It’s official: Amazon Prime Day 2020 is being held on October 13-14. While the timing a bit later in the year compared to previous Prime Day events, the retailer will likely sell a ton of its own hardware products during Prime Day. So what are the best Amazon devices to buy during the event?
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Here a look at the best Amazon devices you can snap up during Prime Day 2020. These are terrific gifts to get for yourself, or for family and friends. You can also buy them and keep them safe for a couple of months until the big holiday gift-giving season arrives. Keep in mind these aren’t discounted prices yet, but we’ll add more details once Prime Day kicks off next week!
Amazon Prime subscription
If you are participating in Prime Day, you must already have a subscription for Amazon’s service. At the very least you are taking advantage of its generous 30-day free trial. Having said that, you can also use Prime Day as an excuse to gift a subscription to Amazon Prime to a family member or friend. If you get it as a gift, we would recommend that you get the 12-month membership, which costs $119. There’s another option to purchase a three-month gift subscription for $39.
You probably already know about the free 2-day shipping and Amazon Prime Video, but there is a lot more to a Prime membership. For example, take a look at Amazon Prime Now. If you think 2-day shipping is great, try 2-hour shipping. In many metro markets, Amazon Prime Now offers you the ability to order any number of items and have them delivered to your door within hours. It’s great for last-minute needs and impulse buys.
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Also included in an Amazon Prime membership is Amazon Prime Music. Amazon Prime Music is like a lot of music streaming services. It features 2 million songs (as opposed to 30 million boasted by other services). Add to that, Amazon Pantry, Kindle Owner’s Lending Library, discounts at Whole Foods grocery stores, and access to Twitch Prime, and you have a year’s worth of value for friends and loved ones.
Amazon Echo speakers
Amazon made a name for itself in the smart home industry with the original Amazon Echo smart speaker. Since then, the Echo line has expanded to include many more products, including smart displays. The Echo adds a lot of functionality to your home, including home automation, weather, quick searches, and TV control. You can ask Alexa to play a movie on the TV or play a song from Amazon Music. Does your loved one already have an Echo? No problem. You can play the same song throughout the entire home and communicate with other rooms like an intercom.
Plus, Amazon’s voice recognition technology is top-notch. Unlike some other home assistants, Alexa’s voice control is darn near bulletproof. Even in a noisy room, or even form three rooms away, Alexa will almost always recognize the command you give it. That’s handy if you forget to turn off a timer – not that that ever happens.
Amazon Echo (fourth generation)
Amazon recently launched the latest version of the Echo smart speaker. This version goes in a whole new design direction with a spherical design. It has a 3.0-inch woofer and dual front-firing 0.8-inch tweeters, which should offer solid audio support. It also has a built-in Zigbee smart home hub for controlling other smart home devices. It’s on sale for $99.99.
Amazon Echo Dot (fourth generation)
Amazon has also revamped the Echo Dot. Like its big brother, it has been rebooted into a spherical shape, with a 1.6-inch front-firing speaker. You can get the standard edition for $49.99, or one with a built-in LED clock for $59.99. You can also buy a Kids Edition for the same price. It includes parental controls, plus you can buy the speaker with either a tiger or panda design.
Amazon Echo Dot (third generation)
Amazon is still selling the third-generation version of the Echo Dot speaker for $39.99. In fact, if you buy two of these speakers, and then type in the promo code DOTPRIME2PK at checkout, you can get the second Echo Dot for free.
Amazon also sells the Echo Flex. This small smart speaker is designed to connect to your power outlets at home, so you can use voice commands and smart home controls almost anywhere. It sells for $24.99.
Finally, the Echo Studio is available for true audiophiles. It has five speakers inside for 3D audio support and a smart home hub. It’s available for $199.99.
Echo Show smart displays
Of course, if you want to turn it up a notch, check out the family of Echo Show smart displays. All of them include touch video displays, so you can have video chats with your family and friends. Alexa is still here, of course, but now instead of talking with you, it can show you things. That includes being able to watch Amazon Prime Video and Hulu content (Netflix is reportedly in the works).
The 5.5-inch Echo Show 5 is the perfect gift for people who want to see what smart displays are all about. It’s on sale now for just $44.99. You can also get the 8-inch Echo Show 8 for $104.99.
You can also pre-order the upcoming Echo Show 10. This smart speaker has its 10.1-inch display mounted on the speaker portion. This allows the display, using facial recognition technology, to actually move on the speaker, following you around and keeping you in frame. It’s available for pre-order for $249.99.
Fire TV devices
Streaming media sticks and set-top boxes allow you to access a lot of your streaming apps and services on your TV. Amazon has several of these devices currently available. Three are HDMI-bases streaming sticks; the Fire TV Stick Lite, the Fire TV Stick and the Fire TV Stick 4K. The $29.99 Lite model comes with a remote, while the standard $39.99 Fire TV Stick comes with an Alexa-based voice remote. You can use it to navigate menus and ask Alexa to open content, such as Prime movies or apps. The Fire TV Stick 4K, as the name suggests, also supports 4K Ultra video and HDR if your TV supports it.
Amazon also has the Fire TV Cube. This true set-top box also serves as an Echo-style smart speaker with Alexa voice support. It’s supposed to work completely hands-free so even though there is a physical remote, the idea is for you to just use your voice to turn the TV on and off, control the volume and search and play TV shows and movies with the connected Fire TV Cube.
If you want to go bigger, Amazon has partnered with TV makers like Insignia and Toshiba to sell big-screen televisions that have the Fire TV OS built-in, complete with Alexa voice support via their remotes. In fact you can save up to $100 on Fire TV smart televisions right now ahead of Prime Day:
Finally, for the true TV cord-cutter, Amazon has the Fire TV Recast, which allows owners to record over-the-air TV shows on a DVR. Those recorded shows can then be streamed to your Fire TV Stick, Smart TV or Cube, or even to your Android or iOS smartphone. You can get the 500GB and two tuner version for $229 while the 1TB and four tuner version is available for $279.
Amazon’s Fire line of tablets are extraordinarily popular. The main advantage to the Fire tablet is price – they start at $50 and go up from there. The main disadvantage is the lack of Google ecosystem. Amazon makes up for that with its own extensive catalog of apps available through its own app store, but it’s still worth mentioning. The Kindle Fire line of tablets covers a variety of sizes and styles.
The most popular of the Fire tablets is also the cheapest. The Fire 7 is a bare-bones 1 GB RAM tablet for $49.99. As far as basic tablets go, it’s ok, but it can be laggy at times – mostly when the memory is getting filled up. But for basic apps like Netflix or Kindle books, this tablet has the power to get through them. Just don’t plan on playing any heavy-duty games.
Also available is the Fire 7 Kids edition. Basically, this is the Kindle Fire 7 with a rubber bumper around the outside of the device. The cool part is the Kids edition come with a 2-year, no questions asked guarantee. If anything happens to the tablet, send it in, and Amazon will replace it. This is certainly a case of knowing one’s audience.
In the middle of the pack is the Fire HD 8 tablet. It recently got an update that added hands-free Alexa voice support. Aside from that and a slightly better front-facing camera, this wasn’t much of an upgrade compared to the previous model. There’s also a Kids edition of this device, again with a rubber bumper and a 2-year guarantee. You can also get the Fire HD 8 Plus tablet, which increases the amount of RAM from 2GB to 3GB and adds wireless charging.
On the high end, The Fire HD 10 features a better processor, more RAM, and more onboard storage space. This isn’t a powerhouse tablet that you’ll be editing video with, but it does have more horsepower to get through heavy apps and games which can be very nice. The Fire HD 10 also features hands-free Alexa like the Fire HD 8 model. Yes, even the Fire HD 10 comes in a Kids edition, with the rubber bumper and the 2-year guarantee.
Beyond tablets, we get to Amazon’s original bread and butter when it comes to physical products. The Amazon Kindle is the most popular e-reader. In the hand, it feels like a PADD from Star Trek. It’s very thin and light, making it ideal for reading. The battery life of the original Kindle was measured in weeks and months, rather than hours due to the E Ink display. The Kindle Paperwhite is measured in weeks. That being said, Kindle E-readers are ideal for one purpose – reading.
The Kindle Oasis is the largest Kindle offering. It boasts a seven-inch high-resolution display, built in Audible capability, and is the first waterproof Kindle to market. A single charge still lasts weeks on the Kindle Oasis. The Kindle fire is just 3.4mm thick and is very lightweight. If you are a big reader, this is the E-reader you want.
Smart home and security devices
Amazon has also been getting more and more into smart home and security devices. One of them is the Blink Mini smart security camera. This wired indoor camera records in 1080p resolution. It also supports activating via motion detection and night vision. You also get alerts on your smartphone if it sees something that should be there. Best of all, its available with a $10 pre-Prime Day discount to $24.99.
Amazon is also selling the both the wireless Blink Indoor Camera and Outdoor. Camera Both can be placed anywhere you want and are triggered by motion sensors, so it can start recording HD video to a cloud server. The Outdoor Camera camera is waterproof and also includes infrared night vision. Both run wirelessly on batteries that are supposed to last up to two years. There’s no monthly subscription fee, and the cameras can be linked to the Echo Show smart display so you can see the video on your smart speaker, or on your smartphone.
Amazon purchased the Ring smart doorbell company in 2018. it sells models that allow you to see, hear and speak to anyone who approaches your door via your smartphone, tablet or PC. You can also view activity via your Echo Show smart speaker. It uses motion sensors to record video and stores it in a cloud server. The cheapest of the Ring doorbells costs $100 and records 720p video, while the newer Ring Doorbell 2 costs $200 records in 1080 resolution, and adds a rechargeable battery pack.
Amazon also sells the Ring Doorbell Pro for $249, with more advanced motion detection hardware. Finally, there’s the Ring Doorbell Elite for $500, which can be connected to your Ethernet wired network for both connectivity and power.
If you want to place a Ring camera somewhere besides your home door, the Ring Stick Up Cam is for you. It can go wherever you want, both in indoor and outdoor areas, and be set up to record video when movement is detected.
Amazon is also selling its own smart plug, which, when connected to your power wall outlet, can connect to your Alexa-based devices. You will be able to control connected lights and other smart devices by speaking to your Echo speaker through the smart plug with no smart hub needed. Best of all, it’s pretty cheap at just $25.
Finally, are you ready for a smart microwave or a smart oven? Amazon is selling a microwave from its AmazonBasics line that not only connects to Echo speakers but has its own built-in Ask Alexa button. When you press it, you can ask the microwave to cook different kinds of food, but you won’t have to tell it a specific amount of time. The microwave can also understand comments like when you ask it to stop cooking or if you want to keep it going for a few minutes more.
You can also get an Amazon Smart Oven. It is a microwave, convection oven, food warmer, and air fryer in one device. Like the smart microwave, you can use voice commands to cook food, and Alexa can alert you when your meal is ready. You can even scan select food items with the Alexa app, and the smart oven will know how to cool them immediately.
That that will do it for our roundup of Amazon devices you might want to get during Prime Day 2020.