Amazon renews its popularity Fire 7 Tablet for 2022, giving it a USB-C charging port, a faster processor, and twice the memory – a significant improvement over the 2019 Fire 7 tablet. Those upgrades, along with the long battery life more, making this $60 tablet (with ads) a smart choice for those who want an affordable tablet for media consumption, especially for young children.
I carried the tablet with me over the course of a long weekend in place of my iPad, and it’s great for streaming video and music on Netflix and Spotify and reading my books in the Kindle app. However, don’t expect to do a lot of work or play graphics-heavy games on this device, as you would on an iPad. It has no software, speed or processing power.
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The latest Amazon Fire 7 tablet is a great and affordable option for kids or anyone who just wants a basic device for reading and watching shows.
The Fire 7 tablet is an ideal content consuming device for young children, when you need an extra device in your home, or when you’re on a car trip or vacation. At 7 inches, it’s the right size to hold and watch videos, read and play simple games. While the screen resolution isn’t HD (1024 x 600), I don’t think kids watching videos on a screen that isn’t much larger than the Pro or Max versions of the smartphone will notice or be busy. very interested. They will probably just be glad to have their own tablet to watch and not have to share with siblings.
The Fire 7, is technically an Android tablet, running on Amazon’s Fire OS 8 software and using its own Silk browser. Therefore, there is no Google Play Store. You’re limited to the apps available in Amazon’s app store, which is hardly extensive, so you might be disappointed not being able to download some of your favorite games or apps. However, most of the popular streaming and social apps are available. On my weekend, I downloaded the YouTube, Hulu, and Spotify apps from the Amazon Appstore as well as Kindle, Instagram, and Zoom.
They work fine for the most part, but sometimes there’s lag or the screen doesn’t load as fast as I’d hoped. A few times my Kindle app freezes or closes while I’m reading a book and I have to reopen the app. It’s not a deal breaker on a $60 device, but not something I can accept on a pricier one iPad or a tablet running the full Android software.
One of the most notable upgrades to the Fire 7 tablet is that Amazon has ditched the older Micro USB charging port in favor of the newer USB-C type port. Since so many of our devices have made the leap to USB-C, this means you can carry less than a charging cable when you’re on the go. Amazon includes a USB-C charging cable as well as a 5W wall charger in the box, although at 5W it will take about four hours to fully charge the device from zero, so plan ahead for long trips.
Battery life has also increased, with Amazon boasting 10 hours of use on a single charge. Individual battery usage will be affected by the apps you use and how long you stream, but even that close to 10 hours is a significant improvement over the previous generation, which promised seven hours. I had no problems listening to music and streaming video on board, with plenty of battery left to read books on the Kindle app.
A more durable and smarter design
Amazon says the Fire 7 tablet is more durable than the iPad Mini, and although I haven’t dropped or damaged either of them (!) the Fire tablet feels solid and has a plastic construction with rounded corners. Round feels solid. You can get a third-party case on Amazon for under $10.
There’s a new button arrangement on the refreshed Fire 7 tablet that shows the device is primarily designed for content use. The power and volume buttons have been moved to the top left of the device and the front-facing camera has been moved to the center left side of the screen, which makes it a centered top camera in a way. Perfect for use in a horizontal position. , with buttons on the top right for easy access. The headphone jack is located in the bottom right corner.
This is great for watching videos and video chatting, but I found it a bit awkward to read in portrait orientation, just because I had to cross the top left to access the on/off button.
Many parents let their kids use volume-limited headphones with tablets (repeatedly “Baby Shark”, anyone?), often wired rather than Bluetooth connectivity. While you can use Bluetooth to connect, there’s also a 3.5mm headphone jack for wired headphones, which is worth noting that many iPads have removed this port these days. The built-in speaker seems fine for listening to audiobooks or perhaps podcasts, but I wouldn’t recommend using it for music.
It’s great for kids – and Amazon Prime subscribers
What makes the Fire tablet so popular with parents is its free built-in parental controls. Parents can set a password to restrict in-app purchases and only allow age-appropriate content to be displayed. They can set up and manage profiles for everyone who uses tablets, give kids daily time limits, and set age filters for videos, games, and books.
Parents can also subscribe to Kids+, Amazon’s paid content service with thousands of games, books, and apps to keep kids busy on long car trips or flights.
Amazon also sells a $109 Fire 7 Kids Edition Bundle comes with a built-in kickstand kid-proof case, a year of Kids+ subscription, and a two-year worry-free damage plan. If your child accidentally drops the tablet and it breaks, Amazon will replace it.
Amazon Prime subscribers and Alexa users will love how well the tablet integrates with those services, including Prime Video, Kindle, Audible, Amazon Music, and Amazon shopping. Has hands-free support for Alexa; You can ask Alexa to play music and videos, open specific apps, check the weather, access and control smart devices in your home, and more. You can also save photos and videos to the Amazon cloud, although a 2-megapixel camera isn’t the one you want to use as your primary camera.
If you’re looking for an iPad or Android alternative that works with your favorite productivity apps and games, this isn’t the tablet for you. Since the device is running on Amazon’s version of Android, you won’t be able to download any apps in the Google Play Store. That means Google apps like Gmail, Sheets, and Maps aren’t available, as well as the YouTube Kids app, a favorite with parents. A simple search on the Amazon Appstore has turned up several apps that appear to be YouTube Kids, but when you search for the developer, you’ll find that it’s not the official YouTube app. User comments reinforce this. YouTube suggests parents go directly to the YouTube website using the Fire tablet’s Silk browser.
The app store has official Microsoft apps like Outlook, Teams, and Word, but no Photoshop apps or bookkeeping.
You also won’t be able to run any graphical games because the processor can’t handle it. Stick with base games like Roblox and you’ll be fine.
If you’re tech-savvy, you can get Google Play, but we don’t recommend that for most people.
The 2-megapixel front-facing camera can make video calls (Zoom, Skype, and Facebook Messenger are all available), but don’t count on taking any impressive photos with it unless the lighting conditions are perfect. . Amazon hasn’t upgraded the camera at all from the previous generation, so if you’re sticking to basic photos and videos for kids to enjoy, that should be enough.
The Fire 7 with 16GB of memory available in Black, Denim, and Rose colors for $59.99, a $10 price increase over the 2019 version, or $79.99 for 32GB model. You can buy one ad-free version for $74.99, but personally I don’t really mind the ads (they only appear on the lock screen and they help make the device great value). If you need more space, you can add up to 1TB of expandable storage with an optional microSD card.
If you want an inexpensive tablet for streaming video, music, and reading, Fire 7 Tablet complete the work. The 10-hour battery life, enhanced processor, and the addition of a USB-C charging port make this tablet a good, affordable device for young children to perform simple tasks like reading. and streaming content. That’s especially true if you’re an Amazon Prime member.
If you were hoping to use more powerful apps and play graphically intensive games or get real work done with it, you’ll be disappointed. So we recommend strengthening Fire HD 8 Plus With a faster processor and better screen resolution, this is the current favorite budget option on best tablet list.