Amazon Fire 7

Amazon Fire 7-inch tablet offers nearly 12 hours of battery life and enough power for basic uses like browsing the web or watching videos. But alas, it forces you to enter the manufacturer’s ecosystem, hence the limitations for the choice of applications.

Amazon Fire 7 2022

MOST

  • + Attractive price
  • + Excellent autonomy
  • + Easy access to Amazon services

THE LESSERS

  • – No access to Google services
  • – Display quality just acceptable
  • – Disappointing front and rear cameras

It’s been three years since Amazon changed its entry-level 7-inch tablet. This is now done with a new version of the Fire 7, benefiting from a faster processor and greater autonomy (40% more than the previous generation). The Fire 7 is available in 16 GB (79.99 euros) or 32 GB (89.99 euros) versions. 

For this price, advertisements for Amazon products are displayed on the screen saver, which can be considered intrusive. And if you want to get rid of it, you have to pay 15 euros more, which is not cheap compared to the initial price. Note that the tablet is supplied with a USB Type-C cable, but also with a 5 W USB Type-C power adapter.

Amazon Fire 7 chargeur
Amazon Fire 7 chargeur

The tablet is a little smaller than the 2019 model (180.7 x 117.6 x 9.67 mm against 192 x 115 x 9.6 mm), but still suffers from very thick edges (about 1 cm) . And above all, Amazon persists in offering an IPS touch screen of 1024 x 600 pixels, a definition that is too tight for this size. 

According to our measurements, it offers a brightness of 398 cd / m², a score below average (522 cd / m²), but sufficient for indoor use. On the other hand, the contrast ratio is disappointing: 948:1 against 1302:1 for the 2019 model. The only consolation, the colors are faithful with a delta E difference of 3.41.

Amazon Fire 7 review
Amazon Fire 7 review

It will not be possible to escape it: the Fire 7 requires an Amazon account and is an integral part of the manufacturer’s ecosystem, which unfortunately turns out to be very closed. The tablet runs FireOS 8, the manufacturer’s operating system derived from Android 11.

Kindle users will be able to easily consult their e-books, while Prime subscribers will quickly access music and videos. And direct access to the store is also included.

Where it gets complicated is for applications since you have to go through the Amazon store, for lack of access to the Google Play Store. The choice is therefore much more limited, but the big titles such as Spotify, Netflix, Disney + and Twitch are present.

On the other hand, it is not possible to download Chrome or Firefox browsers from the Amazon store. You have to be content with the home browser installed on the tablet and called Silk. We had no problem browsing most sites, but you won’t be able to install the extensions you’re used to using in Chrome. 

If you absolutely want an app that is not in the Amazon store, you can use an APK file. But you have to be careful about the security problems that this type of operation can cause with corrupted files or files containing malicious programs.

A Faster Vintage

Compared to the 2019 model, the new Fire 7 tablet gains in power. It embeds a 2 GHz Mediatek MT8168 SoC instead of a 1.3 GHz Mediatek MT8163V/B chip and 2 GB of RAM instead of 1 GB. application launch. We were able to play Candy Crush, but also less resource-intensive 3D titles, such as Taxi Driving 3D (you control a taxi that must pick up and then drop off customers). Good point: you can expand the storage with a microSD card, or even plug in a USB Type-C key.

Amazon Fire 7 microsd
Amazon Fire 7 microsd

A really tough tablet

Where Amazon has really improved its Fire 7 is in terms of battery life. The battery goes from 2980 mAh to 3750 mAh. We measured an autonomy of 11 h 56 min in general-purpose use and 11 h 57 min in video streaming. In comparison, the 2019 model gets respective times of 6h 50min and only 5h 08min. Allow about four hours for a full charge.

A poor camera

If you plan to use the Amazon tablet to take photos or videos, go your way. At this price, the manufacturer uses only 2 megapixel camera modules, both for the front and for the rear. Thus, the tablet generates HEIC images of 1600 x 1200 pixels which really lack detail compared to what current smartphones can offer.

And the quality degrades when shooting indoors, with an even more glaring decrease in sharpness. In this area, the majority of smartphones provide better results. In short, to use only if you have nothing else on hand.

Amazon Fire 7 2022 Technical Sheet

Systemandroid
ProcessorMediatek MT8168
Size (diagonal)7″

MOST

  • + Attractive price
  • + Excellent autonomy
  • + Easy access to Amazon services

THE LESSERS

  • – No access to Google services
  • – Display quality just acceptable
  • – Disappointing front and rear cameras

Amazon Fire 7 Verdict

If you’re looking for a cheap side-by-side tablet, the Fire 7 is a good choice provided you don’t need Google services or certain apps. Because this model forces you to enter the ecosystem of Amazon, with many limits and frustrations. 

On the other hand, it will be very convenient for users who are subscribed to the Amazon Prime program. The screen offers acceptable quality, but we regret that the definition is not higher, as well as the brightness.

 On the other hand, the Fire 7 proves to be very enduring with its almost 12 hours of autonomy, which is its strong point. This model will do for surfing the web, watching videos, listening to music and using social networks.

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Abram left his e-business studies to devote himself to his entrepreneurial projects. In 2017, he created the company Inbound Media and wrote articles about high-tech products for his Chromebookeur site. In 2019, Chromebookeur was renamed Macbound and became a general purchasing advice site. Today, Abram manages the development and growth of Macbound, surrounded by a young and talented team.

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