Hard to beat the price, easy to beat the product.
Amazon Fire 7 tablet (2019) $ 50
- Generous with expandable memory
- Reasonably fully equipped for the price
- Alexa hands-free support works as advertised
It still feels a bit slow despite the updated processor
- Poor battery life
- Ads appear on the lock screen thanks to The line background; It's hard to hate Amazon's newest and cheapest tablet, but you should seriously consider other options if you can.
A fully functional tablet, with access to most of the applications and features you would expect, for only $ 50?
If such a thing existed, it would probably come with a lot of annoying warnings to justify its absurdly low price.
Well, Amazon recently updated its Fire 7 tablet for 2019, adding some impressive points to the budget tablet's feature set.
For $ 50, you can get more storage space, a faster processor and Alexa hands-free support. Sounds great, right?
All that is technically true. After using the 16GB Fire 7 tablet provided by Amazon, we can confirm that almost everything in the product description is accurate.
That said, anyone in the market for a tablet should at least consider other options before opting for the Fire 7 just for its attractive price.
As stated earlier, this is a product update instead of a completely new Fire tablet.
The new Fire 7 has twice the default storage this time, with the $ 50 model that comes with … 16GB of memory.
Not the most, but again, $ 50. It can increase up to 32 GB for $ 70 and supports microSD cards up to 512 GB in size.
The amount of expandable memory is a really nice touch
Especially considering the frequency with which microSD cards go on sale. Hell, I could even have a spare out there that I could use.
The last great addition to the new Fire 7 is Alexa hands-free support. I am pleased to report that it works exactly as you would expect.
Say "Alexa" near the tablet and the virtual ears of the virtual assistant will be animated, so you can ask about the weather without pressing the start button.
Not built for performance
That all sounds like great value, right? Of course, 16GB is not the most internal memory, but you only pay $ 50.
The fact that you can get a branded tablet that is fully capable of reading books, streaming TV and movies, and doing most of the other things you expect from a tablet is certainly impressive.
One of Amazon's other outlets for the new Fire 7 is an improved 1.3 GHz quad-core processor. In simple terms, that means it should be faster than before. While I don't have an old Fire 7 to compare, color me without impressing me.
It is definitely usable
The new Fire 7 is generally only a little slow. Even scrolling up and down in a native application like Prime Video is a bit choppy. Do not break the illusion that this is a cheap tablet.
That said, anyone who buys a Fire 7 knows what he is getting into. In relation to expectations, performance is not terribly disappointing. It just isn't great.
All these characteristics, but without resistance.
The uninspiring performance aside, there aren't many things about the new Fire 7 that stands out as a massive red flag. Streaming, reading, browsing and much more are definitely feasible.
Even the 7-inch screen looks bright and crisp enough, although it is highly reflective.
Just don't expect to do any of those things for a long time.
The new Fire 7 has ?up to 7 hours? of battery life, but even that figure feels generous sometimes.
The battery of the Fire 7 runs out at an impressive rate, so it seems that it was the biggest sacrifice to make this thing go down to $ 50.
Like all technology, this is manageable if you are diligent about charging it when it is not in use or when using the low power mode. But he would distrust the ability of Fire 7 to withstand a long bus ride or a flight without dying.
There is even a remarkable amount of battery wear when not in use; put it in sleep mode for one hour and you will have lost some percentage points when you open it again.
The excesses of commercialism.
Despite its technical deficiencies, it is difficult to hate the Fire 7. None of its failures is offline with a tablet in this price range.
However, there is a disgusting aspect of Fire 7. Like some previous Amazon devices, the Fire 7 shows ads for books, games, programs and other things on the lock screen on startup. It's a different ad every time, but the variety doesn't make it more tolerable.
Amazon has done this before with Fire tablets and Kindle readers, and there is a way to unsubscribe from so-called "special offers." It is simply unpleasant to have ads on your face every time you want to check your email or read a book.
Is it even a good value?
The most complicated part of the Fire 7 equation is determining if it is really such a large value. It will be very, very difficult for anyone to find a more capable tablet for $ 50 or less.
For $ 30 more, you can get a Fire HD 8 with a larger screen, more RAM and better battery life. Of course, that includes the ?special offers? discount that revokes ads across the entire lock screen. Without that, you are paying $ 15 more.
Having said that
I also understand that not everyone has that additional $ 30 out there. There is absolutely a place for Fire 7.
If you need a tablet that can (although not impressively) Do the essentials, and the short battery life is not a complete blackout, it is a decent deal. It could also be good for children, as it has the integrated Amazon parental control system.
But if you can raise $ 50, there is no reason to get the Fire 7 when the same company offers a slightly better tablet (or one with better specifications, anyway) for less than $ 100.