- Very light & portable
- Great screen quality
- Amazon Prime
- 8GB storage well under par compared to other tablets
Amazon, you’ve heard of them right? They have been expanding there own product range in recent years and are starting to become a major player in the tech industry and it all started with the ‘Fire’ tablet. They currently have five different versions of the Amazon Fire tablet on offer and today, we look at the original. It’s currently available for under £50 from Amazon direct and at that price, it’s very appealing! Without further a due, let’s check it out.
The tablet comes with a pretty impressive spec:
- 7″ IPS display (171 ppi / 1024 x 600)
- Quad-Core 1.3 GHz processor with 1gb Ram
- Available in Black, Blue, Tangerine and Magenta
- 8 or 16gb on board storage, up gradable to 200gb with microSD card
- VGA camera front-facing + 2 MP rear-facing with 720p HD video recording
- Up to 7 hours of reading, surfing the web, watching video and listening to music
- Weighs 313grams – 115 x 191 x 10.6 mm
The tablet comes nicely packaged in a vibrant orange cardboard box, which includes the tablet, power adaptor, USB cable and instructions. As expected, screen protector and case are optional extras. I really like the packaging and they have only used what they need, resulting in no excess waste. Picking the tablet up for the first time, I am greeted by a glossy black front screen, with matte textured back and I have to say, I really like the way it looks! Clean, modern, minimalist design, with only a few buttons and ports dotted around the sides. There is a power button, volume up/down, micro USB port, micro SD slot and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Holding the tablet was easy, it’s very light, thin and could be held in one hand comfortably.
Setting up the tablet for the first time was a complete breeze! When you first turn the tablet on, it will set itself up and after about a minute, the home screen will appear and you’re good to go. To use the Amazon apps you will need to set up an account. The tablet runs Fire OS, Amazon’s own operating system to take on the likes of iOS and Android, and I think they have done a very good job with it. It looks great, it’s very smooth, fluent, easy to navigate and gives you access to all of Amazons brilliant content with a touch of a button. As well as the Amazon apps, you can also get many other popular apps, from BBC iPlayer to Facebook.
Using the tablet was easy, with the very intuitive and responsive touch screen. Screen quality was great, with vibrant colours and pinpoint details. I watched a few movie trailers at highest quality and they were a joy to watch! Graphic wise, just as positive, playing games on the tablet looks and feels great. Sound wise, a little disappointing with just the one speaker to the rear of the tablet but via headphones, perfectly good. The higher spec tablet models offer better sound quality. Battery life was good, front camera okay for video calls, rear camera slightly better but still average, 720p HD recording was pretty decent.
When it comes down to it, the Amazon Fire tablet is available for less than £50 and at that price, this is an absolute bargain. The tablet is very versatile and can be used for many applications. Its light to carry, easy to hold, has speedy performance and looks smart. The only negative I have, would be the 8GB storage version. Once you take into account the operating system storage requirements, you are left less than 6GB and that’s really no good nowadays.
For further info and to purchase, visit the official Amazon website.