Fire Tabletby Amazon

  • Fire Tablet
  • Fire Tablet
  • Fire Tablet
  • Fire Tablet
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VERDICT
Not recommended. This product is super problematic.
65%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • For the price, the Fire tablet is a great buy.
  • The tablet is backed up by a large content ecosystem.
  • The Fire has a microSD card slot so you can add up to 128GB of memory.

CONS

  • It has average performance, slow touch-screen response, and a clunky case design.
  • The Fire has only a 2-megapixel main camera, and the rear-facing speaker can be muffled when you lay it flat.
  • There is no access to Google Play, though it is an Android-based device.
Amazon's new Fire tablet comes at an incredible price--$50 for one or in a six-pack for the price of five. For that price, you get a 1024 x 600-pixel, 7-inch non-HD screen and a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor. You can take acceptable pictures or selfies with the 2-megapixel rear camera or VGA front camera. Touch-screen response is sluggish and performance is lackluster with more than a couple of apps running. The Fire provides 8GB of internal storage with 3GB used by the OS, but you can add more with the microSD card slot. It runs up to seven hours on a charge and supports Wi-Fi. There’s a $100 kids' edition available with a case, a year of kids' online services, and a two-year replacement warranty.
NameFire TabletMeMO Pad 7Kindle Fire HD 6Kindle Fire HD 7Galaxy Tab 4 Nook 7.0
ManufacturerAmazonAsusAmazonAmazonSamsung
Techwalla Score
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List Price$50$100$99$139$150
80%

It feels plasticky, chunky and perhaps a little heavier than you would expect.

It feels plasticky, chunky and perhaps a little heavier than you would expect.

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80%

The Fire makes an ideal nightstand companion, and not just for reading a book before you go to bed. It can act as an alarm clock with Amazon…

The Fire makes an ideal nightstand companion, and not just for reading a book before you go to bed. It can act as an alarm clock with Amazon's Clock app, or a weather monitor with Amazon's Weather app.

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80%

At just $50 the Amazon Fire has become the new standard in low-priced tablet shopping, offering smart cutbacks while maintaining important f…

At just $50 the Amazon Fire has become the new standard in low-priced tablet shopping, offering smart cutbacks while maintaining important features.

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60%

The Amazon Fire is a fine tablet for casual use, but it's not a good tablet, it's just good for the price.

The Amazon Fire is a fine tablet for casual use, but it's not a good tablet, it's just good for the price.

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60%

For £50, you are very much getting what you pay for with the Fire tablet. That is, not much of quality.

For £50, you are very much getting what you pay for with the Fire tablet. That is, not much of quality.

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30%

The Amazon Fire won’t win any awards, but at $50 it doesn’t have to. This is a perfectly serviceable tablet for casual use and consuming Ama…

The Amazon Fire won’t win any awards, but at $50 it doesn’t have to. This is a perfectly serviceable tablet for casual use and consuming Amazon stuff.

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The new $50 Amazon Fire is just about as barebones as it gets.

The new $50 Amazon Fire is just about as barebones as it gets.

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This is not a top-of-the-line tablet. It's not one of the new Fire HD tablets, and it's definitely not the Kindle Fire HDX.

This is not a top-of-the-line tablet. It's not one of the new Fire HD tablets, and it's definitely not the Kindle Fire HDX.

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Like unicorns and Congressional bipartisanship, the $50 tablet is a myth. Except that it’s not: The Amazon Fire costs $50, and it’s not the …

Like unicorns and Congressional bipartisanship, the $50 tablet is a myth. Except that it’s not: The Amazon Fire costs $50, and it’s not the piece of junk you might expect, given what its price would suggest.

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No one should be expecting anything blazing fast or spectacularly powerful. But it’s perfectly suitable for many everyday uses.

No one should be expecting anything blazing fast or spectacularly powerful. But it’s perfectly suitable for many everyday uses.

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... for people who want a no-frills tablet for occasional Web and app use and who don’t really care too much about the latest and greatest r…

... for people who want a no-frills tablet for occasional Web and app use and who don’t really care too much about the latest and greatest releases in tech land, Amazon’s Fire tablet is a bit of a no-brainer.

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The Fire certainly looks squatter and less eye-catching than its larger-screen siblings.

The Fire certainly looks squatter and less eye-catching than its larger-screen siblings.

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Essentially you are forced to upgrade to an SD card if you want to have a usable tablet and Amazon.com would be glad to sell you a 32GB card…

Essentially you are forced to upgrade to an SD card if you want to have a usable tablet and Amazon.com would be glad to sell you a 32GB card for an extra $19.99.

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... Amazon's new Fire tablet is, remarkably, even cheaper than the competition, and sacrifices little despite its low price.

... Amazon's new Fire tablet is, remarkably, even cheaper than the competition, and sacrifices little despite its low price.

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If you can live with so-so performance and low screen resolution, Amazon’s latest tablet delivers amazing value.

If you can live with so-so performance and low screen resolution, Amazon’s latest tablet delivers amazing value.

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