Hey guys today we’re taking a look at the new Amazon Fire Tablet for 2015. This is the 7″, $50 version.
I’m actually really excited about this thing because when it was announced I was thinking back to when I used to buy really cheap electronics that simply could not mimic the performance of the more powerful devices.
So one of the things I want to do is see if this tablet can keep up with the more expensive tablets. Maybe it will sacrifice some of the features to keep that price tag low?
Now this tablet retails for $50 and as far as specs go, it has a 1024 x 600 resolution (171 dpi) display which can be good enough if you haven’t been exposed to High Density displays yet. In which case it will look really good to you, but keep in mind that it is definitely not full HD.
On the other hand if own any Retina HD or Ultra 4K display then this will show it’s age to you and you will notice the pixels.
Now this does have a Quad Core 1.3 GHZ processor and it also has 8GB of internal memory (which is expandable with an SD card to 128GB!). This is great for large apps or movies.
This guy also has 2 cameras, front + back, which is unusual for a budget tablet. The better of them is still only 2MP, but it’s capable of 720p video.
Now let’s talk about the hardware and case. Of course for $50 you cannot expect too much, but since it does have a matte black back it does look and feel a bit more expensive than what it actually is. It also has a nice “heft” to it which helps as well.
The plastic on the back does get dirty pretty easy, which is similar to the screen. Neither of them are very smudge resistant. I recommend keeping a micro-fiber clothe handy.
Oddly enough this tablet has every button on the top, including the ports, volume, and lock button. This is less than desirable but I imagine it’s a big factor in why the price is so low.
More importantly than all of that is of course the software. This comes with “Fire OS” which is basically Android under Amazon’s custom skin. The good thing about that is the software is optimized for the tablet resulting in pretty quick response times. It is also a pretty intuitive and easy to use interface so you should be able to pick this up and know how to use it immediately.
When playing 3D games it will lag just a little bit when you first open them up but if you give it a moment it will catch up to you, load all the files, and play the game just fine.
Overall I highly recommend this tablet if you only have $50 to spend. It is truly amazing that Amazon has come up with a device like this for such a low price.
- 1.3GHZ Quad Core Processor
- Expandable Memory with SD cards
- Bluetooth AND WiFi
- Free unlimited cloud storage
for Amazon content
- The Amazon brand is widely supported with accessories
- Very light weight
- Screen isn’t full HD
- A little laggy with robust games
- Only 90 day warranty (longer warranties can be purchased)
- Tablet Name: New Fire
- Screen Size: 7″
- Screen Resolution: 1024×600
- Processor: 1.3 GHz Quad Core
- Ram: 1GB RAM
- Wifi: b/g/n
- Bluetooth: Yes, 4.0
- Dimensions: 7.5 x 4.5 x 0.4 inches
- Weight: 11.0 ounces
- Colors: Black