly huge, but it has a speedy processor, a nice display, and front and rear cameras, along with Amazon's special version of Android and five case colors.

The best part, though, is that it will only cost you $99 for the 8 gigabyte version with Special Offers. If you want to bump up the screen size to 7 inches, its larger sibling the new Fire HD 7 has the same specs and starts at $139.

Amazon already has features for families built into its tablets, like parental controls, FreeTime and account sharing. However, it's now making tablets even more kid friendly.

Both the HD 6 and HD 7 have a "Kids Edition." It bumps up the price by $50, but adds a colorful protective case, a two-year "worry-free" guarantee, and one year of FreeTime Unlimited. FreeTime Unlimited gives kids "unlimited access to 5,000 books, movies, TV shows, educational apps, and games."

If you have kids on your Christmas shopping list - and you're tired of them borrowing your tablet all the time - this could be the ticket.

On the other end of the price spectrum is the upgrade to the Fire HDX 8.9. It gets a better screen, faster processor, faster Wi-Fi and the Firefly feature from Amazon's Fire Phone. It still starts at $379.

Want to see how these tablets stack up? Click here for my handy Amazon tablet comparison chart.

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