I’ve spent the last week playing with the Amazon Fire tablet. This fab little tablet is tagged as being ‘a most sensible tablet’ and priced at just £49.99 I’d find it really hard to disagree!
So I’ve spent the week trying out all the features and here’s what I think…
the looks ‘bit’
The Amazon Fire has a fun feel to it, available in four colours black, blue, magenta and tangerine. It has a 7″ display, it’s slim and lightweight but has a solid feel to it. It feels like it will stand up to being used by the kids and could take a few knocks and bumps. It’s a great size for fitting into your bag too, very neat and portable.
the usability ‘bit’
It couldn’t be easier to use, simply a case of switching it on and following all the instructions. Link it up to your Amazon account and away you go! I’d recommend you sign up to an Amazon Prime account if I’m honest as then you’ll get full use of all the features.
You get access to a huge range of apps and games that are totally free. By linking it to your Amazon Prime account you can also access loads of movies, TV shows, books and music content. The Fire screen resolution is just fine for watching videos. It’s also a handy little way to keep up to date with your social media apps too.
The Fire has a front and rear camera, now it’s not the ‘best’ camera in the world, but, the tablet is priced at less than £50 so for me it’s definitely good-enough for a product in that price bracket.
As a parent I particularly liked the Fire for Kids feature, which enables you to set up to four kids profiles and customise each one so they can access age appropriate content and you can set screen-time limits for use. After the free trial plans for this feature start at £1.99 a month. You can also purchase kid proof cases which are light weight and shock proof just to add an extra level of protection.
Work wise you can also use it for email, calendar and editing Office documents.
I really liked the Amazon shop app and if like me you use Amazon Prime and Amazon Dash buttons this is a great way to keep track of your orders. And with Amazon Pantry becoming a much more viable grocery shopping option, the shopping app is a great little feature.
the tech ‘bit’
- 7″ display ( 1024 x 600)
- Quad Core
- Front and rear cameras
- Micro SD slot up to 128 GB
do I need one?
Well, as it says on the box it is “a most sensible tablet” and gives you a huge range of tablet features for the relatively tiny and affordable price of £49.99.
If you’re looking for a new tablet or thinking of buying them for the kids for Christmas, then the Amazon Fire Kids Edition is just perfect! Priced at £99.99.
It’s a real tablet, not a toy, it comes with a kid-proof case which will protect it from bumps and drops. It’s suitable for kids over 3 years and comes with a 2 year guarantee, if kids break it, you can return it to Amazon and they’ll replace it for free, with no questions asked!
It also comes with a year of Fire for Kids Unlimited. This gives kids unlimited access to thousands of books, videos, games and educational apps at no extra cost.
Disclaimer – the Amazon Fire was provided free of charge for the review, for full details of my disclosure policy please read here.