Amazon not too way back refreshed its $50 Fire 7 tablet with new colours, assist for calling up Alexa by determine and twice the storage of sooner than. It’s so fairly priced I hopped proper into a Best Buy and picked one up last week.
But, after testing it for a couple of days, I can’t counsel it for anybody. Instead, when you’re interested by Amazon’s Fire tablets, which might be sometimes pretty good for the worth, purchase the $60 Fire HD 8 as an alternative.
The Fire 7 tablet is the smallest tablet Amazon sells that provides you entry to Amazon’s corporations, like Audible, Amazon Photos, Alexa, Amazon Prime video and the Amazon retailer.
Amazon generously included 16GB of storage as an alternative of the 8GB is used to provide for tablets on this worth fluctuate, nevertheless, most people will nonetheless want to purchase a microSD card in order so as to add additional. 16GB acquired’t permit you to retailer many TV reveals and movies offline when you have loads of apps, and is completely solely sufficient when you plan to stream reasonably a lot.
It’s easy to rearrange — you merely sign into your Amazon account and likewise you’re good to go. Like Amazon’s completely different tablets, it listens for as soon as you converse “Alexa” so you probably can communicate to the voice assistant each time you want, with out having to faucet a button or open an app. This labored OK for me, though typically, I wanted to say “Alexa” higher than as quickly as to get it to get up.
The most notable issue about it is the $50 price tag. You’d be laborious-pressed to find a greater tablet for $50. But I nonetheless assume you must spend the extra $10 on the Amazon Fire HD 8, which is greatest in some methods.
You get what you pay for.
The battery lifetime of the Fire 7 is pretty horrible and didn’t get me by way of a full day. It even seems to empty battery faster than completely different models whereas sitting idle in my bag, which was annoying. Amazon ensures 7 hours of battery which is okay when you have a quick plane journey, nevertheless, that’s 3 hours shorter than the Fire HD 8.
The show is a throwback — it’s not HD, which has been fairly customary on models for almost a decade, and you may even see the pixels as soon as you take a take a look at it. The Fire HD 8 has a sharper show and, while you can nonetheless see pixels, it’s greater for movies and finding out textual content material.
Also, the Fire 7 has a single speaker on the left facet, which you’ll block when you’re holding the tablet in portrait mode. Again, the Fire HD 8 has a higher risk with a stereo audio system that comes out of every facet of the tablet.
The cameras on the Fire 7 are sufficient given the worth. Just don’t anticipate them to be close to what you get on a modern cellphone.
Also, the Fire 7 feels sluggish at situations. I noticed some lag whereas transferring spherical apps, and usually even merely whereas scrolling by way of the system. That’s almost definitely as a results of it solely has 1GB of RAM, to the 1.5GB throughout the Fire HD 8. The latter isn’t very fast, each, nevertheless, seems a bit additional fluid.
Should you purchase it?
$50 is enticing for a product that may get you quick entry to Amazon’s movies, TV reveals, a great deal of apps like Netflix and Hulu, and further.
But the Fire HD 8 which solely costs $10 additional, nevertheless, affords 3 hours additional battery life, a bit additional RAM to help tempo points up, a greater and sharper present, and better stereo audio system. I’ve purchased every of these tablets, and I consider all people ought to easily spend the extra $10 for the Fire HD 8.