$50 Amazon Fire 7″ Tablet (2015) – My First Thoughts

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

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%.

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.


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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

Kevin Fairbanks serves as the Chief Executive Officer of PinkTie Technology Group, LLC – a website development and digital marketing agency. Kevin runs the Veteran Entrepreneur Mastermind where he helps bring Veterans together to discuss business ownership. He’s involved in several community organization including serving as a board member for the Greater Cicero Chamber of Commerce. As the host of a weekly podcast, Remove Before Flight, Kevin teaches Veterans how to start, grow, or scale a business.

Short of being a father, serving in the United States Air Force was the most important period in Kevin’s life. It reinforced who he is today and complimented the values taught to him growing up by his parents.

During his service time, Kevin had the pleasure of traveling the world and seeing how other cultures lived both pleasant and unpleasant. During one of these missions he experienced injuries that ultimately led to my honorable discharge as a Service Disabled Veteran.