Amazon Fire 7 Tablet

Last updated date: March 27, 2019

Review Melt Score
6.9

Why Trust The Review Melt Score?

Review Melt is the #1 product review aggregator. Our team analyzes thousands of product reviews from the most trusted websites. We then "melt" them into one easy-to-understand score. Learn more.

Look for the Review Melt seal for products that are the best in the category.

We looked at the top 1 E-Readers and dug through the reviews from 9 of the most popular review sites including Trusted Reviews, Tech Radar, PG Magazine - SE Asia, Wired, The Guardian, Laptop Magazine, Consumer Reports, Ebook Friendly and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best E-Reader you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 100 expert reviews, the Amazon Amazon Fire 7 Tablet placed 10th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note April 9, 2019:
Checkout The Best E-Reader for a detailed review of all the top e-readers.

Expert Summarized Score
6.4
9 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
7.7
49,472 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
If you were in the market for an inexpensive tablet, Amazon’s Fire range has always been a decent choice.
- Trusted Reviews
August 30, 2018 | Full review
Crazily cheap price.
- Tech Radar
July 9, 2018 | Full review
There are some pluses to Amazon's Android spin-off. Most notably, the kids' content and parental controls are excellent, with a $2.99/month FreeTime Unlimited subscription service stuffed with age-appropriate books and videos, and a web dashboard for parents that lets you monitor and control the usage of up to four child accounts.
- PG Magazine - SE Asia
June 29, 2018 | Full review
THE AMAZON FIRE 7 is a tablet you can buy for $50. Think on that for a minute—for one Ulysses S. Grant, you can get a whiff of what it’s like to own a tablet.
- Wired
The jewel in the crown for Fire OS 5.4 is Alexa – Amazon’s voice-enabled smart digital assistant. It’s the same Alexa that’s found in the company’s Fire TV and Echo smart speaker devices, and has access to the same information.
- The Guardian
June 23, 2017 | Full review
Designed for cost-conscious consumers who are more interested in content consumption than productivity, Amazon's $49.99 Fire 7 Tablet is extremely popular, thanks to its low cost and solid build quality. The updated, 2017 edition offers a refreshed design, Alexa services and slightly improved endurance, but this is still very much a budget tablet.
- Laptop Magazine
July 5, 2017 | Full review
Touch response was excellent. The capacitive touchscreen responds to a light finger touch, and allows multiple fingers to perform gesture actions. Moving objects and using finger gestures is easy and precise. Icons were easy to move and place precisely.
- Consumer Reports
The display is sufficiently bright; the design is light and sturdily put together; everything is strong enough to play games and browse the web without being actively frustrating.
- Business Insider
June 15, 2017 | Full review
It’s worth mentioning that Fire tablets offer a feature called Blue Shade. It’s the blue light control function similar to Night Shift on the iPad and iPhone. When it gets dark, the screen gets warmer and darker. Thanks to that it’s optimized for a more comfortable nighttime reading experience.
- Ebook Friendly
June 2, 2017 | Full review
What experts didn't like
The 7-inch display’s resolution remains 1024 x 600, which gives a pixel density of 171ppi. This equates to big, blocky pixels, which are particularly bad for rendering smooth-looking text and also not great for images.
- Trusted Reviews
August 30, 2018 | Full review
If you had any aspirations of taking your new Fire 7 out into the sunshine this summer, you’ll be sorely disappointed. Doing so will render the screen a washed-out, overly reflective mess.
- Tech Radar
July 9, 2018 | Full review
The Fire 7 has two cameras—a VGA camera on the front and a 2-megapixel camera on the back. They're both poor, basically like 2008-era mobile phone cameras.
- PG Magazine - SE Asia
June 29, 2018 | Full review
Unfortunately, once you dig in, you'll find the Fire 7 is more of a toy than the real deal.
- Wired
The cameras are pretty poor producing blurry shots with little in the way of detail - only to be used in an emergency
- The Guardian
June 23, 2017 | Full review
Battery life on the Fire 7 isn't great; it lasted 6 hours and 53 minutes in our battery test (browsing over Wi-Fi) at 150 nits of screen brightness, which is below Amazon's quoted battery life of 8 hours.
- Laptop Magazine
July 5, 2017 | Full review
Performance running demanding graphic apps lags most other models.
- Consumer Reports
Performance is middling. Nothing loads particularly fast, the web browser starts to struggle if you open more than a half-dozen tabs at once, and it's not uncommon to see hiccups wherever you are.
- Business Insider
June 15, 2017 | Full review
Amazon claims the new Fire 7 features improved IPS display with higher contrast and sharper text. However, the resolution (1024 × 600) and pixel density (171 ppi) are the same as in the previous-generation model. If you own the first-generation Fire, don’t expect a huge improvement.
- Ebook Friendly
June 2, 2017 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

The fast quad-core processor consists of four high-performance 1.3 GHz cores for quick app launches, smooth games and videos, and great overall performance. Plus, Fire 7 now offers dual-band Wi-Fi with support for more Wi-Fi networks and better network performance.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Amazon Kindle Paperwhite E-Reader (10th Gen)
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 13
2. Amazon Kindle Paperwhite E-Reader (7th Gen)
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 5
3. Amazon Kindle Oasis E-Reader
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 12
4. Kobo Aura ONE E-Reader
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 12
5. Amazon Kindle Voyage E-Reader
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 10
6. Kobo Aura H2o E-Reader
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 10
7. Amazon Kindle 6-Inch E-reader
Overall Score: 7.7
Expert Reviews: 7
8. Amazon Fire HD8 E-Reader
Overall Score: 7.5
Expert Reviews: 5
9. Barnes & Noble Nook GlowLight Plus E-Reader
Overall Score: 7.5
Expert Reviews: 8
10. Amazon Fire 7 Tablet
Overall Score: 6.9
Expert Reviews: 9

An Overview On E-Readers

E-readers have changed the way people consume books, magazines and articles. Instead of choosing between one or two physical books to bring with you on vacation, you can bring hundreds of options along in one sleek device. E-books tend to be cheaper than paperbacks, so it’s less expensive to expand your mind and check out new authors and titles. They’re also environmentally friendly; downloading e-books instead of buying hardcover books saves plenty of paper and cardboard.

The popularity of e-readers has spawned a large industry of digital reading devices, and finding the right one for your needs requires some research. Understanding the technology behind e-readers can help you make your decision.

E-readers take e-book files and make them accessible to readers by storing them on a small computer. Their optimized portability, readability and battery life make them great literary companions. Many models today are designed for easy reading in sunlight. Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite has a glare-free display for kicking back with a new novel at the beach.

Staring at a computer screen to catch up on your reading list might sound like a headache, but e-reader technology reduces eye strain. The Kobo Aura ONE E-Reader has an impressive 7.8-inch screen with a built-in ComfortLight that protects your eyes while lighting up your screen for late night reading. The 7th Generation Kindle Paperwhite has an adjustable built-in light, and the new Kindle Paperwhite lets you adjust the size and boldness of your book’s text.

Almost all physical books come in e-book form today. Amazon’s Kindle readers offer access to over a thousand books, magazines and more to Prime members, and The Kobo Aura ONE connects directly to your local library for free access to their entire e-book catalog.

Older e-readers needed to be charged regularly, but newer models have extended battery lives for more reading freedom. The Kindle Oasis can go weeks without a charge, so you won’t have to go hunting for power outlets at stops on your next road trip.

If audiobooks are more your speed, you can still listen to them on some e-readers. The Kindle Oasis and Kindle Paperwhite are compatible with Audible, a massive library of audiobooks and original content.

Comic book fans can keep up with their favorite series on an e-reader, too. The Kobo Aura ONE has HD resolution and 32 GB of onboard memory to hold up to 700 graphic novels. It also supports 14 different file formats, making visual books just as accessible as a standard e-book.

You don’t need to worry about squinting to make out the words on your e-reader’s screen, either. The Pixels Per Inch (or PPI) of modern e-readers eclipses their predecessors. All four of our top picks have impressive 300 ppi screens, so every sentence will be crystal clear.

Good e-readers can get a little pricey, so you’ll want to think about a few more things before you commit to one. 

Review Melt Fun Fact

E-readers didn’t reach the masses until the mid-2000s, but someone saw the new technology coming. Author Bob Brown predicted the death of printed books in his 1930 book “The Readies.” Brown suggested building a machine that had ribbons of miniaturized text scrolling behind a magnifying glass. It would shorten reading time by creating hyper-abbreviated words, with em dashes replacing certain words. He called these shortened words “readies.” Brown also said that the machine would allow users to adjust type size for easier reading, and he said that the machine would reduce paper waste and save trees.

Only 150 copies of Brown’s futuristic text were published when he was alive., But the book is now available in paperback, hardcover and of course, as an e-book.

The E-Reader Buying Guide

  • Will you be traveling a lot with your e-reader? If you regularly jet set for work or play, you’ll want an ultra-portable e-reader. At just 6.6” x 4.6”, the Kindle Paperwhite fits easily in your purse or carry-on bag.
  • How frequently do you plan on using your e-reader? All four of our top picks have improved battery life over their predecessors. They can go for “weeks” without a charge, but that’s dependent on how frequently you use them. Give your e-reader’s battery life a test run at home before you take it on any long trips.
  • E-readers can download books via WiFi or over your cellular network. Downloading over your home WiFi network will save you some cash, but you’ll be out of luck if you want to check out a new title on the go. Using a cellular network is convenient, but the data charges might drive up your cellular bill. Talk to your network provider before you dive into this option, and make sure you budget accordingly for your bookworm habit.
  • How many e-books, audiobooks and graphic novels do you plan on reading? You’ll need more memory if you want an extensive collection. The Kindle Oasis comes in 8 GB or 32 GB versions, while the Kobo Aura ONE comes with 32 GB of built-in memory.
  • What type of controls are you most comfortable with? Our three Amazon Kindle selections and the Kobo Aura ONE all come with effortless touchscreen controls. However, some older e-readers still use buttons to help you scroll through pages.