Amazon Fireplace 7 (2019) evaluate
As of late, we’re smart to Amazon’s “all-new” claims about its newest Fireplace tablets. Nevertheless it doesn’t take an skilled to see that the 2019 Fireplace 7 isn’t all new. No, it’s principally the identical because the earlier era which arrived in 2017 with a few tweaks right here and there, and a brand new palette of colors which make it really feel barely extra grown up.
Value & availability
No must ask the value: it’s the identical as ever: £49 in case you’re within the UK and $49 within the US. Clearly, you should purchase it from Amazon.
That was an incredibly low value when the primary Fireplace 7 was launched, and even now it’s nonetheless by far essentially the most inexpensive big-brand pill on the market. Simply do not forget that it isn’t an Android pill, so that you received’t discover the Google Play retailer or Google Maps: there’s an Amazon equal for these and all the things else.
You get 16GB of storage as commonplace now, however you’ll be able to have 32GB for £10 / $20 extra. As all the time, you’ll get lock-screen adverts except you go for ‘With out Particular Presents’ when selecting your choices earlier than shopping for. Doing that provides one other £10 / $15 to the value.
The brand new color vary consists of Black, Plum, Sage and Twilight Blue.
If you happen to’re shopping for the Fireplace 7 for a youthful youngster – underneath 6 or so – you then may favor to get the Children Version model. It’s the identical pill, albeit with no 32GB storage choice, nevertheless it comes with a chunky bumper case that ought to defend it from tough dealing with and drops. And if it doesn’t, the two-year guarantee covers unintentional harm so that you’ll get a substitute.
Higher nonetheless, you get a yr’s entry to Fireplace for Children Limitless which is a bit like Netflix however for apps, video games, books, audiobooks and – sure – movies. All tailor-made to children at numerous ages, so there’s one thing for everybody.
The Children Version prices twice as a lot, nevertheless it’s nonetheless a saving over shopping for the subscription and case individually, whereas the guarantee may be thought-about a really low cost insurance coverage coverage that lasts two years. View it right here on Amazon’s web site.
Options & design
If that is your first Fireplace 7, you is perhaps stunned by the chunky bezels across the display screen that are extra 2014 than 2019, however they do no less than present one thing to carry onto with out unintentionally touching the display screen on a regular basis.
Most ports and all buttons are on the highest edge: energy, quantity and a typical headphone connector. On the fitting facet is a flap which hides the microSD slot.
Now you can add microSD playing cards as much as 512GB, nevertheless it doesn’t actually make sense to spend greater than the worth of the pill on further storage.
On the high of the display screen is an upgraded selfie digital camera, and this has meant a bounce from ‘terrible’ to simply ‘mediocre’ selfies. It’s a slight profit for anybody video chatting with you, however clearly you received’t see that your self.
The display screen is unchanged: it’s a 7in IPS panel with a low decision of 1024×600 pixels. It’s a disgrace you’ll be able to’t have the next decision, however inevitably there are compromises to nonetheless hit this value with 16GB of storage (the outdated mannequin had 8GB).
You get Bluetooth, dual-band Wi-Fi and hands-free Alexa, constructed if that feels like a brand new function, a software program replace added the latter to the earlier era of Fireplace 7.
Amazon says that the processor is quicker, however the specs listing a quad-core 1.3GHz chip, simply as with the earlier mannequin. And normally use we didn’t discover any variations: apps nonetheless take a short time to load, as do net pages. There’s a predictable stutter when scrolling down by pages, a noticeable watch for the display screen to rotate and generally a delay when typing.
Clearly that is the perfect efficiency you may get for $50, and we’ve not but heard a baby complain about it. So it isn’t actually a giant deal.
Battery life is claimed to be as much as seven hours for this era, down from eight. We assume that is because of the sooner processor, or maybe a barely smaller battery capability, which is one thing Amazon doesn’t discuss.
That seven hours is unquestionably attainable, and it’s greater than enough when, once more, contemplating that low value.
Amazon’s FireOS is subtly enhancing with every replace, and it’s simple to make use of. The Fireplace for Children app is current even in case you don’t purchase the Children Version, and this little gem is ideal for youthful youngsters because it presents solely the content material you need them to have entry too, and prevents entry to the stuff you don’t, such because the Silk net browser and the Appstore.
It might probably additionally restrict display screen time for, say, video games, whereas permitting limitless studying, which is very helpful in case you can’t – or received’t – supervise your children whereas they use their pill.
FireOS could be very a lot a portal for Amazon’s content material as you’d anticipate. So the Kindle app (known as Books) is pre-installed together with Audible and there’s easy accessibility to Amazon Prime Video and Music.
You’ll discover Store within the menu that scrolls throughout the highest, which makes it easy to purchase bodily merchandise from Amazon.
As we’ve already stated, you’ll be able to’t set up Google apps, however you’ll be able to entry a few of them by way of the online browser, comparable to YouTube, Google Maps and Gmail. It isn’t massively handy, nevertheless it’s a workaround. And the excellent news is that the official YouTube app goes to be out there by way of the Amazon Appstore later this summer season.
And Amazon’s personal electronic mail and mapping apps are wonderful to make use of: little updates comparable to the flexibility to see dwell visitors info makes them extra helpful.
Although you received’t discover each final app, just about all the things you (or your children) need is there, together with Fb, Instagram, Minecraft, Roblox, TikTok, iPlayer, Skype, Netflix and extra.
However it’s irritating when a few of the huge hitters aren’t listed within the outcomes, such because the ever-popular Snapchat.
Finally, Amazon hasn’t messed with a successful components right here. The easy improve from the bottom Eight- to 16GB could be very helpful because it means you’ll be able to have sufficient apps put in with out always seeing the ‘Storage full’ error, or discovering that apps have been uninstalled robotically to avoid wasting house. It’s price going for the 32GB model in case you can afford to, as 16GB will nonetheless replenish rapidly.
The brand new colors appear to be aimed extra at adults than children, nevertheless it’s onerous to advocate the Fireplace 7 as a severe leisure pill for grown-ups (or your granny). The small, low-resolution display screen and impotent processor will make you want you’d spent extra. However for teenagers, it’s perfect and nonetheless nice worth.