Dec 20 AT 3:59 PM Taylor Wimberly 37 Comments

Amazon Kindle Fire sale continues, free 2-day shipping for Christmas delivery

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The Amazon Kindle Fire was released 11 weeks ago, but sales have continued to remain strong. Early estimates show the Kindle Fire had already become the best selling Android tablet this quarter with around 3.9 million units shipped, but we expect final sales for the year to be much higher. Last week Amazon announced they had sold well over 1 million Kindle devices for the 3rd week in a row, with the Kindle Fire being the bestselling, most gifted, and most wished for product on their site.

We’ve had our hands-on the Kindle Fire for just over a month and found it to be the best Android tablet for the price. Even though it doesn’t include Google’s Android Market, Amazon still offers their own competitive Appstore and a content ecosystem that few can match. I’ll admit the Kindle Fire might not be appealing to someone who’s already owned a larger Honeycomb tablet, but its simple user interface is great for beginners and it makes an affordable gift for a family member.

Hackers have also adopted the Kindle Fire, with several ports of Android 4.0  and CyanogenMod appearing weeks after the device shipped.

Today Amazon announced free 2-day shipping on the entire Kindle Family and committed to delivery before Christmas for customers who order by 8 pm PT on December 21. This includes the $199 Kindle Fire, $99 Kindle Touch, and $79 Kindle.

Thanks to the strong sales of the low-priced Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet, Google’s Android OS is expected to capture 40% of the tablet market this quarter, dropping Apple to 59%. Amazon is predicted to own half the tablet market next year, which will further boost Android’s numbers.

How many of you have gifted the Kindle Fire for a friend or family member?

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  • zyphbear

    I know I put a Kindle Fire on my christmas wish list, i don’t know if i’ll get it, but here’s to hoping!

    • lxgeorge

      Haha I’ll root for you mate

      • lxgeorge

        Ahh just realised that “root” means two different things on this site XD I’m on your side is what I meant to say

  • BiGMERF

    didnt i read some where today that an update went out, blocking root? or was that the nook

    • Sp4rkR4t

      That was the nook blocking side-loading of apps.

      • LukeT32

        That’s a shame ….

  • http://www.anthonydomanico.com Anthony Domanico

    sooooooooo… Android and Me staff Christmas gift? There’s still time, Taylor! ;)

    • stenzor

      Can I get a job? I can post about Canadian stuff and send maple syrup

  • http://lawrencesamantha.com olentz

    Would the shipping carrier be able to send it early enough?

    • http://www.anthonydomanico.com Anthony Domanico

      Yes, Amazon gets those things out the door QUICK.

  • theJP

    I’d really like to get one of these for my girlfriend but I’m not sure how well it will work in Canada. Has anyone used one across the border? Is the functionality limited?

    • _AjD

      Sorry theJP

      Officially support for the Fire is US only currently

      (You will not be able to purchase or stream music, videos or apps when outside the U.S.)

  • jimmy0x52

    I honestly like what Amazon has done with this tablet but I’m going to hold out for v2. I have the original iPad and I like the price point of the Fire. Just waiting for the kinks to be worked out.

    • jimmy0x52

      I hit post too quickly. I early-adopted on the Kindle (first version) and felt burned after they drastically dropped the price AND increased the book price (it was supposed to pay for itself with cheaper books) so this is another good reason to hold off and not buy based upon frenzy.

      • NasLAU

        You know, you can get help for premature posting. It’s nothing to b4 embarrassed about :-p

  • Michael MoneyMike

    I bought a fire for my daughter. She asked for an iPod touch but she’s getting something Android :)

  • _AjD

    I’ve gifted 0 because no one I love understands technology except my wife (who <3's apple – but I still love her)

    The few people who I know that have them tell me their great

    I have recommended it to several of my less tech-savy friends as a good starting place for a new tablet over a basic e-reader.

    • Thomas Biard

      Your life sounds strangely familiar to mine!

      I played with my sis-in-law’s Fire and I think it is a great intro to the tablet world without feeling like you need to justify a 400-500 dollar purchase.

  • psipher

    Friends and Family always come to me to ask advice on buying electronics/gadgets, but oddly no one has asked about the Kindle Fire. Maybe they are all conspiring together to get me one……..yeah right.

  • oddball

    Amazon is really showing how a budget level tablet can be well worth it. Whatever you think of their business practices they have truly built a model that pays for itself and is proving incredibly popular. I hope that they expand the line with a less skinned 10.1 and a phone soon.

  • Fabio R

    man only us :(

  • Michael C.

    I’d be interested in seeing AAM cover some e-ink Android devices… I’m very tempted to get an e-reader, but the file support most of them have is an issue. Toss a custom e-ink optimized build of Android in the loop, though, and you may have an e-ink Kindle killer.

  • Martjn2

    More cheap tablets 4 europe!

  • Adryan maldonado

    already gots mine. Thinking of trying to put the alpha of cyanogenmod and then flashing back to normal.

  • ndub21

    This is definitely going to be a hugely popular present this year. Props to Amazon for the good work (good price is probably more like it). Pretty insane that you can get a tablet for less than $200.

  • Billy

    Amazon is on ‘fire’ … they apparently want all my money and it doesn’t help that all xmas shopping was done on Amazon … damn you and your Prime shipping!!!!

    I <3 Amazon

  • ramenchef

    This will sell like hotcakes. I don’t like how they’re removing root with the latest update, though.

  • uddin94

    Gonna give this for my sister for Christmas,after I root it of course.. She really loves books.

  • humidity

    Go Amazon!

  • staryoshi

    I’m not interested in the Kindle Fire, but I’m happy to see that it’s doing well still (As should be expected, given its utility and aggressive price point)

  • Anthony Davis

    Having both a Kindle Fire and a Acer A500 I find myself turning to the Kindle far more often than I thought I would,It’s ease of use and size i find much more appealing and it’s not even rooted (although I have sideloaded quite a few apps)BTW my Acer is rooted and has become the family tablet instead of my personal device so everyone is happy…

  • Jorge Eslava

    Get them while they’re hot!

  • DroidPower

    Can’t believe it’s doing this weel. Bezos really nailed it this time.

  • DroidPower

    Can’t believe it’s doing this well. Bezos really nailed it this time.

  • NasLAU

    My wife may have spilled the beans and I think I might be getting one. I was thinking of getting a Transformer Prime but that’s now on hold.

  • donger

    hotcakes

  • Mary Mosley

    got kindle fire for Christmas very easy to use I am reading books on it and playing games already really happy with it