A few weeks ago I pre-ordered the new 2015 edition of the Amazon Fire Tablet. This 7″ model is being sold at a extremely affordable price point of $49.99 . With a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor and the new Fire OS 5 it is a improvement over earlier model tablets I have used. The Amazon Fire comes with 8 GBs of internal storage paired with FREE unlimited cloud storage and the ability for up to 128 GB of additional storage via a microSD card.

First Impressions:
As I opened the box and removed the new tablet I thought wow this is much smaller than the 8″ NextBook I have been using for the past 2 years. A few moments of use and hardly notice the size difference. I like the light-weight feel and the size works well for holding in a single hand.

As I proceeded to get the tablet setup and test a couple applications I enjoyed the quick responsiveness this comes from the quad-core processor and improvements which Amazon has made to the OS.

Amazon Fire Tablet Technical Details

Battery:
The unit arrived partially charged at about 60%. I was able to use the tablet for web surfing, e-book reading via Kindle, and video playing for a good 6 hours before being prompted to connect a charger as the battery had reached 10%.

Regrets:
Really none with the tablet itself, my main regret was not purchasing the case I liked at the time I pre-ordered as it is now on back-order and wont be shipping for a couple more weeks.

 

 

Overall I am very impressed with this tablet and looking forward to testing out the front and rear facing cameras over the next few days. I am also considering purchasing an Amazon Fire HD 8″ or Amazon Fire HD 10” for the added feature of being able to do 1080p video and supporting dual-band wifi.

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Kevin Fairbanks is the Managing Partner at Purple Monkey Studio located in Syracuse, NY, Co-Owner/Programmer at bivvy located in Utica, NY and a Web Developer/Programmer for Quadsimia located in New York Mills, NY where he builds everything from responsive websites to applications. In his spare-time he is either spending it with his daughter or tinkering with electronics.
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