When I saw Amazon was releasing a $50 dollar tablet, I knew I had to buy it. Whether it was good or bad, the price and brand behind the tablet was enticing enough to make it worth a try.
Looks and Feel: The tablet looks pretty vanilla. I’m not sure I would expect anything less from a fifty dollar tablet. The unboxing experience is pretty uneventful as well, you’ll find a tablet and charger in a box that teeters on being an envelope. When you first pickup the tablet, it does have some heft however, which makes it feel a little less cheap. I probably would buy a case for this bad boy as its backing is a bit slippery, and it feels like it would be pretty easy to drop.
Setup: The initial setup is dead simple. I bought my tablet from Amazon, and therefore it came setup with my amazon creds, and was ready to go in less than five minutes.
Use: Almost unbelievably, this tablet is pretty dang fast, the silk browser is great, and keeps the web running at near desktop speeds. The amazon app store has become fairly legit, and contains most of your favorite android apps. I actually wrote this entire review on the Fire, and was quite pleased with the keyboard performance. The camera is what you’d expect from a low end tablet, but still usable and better than you would’ve got a few years ago.
Overall: Let me preface this by saying I have owned several really crappy, cheap Android tablets. Is this the best tablet you can get for $50 bucks? Yes, absolutely. It would make for a great consumption device, especially if you currently pay for Amazon prime. This is not as nice as an iPad, or high end android tablet, but it’s ridiculously good for the money. And if you have a prime account I’d almost recommend it just as an impulse buy. If you’re in the market for a cheap tablet, look no further. The fire tablet is 100% awesome.