Amazon Fire (2015)

6.9/10 AVG.
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Specs summary

Screen
7"

The Amazon Fire (2015)'s screen is 7 inches with 600 x 1024 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.3GHz

There is a Quad core 1.3 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Fire OS 5.0 operating system (OS).

Camera
2+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 2+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with VGA (640 x 480) resolution.
Storage
8 GB

Internal memory is 8 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
Unknown


The Amazon Fire won’t win any awards, but at $50 it doesn’t have to. This is a perfectly serviceable tablet for casual use and consuming Amazon stuff.

- Ian Debevoise , TabletPCReview 

The Amazon Fire tablet is a sturdy but unremarkable tablet, offered at a remarkable price. If your budget is tight, this is a solid buy.

- Andrew Williams , TrustedReviews 

Reviews summary

6.9/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 18 reviews

What's good  

  • Incredibly affordable
  • Great standby battery life
  • Smooth performance in basic tasks
  • Easy access to Prime content

What's bad  

  • Abysmal front and rear camera
  • Delays when opening apps
  • Lackluster screen
  • Generic "dowdy" design
  • Lack of apps in app store

Budget tablets have come a long way in terms of usability and Amazon hopes to overtake that market with the release of their 2015 Amazon Fire. Priced below $100, the Fire 2015 isn't exactly what experts would call a looker. There's no unibody construction or chamfered edges here. Instead, Amazon opted for what critics consider a relatively generic design - a single sheet of glass on the front and a matte finish plastic back. Large bezels surround the screen, giving it what experts call a dowdy and unfashionable appearance. For the most part they were satisfied with build quality though they did notice a bit of give when they pressed down on the plastic back. It is also a bit on the bulkier side compared to other tablets measuring in at 7.5 x 4.5 x 0.4 inches and weighing 313 grams, but critics still found it comfortable to hold thanks to the rounded edges.

The 7-inch, 1024 x 600 display offers a low pixel density of 171ppi. As expected, reviewers were underwhelmed not only because of its lack of clarity but also its low contrast and poor color accuracy. This was most noticeable when they attempted to watch HD movies or video as the images were often blurry and dull. They do offer some praise for its overall brightness and good viewing angles though they mention it is horrible to read in sunlight due to high reflectiveness of the glass. While it can't compare to even their own Fire HDX, critics point out it is perfectly fine for browsing the web and checking email.

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With only a 1.3GHz quad core processor and 1GB of RAM, the 2015 Amazon Fire obviously won't be topping the benchmark tests. Still, experts were surprised that it scored last on all these tests. Despite the low test results, it performed relatively smoothly when they were navigating the home screen or using simple apps. Due to its slower processor and smaller RAM allotment, critics weren't surprised to notice delays when opening apps or frame rate drops when playing demanding 3D games. There's not too much room for bigger apps anyway as it only comes with 8G of internal storage, though this can be expanded via the microSD slot. The biggest surprise was the battery life. Experts were able to get around 7 hours of continuous mixed usage, which translated to around a full day of use without charging. Even better, when put on standby mode it lasted some experts over a weak without a charge.

The biggest weakness of the Amazon Fire 2015 is its use of Fire OS instead of Android. This means consumers only have access to Amazon's library of apps (of which there are only a couple thousand). It also means there is no access to popular Google Services such as Gmail, Chrome, Google Maps or the official YouTube app. They do have access to the more popular apps such as Facebook, Twitter and Angry Birds among others. Another perk of the Fire tablets is their easy access to Amazon Prime content and the Amazon store itself.

The other big weakness is its main and front camera. At only 2MP experts have no issue calling it horrible. They point out the camera produces overexposed and blurry photos with poor color depth. Ars Technica adds, "…the rear camera is really only suitable for snapping quick pics for tweets…For everything else it's terrible."

Do reviewers think the Amazon Fire (2015) is worth it? For people who cannot afford a more expensive tablet they recommend it. Engadget states, "…with all these shortcomings, the tablet offers respectable performance and good battery life…for [a] paltry sum." Alphr adds, "There's no question that [you] could do much better than the Fire, but you could pay more and do much, much worse."


Reviews (6.9/10 Avg. rating)


Notebookcheck

Worthy of consideration as an entry-level entry into the world of tablets

from Notebookcheck
Considering what the Fire Tablet (2015) sells for, it definitely has its appeals. The build quality is decent, the IPS panel features great viewing angle stability and the color accuracy is acceptable as well. The purchase prise is unrivaled, as it is incredibly low. The battery life is sufficient, even though other entry-level tablets last longer than the Kindle - sometimes significantly so... Full review
Tech Advisor

The best budget tablet you can buy, as long as you can live without Google

from Tech Advisor

It's certainly not perfect, and the lack of Google apps will still put some people off, but the Fire is excellent value at under £50. The latest Fire OS is so Android-like that it's easy to use, and the Fire for Kids app makes it possible to limit what you kids can do and how long they can use the tablet. For some people it's well worth paying double for the Kids Edition version as you get the bumper case and the great warranty. There are some sore points: the poor cameras, the sluggish performance at times, and the long charging time. But at this price it's hard to complain. And you... Full review

What Hi-Fi

A great value tablet for those on a budget

from What Hi-Fi
This is no tablet for the techies and first adopters among you, but for an affordable tablet that does the basics with reasonable ability, it ticks a lot of the boxes. We’d like a speedier, more responsive user interface, and those looking for the absolute best in picture and audio performance should look at spending more, but if you’re searching for a tablet on a real budget, the Amazon Fire is a solid choice... Full review
Coolsmartphone

Great device for an unbeatable price

from Coolsmartphone
I love my Amazon Fire. At that price? Nothing to complain about really. My Amazon Fire makes accessing and consuming my Amazon content simple and easy. I can play games and do web browsing from an inexpensive device which has bags of storage expansion space with a 128GB MicroSD card. The battery life is reasonable and the form factor makes fitting the Fire into a jacket pocket easy... Full review
Good E-Reader

Perfect for students on a budget

from Good E-Reader
It is hard to go wrong with a tablet that costs $50. I remember a few years ago when tablets were this cheap, they often self-destructed within a few months. Amazon released a tablet that is so cheap, that you would have a hard time passing on it. It is your personal gateway to all things Amazon. This tablet would be perfect for students on a budget, people who have never had one before or someone looking for a throwaway device to add to their collection... Full review
Talk Android

Its little price gets you decently far

from Talk Android

Amazon has truly shown us that tablets don’t have to be expensive. There honestly isn’t too many noticeable differences from the Fire tablet, and say, the Nexus 9. Despite the lower specifications, the Fire hardly lags in playing more demanding games. It’s able to handle almost anything you throw at it. And the only two real cons here is that it has a much lower quality display and it’s missing Google’s services. But then again, for $49, is that really something to complain about?

Amazon has put together an amazing 7-inch tablet for just $49. Not onl... Full review

Tech Advisor

The best budget tablet you can buy

from Tech Advisor
It's certainly not perfect, and the lack of Google apps will still put some people off, but the Fire is excellent value at under £50. The latest Fire OS is so Android-like that it's easy to use, and the Fire for Kids app makes it possible to limit what you kids can do and how long they can use the tablet. There are some sore points: the poor cameras, the sluggish performance at times, and the long charging time. But at this price it's hard to complain. And you certainly won't find a better tablet for the same money... Full review
The Inquirer

Even for £50, Amazon's dinky slate disappoints

from The Inquirer
It's a testament to how dated the Fire tablet feels that £50 still doesn't seem like a price worth paying, although the fact that getting the most of it requires a £79 Amazon Prime account - 160 percent of the tablet's own cost - might have something to do with that as well.Those who are already and absolutely invested in the Amazon ecosystem might find themselves at home in Fire OS, but for the rest of us there are all-round better tablets out there. Including, it should be said, those that can actually play HD video properly... Full review
TechRadar

It's so cheap they're selling it in multi-packs

from TechRadar

Amazon is selling the Fire for £49.99 (US$49.99) (or in the aforementioned 6 for the price of 5 multipack). At this price it should be easy to recommend the tablet to everyone, and yet it isn't. The race to the bottom in terms of tablet prices over the last year or so means there are a number of strong Android competitors which offer both better specs and better value.

If you factor in the cost of removing the lock screen ads, the Asus MemoPad 7 is around the same price, and boasts better stamina and power, and a nicer screen, in addition to offering an exponentially higher... Full review

Laptop Magazine

Sluggish, but it delivers easy access to Amazon content

from Laptop Magazine
Looking at Amazon's customer ratings, people seem to like the $50 Fire tablet. Nearly 80 percent of owners gave it 4 stars or higher. This is despite sluggish performance, a low-resolution display and short battery life. After spending lots of time with the Fire, I see where they are coming from. This 7-inch tablet's price is nearly unbeatable, and the display and overall construction are better than I expected. And for $50, you get all the Amazon Prime content you can handle. If you're able to keep your expectations in check, this could be the budget tablet you've been looking for... Full review

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Full Specs

Overview
Release date September 30, 2015
Regions available USA, United Kingdom, Europe, North America
Networks
No cellular data
SIM Card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Fire OS 5.0

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Secondary OS No
Processor Quad core 1.3 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
8 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS No
Digital compass No
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Data Cable, Manual, USB Power Adapter
Power & Battery
Type
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 6 hours
Video Playback Time Unknown
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Reading Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
E-book Reader No
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 19.1 x 11.4 x 1.0 cm
(7.5 x 4.5 x 0.4 in)
Weight 313 grams
(11 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 600 x 1024 pixels
Pixel Density 171 pixels
Size 7 inches
3D No
Sensors Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Unknown
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard No
Text-to-Speech Yes
Screen Reader Unknown
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Unknown
Multiple Numbers Per Contact No
Contact Groups Unknown
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML, HTML 5
Browser Amazon Silk
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features No
Messaging Services No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out Unknown
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 2+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom Unknown
Flash No
Additional Rear Camera Info No
Video Recording Formats 3GP / 3GPP
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera  
Resolution VGA (640 x 480)
Zoom No
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, WMA, WAV, OGG, AMR-NB
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Unknown
Calendar Yes
World Clock Unknown
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Unknown
Timer Unknown
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Unknown
Document Viewer AZW, BMP, DOC, DOCX, GIF, JPG, MOBL, PDF, TXT
Weather Unknown
Stocks Unknown
Maps Unknown
Notepad Unknown
Voice Memos / Recorder Unknown
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps No
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