The Amazon Fire 7 is one of the cheapest tablets out there. Starting at just 49.99$ it is very inexpensive. But, considering the price, it packs quite powerful hardware. Its highlights are a 7-inch screen, a 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB or 16GB internal storage. While it is an Android tablet, it runs Amazon’s heavily customized interface with deep integrations into the services from Amazon. Here is everything you need to know about the Amazon Fire 7.
- 7-inch screen
- 1.3GHz quad-core processor
- Up to 8-hour battery life
- Deep Amazon integration
Amazon Fire 7: The Basics
Since the Amazon Fire 7 is a very cheap tablet, it ships with a full plastic body. Even though lots of premium features are missing, we are getting a micro SD card slot. Using that, you can expand the 8GB or 16GB internal storage with up to 256GB. On the front, there is a VGA webcam and the main camera on the back offers a resolution of 2 megapixels.
While a 7-inch screen is certainly nice for reading, the resolution is a bit low. It‘s an IPS panel with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixel. Considering the price, the display is still pretty good though thanks to its good color reproduction and wide viewing angles.
The Fire 7 certainly does not offer the best performance. But again, that‘s to be expected. The 1.3GHz quad-core processor together with 1GB of RAM is powerful enough for light gaming. But don‘t expect to run high-end games smoothly.
Yes, the tablet is running Android. But it is Amazons Android and not Googles Android. Instead of the Play Store, you can download apps using Amazons App Store. Instead of Chrome, you get the Silk browser. In addition to that, services like Amazon Video, Kindle books, Amazon Music, Audible and the standard store are deeply integrated into the operating system.
Since it is still Android, you are able to install apps like YouTube, Gmail and even the Play Store by yourself. That is not officially supported though.
|Tablet||Amazon Fire 7|
|Operating System||Amazons Android Fire OS|
|Display||7-inch IPS with 1024 x 600|
|Expandable||microSD card slot|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth|
|Battery||Up to 8 hours|
|Security||No fingerprint reader|
|Dimensions||192 x 115 x 9.6 mm|
Fire 7 Alternatives
Amazon belongs to the few companies that are able to offer a tablet like the Fire 7 without needing a higher profit margin. But, in fact, there are a couple of direct competitors. Among them is the Lenovo Tab3 7 Essential with very similar hardware and similar performance. It‘s running standard Android – Googles Android.
If you‘re looking for something bigger, you can take a look at the Amazon Fire HD 8 and Amazon Fire HD 10. While it is bigger, offers a better display and performance, it also costs a bit more.
Availability & Price
Does Amazon have a store in your country? If so, then you are probably able to order the Amazon Fire 7. Otherwise no – it usually is not sold by other electronics stores. Prices start at 49.99$ but vary a bit by country.
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