Amazon Fire 7 (2017)

7.2/10 AVG.
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Specs summary


The Amazon Fire 7 (2017)'s screen is 7 inches with 600 x 1024 pixels resolution.


There is a MediaTek MT8127D Quad core 1.3 GHz processor (CPU).


The tablet runs on the Fire OS 5 operating system (OS).

2+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 2+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with VGA (640 x 480) resolution.
8/16 GB

Internal memory is 8/16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 256 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The latest Amazon Fire 7 tablet will once again only suffice for the most modest users.

- Marcus Herbrich , Notebookcheck 

No one else seems capable of producing a solidly built, capable media player for such a low price, which immediately justifies its place on the market.

- Jon Mundy , TechRadar 

Reviews summary

Based on 12 reviews

What's good  

  • Price
  • Sturdy design
  • Great integration with Amazon services

What's bad  

  • Low resolution display
  • Bad cameras
  • No Google Apps support
  • Tinny speaker
  • Dim display in bright lighting

Amazon upturned the budget tablet market with the release of the 2015 Fire 7, but a lot has changed since then. Except for the specs on the latest Fire 7. But then the price hasn’t changed either. So while you're not getting much more, you're not paying any more either.

Does the latest budget-friendly tablet from Amazon still have what it takes to keep buyer’s happy? Reviewers are releasing their take and we’ve read through them all to bring you this summary!

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Unlike past releases that required you to pick up a case to add flair to your tablet, the 2017 Fire 7 comes in a choice of 4 different colors. Reviewers found that the plastic chassis felt sturdy while the rounded edges make it comfortable to hold for extended periods.

The biggest complaint related to the speaker placement. Tucked into the corner on the back of the device, reviewers often mentioned that their hands muffled the sound while watching movies or gaming.

Heading around front, reviews are mixed. The tablet features a 7-inch LCD screen running at 1024-by-600. This is lower than many budget smartphones with smaller displays. While color and contrast received decent marks. Most reviews weren’t excited about the clarity or brightness on offer.

TechRadar noted, “If you had any aspirations of taking your new Fire 7 out into the sunshine this summer, you’ll be sorely disappointed.”

Yet, the low resolution display makes it easier for the 1.3Ghz quad-core MediaTek processor to keep up. Even paired with only 1GB of RAM, most reviewers found decent performance. Yes, there are delays opening apps and multitasking isn’t the tablet’s strongest feature. But once things load, reviews noted that they move along at a decent clip.

The Kindle Fire 7 (2017) comes with 8 to 16GB of internal storage. Most reviewers recommended upgrading to the 16GB model. Though you’ll also find a microSD slot for further expansion if needed.

If you’ve used another tablet, the FireOS 5 interface is likely very different. Reviewers all agree that it’s great for digging around in the Amazon ecosystem. If you've used a FireOS device in the past and didn't like the carousel, the new homepage provides a more traditional approach to accessing apps.

But you still won’t find access to Google’s Play Store or Google Apps without doing manual tweaking yourself. So unless you’re looking to dig into settings and search forums, you’ll need to be sure that everything you need is on the Amazon App store.

While battery life was respectable (5 to 8 hours on a single charge), many reviewers found their tablet took just as long to charge thanks to the 1A charger included.

The tablet’s camera saw no love from reviewers. In fact, some recommended just removing them. The rear camera is only 2MP and the front-facing lens is 0.3MP. This is low even by budget standards and the results are predictably noisy and lack detail.

TechRadar noted, “The pictures this 2MP camera takes are universally terrible. On a sunny day, normal landscape shots were both blown out and incredibly grainy.”

Overall, the price is the saving grace of this tablet for most reviews. Especially if you’re already a part of Amazon’s Prime service or frequently purchase from their site. The Guardian summed up reviews well, saying, “The Fire 7 isn’t amazing, but it gets the job of consuming media done at an absolutely rock-bottom price, and is much more capable with other tasks than you might expect.”

Reviews (7.2/10 Avg. rating)


More of a toy than the real deal

from Wired
Like a pair of tight slacks after a heavy holiday meal, the Amazon Fire 7 left me wishing for a little extra wiggle room... Full review

Most convincing selling point remains its low price

from Notebookcheck
Considering its low price of only $49, the Fire 7 (2017) is a nice and well-rounded offer. We would have preferred to see a more significant upgrade but unfortunately, the slow SoC and internal storage, the low-resolution display, and only 1 GB of RAM are still with us. Thus, despite the fact that battery life and color accuracy have been improved, the tablet’s overall system performance is still quite poor... Full review

The best affordable tablet

from Pocket-lint
The Fire 7 has won itself a lot of fans based on its happy-go-lucky positioning at the bottom of the tablet pile. It's one of those devices that you'd probably dismiss based on the spec sheet, if it wasn't for its ridiculously affordable price point. Instead, this tablet is one of the best tech bargains you'll find... Full review

Looks good, costs less

from TabletPCReview
The Fire 7 has a lovely screen, decent performance and battery life, and an extremely affordable price. Its very strong ties to the Amazon ecosystem are a benefit to Prime users, but will certainly turn away others... Full review
Laptop Magazine

Offers a solid design and offers easy access to Amazon's content

from Laptop Magazine
While you can find other tablets that cost under $50, most are from no-name companies or are way out of date. When you consider the Fire 7's strong build quality, easy access to Amazon services and dead-simple interface, this tablet is almost in a class by itself. However, to reach this price, Amazon cut several corners, including on screen quality, audio performance and battery life. The slow processor and poor cameras are the most egregious of these downsides... Full review
Good E-Reader

Perfect for listening to audiobooks or reading an e-book

from Good E-Reader
Over the years Amazon has slowly refined their tablet OS and gravitated away from the carousel and embraced a standard Android UI. This makes it easier for people who have used Android before, to feel right at home. I would only recommend this tablet if you are heavily invested in the Amazon ecosystem or have a Prime membership. The Fire 7 with Alexa is not a great entry point to all things Amazon, I would recommend using their Prime Video app on an iPad or Android tablet with better resolution and specs. This thing is just too jittery and laggy to really use as a primary device... Full review
The Guardian

Still a lot of tablet for just £50

from The Guardian
It’s still remarkable how not-rubbish the 2017 Amazon Fire 7 tablet is when it costs just £50. Two years on from the original £50 marvel not a lot has changed, but the screen is definitely clearer and more colourful, while it is a little lighter and slimmer... Full review
What Hi-Fi

One of the best tablets out there for those on a tight budget

from What Hi-Fi
Despite its flaws, there’s little to really dislike about the Fire 7. There are improvements we’d still like to see (and this new iteration hasn’t addressed all the ones we highlighted in our review of the original, such as the sluggish OS or the tinny speakers), but considering its price point it performs well. It’s cheap, cheerful, easy to use and has a lot of the functionality of its more costly counterparts. Amazon Prime subscribers will also enjoy the dedication to its services, and its rare to see a product so efficiently designed... Full review

Amazon’s cheap tablet still makes us fairly cheerful

from TechRadar
Amazon is still in a $50/£50 tablet league of its own with the Fire 7 (2017), but the low-res display is now arguably a cut too far for a modern media-focused device... Full review
Tech Advisor

Still great value

from Tech Advisor
The Fire 7 is a very minor update to the 2015 7in Fire tablet. It’s a shame that the processor and cameras haven’t been upgraded, but the low price makes it hard to complain. It remains great value and a great way to use Amazon’s services including video and music – as well as Alexa. The absence of all things Google will be a deal-breaker for some, but it’s an excellent choice for kids or undemanding adults... Full review

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Full Specs

Release date June 7, 2017
Regions available USA, United Kingdom
No cellular data
SIM Card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Fire OS 5

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Secondary OS No
Processor MediaTek MT8127D Quad core 1.3 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
8 GB or 16 GB
Digital compass No
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Data Cable, Manual, USB Power Adapter
Power & Battery
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 6 hours
Video Playback Time 8 hours
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 8 hours
3G Surfing Time No
4G Surfing Time No
Reading Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
E-book Reader No
Colors Black, Canary Yellow, Marine Blue, Punch Red
Dimensions [H x W x D] 19.3 x 11.4 x 1.0 cm
(7.6 x 4.5 x 0.4 in)
Weight 295 grams
(10.4 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 600 x 1024 pixels
Pixel Density 171 pixels
Size 7 inches
3D No
Graphics Yes
Themes Unknown
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard No
Text-to-Speech Yes
Screen Reader Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Unknown
Multiple Numbers Per Contact No
Contact Groups Unknown
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML, HTML 5
Browser Amazon Silk
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging Services No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support Unknown
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 256 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out No
DLNA Support No
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 2+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom Yes
Flash No
Additional Rear Camera Info Effects, Self-timer
Video Recording Formats MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters HD (1280 x 720 pixels)
Front Camera  
Resolution VGA (640 x 480)
Zoom Unknown
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, WAV, OGG, AMR-NB
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, MKV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
To-Do / Task List Unknown
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Unknown
Weather Yes
Stocks Unknown
Maps Yes
Notepad Unknown
Voice Memos / Recorder Unknown
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps No
Additional Comments Other Names (AKA): Amazon Fire 7 (7th Gen)

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