The new budget Amazon fire 7 kids edition tablet is once again geared towards working with this company’s products. Books, TV Shows, and Audiobooks – All Amazon Prime content will be available to Fire 7 owners.
If you need a tablet for basic tasks and don’t want to spend too much, Amazon’s Fire 7 is a great option. It costs only 4 thousand rubles. Although its cheapness will be noticeable in the materials of manufacture, you will have to order the device abroad.
Amazon fire 7 kids edition Specifications
- Form factor: 7-inch tablet
- Screen: touchscreen 10240 × 600, 171 PPI.
- Processor: Quad-core 1.3 GHz.
- RAM: 1 GB.
- ROM: 16/32 GB.
- MicroSD: Slot, up to 512GB.
- Wi-Fi: 802.11n (2.4GHz and 5GHz).
- Wireless: Bluetooth (with A2DP support).
- Cameras: 2MP at the back and 2MP (720p) at the front.
- Size and weight: 192 x 115 x 9.6 mm, 295 grams.
Design and features
The body of the Amazon Fire 7 (2019) tablet is made entirely of plastic. The buttons are soft; it seems as if the back cover will fall off at any second. The Fire 7 (2019) is an entry-level tablet, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing, as you don’t have to worry too much about its screen getting scratched or broken by a child.
Thanks to the plastic body, the device is very light and comfortable to use with one hand while reading articles. As the name suggests, here we get a 7-inch screen. Thus, Fire 7 is Amazon’s smallest tablet. With a 16: 9 aspect ratio, it’s much smaller than the 7.9-inch iPad Mini and can even be stowed away in the pocket of some jackets.
All connectors and buttons are located on the top side. It will take some getting used to. There is a 3.5mm headphone jack, a Micro-USB port for charging, and volume keys. USB-C is pretty standard these days, so it’s strange why Amazon is sticking to old standards. However, if you have a lot of Micro-USB devices, there won’t be any problems.
When a tablet costs 4 thousand, you should hardly expect a great display from it. The 7-inch IPS panel of the Amazon fire 7 kids edition is bright. However, its resolution is meager – only 1024 × 600 at 171 PPI. All content, from movies to websites, seems a little washed out. Pixels are noticeable, and the text is too rough – not the best option for a device that is also positioned as an e-reader.
The experience of use depends on how important you are to a clean and detailed image. If you value a smooth and beautiful picture, you may want to choose something else, for example, a model from the Fire HD line.
The software on the Amazon Fire line is ambiguous. It is made in such a way as to force you to use Amazon’s services and products by any means – whether it be filmed on Prime or goods from the company’s online platforms. If you don’t have an Amazon Prime account, this tablet is unlikely to be for you – even at this price point.
The main screens of Fire 7 (2019) are filled with apps from the manufacturer – sometimes, it seems like you’re watching endless ads. There are ads on the lock screen, too (Amazon calls this “Specials”). Basically, this is an advertisement for books, and you can turn it off only by paying a thousand rubles.
If you have an ecosystem of Amazon products, then this interface is perfect for you. Prime Video services, Kindle books, Audible audiobooks, and Amazon Appstore apps are just a click away. There are also useful features like X-Ray or switching between books like in the Kindle or audiobooks. The home screen provides quick access to recently launched books and movies, which are in a convenient scrollable list.
Like previous tablets from Amazon, the Fire 7 runs on a modified version of the Android OS. But there is no mention of this here, as well as support for popular services like YouTube, Gmail, or the Google Play Store. Instead, we get an app store and software like an email from Amazon. Among the pluses – I will note the presence of the voice assistant Alexa, you don’t need to press any button to launch it, but she understands Russian speech worse than similar smart assistants. To work, you need to name her name, as with the Echo or Echo Dot speakers. The assistant can be used to control your smart home, turn on music, and other functions.
Performance and cameras
The Amazon fire 7 kids edition is clearly not a tablet for gaming or photo manipulation. There are only 1 GB of RAM and a processor with a core frequency of up to 1.3 GHz. The small amount of RAM will be especially noticeable when switching between applications. Games either do not work or do it slowly, although, for basic tasks such as web surfing or e-mail, this device will do.
The Fire 7 has two cameras: the front one with 720p video recording and the main one, both of which shoot in 2MP resolution. They are rather weak, and here it would be possible to do without them, it is better to add a little more RAM instead of lenses in Amazon. The main camera is slow to focus, and without good lighting, the quality of the photos is terrible.
Amazon Fire 7 autonomy
According to Amazon, one battery charge in this model will last for seven hours of normal use. These statements are true, and you will not have to replenish the tablet with energy more often than every two days. Fully charging the Fire 7 (2019) takes approximately two hours via the included adapter. If you recharge the device from a laptop (which Kindle owners are used to), it takes much more time. Amazon also uses the Micro-USB connector, although most modern models have switched to USB-C.
The Amazon fire 7 kids edition is a budget tablet that’s far from ideal. But, at a price of 4 thousand rubles, it is difficult to complain about something. If you need a cheap device for viewing content from Amazon services, which is not a pity to give children to the mercy, Fire 7 (2019) is a great option. Yes, it has a bad display, terrible cameras, and only 1 GB of RAM, which is very noticeable when working. However, when you remember that the cheapest iPad costs six times as much, it’s hard for me to complain.
Should you buy it?
If you are a user of Amazon services, then yes. You will love this inexpensive model. But, if you need a more powerful tablet with a good screen, look elsewhere.
- Low price.
- Robust case.
- Bad screen.
- Weak performance.
- For Amazon fans only.
Enough screen, but nothing more
The screen of this device measures 7 inches (as anticipated by the name itself). The resolution is 1024×600 pixels and doesn’t even reach 720p. The pixel density of the LCD panel is therefore low (170 PPI), and it is also possible to notice it with the naked eye. It’s not particularly sharp or overly bright, while the viewing angles are mediocre.
Accordingly, to see a movie or a TV series on the road can go, but do not expect great results. However, it is useful for reading books on the Kindle application.
One remote control for Amazon’s entire offering
Amazon fire 7 kids edition uses Fire OS, an AOSP (Android Open Source Project) version of Android. The current version is still based on Android 7 but is regularly updated by Amazon with security patches. The official Google apps and the Google Play Store are missing, but you can download content from the proprietary store, including apps, games, and countless movies, videos, TV series, books, and music. Of course, Alexa is on board!
Fire 7 is like a huge remote control for the entire Amazon range, which allows the company to skim its target audience easily.
In the Kids Edition, the child-resistant software can be fine-tuned to restrict access. Through the web interface, it is possible to define exactly what can be done and for how long.
Unfortunately, we could not run any benchmarks on this device, as they are unable to work. The Amazon tablet is, therefore, extremely weak from a hardware point of view, and this leads to rather low performance.
Amazon Fire 7 allows itself to wait longer and longer, including moments in which it does not show signs of reacting to commands. When watching a movie, reading a book, or listening to music, there is never any discomfort. It is true that this is an extremely cheap tablet, but we would have appreciated a little more power.
Bluetooth or jack: the choice is yours
With the Amazon Fire 7, you will be able to watch movies, watch TV series or listen to music on the go thanks to its portable format. Furthermore, this device offers a lot of flexibility thanks to the satisfactory speaker, but also to the presence of the audio jack and Bluetooth.
Two cameras with little use results
The Amazon Fire 7 has two cameras, one in the front and another in the back, with which you will certainly not like taking pictures. With the resolution of 2 megapixels, the fixed focus, the absence of LED flash and stabilization, will be useful only for video calls.
The battery convinces
Amazon has not stated the exact battery capacity of the new Fire 7. However, the weak hardware and the not particularly resolute display mean that this tablet can save a lot of energy. It is indeed possible to easily watch three or four films before all the energy runs out.
However, it is, unfortunately, possible to charge the device via the micro-USB port and not USB-C.
Amazon Fire 7 has a very high target group.
Let’s put the record straight: if you’re looking for a tablet to work with or to play graphically elaborate titles, this is the wrong one. Amazon Fire 7, both in the regular version and in the Kids Edition, is not technically up to date, the hardware is outdated, and the design remained years ago.
However, it is impossible to find a cheaper tablet than this one, especially when you want to take full advantage of Amazon services, the only purpose this Amazon Fire 7 is capable of. With the Kids Edition, the software becomes safer for infant use, as parents can set exactly how long they can spend and which apps to use.
Budget Amazon Fire HD 8 Tablet (2017) – Reviews
Amazon Fire tablets aren’t as trendy or powerful as Apple’s popular iPads, but they are much more affordable. The Fire 7 now starts at $ 50 (RUR 2,900), and the new HD 8 starts at $ 80 (RUR 4,500). For less than $ 100, you get all the services from Amazon (which is not so relevant for us), access to Alexa (voice assistant) that can control your smart home, and a functional tablet that can handle most tasks.
But the display is not sharp at all. Pixels are clearly visible, the text isn’t as sharp as we would like, and overall it’s not a very good tablet for watching videos, odd considering Amazon has a whole division of Prime Video services.
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Robust construction, standard design
The Amazon Fire HD 8 (2017) design is simple. There is a lot of wasted space around the display (on all four sides) on the front, and the front camera is located at the top. The back and frame are made of plastic and are slippery. In the center is the Amazon logo – attracts dust and dirt, and in the upper left corner, there is a rear camera for shooting. I liked the 8-inch tablet size, but it’s harder to hold in one hand than the 7-inch Fire. Strong fingerprints remain on the screen. If this annoys you, carry a microfiber cloth with you.
All buttons are located on the top edge of the tablet: the power button is on the right, the volume on the left. The headphone jack is located near the Micro USB port, through which the Fire HD 8 charges. Fortunately, HD 8 doesn’t feel fragile. Build quality is good, despite the fact that the plastic on the back looks a little cheap, and the buttons make clicks when pressed. In my opinion, the tablet looks a little boring in black, so I recommend choosing the red, blue, or yellow options.
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Good battery life
The manufacturer claims the Fire HD 8’s battery lasts for 12 hours. I used the HD 8 for five hours, and during that time, the battery dropped from 100 percent to 60 percent, quite an impressive result. It was more pleased with the standby battery life — after leaving my Fire HD 8 for four days. I found the battery drained from 100 percent to just 70 percent.
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