Amazon Fire 7, we take a look at the new tablet – Tech Review

We’re bringing you a tech review today here on Blazing Minds with a review of the new Amazon Fire 7.

So the other day the Amazon Fire 7 arrived and after unpacking the tablet we checked out the performance of the 8GB Fire 7, this new tablet has a 7″ display (1024 x600), a 1.3GHz  quad-core processor and a long-lasting battery so that you can surf the next, watch movies and listen to music via the dual-band Wi-Fi, you can even enjoy your downloads offline with a micro SD card up to 256 GB.

With the Fire 7 being Amazon based, once you boot up the tablet, you can log in to your Amazon account and utilise Amazon Prime (if you have a prime account, setting up one is easy), you can even access your Kindle eBooks on the Fire 7 so that you can have your collection of novels on the go even without an internet connection.

You can also use the Fire 7 with your Netflix subscription to was the many collections of TV Shows, movies and Netflix originals.

With the Fire 7 being Android based you can also download many of the apps that you may have on your phone, such as Facebook, Twitter, Spotify, BBC iPlayer and more including the vast collection of free games.

Amazon Fire 7 Easy Setup

Amazon Fire 7 Reviewed on Blazing Minds

Amazon Fire 7 (Image via Amazon)

As I mentioned earlier the Fire 7 is really easy to set up, once the tablet is plugged in and starts charging it turns itself on with the notice that the first optimisation may take up to 10 minutes. Once it starts you can start using the Fire 7 straight away, browsing the net via the built-in browser called “silk”, if you have an Amazon account, simply log in to it with your Fire 7 and you are ready to go with the preloaded apps for Amazon, including Shop Amazon, Appstore, Amazon Video, Kindle Books, Amazon Music, Kindle Newsstand, Alexa, Goodreads, Amazon Photos, Amazon Games, Audible and more.

Connecting the Fire 7 to the Wi-Fi is simple, find your network and enter the password, obviously, you will need to connect to Wi-Fi to access all the apps and download new ones that you wish to use on the tablet.

Is The Amazon Fire 7 Family Friendly?

If you are getting a Fire 7 for the kids then there are several parental control settings to keep the kids safe including, screen-time limits, educational goals and web browsing to fit kids’ need. All are simple to set up via the easy to use settings which are easy to understand and navigate around.

Using the Fire 7

So now that I had the Fire 7 setup and connected to my Wi-Fi, I checked for any system updates and as with most tablets, there was a new system update to download, downloading didn’t take long and after the download the tablet re-booted and starting installing the update, which took around 10 mins, then the 10 mins for the optimisation.

A simply upward wipe of the screen unlocks the Fire 7, unless you have security on it, the Quad Core processor for the tablet works very well making the Fire 7 run fast and smoothly, I tested out the screen with video via Sky Go and downloaded an HD episode of a show to see how it looked and it looked great with vibrant true colours, a very clear definition and smooth video playback.

The sound comes from a speaker on the back of the Fire 7, which doesn’t have the best sound in the world, but for the small price of the tablet it suffices for the cost, I also found that cupping my hand over the speaker when holding the tablet improved the sound in my direction. But most of the time I use a tablet with earbuds and they had a good sound via the jack socket at the top of the Fire 7.

All the buttons that you need are found on the top of the tablet, with the volume up/down on the top left and the power button on the top right, the top is also where you’ll find the mini USB socket, microphone and the jack socket.

The Fire 7 also comes with some features that are only available from Amazon such as Blue Shade which adjusts the light on the screen by blocking blue light making it easier on the eyes and easier to fall asleep after nighttime reading, ASAP (Advanced Streaming and Prediction), Whispersync, X-Ray for Movies & TV Shows lets you access actor bios, background information and more from the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) directly onscreen and On Deck which will automatically download popular movies and TV shows to the tablet, so that when you’re sitting somewhere without Wi-Fi connectivity, you’ll have content just waiting for you.

Taking Snaps on the Amazon Fire 7

The Fire 7 comes with front & rear facing cameras, testing these out indoors and outdoors gave some surprising results. The rear-facing isn’t too bad with its 2MP, but it still produced some images with a slight grain on them depending on the lighting, bright sunny days seem ok. The front facing, the one above the screen, is a VGA camera and the quality certainly isn’t the best, but if you are using it to talk to folks via the net, then it will suffice.

What Do You Get In The Box?

You’ll get the Fire 7 (7th Generation) Amazon 5W power adapter, USB charging cable, built-in rechargeable battery and quick start instructions.

How Can You Get a Fire 7?

Amazon Fire 7 Tablet, £49.99, It’s available online via Amazon in black, canary yellow, marine blue and punch red, it is also available with 8GB or 16 GB internal storage which can be upgraded via a 256GB micro SD card for external storage. There is also a selection of matching colour cases available to protect you Fire 7 from any slight mishaps.

Prices are correct at time of going to print and apply to purchases from Amazon.co.uk. For the latest prices, please visit Amazon.co.uk.

Overall Thoughts on the Amazon Fire 7
4.8
  • Battery Life
  • Design
  • Size/Weight
  • Performance
  • Ease of Use
  • Value For Money

Summary

The Fire 7 is a handy bit of tech and at the fraction of the price of other tablets on the market, it’s quick to set up and use. Good value for the money.

Karen Woodham
Karen Woodham is the founder and owner of the Blazing Minds. She is also a Cinema reviewer, based at the Scala in Prestatyn and also works with RealD 3D reviewing the latest 3D releases, she has also had several articles published in various publications. In 2015 she became an Award Winning Blogger and also has her website listed as one of the UK's Top 10 Film Blogs.
Karen Woodham