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Amazon Fire HD 7, analysis of a versatile and inexpensive tablet

A little over 2 months ago, the giant Amazon presented us with its new bets in the sector with a renewed Fire range which has been nicknamed Kindle and is now in its fourth generation. Four new products from 6 to 8.9 inches, with which they tried to hit the table and take center stage from others with Android.

Now, we have had the opportunity to Take a deep look at the Amazon Fire HD 7 –Not to be confused with the third generation Kindle Fire HD–, mid-range, which will surely delight more than one.

First impressions

Amazon Fire HD 7, as its name suggests, offers us a 7-inch screen with a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution that may perhaps seem a bit scarce for these times, but that complies without problems thanks to the IPS technology used, with good viewing angles, vivid colors, and good performance under direct light.

The equipment is made of plastic, and we can easily differentiate two types. On the one hand, there is the one that surrounds it forming the frame, which is sturdy and perhaps too thick, and on the other, the one used for the back cover. This is much softer and thinner, to the point of giving a poor quality feeling.

Characteristics and technical specifications

Back of the Amazon Fire HD 7

With one of MediaTek's latest quad-core processors, and with 1GB of RAM, the performance is remarkable, something that Fire OS 4 definitely helps, the Amazon's own running on Android 4.4 KitKat. Of course, raw power is not its strong suit either, so we will find certain problems in the most demanding games.

As for the rest, we find a simply anecdotal photographic section, sufficient connectivity although we miss GPS, and an autonomy that without reaching the promised 8 hours of mixed use, is not very far.

It should also be noted the sound aspect, and is that this Amazon Fire HD 7 equips two stereo speakers at the rear, but they are located in such a way –in the curved part of the casing– that they avoid overlapping when resting it on any surface. They offer clean, quality sound, good maximum volume, and a surprisingly well-accomplished surround effect.

Amazon Fire HD 7
Dimensions 191 x 128 x 10.6 mm
Weight 337 grams
Screen 7-inch IPS LCD with HD resolution (1280 x 800)
Chipset MediaTek MTK8135 4-core (2x 1.5GHz ARM Cortex-A15 + 2x 1.2GHz ARM Cortex-A7)
RAM 1 GB
Operating system Fire OS 4 on Android 4.4.2 KitKat
Storage 8/16 GB
Cameras 2 megapixel main and VGA secondary
Connectivity Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, Micro-USB 2.0, 3.5mm Jack
Drums Not specified (up to 8 hours of mixed use)
Price 139 euros, 169 euros

Fire OS, a very personal touch

Although it runs under Android 4.4 Kitkat, the proposed by the company makes let us instantly and completely forget that we are facing a device with Android in its guts. Fire OS in its fourth version takes care of this, offering us an intuitive interface that has nothing to do with others.

With Fire OS we will not see desktops or , or anything like that, but everything will be included in the same screen in which we will see all the files (including photos, books, etc.) and applications stacked in a row. If we do down, we will see only the in something similar, now, to the Android application drawer.

Amazon Fire HD 7 close-up

In turn, this screen is divided into several tabs in the upper area as a filter: Buy, Games, Applications, Books, Music, Videos, Web, Photos and Documents, as well as a magnifying glass that when searching will show us results from the network, the Amazon store, and the device itself, if any.

Tablet and ebook in equal parts

This format of , and more with the aforementioned Fire OS as a system, it is very successful for certain sections such as web browsing, but also makes perfect for reading, something that Amazon has us used to since its Kindle.

Thus, the essence of the book reader is not lost with this , so it is possibly one of the best alternatives on the market if apart from a normal tablet, we also want a reader of . Two in one for the same price.

Price

The Amazon Fire HD 7 is available, of course, on Amazon, for a price with special offers of 139 euros for the 8 GB version, and 169 for the 16 GB version. It is available in navy blue, magenta, white, lime or black.

Opinion

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The Amazon Fire HD 7 is a more than interesting for example to give this Christmas, although yes, it is not recommended for the most demanding public. However, at their current price, there are possibly very few, if any, at the same height and with so much versatility.

Amazon Fire HD 7 close-up screen

Positive aspects

  • Comfort: Although not too fine, it keeps good proportions and is quite light. It is like a little book of just over 150 pages.
  • Price: For a low price we will have a very complete tablet and competent enough for moderate and daily use.
  • : Fire OS gives us everything done, with a very intuitive interface, which, however, you may not like at first until you get the hang of it.

Negative aspects

  • Personalization: Fire OS, although we liked it, does not leave us an iota of freedom when it comes to customizing the interface. It would be nice to at least be able to choose which tabs you want to appear.
  • Materials: We know we have the low price factor, but still, a more professional plastic could have been used. Too much of a toy look.
  • Cameras: Mounting 2 megapixel and VGA cameras at this point is noteworthy.

Here we end our particular analysis of the Amazon Fire HD 7. Now, as always, it is time to know your opinion.

Close-up of the Amazon Fire HD 7

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