If you are checking out this article, it is probably because you are in the market for a device or devices that will allow you watch movies, read books, play games and even connect to the internet. You’ve probably already considered getting an iPad but decided against it because of the cost.
The Amazon Kindle Tablets hold their own pretty well against iPad tablets and are more often than not considered by those who want to get something good for less. Now, there are a number of different Kindle Fire devices created by Amazon. In fact, Amazon has been putting out new Kindle Fire devices since the first one in 2011. They are yet to bring up anyone for this year, though.
Anyway, we decided to come up with a quick comparison among a number of the existing Amazon Kindle Fire tablets. The idea is for you to be able to quickly browse through, understand what each device is about and probably decide what you want.
However, below the comparison table is a more in-depth review of all the listed devices for you to peruse at your leisure. You should really consider the full review, you’ll get more information there. Anyway, enough said (or written). Let’s jump right in.
Table of Contents
- Top 6 Kindle Fires Reviews and Buying Guide
- What Exactly is the Amazon Kindle Fire About?
- What Features Do All Amazon Kindle Fire Tablets Offer?
- Regular Amazon Kindle Fire VS. Amazon Kindle Fire For Kids
- What Others Think of Choosing the Best Kindle Fire
- Our Best Amazon Kindle Fire Is…
Top 6 Kindle Fires Reviews and Buying Guide
The Amazon Kindle Fire 7 is so named because the screen display measures 7 inches. You can get the Amazon Kindle Fire 7 with 8GB memory space or the one with 16GB memory space. It is basically up to you. In addition to this, you can create more memory space by inserting a microSD card. The device can accommodate an SD card of up to 256GB.
You should know that the Amazon Kindle Fire 7 is not the best device for taking photos and recording videos. We say this because the back camera is just 2MP while the front facing camera is a VGA. The video resolution, though, seems to be a bit better than the camera as you get a 720p HD resolution. You can use it for random video recordings but definitely not for the big stuff.
The Amazon Kindle Fire 7 can last for up to 8 hours with constant use if properly charged. Also, you should know that this particular tablet features an inbuilt microphone and a mono speaker. So the sounds coming from this tablet is neither the clearest nor the loudest. It is just one speaker so you shouldn’t expect any better, should you?
With a quad-core 1.3 GHz processor and 1 GB RAM, the Amazon Kindle Fire 7 processes data and information at a decent speed. All in all the Amazon Kindle Fire 7 is slender and sleek and should fit very nicely in your hands.
- Quite durable
- A less expensive tablet option
- Slim and sleek
- Screen resolution isn’t the greatest
- Speaker is neither the clearest nor the loudest.
- Processing isn’t the fastest
You should have figured out already that the Amazon Kindle Fire 8 is so named because the screen size measures 8 inches. What this means is that the Amazon Kindle Fire 8 is bigger than the Amazon Kindle Fire 7. Now, that’s one reason to consider getting this one.
Here’s another: All Amazon Kindle Fire tablets feature a digital assistant known as Alexa. You can ask her questions and tell her to do stuff. However, with the Amazon Kindle Fire 8 you can literally see the answer to your question. This is made possible by a feature that Amazon calls the Show Mode. So, whatever Alexa gets from all her search, you do not just hear bit also see, unlike the Amazon Kindle Fire 7.
The battery of the Amazon Kindle Fire 8 can last for up to 10 hours with constant use if fully charged. As for space, the Amazon Kindle Fire 8 is available in two different options. One has a 16GB memory space while the other has a 32GB memory space. Either way, you can expand the memory by attaching a microSD card with a memory space as high as 400GB. Plus, it features a 1.5GB RAM.
The Amazon Kindle Fire 8 uses dual stereo speakers and an inbuilt microphone. So the audio is louder and sounds clearer than what you’ll get on the Amazon Kindle Fire 7. It uses a quad-core 1.3GHz processor and a 1.5 GB RAM.
Of course, we have to talk about the camera. Both the front and back camera are 2MP. So while the front camera is a bit better than what you have on the Amazon Kindle Fire 7, the back camera is exactly the same. Video resolution is 720p HD. It is pretty obvious that the Amazon Kindle Fire 8 costs more than the Amazon Kindle Fire 7.
- Alexa allows you to hear and see what you search for
- The front facing camera is better than what you have on the Amazon Kindle Fire 7
- The sound is clearer with the dual stereo speakers
- There’s more memory and processing space
- There’s no improvement on the back facing camera
- There is also no improvement on the video resolution
- Although it processes faster than its predecessor, it is still not the fastest.
The Amazon Kindle Fire HD 10 has a screen that measures 10.1 inches. This tablet is the largest display of Amazon Kindle Fire tablet available. So if you are looking for something larger, it’s safe to say that doesn’t exist. At least, not yet.
Now to the specifics… Amazon improved on the screen resolution with the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 10 with its 1920 by 1200 screen resolution. So the images and texts are a bit brighter and clearer.
The Amazon Kindle Fire HD 10 is also available in two options. One has a 32 GB memory space while the other has a 64 GB memory space. Whichever one you decide to get though, you can increase the memory space available to you by attaching an external microSD card of up to 256 GB. And if that isn’t enough, you have unlimited cloud space available to you. So you can save practically all you need or even want.
As for the audio, you have the exact same thing that is on the Amazon Kindle Fire 8: dual stereo speakers and inbuilt microphone. The video resolution is also the same: 720p HD. The camera, on the other hand, isn’t so much better. The back camera is the regular not so bright 2 MP resolution. However, for some inexplicable reason, Amazon decided to go back to its Amazon Kindle Fire 7 ways by reintroducing the VGA front facing camera.
The battery lasts for up to 10 hours of constant use if fully charged. There is a one year warranty on this one which is good news. Especially when compared to the 90 day warranty on both the Amazon Kindle Fire 7 and the Amazon Kindle Fire 8. Of course the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 10 costs more than the previously mentioned tablets.
- Larger screen
- A bit brighter and clearer
- More memory and processor space
- Bad front camera
- Still no improvement on the back facing camera or the video resolution
- Some might consider it heavy
The Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition is basically the same as the Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition. The screen measures just 7 inches and 1024 by 600 in resolution. The battery could last for up to 8 hours if properly charged. In addition, the Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition features a VGA front facing camera, a 2 MP back camera and 720p video resolution. However, there are differences.
The basic difference of course, is that it comes with 1 year free supply of kid movies, books and apps (up to 15,000 of them) with its FreeTime Unlimited feature. You should know though, that the apps do not come pre-installed. They are free for one year but you will have to download them from the store.
In addition to all the free kid stuff, the Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition only comes in one option and that one option comes with 16 GB memory space and is compatible with a microSD card of up to 256 GB memory space.
- Kid friendly and safe
- About 15,000 free apps and stuff for one year
- The cameras are not awesome
- The screen resolution isn’t awesome either.
The Amazon Fire 8 Kids Edition is basically the kid specific version of the Amazon Kindle Fire 8. All the features on the Amazon Kindle Fire 8 are replicated in the Amazon Fire 8 Kids Edition. From the screen size and resolution to the camera and video resolution and also the audio quality. But of course, there are slight differences.
For one, the Amazon Fire 8 Kids Edition only comes in one version or option and that one has a 32 GB memory space and allows for the attachment of an external microSD card whose memory is as large as 400 GB. In addition, this Kindle Fire kids tablet comes with access to about 20,000 free movies, books and educational apps for 1 year. Remember that the apps and stuff do not come pre-installed. You’ll have to install whatever you want.
Now here is something you won’t see on the Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition. The FreeTime Unlimited feature on the tablet which allows you access to the free stuff also allows you access to about a thousand different movies, books and apps in Spanish. Yes! Your kid can enjoy stuff in Spanish and probably even learn the language.
- Access to more free movies, books and apps for one year
- More memory space
- 1,000 free Spanish books, movies and apps
- There’s no improvement on the back facing camera
- There is also no improvement on the video resolution
Like the other Kindle Fire kids tablets, the Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids Edition is just a kid specific version of the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 10. So all the features on the latter are replicated in the former. However, the Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids Edition has a few unique features of its one.
Primarily, you have a 1 year free access to 15,000 different kid movies, books and apps. After the one year, the subscription will be automatically activated. Another different thing is that the Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids Edition has only one option and that one option has a 32 GB memory space and allows for a microSD card whose space is not more than 256 GB.
Aside the size and resolution of the Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids Edition and maybe its internal memory space, this tablet is practically the same as the Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition which isn’t really a good thing.
- Larger screen and better screen resolution
- Fewer free stuff than 8
- Front camera is worse than 8
What Exactly is the Amazon Kindle Fire About?
Just in case you didn’t get information from the above product reviews, we’ll quickly explain what the Amazon Kindle Fire is. The Amazon Kindle Fire is a tablet just like the iPad. However, it is more affordable. It makes use of the Android Operating System, so Android users should be able to navigate their way through the use of the tablets.
What Features Do All Amazon Kindle Fire Tablets Offer?
- Apps For Books
The Amazon Kindle Fire comes with a number of apps that can help you buy and read as many books as you want (or as many as can fit in the storage space). You can buy Kindle books to your device. Or you could decide to subscribe to Kindle Unlimited where you can read as many Kindle books as you want. It’s for a small fee, though.
Goodreads allows you connect to other readers like yourself. Goodreads is a Blue Shade reading app that is exclusive to the Amazon Kindle Fire. It allows you read books and stuff saved to your device.
- Apps For Audio
The Amazon Music Store is where you can buy all the songs you want on this device. You can download at any time and whatever you download automatically stores in your Music Library for free. You can get even more songs if you subscribe to the Amazon Music Unlimited, also for a small fee every month. Non-Prime members will have to subscribe at a higher fee, understandably, though. Another app is Audible. This one gives you access to about 180,000 different audiobooks.
- Apps For Videos
You have access to and can download such apps as Netflix, HBO NOW, Sling TV and such. Plus Amazon Kindle Fire tablets come with Amazon Video. With these you can download and stream movies, videos and television series.
Also, the Amazon Video allows you to fling content to your television using Second Screen. You can use the On-Deck feature to watch videos anywhere, ASAP allows you download videos fast while X-Ray gives you privilege glimpses into behind-the-scenes footages of your favorite movies.
- Apps For Games
You can download and play over 600,000 different kinds of games on the Amazon Kindle Fire.
Alexa is the digital assistant you will find on the Amazon Kindle Fire. Alexa can answer your questions, help you search the web and, depending on the version of Amazon Kindle Fire, can show and tell her results. Alexa allows you to operate your device without having to actually handle it. You should know, though, that using Alexa greatly reduces the battery life of your device. So it’s best to use that feature when the device is charging. By the way, Alexa can also help you control your Smart home.
Regular Amazon Kindle Fire VS. Amazon Kindle Fire For Kids
Now, if you haven’t already noticed, for every version of Amazon Kindle Fire, there is a kid specific version. The kid specific version is basically the same as the regular version with just a few additions:
- Amazon FreeTime Unlimited
This is a feature that is specific to the Amazon Kindle Fire for kids. And it is there for just one year. With this app, your kid can download a lot of kid movies, books and apps all for free. After the free one year, the tablet will revert automatic subscription so that your kid can have continued access to all the stuff available online. However, if you don’t want the subscription, you could just go to the Amazon Parent Dashboard and change things. Which brings us to:
- Amazon Parent Dashboard
This is where you come to set the parental controls. You can decide what your kids have access to online, manage their web usage, set educational goals for them and also set screen time limits. And of course, there is a passcode that the kids shouldn’t know so they don’t go in and rearrange things.
- Learn First
Learn First is an app that blocks access to other videos, apps and stuff till your kid has reached the educational goal you set for a particular period.
- Amazon FreeTime
This is the mode that kids operate in. It allows them have access to only kid stuff. They don’t have access to Alexa, the internet or social media without parental approval. You, on the other hand, can switch to adult mode if you need to use the same tab.
- Kid-Proof Case
All Amazon Kindle Fire tablets for kids come with kid-proof cases that should keep the tablets safe against spills and drops that are sure to come when kids handle devices.
- Worry-Free Guarantee
Amazon puts a 2 year worry-free guarantee on all Amazon Kindle Fire for kids, promising to replace any device that is damaged within the 2 year period without asking questions.
What Others Think of Choosing the Best Kindle Fire
The Amazon Kindle Fire tablets seems to be people’s go-to when they are in the market for a tablet that won’t force them to break the bank. The tablets give a decent value for the money. However, not all the tablets are exactly winning. The Amazon Kindle Fire 10 HD seems to be getting more of the attention and for good reason. Larger screen size, better screen resolution and of course more space.
Our Best Amazon Kindle Fire Is…
The Amazon Kindle Fire 10 HD of course. If you are going to do the Amazon Kindle Fire tablet, the version 10 is the one we’ll advise you to take. The camera and video recorder are not exactly the best but you’re probably not getting the tab to take pictures or record videos, so…
And for the kid specific tablets, we also like the version 10. We do not like that you can download fewer stuff than on a version 8 but come on, 150,000 different free content is pretty decent. Add that to a large tablet screen and you see the reason we chose the Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids Edition.