Product is only Tablet and In 10/10 Condition
Design and Tech Stuff:
I’m almost tempted just to point you to Amazon’s copious product page for the Fire Tablet as it contains every spec and piece of technical info you’d ever want. Then again, I wouldn’t want you leaving this review (perish the thought), so here’s a summation of what you’ll get for $50.
The first – and most notable – sign you’re using a budget tablet is the screen. Housed within that chunky bezel is a decently-sized 7” IPS display rocking a low 1024×600 resolution at an equally low 171 ppi. It’s touchscreen is quite responsive to single and multi-touch fingers smearing their way across. Viewing angles, surprisingly, are decent, though video playback quality is pretty bad across the board. For everyday adventures like browsing the web, scrolling through music, or even gaming, however, the screen is ‘good enough’, and not much else.
Remembering this is a marquee Kindle device, e-reading is mission-critical, and I’m happy to report the Fire Tablet handles eBooks like a champ. True, font quality isn’t anywhere near the reading nirvana of a standard e-ink Kindle, nor is the resolution or contrast as good as a pricier Kindle Fire HD tablet, but it’s more than adequate.
Another big feature of this budget tablet specifically designed for reading is how the software can handle eye strain. E-reading has always been – and likely will always be – Amazon’s killer feature, considering they do e-reading better than anyone. A recent OS upgrade added the company’s name-branded Blue Shade feature, which is designed to filter out sleep-inhibiting blue wavelength lighting common on electronic screens. It’s a nice feature that will become more common on other tablets, too, even if the reduced coloring makes the display look like it’s drenched in Orange Tang.
The internals are nothing to write home about (or even write much about, to be honest). Inside is a decent 1.3 GHz MediaTek quad-core processor coupled with 1GB of RAM. A single-WiFi antennae lets you get online and actually use the thing, while Bluetooth support for A2DP compatible devices is also available. What’s important is how everything comes together, and I’ll talk performance in a little bit.
There’s nothing outstanding – or memorable – about the Kindle Fire’s boxy design, which is something we’ve seen countless times in similar 7” Android tablets, minus the familiar Amazon logo stamped on the rear. Chunkiness aside, it’s still decently attractive, and measurements of 7.5” x 4.5” x 0.4” and 11oz (313 grams) weight means it’s comfy and discrete enough to carry around without much strain.
Nearly every function is assigned to the top panel: a mushy volume rocker, power/standby button, single 3.5” headphone jack, pinhole microphone, and micro-USB slot all present. A big issue with the charging slot, however, was that the USB cable tended to feel ‘stuck’ often when attempting to pull it out. I almost felt like it would detach entirely if I pulled hard enough; never a good feeling for such an important function.
There’s two cameras available: a VGA front-facing camera and an obligatory 2 MP rear-facing camera on the back for 720p HD video recording. I won’t mince words: they’re terrible cameras, and they don’t even let you take advantage of Amazon’s Mayday customer support.
There’s a single speaker on the bottom-rear, and it’s decently loud, but its placement isn’t great. When the tablet is laid flat the sound is muffled, sometimes by half. Considering how many apps are designed to be used with the tablet laid flat this was a bad design choice.
Another casualty of budget pricing: internal storage. The Fire Tablet comes with 8GB of internal storage, though only 4.5 GB is available to use out of the box as the rest is taken up by the OS and other software. Amazon includes “unlimited” cloud storage for Prime subscribers, but that won’t do you much good when you’re away from a solid WiFi signal. Thankfully, you can expand the memory up to 128GB via the discrete micro-SD card slot near the top-right.
|NETWORK||Technology||No cellular connectivity|
|Status||Available. Released 2015, November|
|BODY||Dimensions||191 x 115 x 10.6 mm (7.52 x 4.53 x 0.42 in)|
|Weight||313 g (11.04 oz)|
|DISPLAY||Type||IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Size||7.0 inches (~62.8% screen-to-body ratio)|
|Resolution||600 x 1024 pixels (~170 ppi pixel density)|
|- Fire OS 5 UI|
|PLATFORM||OS||Android OS (customized)|
|CPU||Quad-core 1.3 GHz|
|MEMORY||Card slot||microSD, up to 256 GB (dedicated slot)|
|Internal||8 GB, 1 GB RAM|
|SOUND||Alert types||Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones|
|COMMS||WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n|
|Bluetooth||Yes, A2DP, LE|
|Messaging||Email, Push Email, IM|
|- MP4/H.264 player
- MP3/WAV/eAAC+ player
- Document viewer
- Photo/video editor
- Free cloud storage for all Amazon content
- Text-to-Speech English-language content reader
|BATTERY||Non-removable Li-Ion battery|
|Talk time||Up to 7 h|
Product is only Tablet and In 10/10 Condition