How much tablet can you expect for £50? The answer, if you ask Amazon, is quite a lot. The Fire is the latest forked-Android tablet to arrive from the online shopping juggernaut and it’s the cheapest to date. While the Kindle nametag has been dropped, there are plenty of similarities between this and its older counterparts.
The reinforced plastic build, along with some of the biggest bezels we’ve seen in years, encase the entirety of the Amazon Fire – making it look budget in every sense of the word. It’s also fairly weighty, even more so for a 7-inch tablet, but not so heavy that you’ll be getting wrist cramps. All the usual ports can be found on the sides of the device with the added extra of a microSD slot to help expand on the paltry 8GB storage you have readily available to you.
While it’s Android at its core, version five of the Fire OS is one of the more abstract forked versions of Android we’ve seen. Every menu is related to Amazon’s ecosystem and if you’re a regular user of its eBook system or subscribe to Amazon Prime, everything you need will be right here. Fire OS plays nicely with the quad-core processor, so everything feels speedy and it’s not too heavy-handed on the battery either.
Want to find out more about what we thought of the Amazon Fire Tablet? Check out issue 59 of Android Magazine, available for instant download now.