Kindle Fire HD 7by Amazon

  • Kindle Fire HD 7
  • Kindle Fire HD 7
  • Kindle Fire HD 7
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
Recommended, but seriously flawed. There are probably better alternatives.
72%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • Low price gets you into a tablet much more cheaply than say, an iPad.
  • Seamlessly integrated into Amazon's expansive ecosystem of movies, music, books, apps, and more--great for Amazon Prime subscribers.
  • Available in choice of five colors (makes this a decent option for the style conscious).

CONS

  • Low-resolution screen compared to some competing tablets.
  • Limited, non-expandable storage means you'll always be worrying about whether content will fit.
  • Amazon's custom interface has a learning curve and aesthetic issues.
Amazon's just-above-entry-level tablet offers impressive bang for the buck, especially for subscribers to Amazon Prime, who can stream music and download select movies and TV shows for offline viewing. Even without that perk, the Fire HD 7 offers fast performance, dual cameras, a choice of colors, and parental-control features currently unmatched by any other tablet maker. However, storage is limited (8GB or 16GB) and can't be expanded, and screen resolution falls short of some competing models. Of course, that hasn't stopped buyers from scooping up the tablet in droves.
NameKindle Fire HD 7Fire HDX 8.9 (2014)Kindle Fire HD 6Fire HD 8Fire HD 10
ManufacturerAmazonAmazonAmazonAmazonAmazon
Techwalla Score
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List Price$139$429$99$150$230
80%

The base model Fire HD 7 that sells for $139 comes with 8 GB of internal storage, which is plenty to store large numbers of ebooks, but can …

The base model Fire HD 7 that sells for $139 comes with 8 GB of internal storage, which is plenty to store large numbers of ebooks, but can fill up quickly with apps.

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80%

There is a blueish tint around the edges of the screen, particularly noticeable when looking at completely white backgrounds.

There is a blueish tint around the edges of the screen, particularly noticeable when looking at completely white backgrounds.

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70%

For an inexpensive tablet, the Fire HD 7 satisfies with a practical, family-friendly operating system, but those interested in a 7-inch tabl…

For an inexpensive tablet, the Fire HD 7 satisfies with a practical, family-friendly operating system, but those interested in a 7-inch tablet can find models with better build quality in the same price range.

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70%

With a crisp screen, long battery life and robust parental controls, the Amazon Fire HD 7 is a very good budget tablet, but it should come w…

With a crisp screen, long battery life and robust parental controls, the Amazon Fire HD 7 is a very good budget tablet, but it should come with more storage.

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70%

This affordable tablet is a great content delivery system for Amazon but is beaten in most other areas by rival devices at similar price poi…

This affordable tablet is a great content delivery system for Amazon but is beaten in most other areas by rival devices at similar price points. Average build quality belies decent internal specifications and impressive stereo sound.

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60%

The Fire HD 7 is a good window to Amazon's content library, but its storage is too limited for much offline use.

The Fire HD 7 is a good window to Amazon's content library, but its storage is too limited for much offline use.

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WOULD YOU BUY THIS AGAIN?
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Negative Reviews
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Slow and cheap quality
I've had problems with these where after several months it stops charging, or just randomly crashes while you are in the middle of something. Amazon replaced it for free, but even the replacements stopped working after awhile. The interface seems to lag a lot more than other tablets, I'm guessing it's because the processor is not powerful enough. It's also annoying that it doesn't have the Android Marketplace. You have to get apps from Amazon's app store, which has less apps on it, and the apps it does have gets updated less frequently than in the Android Marketplace. I recommend instead getting an iPad mini, or if you want to stick with Android get a Samsung tablet. You can install the Kindle app on those devices and still get all the books and movies that you purchase from Amazon.

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