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published 03/01/2017 | thedevilinme
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Amazon Kindle Fire

Amazon Kindle Fire

So, as my old netbook grinds to a halt I decided it was time to get a tablet, a back up method to get online to do my internet business and ciao ratings so to take the strain off the said netbook. Sadly the online ciao site is not great and hard to figure out how to rate so more about doing facebook and email at the moment. In fact owning an Amazon Fire 7’ is like having an oversized Smartphone.

The AF7 is essentially a kindle and designed for that short-lived craze of reading online, mostly used and purchased for little middle-class kids tucked up in bed listening to Harry Potter, a distraction so mum and dad can nip into bed for some ‘rumpy pumpey’. But today the kindle is simply a cheap way to buy a portable tablet to get online and I cashed in on the vulgar Black Friday. It was Amazon that triumphed the kindle at the turn of the decade and now they are selling off their older models to push HD models, a tacit admission that the act of kindling is a thing of the past and tablets are more for going online to do online things, like watching films for nothing and looking at porn. I personally would not advise looking at porn on any device that you may have to send away to fix that virus. If you want to emergency shut down the Fire because of a frozen screen or an America voice telling you to call this number to unlock your browser because you have been looking at naked ladies (and your partner may hear it) then hold the start button down for 40 seconds and then release and then press the same start button to reboot.


At £29.99 in that Black Friday deal on Amazon it was hard to turn down. It does everything a decent 7 inch tablet does and so no need to spend £60 -70 quid on one. Now the first problem is Amazon Store, their version of Google Play, the online app shop. Amazon Store simply does not have anywhere near the free apps that Goggle Play does and so you may have to online search another gateway to get your free app or use the online website instead. It makes a lot of difference to navigate an app as it does a website. It’s not a big problem as all the big free apps are there but, for example, the Ciao app is not. You may have specific apps you use from your phone that you won’t get here or, at least, a stable version.

You will need to buy a case for this as it’s just too big for the hand and somewhat slippery to hold securely all the time. You will eventually drop this as you will drop your Smartphone and that means the screen will eventually break or the battery dislodge and so a manual reboot. You can replace screens for both with a YouTube tutorial and a cheap generic screen from Amazon Marketplace, for example. That’s not the case with all tablets as the likes of Apple seal the screen down with special connectors to make it hard to change parts and damage the kit in the process. The Fire seems fine to fix with nothing in the way. If you buy a cheap wallet cover to protect it then it will cost about £6.00 and fold out to act as a stand for the tablet. If you buy a cheap one the holes in the cover may not line up right with the buttons, memory slots and charging points on the tablets.

The Fire feels like a quality build and supplied with a lightweight adapter to power it up and recharge the battery. The battery lasts a while and I reckon would stay charged for 7 hours if left unused. It’s best to turn it off when not using it, a simply on/off button on the top of the tablet. Constant recharging may reduce battery life.

Once up and running you have a traditional android desktop display with swipe screen and 8 GB of memory and storage, enough to download 20 apps. You can add to your memory and space with a STD card but hard to run apps of that extra storage card. Amazon offer unlimited free cloud storage for non business users. The cloud is a big safe in the sky. It encourages you to sign up to Amazon Prime and various other Amazon pay services but not something that’s a hassle.

The screen image is a nice and crisp 7" display (171 ppi / 1024 x 600) and the model available in four colors from Amazon..
It has a decent fast 1.3 GHz quad-core processor and rear and front-facing cameras. The camera and video image is pretty good. Navigation and page load speed pretty good to and they also have their own browser. It really is great value for the price I got. It normally retails at around at £49.99 if you are interested in a non HD tablet. It may be worth paying the extra tenner for the 16GB version at £59.99. Amazon does an 8 and 10 inch tablet but the price really rockets.

So summing up it’s an excellent product and great for web surfing and watching TV and movies etc. It’s more kindle than you want in set up but does everything a tablet can. The package it came in was a slight issue as it’s like a carry bag you would get perfume in but well packed from Amazon. There is no flash for taking pictures and video though. Oh and you can get a grubby screen quickly so make sure you have the right cleaning kit.

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  • 2mennycds published 05/01/2017
    Great review, LOL at the comment about parents retiring for the night!
  • snow_drops published 04/01/2017
    vh :)
  • ravingreviewer published 04/01/2017
    vh
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Product Information : Amazon Kindle Fire

Manufacturer's product description

18 million movies, thousands of popular apps and games, TV shows, songs, magazines, and books plus Amazon's revolutionary, cloud-accelerated web browser, free cloud storage for all your Amazon content, vibrant color touchscreen with extra-wide viewing angle, fast, powerful dual-core processor.

Product Details

Manufacturer: Amazon

EAN: 0814916013890

Display / Diagonal Size: 7 Inches

OS Provided / Type: Android 2.3

RAM / Installed Size: 1024

System / Notebook Type: Tablet PC

Processor: TI OMAP 4 dual-core

Hard Drive / Capacity: 8 GB

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