Amazon Fire 7 Tablet

Last updated date: May 7, 2019

DWYM Score
7.3

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We looked at the top 1 Tablets and dug through the reviews from 11 of the most popular review sites including Tech Radar, Wired, Laptop Magazine, Tech Advisor, Expert Reviews - UK, The Guardian, PC Magazine, Trusted Reviews, Consumer Reports and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Tablet you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 151 expert reviews, the Amazon Amazon Fire 7 Tablet placed 17th when we looked at the top 21 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note July 11, 2019:
Checkout The Best Tablet for a detailed review of all the top tablets.

Expert Summarized Score
7.0
11 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
7.9
43,878 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Crazily cheap price Decent media performance Strong battery life
- Tech Radar
July 9, 2018 | Full review
It’s more affordable than any other major tablet. The design is functional. You can access all of Amazon’s digital services and media with ease. Alexa is standard equipment.
- Wired
October 18, 2017 | Full review
This tablet provides easy access to Amazon's content ecosystem
- Laptop Magazine
July 5, 2017 | Full review
Almost two years later an all-new Fire 7 arrived still at the same price, still the best budget tablet
- Tech Advisor
November 16, 2018 | Full review
With better connectivity, reasonable battery life and integration with Amazon Alexa, the Fire is an excellent tablet for those on a tight budget.
- Expert Reviews - UK
Navigating it is easy with clearly marked panes filled with either apps, games, books, video, music, magazines, audio books etc. It makes the best of what is a media consumption device, rather than a work device.
- The Guardian
June 23, 2017 | Full review
Tablet was useful and at a good price for a present.
- Quill
Fantastic price, large content ecosystem. Good parental controls and very helpful technical support.
- PC Magazine
The big addition is Amazon’s friendly digital assistant, with Alexa being available through a tablet for the first time. If you’re already on first-name terms with Alexa through an Echo or updated Fire TV, the Fire 7 proves a handy extra voice remote to have around the house, as well as being a tablet to meet basic needs – especially if you’re already immersed in Amazon’s ecosystem.
- Trusted Reviews
August 30, 2018 | Full review
Storage can be expanded using the micro-SD card reader • Restricted profiles can be used for children
- Consumer Reports
Its battery lasts about 8-9 hours on a charge, which is decent, and there's a microSD slot for expanding the paltry 8GB of storage in there by default.
- Business Insider
June 15, 2017 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Screen extremely dull and low-res Amazon Appstore still thin on the ground Camera verges on useless
- Tech Radar
July 9, 2018 | Full review
The screen is too small and its tinny mono sound is retro in the wrong way. The 8GB starting storage is paltry, so you’ll want to upgrade. The processing power, camera, and battery life disappoint.
- Wired
October 18, 2017 | Full review
Slow performance, subpar battery life and lots of lock-screen ads
- Laptop Magazine
July 5, 2017 | Full review
The bad news is that the internal hardware hasn’t changed. There’s still the underpowered 1.3GHz quad-core processor and woeful cameras. Plus, the screen still has the same low-resolution 1024x600-pixel screen.
- Tech Advisor
November 16, 2018 | Full review
A contrast ratio of 959:1 isn’t terrible, however; it means images and video have a surprising amount of depth, even if the colours aren’t very accurate. Subjectively, the screen looks grainy, and while viewing angles are respectable, the very low 1,024 x 600 resolution makes text look blocky and difficult to read in smaller fonts.
- Expert Reviews - UK
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
I thought this would be like a normal tablet, no its not. You have to pay for the kids section and the adult section has no free games. I had to figure out how to download all the plug ins to install google play, in order to buy free games.
- Quill
The performance is just average. Somewhat grainy display and lackluster camera.
- PC Magazine
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
Display has very coarse detail at 169 pixels per inch
- Consumer Reports
There are full-on ads to buy things from Amazon every time you wake the lock screen, and you'll get "notifications" for Amazon deals every so often. You can pay another $15 to kill these off, though. The lone speaker is weak, and the borders around the display are big.
- Business Insider
June 15, 2017 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

The next generation of our best-selling Fire tablet ever - now thinner, lighter, and with longer battery life and an improved display. More durable than the latest iPad Beautiful 7" IPS display with higher contrast and sharper text, a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor, and up to 8 hours of battery life. 8 or 16 GB of internal storage and a microSD slot for up to 256 GB of expandable storage. Just ask Alexa for quick access to the information and entertainment you want. Ask questions, play music, check your calendar, get the news, weather, and more. Ask Alexa to call or message almost anyone, or make video calls to family and friends with a Fire tablet, Echo Spot, Echo Show, or the Alexa App. Instantly connect to enabled Echo devices.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Apple iPad Pro, 12.9-inch (256GB)
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 6
2. Apple iPad, 9.7-inch (128GB)
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 5
3. Samsung Galaxy Tab A, 10.1-Inch 16 GB
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 7
4. Huawei MediaPad M5
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 5
5. Apple iPad Pro (11-inch, Wi-Fi, 64GB)
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 9
6. Apple iPad Pro 10.5 inch
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 7
7. Apple iPad 6
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 8
8. Apple iPad mini 4
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 9
9. Samsung Galaxy Tab S2
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 9
10. Samsung Galaxy Tab S4
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 9
11. Apple iPad Pro
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 8
12. Amazon Fire HD 10
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 3
13. Samsung Galaxy Tab S3
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 7
14. Amazon Fire HD 8
Overall Score: 7.5
Expert Reviews: 4
15. Samsung Galaxy Tab E 9.6-Inch
Overall Score: 7.4
Expert Reviews: 3
16. Amazon Fire 7 Kids
Overall Score: 7.3
Expert Reviews: 4
17. Amazon Fire 7 Tablet
Overall Score: 7.3
Expert Reviews: 11
18. Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 2
Overall Score: 7.1
Expert Reviews: 6
19. Samsung Galaxy Tab A, 7-Inch
Overall Score: 7.0
Expert Reviews: 1
20. ASUS 10.1” Transformer Mini 128GB
Overall Score: 6.8
Expert Reviews: 4
21. Samsung Galaxy Tab E Lite
Overall Score: 6.1
Expert Reviews: 2

An Overview On Tablets

Whether you’re bored on the train or stranded in your doctor’s waiting room, a tablet can keep you entertained. Depending on the apps you’ve downloaded, you can work, read, catch up on your favorite TV show or just play a quick game of Candy Crush Saga.

But when it comes to tablets, not all are created equal. The iPad may have become synonymous with the model, but there are many other versions available. Amazon’s Kindle, which started out as a simple e-reader, has expanded to include apps, games and video streaming. Over time, this has put it on par with all the other tablets on the market.

If you’re shopping for a tablet, though, there are plenty of things to consider. First of all, where will you be using it? If you see yourself lounging by the pool this summer and catching up on the latest beach reads, outside screen visibility is a huge factor. On the other hand, if you think you’ll be downloading hours of Netflix movies to watch on your overseas flight, storage is a must.

In most areas, you can’t go wrong with an iPad. But whether you choose the standard or Pro model also depends on your own unique needs. The newer Pro releases feature the much-touted liquid retina display, which offers a viewing experience like no other. But you’ll have to pay extra for that, so it’s important to know in advance how much the feature matters to you.

Headphone jacks are also an important issue if you’re buying a tablet. As with the iPhone, newer iPads feature only a lightning port, which makes it difficult to charge your tablet and listen to audio at the same time. You’ll also need to consider what accessories you need, including whether you need a keyboard or what type of case you want.

As important as the viewing experience is, though, portability is also a significant factor. Unless you’re going for an iPad Mini, you’ll get the smallest and most lightweight tablet with the Amazon Fire HD 8. It may not seem like much at the moment, but when you’re sliding your tablet into your backpack to take with you on vacation, every extra ounce will matter.

Lastly, your budget will factor heavily into the type of tablet you buy. Although tablets are largely more affordable than laptops, there is still a wide variation in price between the Kindle Fire and any of the latest iPads. If you’re simply looking for a device for reading books and playing a few games, the Fire may do the trick. However, for fuller functionality, you may want to save enough to go for the pricier iPad.

DYWM Fun Fact

If you’re going to invest in a tablet, you may as well learn all the cool things you can do with it. Yet many owners have their devices for years without knowing all of their capabilities. You can use an app called Splashtop to get to your other computers from wherever you are and stream photos and video from your tablet to your TV. If you have an Amazon Fire Stick, you can see what’s on your Fire HD 8 tablet on your TV screen using Display Mirroring. And this doesn’t even include the many extra activities and features you can access once you download the right apps.

The Tablet Buying Guide

  • One of the best things about a tablet is that you can take it on the go. If you want to slide it into a purse or laptop bag, though, size does matter. The Amazon Fire 10 is smaller than the latest iPads on the market, with dimensions of 10.3” X 6.3” and thicknesses of 0.4.” If you’re looking at iPads, though, the standard iPad will be the smallest, at 9.4” X 6.6” and 0.29” thickness.
  • As crucial as portability is, you also need an adequate screen size for screening videos, playing games or whatever activities you plan to do on your tablet. The nearly 10-inch height of the iPad Pro is designed for that reason. On the latest iPad Pro, you’ll get an 11-inch display, compared to the 10-inch display of the more compact Amazon Fire HD 10.
  • Size isn’t the only factor when considering a tablet’s screen. iPads feature a liquid retina display, which uses a larger number of pixels to create a screen as smooth as print on paper. Although the Fire HD 10 boasts a 1920 X 1200 high-definition picture, the difference is very noticeable when compared side by side with an iPad.
  • As you’re toting your tablet around, weight becomes an increasingly important issue. Weight is pretty straightforward with the iPad and iPad Pro, which all measure 1.03 pounds with the Wi-Fi model. Add an additional 0.02 pounds for the cellular-enabled model. You’ll save a little weight with the Amazon Fire 10, which totals only 17.7 ounces.
  • One weakness of tablets has been outdoor readability. If you’re planning to pack up your tablet and take your favorite beach read to the actual beach, that’s an important feature. Although nothing beats a paper-based book or even the Kindle Paperwhite, the retina display on the iPad 7 and 8 comes close. You’ll also find the Fire HD 10’s automatic lighting adjustment works well when you’re outside.
  • Today’s top tablets automatically adjust to the lighting in the room you’re in. If this is important to you, stick with the Fire HD 10 or iPad Pro since the regular iPad doesn’t have that feature.
  • If you’re planning to watch movies or play games on your tablet, power is everything. The Kindle Fire falls short in this area, but you can take your pick of the iPad editions. For best results, splurge on the latest iPad Pro, which promises to be three times faster than previous editions.
  • Tablets can be great for storing music and photos. You can even download movies and TV shows to watch when you’ll be away from Wi-Fi for a while. But you’ll need plenty of storage for this. The latest iPad offers up to a full terabyte of storage, provided you buy the most expensive version. The Fire HD 10 offers only 32 GB of storage, but you can expand up to 400 GB using a MicroSD card.
  • You’re probably planning to watch films or TV series on your new tablet. For that, you’ll need a headphone jack, especially if you’ll be listening in public. One negative to the latest iPads: the lack of a headphone jack, which means you’ll need a special lightning-equipped set of earbuds to listen. Even then, if you’re trying to charge and listen, you’ll run into trouble since there’s only one jack for that. If headphones matter to you, consider the Fire HD 10, which has a standard 3.5mm stereo jack.
  • Before you buy, decide whether you’ll need to be able to move files from your tablet to another device. Much of this sort of thing is done through the iCloud these days, but with Apple, it can be complicated if your other devices aren’t Apple products. The Kindle Fire isn’t much better. In either case, you’ll need to connect your device using a USB and move the files manually.
  • Apps are an important part of tablet ownership. It’s important to note that with any Amazon tablet, you’ll need access to an Amazon Prime membership to listen to music and watch movies. The iPad, however, lets you download whatever apps you need, although you’ll still need to pay for many of them. With the Samsung Galaxy tablet, you can download apps through Google Play.
  • Every tablet needs accessories. Look into the options for keyboards and covers. If a keyboard is important to you, you’ll want to stick with the iPad Pro, since the standard version doesn’t have the keyboard connector.
  • Tablets can find themselves in some precarious situations, often landing in the hands of children or enduring adventure-filled vacations. That makes ruggedness an important consideration. Neither Amazon’s nor Apple’s models are waterproof, nor are they designed to withstand extreme conditions. However, you can buy cases that will offer protection.
  • If you’re heading out for the day, it’s important to have a tablet that will last. The latest iPad Pro promises up to 10 hours of battery life. The Fire HD 10 promises the same, but the battery tends to drain much faster if you’re doing activities like streaming video.
  • When your battery does run down, it can help to have a battery that charges fairly quickly. The newer iPads feature Apple’s quick-charging capabilities, but you’ll need the right accessories.
  • Digital pencils are all the rage. If you want to draw, handwrite or just make gaming a little easier, consider an iPad. The latest models are all compatible with the Apple Pencil.
  • All that aside, though, price is perhaps the biggest differentiator. You can get a new Amazon Fire HD 10 for around $120 — even cheaper if you catch it on sale. The standard iPad goes for around $350, while Pro versions tend to be more in the $1,000 range.
  • It’s worth noting that tablet design hasn’t changed much since Microsoft revealed the first one in 2000. The design was very similar to what’s seen on the market today. In 2002, Microsoft launched a version with Windows XP that continued the design.