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    Bond Touch Charcoal Black TPU Band review []  2019-12-8 18:5

    only received the bracket part, description wasn't very clear to me that the module wasn't included.

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    Bond Touch Charcoal Black TPU Band review []  2019-12-8 18:5

    The bands look really nice there so little and cute

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    Charcoal Black TPU Band for Bond Touch Bracelet review []  2019-12-10 18:1

    This band is very well created and simple to place on, but whatever it is created out of it VERY prone to discoloration. I was very satisfied with the color when I first opened it (that was the whole purpose for buying this band) but was very disappointed to see how dingy and discolored it was after just a few days. This is not from anything crazy - I don’t do anything intensive like working out with my bond on, and I don’t deal with anything that would have discolored it. I’m not sure why it is changing color but I’m very disappointed that it now looks dirty so quickly. I initially thought it might be from my long-sleeve shirts, but my Apple Watch band which is relatively the same color and material has looked clean and fresh for over a year of wearing it with the same shirts. I’m baffled. I’m almost embarrassed to wear it because I feel like it looks like my arm is/has created it dirty or something. Would not recommend this color if you wish something that is going to STAY this nice color...

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    Charcoal Black TPU Band for Bond Touch Bracelet review []  2019-12-10 18:1

    only received the bracket part, description wasn't very clear to me that the module wasn't included.

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    Charcoal Black TPU Band for Bond Touch Bracelet review []  2019-12-10 18:1

    The bands look really nice there so little and cute

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    Bond Touch Twilight Blue TPU Band review [Book]  2019-11-27 18:3

    only received the bracket part, description wasn't very clear to me that the module wasn't included.

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    Bond Touch Twilight Blue TPU Band review [Book]  2019-11-27 18:3

    The bands look really nice there so little and cute

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    Bond Touch Pink Sand TPU Band review []  2019-12-8 18:4

    only received the bracket part, description wasn't very clear to me that the module wasn't included.

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    Bond Touch Pink Sand TPU Band review []  2019-12-8 18:4

    The bands look really nice there so little and cute

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    Bond Touch Ghost White TPU Band review []  2019-12-9 18:3

    This band is very well created and simple to place on, but whatever it is created out of it VERY prone to discoloration. I was very satisfied with the color when I first opened it (that was the whole purpose for buying this band) but was very disappointed to see how dingy and discolored it was after just a few days. This is not from anything crazy - I don’t do anything intensive like working out with my bond on, and I don’t deal with anything that would have discolored it. I’m not sure why it is changing color but I’m very disappointed that it now looks dirty so quickly. I initially thought it might be from my long-sleeve shirts, but my Apple Watch band which is relatively the same color and material has looked clean and fresh for over a year of wearing it with the same shirts. I’m baffled. I’m almost embarrassed to wear it because I feel like it looks like my arm is/has created it dirty or something. Would not recommend this color if you wish something that is going to STAY this nice color...

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    Bond Touch Ghost White TPU Band review []  2019-12-9 18:3

    only received the bracket part, description wasn't very clear to me that the module wasn't included.

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    Bond Touch Ghost White TPU Band review []  2019-12-9 18:3

    The bands look really nice there so little and cute

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    Bond Touch Emerald Green TPU Band review []  2019-12-9 18:3

    This band is very well created and simple to place on, but whatever it is created out of it VERY prone to discoloration. I was very satisfied with the color when I first opened it (that was the whole purpose for buying this band) but was very disappointed to see how dingy and discolored it was after just a few days. This is not from anything crazy - I don’t do anything intensive like working out with my bond on, and I don’t deal with anything that would have discolored it. I’m not sure why it is changing color but I’m very disappointed that it now looks dirty so quickly. I initially thought it might be from my long-sleeve shirts, but my Apple Watch band which is relatively the same color and material has looked clean and fresh for over a year of wearing it with the same shirts. I’m baffled. I’m almost embarrassed to wear it because I feel like it looks like my arm is/has created it dirty or something. Would not recommend this color if you wish something that is going to STAY this nice color...

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    Bond Touch Emerald Green TPU Band review []  2019-12-9 18:3

    only received the bracket part, description wasn't very clear to me that the module wasn't included.

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    Bond Touch Emerald Green TPU Band review []  2019-12-9 18:3

    The bands look really nice there so little and cute

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    Twilight Blue TPU Band for Bond Touch Bracelet review []  2019-12-10 18:1

    This band is very well created and simple to place on, but whatever it is created out of it VERY prone to discoloration. I was very satisfied with the color when I first opened it (that was the whole purpose for buying this band) but was very disappointed to see how dingy and discolored it was after just a few days. This is not from anything crazy - I don’t do anything intensive like working out with my bond on, and I don’t deal with anything that would have discolored it. I’m not sure why it is changing color but I’m very disappointed that it now looks dirty so quickly. I initially thought it might be from my long-sleeve shirts, but my Apple Watch band which is relatively the same color and material has looked clean and fresh for over a year of wearing it with the same shirts. I’m baffled. I’m almost embarrassed to wear it because I feel like it looks like my arm is/has created it dirty or something. Would not recommend this color if you wish something that is going to STAY this nice color...

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    Twilight Blue TPU Band for Bond Touch Bracelet review []  2019-12-10 18:1

    only received the bracket part, description wasn't very clear to me that the module wasn't included.

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    Twilight Blue TPU Band for Bond Touch Bracelet review []  2019-12-10 18:1

    The bands look really nice there so little and cute

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    Ghost White TPU Band for Bond Touch Bracelet review []  2019-12-11 18:4

    This band is very well created and simple to place on, but whatever it is created out of it VERY prone to discoloration. I was very satisfied with the color when I first opened it (that was the whole purpose for buying this band) but was very disappointed to see how dingy and discolored it was after just a few days. This is not from anything crazy - I don’t do anything intensive like working out with my bond on, and I don’t deal with anything that would have discolored it. I’m not sure why it is changing color but I’m very disappointed that it now looks dirty so quickly. I initially thought it might be from my long-sleeve shirts, but my Apple Watch band which is relatively the same color and material has looked clean and fresh for over a year of wearing it with the same shirts. I’m baffled. I’m almost embarrassed to wear it because I feel like it looks like my arm is/has created it dirty or something. Would not recommend this color if you wish something that is going to STAY this nice color...

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    Ghost White TPU Band for Bond Touch Bracelet review []  2019-12-11 18:4

    only received the bracket part, description wasn't very clear to me that the module wasn't included.

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    Ghost White TPU Band for Bond Touch Bracelet review []  2019-12-11 18:4

    The bands look really nice there so little and cute

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    Emerald Green TPU Band for Bond Touch Bracelet review []  2019-12-11 18:4

    This band is very well created and simple to place on, but whatever it is created out of it VERY prone to discoloration. I was very satisfied with the color when I first opened it (that was the whole purpose for buying this band) but was very disappointed to see how dingy and discolored it was after just a few days. This is not from anything crazy - I don’t do anything intensive like working out with my bond on, and I don’t deal with anything that would have discolored it. I’m not sure why it is changing color but I’m very disappointed that it now looks dirty so quickly. I initially thought it might be from my long-sleeve shirts, but my Apple Watch band which is relatively the same color and material has looked clean and fresh for over a year of wearing it with the same shirts. I’m baffled. I’m almost embarrassed to wear it because I feel like it looks like my arm is/has created it dirty or something. Would not recommend this color if you wish something that is going to STAY this nice color...

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    Emerald Green TPU Band for Bond Touch Bracelet review []  2019-12-11 18:4

    only received the bracket part, description wasn't very clear to me that the module wasn't included.

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    Emerald Green TPU Band for Bond Touch Bracelet review []  2019-12-11 18:4

    The bands look really nice there so little and cute

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    Pink Sand TPU Band for Bond Touch Bracelet review []  2019-12-12 18:3

    This band is very well created and simple to place on, but whatever it is created out of it VERY prone to discoloration. I was very satisfied with the color when I first opened it (that was the whole purpose for buying this band) but was very disappointed to see how dingy and discolored it was after just a few days. This is not from anything crazy - I don’t do anything intensive like working out with my bond on, and I don’t deal with anything that would have discolored it. I’m not sure why it is changing color but I’m very disappointed that it now looks dirty so quickly. I initially thought it might be from my long-sleeve shirts, but my Apple Watch band which is relatively the same color and material has looked clean and fresh for over a year of wearing it with the same shirts. I’m baffled. I’m almost embarrassed to wear it because I feel like it looks like my arm is/has created it dirty or something. Would not recommend this color if you wish something that is going to STAY this nice color...

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    Pink Sand TPU Band for Bond Touch Bracelet review []  2019-12-12 18:3

    only received the bracket part, description wasn't very clear to me that the module wasn't included.

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    Pink Sand TPU Band for Bond Touch Bracelet review []  2019-12-12 18:3

    The bands look really nice there so little and cute

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    Bond Touch review [App]  2019-2-16 13:44

    it won't send me a code and locks me out after

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    Bond Touch review [App]  2019-2-16 13:44

    its awesome it works so well, it would be really cool if you didn't need data but its not like i can ask for the world. I love it and I highly reccomend people to obtain it. The watch is a small pricey but it's worth it in my opinion. The battery lasts super long too and it's so fun to buzz my partner in the middle of maths 😂❤👌

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    Bond Touch review [App]  2019-2-16 13:44

    This really was dissatisfying. My partner and I have done all the set up and added eachother. however her profile picture never shows up, and she gets my messages 10 mins after I send them, but when she sends hers i obtain them almost immediately. I have tried anything I could think of (disconnecting my bond touch, uninstalling the app, ect...) I even disconnected the touches from both of our devices and restarted the set up with no luck.

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    Bond Touch review [App]  2019-2-16 13:44

    The application works fine. My device receives the messages perfectly fine, but sometimes my girlfriends receiving time is inconsistent. If it does have to deal with the Apple Background Refresh, that should probably be stated on the FAQ, so that people are aware that it may keep small slow. My first review was 2 stars. However, the devices have been excellent lately and the response to my review was very polite. 5 stars now, no doubt.

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    Bond Touch review [App]  2019-2-16 13:44

    Started out great. After a few months, the bracelet constantly disconnects from the app. I damn near have to hit my bracelet with a sledgehammer to wake it up to send a touch. Customer Service is nearly non existant as it simply reverts you to FAQ which is not helpful to these issues.

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    Bond Touch review [App]  2019-2-16 13:44

    Satisfied ish with this product as they are very nice to have but a small problem is i keep touches from my partner almost immediately which is amazing but hers can take 5 mins if not more sometimes to keep hers. It's not a network problem either as we tested this when both using the same connection. We even swapped bracelets to see if one was faulty but the issue t sure why this is event support would be appreciated

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    Bond Touch review [App]  2019-2-16 13:44

    Works great. One thing I did message though is the battery is very inconsistent. it could be at 100% for hours and drop to 40 then back up to 60. I never know what the actually battery is. Also it does not display my partner's profile picture

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    Bond Touch review [App]  2019-2-16 13:44

    Excellent for when distance eats at your heart! My girlfriend and I got these as soon as we could. She and I use our bobd touchs a lot of times a day, and we love them! We've even established a routine for when were driving to eachothers homes (half an hour) to buzz at certain locstions! The only dissapointment is the tap limit, because we cant do morse code. Customer service is also spectacular, my charger arrived broken and they sent me a free replacement WITH 4 colourful bands, no questions asked!

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    Bond Touch review [App]  2019-2-16 13:44

    Really amazing but I have noticed the application runs in the background even if I close the app. Also the battery is very inconsistent. it drops down to 10% and then when I plug it in to charge it's at 50%

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    Bond Touch review [App]  2019-2-16 13:44

    I do like the product, but just as some others I am not able to see my partners picture. I also was never notified when she sent the invite for me to bond with her. I ended up having to send an invite to her instead just for us to be able to connect. I have tried re-downloading the application to see if that would correct the missing profile picture problem but it does not, which is very disappointing.

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    Bond Touch review [App]  2019-2-16 13:44

    Amazing idea that really makes me feel closer to my significant other. Long lasting charge. Sometimes doesnt sense when I tap but it's very rare and otherwise works great.

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    Bond Touch review [App]  2019-2-16 13:44

    The Bond Touch bracelet gives my girlfriend and I a method to stay in touch when we aren't able to be near each other. The ability to send touches/vibrations to your partner throughout the day is such a romantic and comforting sentiment, and one we have had a lot of fun with so far. We've even developed our own small set of "codes," almost like Morse code, with various vibrations meaning various phrases. There are a lot of ways to have fun this product, and I highly recommend it to any couple.

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    Bond Touch review [App]  2019-2-16 13:44

    Purchased these as an anniversary show for my girlfriend. However, they're rarely consistent. But usually, her taps (she's connected through an iPhone X on AT&T) come through right away, while mine will come bunched 5+ mins later, or just not at all (I'm on a Samsung Galaxy S9 on Sprint). Even when we uninstall the app, switch bracelets, it does the same thing. I'm not sure what it is, all I know is I spent $100 and I'm not happy. The application works amazing though, among every other issue.

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    Bond Touch review [App]  2019-2-16 13:44

    I've had multiple problems, uploading my profile took 5 tries after deleting and redownloading it. Then had to use a family members phone to modernize it. Now my partner and I can not even add eachother as partners on the app.

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    Bond Touch review [App]  2019-2-16 13:44

    The application is perfect. Only issue I'm having is it's not letting me replay touches, but it should hopefully work again in a few days.

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    Bond Touch review [App]  2019-2-16 13:44

    my bracelet stopped functioning after less than a month of mild use, and after reaching to help through the application and the website, i still havent gotten through with anyone. It's been over a month since my original notice to support. Not good customer service for such an expensive bracelet.

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    Bond Touch review [App]  2019-2-16 13:44

    I absolutely love this! Imagine a busy hectic day at work and you dont have time to shoot a text and your wrist feels a vibration from someone you love.. you automatically smile and think awwww they are thinking of me. I love it! cutest gesture from your significant other.

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    Bond Touch review [App]  2019-2-16 13:44

    edit: application continuously crashes, interrupts other apps, makes me sign in over as over again. only method to fix it is to reset my phone... please fix this STAT...

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    Bond Touch review [App]  2019-2-16 13:44

    super awesome, my partner and i absolutely love them, we figured the tap to wake up is actually triggered by the motion of the tapping or "Shakes" so i learned to shake my wrist or slightly knock to better wake it up. very happy with the product!

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    Bond Touch review [App]  2019-2-16 13:44

    it's great! my wife and I have had no issues at all. no matter how far apart we are we always feel each others touches

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    Bond Touch review [App]  2019-2-16 13:44

    every now and then there are some connectivity problems but that could be our phones. either method this is the most fun and adorable bonus ever

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    Bond Touch review [App]  2019-2-16 13:44

    Amazing bracelet for when couples are apart. Works amazing now with the fresh modernize fixing a firmware modernize issue, developers were able to create a fast patch fixing the issue.

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    Bond Touch review [App]  2019-2-16 13:44

    Just got yesterday. Can't modernize with S8. Force closes edit: after trying the fresh update. My bond STILL will not modernize just force closes

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    Bond Touch review [App]  2019-2-16 13:44

    I absolutely love this! My wife works out of city and we're both busy all day. this is the excellent method to just give a small nudge.

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    Bond Touch review [App]  2019-2-16 13:44

    I have loved and feel more in touch with who I love since I purchased my bond touch pair, and this application and the hardware is here to thank.

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    Bond Touch review [App]  2019-2-16 13:44

    I LOVE these! they support my long distance relationship seem not so bad. The small reminders of us thinking each other support us remind each other that were still there. we even learned "Te Amo" in morse code. it is SO helpful and everyone who asks about it thinks they're amazing.

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    Bond Touch review [App]  2019-2-16 13:44

    The issue is fixed, and they work very well now.

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    Bond Touch review [App]  2019-2-16 13:44

    After the fresh modernize I was able to finally modernize and use our bracelets. They are lots of fun!

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    Bond Touch review [App]  2019-2-16 13:44

    EDIT! Company contacted me with steps to fix my issue Bracelets work amazing now thanks!

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    Bond Touch review [App]  2019-2-16 13:44

    Does exactly as described. This device has allowed both me and my partner to grow really close in our LDR. ^_^ So I am very satisfied with it and would recommend it even just for friends. Allows you to obtain really creative!

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    Bond Touch review [App]  2019-2-16 13:44

    Hello, I had a issue with the firmware update, but now everything is fine, nice work. 👍

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    Bond Touch review [App]  2019-2-16 13:44

    The Bond Touch is amazing. My Girlfriend and I use it all the time to allow each other know we love each other with a certain amount of touches or simply to allow the other know to check their phone 😁

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    Bond Touch review [App]  2019-2-16 13:44

    It says that the application is up to date, yet when I test to connect my bracelet, it says I need to modernize the firmware. When I test to do so it says it can't modernize and to test again; then it closes out of the application

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    Bond Touch review [App]  2019-2-16 13:44

    The application is amazing but you should add more colors, for example red or white or gold.

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    Bond Touch review [App]  2019-2-16 13:44

    this application needs to be better coded for battery control. it shouldn't take more battery than messenger..

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    Bond Touch review [App]  2019-2-16 13:44

    I still can't obtain my firmware updated after trying a lot of times. Please help!

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    Bond Touch review [App]  2019-2-16 13:44

    need to know other persons battery % of their bond, would be nice to know

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    Bond Touch review [App]  2019-2-16 13:44

    Amazing for me and my girlfriend

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    Bond Touch review [App]  2019-2-16 13:44

    should add a method to buzz the person through the application as well.

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    Bond Touch review [App]  2019-2-16 13:44

    its amazing but the touches gets small delayed sometimes other than that i love it

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    Fire 7 Tablet (7" display, 16 GB) - Black + Amazon Standing Case (Charcoal Black) review [Book]  2019-12-6 18:10

    Original review (June 9, 2019) and three updates placed at the end of the original review (June 10, 2019, June 14, 2019, and June 21, 2019, respectively).ORIGINAL REVIEW: June 9, 2019 (5/5 stars)UPDATED REVIEW: June 21, 2019 (4/5 stars)For background information, I am a professor and a tech geek. I have used Amazon devices for around eight years now. I currently own three Kindle e-readers (Kindle Touch, Kindle Paperwhite 3rd generation, and Kindle 10). I also own four Amazon Fire tablets (2015 Fire 7 -5th generation, 2019 Fire 7 – 9th generation, 2017 Fire HD 8 - 7th generation and 2018 Fire HD 8 –8th generation) and 3 Echo devices (1st generation Echo, 2nd generation Echo Dot, and 3rd generation Echo Dot). Please note that I have traded-in some of the dated versions of the above-listed products to obtain upgraded versions (more on this under the “Saving Cash on Purchases” section).This device is Amazon’s most recently refreshed (2019 – 9th generation) Fire smartphone 7 inch at an outstanding price. The Fire 7 (9th generation) is definitely slightly better than the previous generation. The combination of quality and value are really tough to beat and the smartphone does well overall. This is a comprehensive review, but for those looking for the bottom line, scroll down to the bottom to see some feedback on how to save cash on purchasing the Fire and my final low is my summary of the “Fire 7.” I have spent the past few days playing around with the Fire, using it, and reading other online reviews about this ver to ensure the comprehensiveness and accuracy of info provided in this review. For reference purposes, this Fire model was latest refreshed in 2017. This review has overlaps with my review of the Fire 7 Children Edition smartphone because both of these are essentially the same smartphone but to a various audience.-THE BOX: The Fire 7 tablet, a quick-start guide, primary safety instructions, 5W wall adapter, and a USB cord (around 3 foot or 36 inches). The item arrived sealed and packaged well.- AVAILABILITY: Black, Twilight Blue, Plum, and Sage are the base colors variants. Additionally, covers can be purchased for $29.99 in the same color scheme as the Fire smartphone from Amazon. Personally, I wouldn’t recommend these overpriced covers. There are several other high quality and aesthetically pleasing covers that can be found on Amazon that are affordable, well rated, and function better.- Key things that have not changed from the prior Fire 7 model:--- Display size remains the same--- PPI remains the same at 171--- RAM remains the same at 1 GB of RAM.--- Speaker and microphone remains the same (mono speaker with built-in microphone)--- Size specifications remain the same--- Warranty remains the same (90-day limited warranty)- Summary of key aspects (listed in order of importance) that have changed in this ver (Fire 7: 2019: 9th generation) from prior generation Fire 7 smartphone (2017: 7th generation). For the below comparison, the fresh ver will be listed as Fire 2019 and the previous model as Fire 2017.--- Fire 2019: Increased storage options (16 GB or 32 GB) as compared to prior ver Fire 2017 (8 GB or 16 GB).--- Battery life has declined to 7 hours (1-hour reduction) from prior version.--- Charge time has decreased from 6 hours (Fire 2017) to 4 hours (Fire 2019). This is a major plus because it would take forever to charge these tablets). Again, please note that this claim (regarding charging time) holds real only if an Amazon wall outlet is used. The smartphone usually notifies you when you are using a non-compatible wall outlet and cable. I have tested charging speeds on third-party wall ports and noticed a substantial increase in charging time as compared to using an Amazon wall outlet. So, ideally, consumers should use only the Amazon wall outlet for quick charging.--- The fresh processor based on specs provided by Amazon to developers Fire 7 2019 [Quad-Core ARM Cortex-A53 (1.3 GHz)] vs. Fire 7 2017 [Quad-Core ARM Cortex-A7 (1.3 GHz)] is a bit faster. Again, this is my initial assessment. This would require extra testing and I will place in these numbers at a later time when they become available.--- Camera quality has improved 2 MP front and rear-facing cameras with 720p HD video recording as compared to the prior version.--- Slight decrease in weight (0.3 oz/9 grams)--- Light sensor added (mentioned in developer info page).--- Three fresh colors added (Twilight Blue, Plum, and Sage) in addition to Black.- Technical specs and other details:--- Size: 7.6” x 4.5” x 0.4” (192 x 115 x 9.6 mm).--- 171 pixel per inch (PPI) with IPS display technology and advanced polarizing filter. This basically means that there is a bright display with vivid colors and whiter whites for a amazing viewing experience from all angles.--- 7-inch screen, 1024 x 600 resolution with SD video playback--- Internal Storage: 16 or 32 GB--- External Storage: expandable storage using MicroSD card for up to 512 GB + unlimited cloud storage for Amazon digital content purchases.--- Weight: 10.1 oz/286 grams--- Amazon’s digital assistant: Hands-free Alexa enabled. This option basically converts the device into a stand-alone device that can do multiple functions. For instance, if you are cooking and wish help, you can ask Alexa to pull up the instructions for “Mashed Potatoes” and it will do so.--- Warranty and Service: 90-day limited warranty and service included. U.S. customers can purchase an extended warranty for 1, 2 or 3 years (though I might not personally recommend this for such an affordable product like the Fire 7)--- Camera: 2MP VGA front-facing camera and rear-facing HD camera--- Sensors: Accelerometer and light sensor--- Battery life: Up to 7 hours of battery life--- Fully charges in 4 hours (if Amazon wall outlet is used)--- Single-antenna dual-band Wi-Fi. Uses 802.11a/b/g/n with WEP, WPA, and WPA2 security using password authentication. No help offered to connect to ad-hoc (or peer-to-peer) Wi-Fi networks.--- Bluetooth 4.1 LE--- Ports: USB 2.0 (micro-B connector) to connect to the computer or for charging the device with the included power adapter; MicroSDXC slot for external storage, and 3.5 mm stereo jack and integrated speaker.- Some limitations (to be expected because of this smartphone being sold at a bargain price and also being the base model of the Fire series):--- No HD video viewing available--- Camera specs are sub-par as compared to other costlier tablets (again this might sound oxymoronic...but just pointing it out)--- Max volume is below average (because of the mono-speaker)--- Sound quality is average--- Amazon’s ecosystem is not as heavy compared to the Google Play Shop and Apple Play Store.--- Amazon’s Silk browser is not as intuitive and user-friendly as more prominent competitors (Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, etc.).--- Some reviewers have claimed that the external storage (MicroSDXC card) is not as responsive as the internal storage (this is not something I have experienced).--- Because of concerns dealing with volume and sound quality using this model for listening to music, or watching TV shows, movies, etc. might require headphones or a speaker.-Fire 7: 2019 Smartphone Children edition: Please note that Amazon has updated their Fire 7 Children Edition too. Since, this is for a various audience, I will not deal with it in this review.- Comparison between Fire 7 (this ver – 2019 release) and Fire HD 8 (2018 release – mid-tier model):--- Charge time: Fire HD 8 (6 hours) vs. Fire 7 (4 hours)--- Display Size: Fire HD 8 (8 inches) vs. Fire 7 (7 inches)--- Video playback: Fire HD 8 (HD video playback) vs. Fire 7 (SD video playback)--- Resolution: Fire HD 8 (1280 * 800; 189 PPI) vs. Fire 7 (1024 *600; 171 PPI)--- RAM: Fire HD 8 (1.5 GB RAM) vs. Fire 7 (1 GB RAM)--- Battery life: Fire HD 8 (10 hours) vs. Fire 7 (7 hours),--- Speaker: Fire HD 8 (Dolby Atmos, dual stereo speakers) vs. Fire 7 (Mono speaker)--- Weight: Fire HD 8 (12.8 oz, 363 g) vs. Fire 7 (10.1 oz, 286 g)--- Expandable Storage (internal storage remains same): Fire HD 8 (expandable by to 400 GB) vs. Fire 7 (expandable by up to 512 GB).--- Colors: Fire HD 8 (Black, Marine Blue, Punch Red, Canary Yellow) vs.. Fire 7 (Black, Twilight Blue, Plum, Sage)--- Cost: Fire HD 8 (16 GB - $79.99; 32 GB - $109.99) vs. Fire HD 7 (16 GB - $49.99; 32 GB - $69.99)--- Multi-touch: Fire HD 8 (10-point) vs. Fire 7 (5-point)--- Processors, software version, and cameras remain the same on both units.- Comparison between Fire 7 (this ver – 2019 release) and Fire HD 10 (2017 release – mid-tier model):--- Charge time: Fire HD 10 (5 hours) vs. Fire 7 (4 hours)--- Display Size: Fire HD 10 (10.1 inches) vs. Fire 7 (7 inches)--- Video playback: Fire HD 10 (HD video playback; 1080p HD resolution) vs. Fire 7 (SD video playback)--- Resolution: Fire HD 10 (1920 * 1200; 224 PPI) vs. Fire 7 (1024 *600; 171 PPI)--- Processor: Fire HD 10 [2xARM Cortex-A72 (1.8 GHz), 2xARM Cortex-A53 (1.4 GHz)] vs. Fire 7 inch (ARM Cortex-A53 Quad-Core 1.3 GHz) (basically Fire HD 10 would be substantially faster than either the Fire 7 or Fire HD 8)--- RAM: Fire HD 10 (2 GB RAM) vs. Fire 7 (1 GB RAM)--- Battery life: Fire HD 10 (10 hours) vs. Fire 7 (7 hours),--- Speaker: Fire HD 10 (Dolby Atmos, dual stereo speakers) vs. Fire 7 (Mono speaker)--- Camera: Fire HD 10 (0.3 MP front-facing and 2 MP rear-facing camera) vs. Fire 7 (2 MP front-facing and rear-facing camera)--- Weight: Fire HD 10 (17.7 oz, 500 g) vs. Fire 7 (10.1 oz, 286 g)--- Internal Storage: Fire HD 10 [32 GB (25.4 GB available to user) or 64 GB (54.1 GB available to user)] vs. Fire 7 [(internal storage remains same - 16 GB (9.4 GB available to user) or 32 GB (23.6 GB available to user)]--- Expandable Storage: Fire HD 10 (expandable by to 256 GB) vs. Fire 7 (expandable by up to 512 GB).--- Colors: Fire HD 10 (Black, Marine Blue, Punch Red) vs.. Fire 7 (Black, Twilight Blue, Plum, Sage)--- Cost: Fire HD 10 (32 GB - $149.99; 32 GB - $189.99) vs. Fire 7 (16 GB - $49.99; 32 GB - $69.99)--- Multi-touch: Fire HD 10 (10-point) vs. Fire 7 (5-point)** If you are considering buying the Fire HD 10, I would wait on it as there is a high probability that this model will be refreshed this year as the latest modernize was in 2017 (Amazon seems to follow a 2-year refresh cycle though this is not always the case).- Some useful features on Fire Tablets (not a comprehensive list)--- Accessibility: “VoiceView and Screen Magnifier enable access to the vast majority of Fire smartphone features. VoiceView features text-to-speech voice. Fire OS 5 also contains system wide closed caption settings, adjustable font sizes up to 50% larger, and a dozens of book reading text adjustments such as adjustable colors and text spacing. Also contains adjustable font sizes/color, and built-in Oxford dictionary.”--- Surfing the web using Amazon’s web browser - Silk--- Watching movies, TV shows and listening to music.--- Ability to read Kindle books.--- Ability to read the news using Washington Times--- Other apps (games, educational tools, etc. available in Amazon’s application store) plus several prominent apps included like YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, etc.--- Ability to obtain set-up email apps, calendar, etc.--- Ability to play android games that can be downloaded from the application store.- Testing:Wi-Fi: I was able to connect to the Wi-Fi network without any technical difficulties. The process was beautiful straightforward.- Saving cash on purchasing the Fire:--- For users who wish more storage, I would strongly recommend getting the Fire 7 (16 GB) and then purchasing a microSD card as opposed to getting the costlier Fire 7 (32 GB tablet). For context, users can obtain a 64 GB microSD card for around $12 (users might be able to obtain a cheaper microSD card on Amazon prime day) on Amazon which is cheaper than paying an extra $20 for Fire 7 32 GB. Additionally, the user gets more storage by getting a microSD card.--- The initial purchase with a promo discount entitles the user to a ($10 application shop credit value), so you are essentially paying $ 39.99 for the 16 GB Fire 7 tablet.--- The cost for the 16 GB Fire 7 will be $49.99 (with unique offers) or 32 GB Fire 7 for $69.99 (with unique offers). Customers can disable unique offers later by paying $20 if they purchase the Fire with unique offers. Personally, I would recommend going the route of getting the unique offers and then disabling it. The unique offers only appear when the Kindle is locked/asleep and are non-intrusive. I have 6 devices, all of which have unique offers and have never had an issue. However, if the user does not like the unique offers, you can purchase the Fire with unique offers and then remove the unique offers..--- You can easily trade-in your prior Fire for Amazon credit (for $5-$15 depending on ver and condition), which also entitles them to keep an extra 25% discount towards their fresh Fire.--- As previously mentioned, I would recommend avoiding purchasing extended warranty on this item.--- My recommendation would be to purchase this item during a sale happening (for instance, Amazon Prime day is coming up in July). The customer can obtain this smartphone for around $20 off during Prime day (based on prior sales analysis), and then stack the trade-in price and the 25% discount to obtain this item for a minimal cost (maybe you can snag it for $20 in total or lesser if everything is applied correctly). However, one thing to hold in mind is that Amazon might decide to remove the trade-in bonus card and 25% discount at any point.-Quality comment: Some customers have critiqued the prior ver (Fire 7: 2017) for lack of long-term quality. Again, please remember that this product is sold for $49.99 and goes on sale for around $ 29.99. How much more can one expect for a product this affordable? I have used my prior Fire 7 (2015) for 4 years without any problems (Honestly, I am surprised it lasted this long). Additionally, it definitely is more durable than my iPad. Additionally, with the immense technological breakthroughs occurring at lightening speed, any smartphone will be obsolete in a few years. So, it might be logically better to obtain an affordable average end smartphone than investing in a high end one (unless you need a high-end one for your specific use).- Conclusion:To sum up my review, this is the primary Amazon Fire 7 tablet. No bells and whistles, but it does the job. Limitations contain sound quality, volume quality, and potential problems with MicroSDXC Card access, and primary application store. Updates worth noting in this ver contain the fresh color options, a slight decrease in weight, increase in storage (internal and external), slightly faster processor, slightly improved cameras, and slight decrease in battery life (though this might be a more accurate representation of the life of the battery). The bottom line is that if you are looking to obtain a super affordable smartphone that is well-rated, small, lightweight, and can complete most of the primary and some intermediate tasks along with primary entertainment, then this Fire smartphone is the method to go. So, I am giving it 5/5 stars in spite of its limitations because it is really hard (if not impossible) to search a better deal at this price point.- UPDATE # 1 (June 10, 2019): Fire HD 8I would personally recommend the Fire HD 8 (mid-tier model) as opposed to this Fire 7 (the model reviewed) for a few more dollars. This can be purchased after following the cost-saving suggestions previously listed. My reasons are several and include: the 8 inch screen (as compared to 7 inches), higher resolution (189 PPI vs. 171 PPI), increased RAM (1.5 GB vs. 1 GB), battery life (10 hours vs. 7 hours), and the feature I appreciate the most - Dolby Atmos, dual stereo speakers (which can create a globe of difference while watching or listening to something). I own both the 7 and the 8 inch, and there is a spectacular difference in sound quality and volume between the two. Besides, most phones now have an average screen size of around 5.5 inches (many companies are moving towards a 6 inches average). So, having a 7-inch smartphone might not per se create a major difference for customers because it is related in size to their phone (unless they wish to use this device as a back-up device to prevent wear and tear on their phone). Additionally, since charging takes a substantial amount of time, I would rather have a smartphone with longer battery life (Fire HD 8) than shorter (Fire 7). However, please note that the latest argument cuts both ways as the fresh Fire 7 (4 hours) charges quicker as compared to the Fire HD 8 (6 hours).- UPDATE # 2 (June 15, 2019): Amazon FreeTime Unlimited- Amazon FreeTime Unlimited ($2.99/month after free subscription period)--- Amazon FreeTime Unlimited is a subscription that offers over “20,000 books, movies, TV shows, apps and android games for children 3-12. Age Filters ensure children see age-appropriate content. Parents can add content to kids' profiles to give them more access to apps and games.” “In FreeTime, children do not have access to social media or Alexa. In-app purchases require parent approval. Parents can exit FreeTime using a passcode.” Another special feature is Amazon’s FreeTime Unlimited in Spanish!--- Parents also have the option “to set educational goals and curfews (using FreeTime Unlimited), and manage content for up to 4 kid profiles (option given during initial set-up of the tablet) with easy-to-use parental controls.”--- Generally speaking - FreeTime Unlimited offers unbeatable value – I mean where else on earth can you obtain kid-friendly and generally holistic content for $2.99/month (after trial subscription ends).*FreeTime unlimited has several nifty features that I cannot cover because of zone limitations. Parents have a lot of flexibility in choosing and curating content for children, permitting downloads, and even setting the smartphone to turn-off after a preset amount of use or at a set time and turn on at a set time.UPDATE # 3 (June 21, 2019): Battery Life and SoftwareSome customers have complained about the low and unpredictable battery life for this fresh device. I have experienced occasional battery fluctuations (my prior Fire seemed to have better battery life). So, I am docking a star. Some other reviewers have also experienced overheating of this device. Other than the occasional overheating that occur in all devices (when complex programs/apps are used for an extended period of time), I haven’t experienced anything major until now. Additionally, some customers have also complained about the fresh Fire OS causing problems. I have experienced occasional staggering of the OS and application closures but nothing major as described by other reviewers. I will continue my testing to see if other problems surface but just wanted to give a heads-up to customers so they are prepared in case they experience any problems in the future and wish to contact Amazon about ease also note several resources were used in the compilation of this review but most of this review was based on my private testing of the product.Whenever I create any purchase, I test to do a thorough and accurate job with the review. My reviews are my honest and comprehensive assessment of the product. I always post future updates and corrections based on fresh info if deemed necessary. Additionally, I always contain images of products to verify both that I purchased this product and to back up appropriate claims in the review. If you have any feedback or questions or corrections, leave a note in the comments section. Thank you!

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    Fire 7 Tablet (7" display, 16 GB) - Black + Amazon Standing Case (Charcoal Black) review [Book]  2019-12-6 18:10

    I having been buying the smaller Fire tablets (7 inch) since the beginning and I can now recommend to buy this tablet. I have other sized Fire tablets (8 Inch) and a fresh ipad, plus the fresh Kindle paper white, but the Fire 7 is my go to tablet. What I use it for. Prime Video, Hulu, Netflix, Youtube. Kindle reader for books and bible. Audible books from audible. Podcasts (stitcher). Comixology for comics (old school Marvel fan!). Ig (I do not use facebook). Home automation with Alexa (control of my lights, ring alarm, alarms, and primary questions) works amazing both hands free as well as pressing the home button. I also play light android games on it, Word search, Temple run, Mad Birds series of games, Yahtzee, Subway Surfer, Crossy Roads, and a few others. I also listen to Amazon prime melody (Apple melody does not work on this device). I mainly use my Apple air buds when watching and listening and it sounds fantastic. Picture quality is great. This is a snappy small smartphone and my favorite size. It feels amazing in the hand with the solid plastic build (compared to the Fire 8 inch, which feels more "cheap"). It is a amazing smartphone to use while lying in bed, which is mainly when I use it (ipad 9.7 is to heavy). I feel that Amazon finally got it right with this fresh 2019 version. The previous versions are painfully slow to load anything, and that is why I never would recommend them especially for a child. These fresh tablets are so much better, my wife wants one, and I will be buying them for my kids, something I would not even consider before, because of the frustration of the slowness (and the reason my children took over the ipad and iphones in the first place). As you can see this is a consumption device, meant for fun..not a computer or workhorse. I should mention you can check email and use the smartphone for video chatting and dropping in on other echo devices which works really well and my children have fun using it, I should also mention that I am a Prime member and take advantage of the Prime image storage, which any picture that I take on my iphone, pops up on my Fire Tablet. I should also mention why I use this for reading more than my paper white, it is because I like the "page curl effect" and the method it highlights my passages on books (I still use my paper white..but this is just a preference). The only reason I gave this 4 stars instead of 5 is because of the 2mp camera (which I do not use much) and the battery life, which is actually not bad, but Amazon asked for a "star" rating on those two features as well as smartphone as a whole. At $50 you can not go wrong. Plus if you have a previous version, just trade it in. I got $10 knocked off and an extra 20% savings. I think I paid about $33. I will be trading in my 8 inch Fire for this size as well. Amazing small tablet!

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    Fire 7 Tablet (7" display, 16 GB) - Black + Amazon Standing Case (Charcoal Black) review [Book]  2019-12-6 18:10

    This kindle worked well for a few hours and then all of a sudden it started to find the internet on it's own. This is for my 8 year old daughter because her old kindle was not working. This kindle really scared my child. She would play a android game and something would control the game. We would watch it change the settings on it's own and move from ap to ap. When the kindle was locked something kept trying to access my contacts, and unblock my kindle!! It would change the time and change to a various alarm. I contacted amazon and they were not helpful, because nothing worked.. I had to factory reset it twice and it kept going back to controling itself on it's own. Finally I just had to return it because it because there was no method to use it. Amazon needs to create a product that works.

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    Fire 7 Tablet (7" display, 16 GB) - Black + Amazon Standing Case (Charcoal Black) review [Book]  2019-12-6 18:10

    Amazing budget smartphone but the battery drains continuously when idle at a quick rate (10% daily)

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    Fire 7 Tablet (7" display, 16 GB) - Black + Amazon Standing Case (Charcoal Black) review [Book]  2019-12-6 18:10

    Disclaimer: installing the google play shop is somewhat advanced, it is not something that you just click on and find, and you definitely will not be installing it from anything amazon offers or ople complaining that it sucks because it doesn't have google play store, YES YOU CAN PUT IT ON THERE STILL. It purposefully does not come on these. Because amazon markets them and google is a competitor to amazon. At the end of the day, these tablets are built on top of android, they run android device as the operating system, so yes you can place the google play shop on it. I have done it on 5 of these fresh kind fires and it works great. There is a youtube video on it, just google it.If you do not know how to install an application from an unknown source like downloading from the internet and installing an app, then maybe it's not for you if you are needing it for the sole purpose of google play. If you are a technical person, and like to learn, you will be just search and will figure it out. I bought these tablets for the sole purpose of needing a bunch of cheap square point of sale terminals. These tablets are the cheapest and best quality/hardware that you will search if you are looking for something like that. There are a bunch of chinese tablets for this price that are 10x worse and unreliable. These all fresh kindle fires are reliable, cheap, and awesome quality. I would recommend the kindle fire 7 any ain, my sole purpose was using them for putting the google play shop on it, and downloading square, and a hand full of other apps. My use case for these tablets are most likely a lot various than most peoples.

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    Fire 7 Tablet (7" display, 16 GB) - Black + Amazon Standing Case (Charcoal Black) review [Book]  2019-12-6 18:10

    I'm not a fan. It doesn't keep an internet connection well AT ALL and I hate how limited the device is. I'm sure it's mostly my fault for not reading that the fire tablets are only exclusive to Amazon apps so you can't use any apps from Google play or anything, but in the part of the description I read it said games. I didn't realize it didn't contain Google play games. Unfortunately that was my reason for getting a tablet, so I will be returning mine and getting something with Google play services. If you are okay with only watching movies, TV and reading, this may be okay for you. Not sure about the internet connection though, my boyfriend's smartphone (Lenovo) doesn't do that.

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    Fire 7 Tablet (7" display, 16 GB) - Black + Amazon Standing Case (Charcoal Black) review [Book]  2019-12-6 18:10

    I am surprised by how poor this product is given the overall decent quality of Amazon products. The screen is unresponsive and freezes. Kindle books I purchased are inaccessible from this device no matter what I do to begin them even though they present up on the kindle app. I cannot delete apps that I don’t wish even though I am supposed to be able to do so. Too a lot of ads present up and there doesn’t appear to be a reliable method to avoid them.

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    Fire 7 Tablet (7" display, 16 GB) - Black + Amazon Standing Case (Charcoal Black) review [Book]  2019-12-6 18:10

    I have had my fresh fire now for just a few days, but so far, I really like it. It is slimmer than my old one (2nd gen) and feels nice and light. I ordered the recommended case with it and it fit beautifully, nice and snug for a very thin sleek look. However, I have arthritis in my hands and was concerned that if I should drop it, the case might not protect it enough. That is just for me, it would probably be perfectly adequate for the average person without gripping drifficulties. I returned the lovely, sleek case and ordered the bulkier Moro case like I am used to. It is doing a amazing job. The fresh Kindle was very simple to set up and all settings were simple to find. Definitely recommend.

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    Fire 7 Tablet (7" display, 16 GB) - Black + Amazon Standing Case (Charcoal Black) review [Book]  2019-12-6 18:10

    I really didn't need a fresh one but wanted the 32 GB. It works really well so far. Haven't had any problems. The battery doesn't seem to latest as long as it says but I have only charged it a couple times since receiving it. Time will tell on that but it does work well. I inserted a 128 GB mini sd card and works great, just like it should. The blue color is really beautiful and a small various than the 7th generation I have. The thing I like the most is the 32 GB instead of the 16. Nice upgrade.

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    Fire 7 Tablet (7" display, 16 GB) - Black + Amazon Standing Case (Charcoal Black) review [Book]  2019-12-6 18:10

    I so wanted to love this kindle. However there are some things that I love about it being the size and the weight. I disagree that it is created flimsy I think it feels that method because it is smaller. But anyway...on to the issues with this fire and perhaps the first round of pre-order kindles are Guinee pigs which I don't mind if there will eventually be a satisfactory product to replace this piece of total crap...1. Battery life is TERRIBLE2. Screen Freezes3. screen unresponsive4. drops wireless connection connection5. Bluetooth turns on and off all by its small self6. Very slow browsing or maybe that is the screen freezing7. Crashes 80% of the time this thing is so slow and unresponsive that I am so satisfied when I can finally begin a book to read and then....crash8. Alexa doesn't hear me half the time or she is purposelly trying to annoy the hell out of me (b*tch)I have always been extremely satisfied with amazon kindles, be it an e-reader or fire tablet. I have owned and do own several there were some I had to exchange but in the end everything worked out and I was a satisfied kindle is kindle I am extremely disappointed with. Because I love the size, the weight, the color options and being able to switch from reading to surfing and not being cumbersome like the fire 10.I will be exchanging mine and hope I don't obtain one of the other unsatisfied customers refurbished piece of crap.Update...received my replacement kindle so far so amazing but..the other one worked amazing for about a week. Will post further updates.I do have to say that customer service was awesome. My exchange was not a problem. Thanks for that amazon and keeping fingers crossed on my replacement.

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    Fire 7 Tablet (7" display, 32 GB) - Black + Amazon Standing Case (Charcoal Black) review [Book]  2019-12-6 18:10

    Original review (June 9, 2019) and three updates placed at the end of the original review (June 10, 2019, June 14, 2019, and June 21, 2019, respectively).ORIGINAL REVIEW: June 9, 2019 (5/5 stars)UPDATED REVIEW: June 21, 2019 (4/5 stars)For background information, I am a professor and a tech geek. I have used Amazon devices for around eight years now. I currently own three Kindle e-readers (Kindle Touch, Kindle Paperwhite 3rd generation, and Kindle 10). I also own four Amazon Fire tablets (2015 Fire 7 -5th generation, 2019 Fire 7 – 9th generation, 2017 Fire HD 8 - 7th generation and 2018 Fire HD 8 –8th generation) and 3 Echo devices (1st generation Echo, 2nd generation Echo Dot, and 3rd generation Echo Dot). Please note that I have traded-in some of the dated versions of the above-listed products to obtain upgraded versions (more on this under the “Saving Cash on Purchases” section).This device is Amazon’s most recently refreshed (2019 – 9th generation) Fire smartphone 7 inch at an outstanding price. The Fire 7 (9th generation) is definitely slightly better than the previous generation. The combination of quality and value are really tough to beat and the smartphone does well overall. This is a comprehensive review, but for those looking for the bottom line, scroll down to the bottom to see some feedback on how to save cash on purchasing the Fire and my final low is my summary of the “Fire 7.” I have spent the past few days playing around with the Fire, using it, and reading other online reviews about this ver to ensure the comprehensiveness and accuracy of info provided in this review. For reference purposes, this Fire model was latest refreshed in 2017. This review has overlaps with my review of the Fire 7 Children Edition smartphone because both of these are essentially the same smartphone but to a various audience.-THE BOX: The Fire 7 tablet, a quick-start guide, primary safety instructions, 5W wall adapter, and a USB cord (around 3 foot or 36 inches). The item arrived sealed and packaged well.- AVAILABILITY: Black, Twilight Blue, Plum, and Sage are the base colors variants. Additionally, covers can be purchased for $29.99 in the same color scheme as the Fire smartphone from Amazon. Personally, I wouldn’t recommend these overpriced covers. There are several other high quality and aesthetically pleasing covers that can be found on Amazon that are affordable, well rated, and function better.- Key things that have not changed from the prior Fire 7 model:--- Display size remains the same--- PPI remains the same at 171--- RAM remains the same at 1 GB of RAM.--- Speaker and microphone remains the same (mono speaker with built-in microphone)--- Size specifications remain the same--- Warranty remains the same (90-day limited warranty)- Summary of key aspects (listed in order of importance) that have changed in this ver (Fire 7: 2019: 9th generation) from prior generation Fire 7 smartphone (2017: 7th generation). For the below comparison, the fresh ver will be listed as Fire 2019 and the previous model as Fire 2017.--- Fire 2019: Increased storage options (16 GB or 32 GB) as compared to prior ver Fire 2017 (8 GB or 16 GB).--- Battery life has declined to 7 hours (1-hour reduction) from prior version.--- Charge time has decreased from 6 hours (Fire 2017) to 4 hours (Fire 2019). This is a major plus because it would take forever to charge these tablets). Again, please note that this claim (regarding charging time) holds real only if an Amazon wall outlet is used. The smartphone usually notifies you when you are using a non-compatible wall outlet and cable. I have tested charging speeds on third-party wall ports and noticed a substantial increase in charging time as compared to using an Amazon wall outlet. So, ideally, consumers should use only the Amazon wall outlet for quick charging.--- The fresh processor based on specs provided by Amazon to developers Fire 7 2019 [Quad-Core ARM Cortex-A53 (1.3 GHz)] vs. Fire 7 2017 [Quad-Core ARM Cortex-A7 (1.3 GHz)] is a bit faster. Again, this is my initial assessment. This would require extra testing and I will place in these numbers at a later time when they become available.--- Camera quality has improved 2 MP front and rear-facing cameras with 720p HD video recording as compared to the prior version.--- Slight decrease in weight (0.3 oz/9 grams)--- Light sensor added (mentioned in developer info page).--- Three fresh colors added (Twilight Blue, Plum, and Sage) in addition to Black.- Technical specs and other details:--- Size: 7.6” x 4.5” x 0.4” (192 x 115 x 9.6 mm).--- 171 pixel per inch (PPI) with IPS display technology and advanced polarizing filter. This basically means that there is a bright display with vivid colors and whiter whites for a amazing viewing experience from all angles.--- 7-inch screen, 1024 x 600 resolution with SD video playback--- Internal Storage: 16 or 32 GB--- External Storage: expandable storage using MicroSD card for up to 512 GB + unlimited cloud storage for Amazon digital content purchases.--- Weight: 10.1 oz/286 grams--- Amazon’s digital assistant: Hands-free Alexa enabled. This option basically converts the device into a stand-alone device that can do multiple functions. For instance, if you are cooking and wish help, you can ask Alexa to pull up the instructions for “Mashed Potatoes” and it will do so.--- Warranty and Service: 90-day limited warranty and service included. U.S. customers can purchase an extended warranty for 1, 2 or 3 years (though I might not personally recommend this for such an affordable product like the Fire 7)--- Camera: 2MP VGA front-facing camera and rear-facing HD camera--- Sensors: Accelerometer and light sensor--- Battery life: Up to 7 hours of battery life--- Fully charges in 4 hours (if Amazon wall outlet is used)--- Single-antenna dual-band Wi-Fi. Uses 802.11a/b/g/n with WEP, WPA, and WPA2 security using password authentication. No help offered to connect to ad-hoc (or peer-to-peer) Wi-Fi networks.--- Bluetooth 4.1 LE--- Ports: USB 2.0 (micro-B connector) to connect to the computer or for charging the device with the included power adapter; MicroSDXC slot for external storage, and 3.5 mm stereo jack and integrated speaker.- Some limitations (to be expected because of this smartphone being sold at a bargain price and also being the base model of the Fire series):--- No HD video viewing available--- Camera specs are sub-par as compared to other costlier tablets (again this might sound oxymoronic...but just pointing it out)--- Max volume is below average (because of the mono-speaker)--- Sound quality is average--- Amazon’s ecosystem is not as heavy compared to the Google Play Shop and Apple Play Store.--- Amazon’s Silk browser is not as intuitive and user-friendly as more prominent competitors (Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, etc.).--- Some reviewers have claimed that the external storage (MicroSDXC card) is not as responsive as the internal storage (this is not something I have experienced).--- Because of concerns dealing with volume and sound quality using this model for listening to music, or watching TV shows, movies, etc. might require headphones or a speaker.-Fire 7: 2019 Smartphone Children edition: Please note that Amazon has updated their Fire 7 Children Edition too. Since, this is for a various audience, I will not deal with it in this review.- Comparison between Fire 7 (this ver – 2019 release) and Fire HD 8 (2018 release – mid-tier model):--- Charge time: Fire HD 8 (6 hours) vs. Fire 7 (4 hours)--- Display Size: Fire HD 8 (8 inches) vs. Fire 7 (7 inches)--- Video playback: Fire HD 8 (HD video playback) vs. Fire 7 (SD video playback)--- Resolution: Fire HD 8 (1280 * 800; 189 PPI) vs. Fire 7 (1024 *600; 171 PPI)--- RAM: Fire HD 8 (1.5 GB RAM) vs. Fire 7 (1 GB RAM)--- Battery life: Fire HD 8 (10 hours) vs. Fire 7 (7 hours),--- Speaker: Fire HD 8 (Dolby Atmos, dual stereo speakers) vs. Fire 7 (Mono speaker)--- Weight: Fire HD 8 (12.8 oz, 363 g) vs. Fire 7 (10.1 oz, 286 g)--- Expandable Storage (internal storage remains same): Fire HD 8 (expandable by to 400 GB) vs. Fire 7 (expandable by up to 512 GB).--- Colors: Fire HD 8 (Black, Marine Blue, Punch Red, Canary Yellow) vs.. Fire 7 (Black, Twilight Blue, Plum, Sage)--- Cost: Fire HD 8 (16 GB - $79.99; 32 GB - $109.99) vs. Fire HD 7 (16 GB - $49.99; 32 GB - $69.99)--- Multi-touch: Fire HD 8 (10-point) vs. Fire 7 (5-point)--- Processors, software version, and cameras remain the same on both units.- Comparison between Fire 7 (this ver – 2019 release) and Fire HD 10 (2017 release – mid-tier model):--- Charge time: Fire HD 10 (5 hours) vs. Fire 7 (4 hours)--- Display Size: Fire HD 10 (10.1 inches) vs. Fire 7 (7 inches)--- Video playback: Fire HD 10 (HD video playback; 1080p HD resolution) vs. Fire 7 (SD video playback)--- Resolution: Fire HD 10 (1920 * 1200; 224 PPI) vs. Fire 7 (1024 *600; 171 PPI)--- Processor: Fire HD 10 [2xARM Cortex-A72 (1.8 GHz), 2xARM Cortex-A53 (1.4 GHz)] vs. Fire 7 inch (ARM Cortex-A53 Quad-Core 1.3 GHz) (basically Fire HD 10 would be substantially faster than either the Fire 7 or Fire HD 8)--- RAM: Fire HD 10 (2 GB RAM) vs. Fire 7 (1 GB RAM)--- Battery life: Fire HD 10 (10 hours) vs. Fire 7 (7 hours),--- Speaker: Fire HD 10 (Dolby Atmos, dual stereo speakers) vs. Fire 7 (Mono speaker)--- Camera: Fire HD 10 (0.3 MP front-facing and 2 MP rear-facing camera) vs. Fire 7 (2 MP front-facing and rear-facing camera)--- Weight: Fire HD 10 (17.7 oz, 500 g) vs. Fire 7 (10.1 oz, 286 g)--- Internal Storage: Fire HD 10 [32 GB (25.4 GB available to user) or 64 GB (54.1 GB available to user)] vs. Fire 7 [(internal storage remains same - 16 GB (9.4 GB available to user) or 32 GB (23.6 GB available to user)]--- Expandable Storage: Fire HD 10 (expandable by to 256 GB) vs. Fire 7 (expandable by up to 512 GB).--- Colors: Fire HD 10 (Black, Marine Blue, Punch Red) vs.. Fire 7 (Black, Twilight Blue, Plum, Sage)--- Cost: Fire HD 10 (32 GB - $149.99; 32 GB - $189.99) vs. Fire 7 (16 GB - $49.99; 32 GB - $69.99)--- Multi-touch: Fire HD 10 (10-point) vs. Fire 7 (5-point)** If you are considering buying the Fire HD 10, I would wait on it as there is a high probability that this model will be refreshed this year as the latest modernize was in 2017 (Amazon seems to follow a 2-year refresh cycle though this is not always the case).- Some useful features on Fire Tablets (not a comprehensive list)--- Accessibility: “VoiceView and Screen Magnifier enable access to the vast majority of Fire smartphone features. VoiceView features text-to-speech voice. Fire OS 5 also contains system wide closed caption settings, adjustable font sizes up to 50% larger, and a dozens of book reading text adjustments such as adjustable colors and text spacing. Also contains adjustable font sizes/color, and built-in Oxford dictionary.”--- Surfing the web using Amazon’s web browser - Silk--- Watching movies, TV shows and listening to music.--- Ability to read Kindle books.--- Ability to read the news using Washington Times--- Other apps (games, educational tools, etc. available in Amazon’s application store) plus several prominent apps included like YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, etc.--- Ability to obtain set-up email apps, calendar, etc.--- Ability to play android games that can be downloaded from the application store.- Testing:Wi-Fi: I was able to connect to the Wi-Fi network without any technical difficulties. The process was beautiful straightforward.- Saving cash on purchasing the Fire:--- For users who wish more storage, I would strongly recommend getting the Fire 7 (16 GB) and then purchasing a microSD card as opposed to getting the costlier Fire 7 (32 GB tablet). For context, users can obtain a 64 GB microSD card for around $12 (users might be able to obtain a cheaper microSD card on Amazon prime day) on Amazon which is cheaper than paying an extra $20 for Fire 7 32 GB. Additionally, the user gets more storage by getting a microSD card.--- The initial purchase with a promo discount entitles the user to a ($10 application shop credit value), so you are essentially paying $ 39.99 for the 16 GB Fire 7 tablet.--- The cost for the 16 GB Fire 7 will be $49.99 (with unique offers) or 32 GB Fire 7 for $69.99 (with unique offers). Customers can disable unique offers later by paying $20 if they purchase the Fire with unique offers. Personally, I would recommend going the route of getting the unique offers and then disabling it. The unique offers only appear when the Kindle is locked/asleep and are non-intrusive. I have 6 devices, all of which have unique offers and have never had an issue. However, if the user does not like the unique offers, you can purchase the Fire with unique offers and then remove the unique offers..--- You can easily trade-in your prior Fire for Amazon credit (for $5-$15 depending on ver and condition), which also entitles them to keep an extra 25% discount towards their fresh Fire.--- As previously mentioned, I would recommend avoiding purchasing extended warranty on this item.--- My recommendation would be to purchase this item during a sale happening (for instance, Amazon Prime day is coming up in July). The customer can obtain this smartphone for around $20 off during Prime day (based on prior sales analysis), and then stack the trade-in price and the 25% discount to obtain this item for a minimal cost (maybe you can snag it for $20 in total or lesser if everything is applied correctly). However, one thing to hold in mind is that Amazon might decide to remove the trade-in bonus card and 25% discount at any point.-Quality comment: Some customers have critiqued the prior ver (Fire 7: 2017) for lack of long-term quality. Again, please remember that this product is sold for $49.99 and goes on sale for around $ 29.99. How much more can one expect for a product this affordable? I have used my prior Fire 7 (2015) for 4 years without any problems (Honestly, I am surprised it lasted this long). Additionally, it definitely is more durable than my iPad. Additionally, with the immense technological breakthroughs occurring at lightening speed, any smartphone will be obsolete in a few years. So, it might be logically better to obtain an affordable average end smartphone than investing in a high end one (unless you need a high-end one for your specific use).- Conclusion:To sum up my review, this is the primary Amazon Fire 7 tablet. No bells and whistles, but it does the job. Limitations contain sound quality, volume quality, and potential problems with MicroSDXC Card access, and primary application store. Updates worth noting in this ver contain the fresh color options, a slight decrease in weight, increase in storage (internal and external), slightly faster processor, slightly improved cameras, and slight decrease in battery life (though this might be a more accurate representation of the life of the battery). The bottom line is that if you are looking to obtain a super affordable smartphone that is well-rated, small, lightweight, and can complete most of the primary and some intermediate tasks along with primary entertainment, then this Fire smartphone is the method to go. So, I am giving it 5/5 stars in spite of its limitations because it is really hard (if not impossible) to search a better deal at this price point.- UPDATE # 1 (June 10, 2019): Fire HD 8I would personally recommend the Fire HD 8 (mid-tier model) as opposed to this Fire 7 (the model reviewed) for a few more dollars. This can be purchased after following the cost-saving suggestions previously listed. My reasons are several and include: the 8 inch screen (as compared to 7 inches), higher resolution (189 PPI vs. 171 PPI), increased RAM (1.5 GB vs. 1 GB), battery life (10 hours vs. 7 hours), and the feature I appreciate the most - Dolby Atmos, dual stereo speakers (which can create a globe of difference while watching or listening to something). I own both the 7 and the 8 inch, and there is a spectacular difference in sound quality and volume between the two. Besides, most phones now have an average screen size of around 5.5 inches (many companies are moving towards a 6 inches average). So, having a 7-inch smartphone might not per se create a major difference for customers because it is related in size to their phone (unless they wish to use this device as a back-up device to prevent wear and tear on their phone). Additionally, since charging takes a substantial amount of time, I would rather have a smartphone with longer battery life (Fire HD 8) than shorter (Fire 7). However, please note that the latest argument cuts both ways as the fresh Fire 7 (4 hours) charges quicker as compared to the Fire HD 8 (6 hours).- UPDATE # 2 (June 15, 2019): Amazon FreeTime Unlimited- Amazon FreeTime Unlimited ($2.99/month after free subscription period)--- Amazon FreeTime Unlimited is a subscription that offers over “20,000 books, movies, TV shows, apps and android games for children 3-12. Age Filters ensure children see age-appropriate content. Parents can add content to kids' profiles to give them more access to apps and games.” “In FreeTime, children do not have access to social media or Alexa. In-app purchases require parent approval. Parents can exit FreeTime using a passcode.” Another special feature is Amazon’s FreeTime Unlimited in Spanish!--- Parents also have the option “to set educational goals and curfews (using FreeTime Unlimited), and manage content for up to 4 kid profiles (option given during initial set-up of the tablet) with easy-to-use parental controls.”--- Generally speaking - FreeTime Unlimited offers unbeatable value – I mean where else on earth can you obtain kid-friendly and generally holistic content for $2.99/month (after trial subscription ends).*FreeTime unlimited has several nifty features that I cannot cover because of zone limitations. Parents have a lot of flexibility in choosing and curating content for children, permitting downloads, and even setting the smartphone to turn-off after a preset amount of use or at a set time and turn on at a set time.UPDATE # 3 (June 21, 2019): Battery Life and SoftwareSome customers have complained about the low and unpredictable battery life for this fresh device. I have experienced occasional battery fluctuations (my prior Fire seemed to have better battery life). So, I am docking a star. Some other reviewers have also experienced overheating of this device. Other than the occasional overheating that occur in all devices (when complex programs/apps are used for an extended period of time), I haven’t experienced anything major until now. Additionally, some customers have also complained about the fresh Fire OS causing problems. I have experienced occasional staggering of the OS and application closures but nothing major as described by other reviewers. I will continue my testing to see if other problems surface but just wanted to give a heads-up to customers so they are prepared in case they experience any problems in the future and wish to contact Amazon about ease also note several resources were used in the compilation of this review but most of this review was based on my private testing of the product.Whenever I create any purchase, I test to do a thorough and accurate job with the review. My reviews are my honest and comprehensive assessment of the product. I always post future updates and corrections based on fresh info if deemed necessary. Additionally, I always contain images of products to verify both that I purchased this product and to back up appropriate claims in the review. If you have any feedback or questions or corrections, leave a note in the comments section. Thank you!

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    Fire 7 Tablet (7" display, 32 GB) - Black + Amazon Standing Case (Charcoal Black) review [Book]  2019-12-6 18:10

    I having been buying the smaller Fire tablets (7 inch) since the beginning and I can now recommend to buy this tablet. I have other sized Fire tablets (8 Inch) and a fresh ipad, plus the fresh Kindle paper white, but the Fire 7 is my go to tablet. What I use it for. Prime Video, Hulu, Netflix, Youtube. Kindle reader for books and bible. Audible books from audible. Podcasts (stitcher). Comixology for comics (old school Marvel fan!). Ig (I do not use facebook). Home automation with Alexa (control of my lights, ring alarm, alarms, and primary questions) works amazing both hands free as well as pressing the home button. I also play light android games on it, Word search, Temple run, Mad Birds series of games, Yahtzee, Subway Surfer, Crossy Roads, and a few others. I also listen to Amazon prime melody (Apple melody does not work on this device). I mainly use my Apple air buds when watching and listening and it sounds fantastic. Picture quality is great. This is a snappy small smartphone and my favorite size. It feels amazing in the hand with the solid plastic build (compared to the Fire 8 inch, which feels more "cheap"). It is a amazing smartphone to use while lying in bed, which is mainly when I use it (ipad 9.7 is to heavy). I feel that Amazon finally got it right with this fresh 2019 version. The previous versions are painfully slow to load anything, and that is why I never would recommend them especially for a child. These fresh tablets are so much better, my wife wants one, and I will be buying them for my kids, something I would not even consider before, because of the frustration of the slowness (and the reason my children took over the ipad and iphones in the first place). As you can see this is a consumption device, meant for fun..not a computer or workhorse. I should mention you can check email and use the smartphone for video chatting and dropping in on other echo devices which works really well and my children have fun using it, I should also mention that I am a Prime member and take advantage of the Prime image storage, which any picture that I take on my iphone, pops up on my Fire Tablet. I should also mention why I use this for reading more than my paper white, it is because I like the "page curl effect" and the method it highlights my passages on books (I still use my paper white..but this is just a preference). The only reason I gave this 4 stars instead of 5 is because of the 2mp camera (which I do not use much) and the battery life, which is actually not bad, but Amazon asked for a "star" rating on those two features as well as smartphone as a whole. At $50 you can not go wrong. Plus if you have a previous version, just trade it in. I got $10 knocked off and an extra 20% savings. I think I paid about $33. I will be trading in my 8 inch Fire for this size as well. Amazing small tablet!

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    Fire 7 Tablet (7" display, 32 GB) - Black + Amazon Standing Case (Charcoal Black) review [Book]  2019-12-6 18:10

    This kindle worked well for a few hours and then all of a sudden it started to find the internet on it's own. This is for my 8 year old daughter because her old kindle was not working. This kindle really scared my child. She would play a android game and something would control the game. We would watch it change the settings on it's own and move from ap to ap. When the kindle was locked something kept trying to access my contacts, and unblock my kindle!! It would change the time and change to a various alarm. I contacted amazon and they were not helpful, because nothing worked.. I had to factory reset it twice and it kept going back to controling itself on it's own. Finally I just had to return it because it because there was no method to use it. Amazon needs to create a product that works.

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    Fire 7 Tablet (7" display, 32 GB) - Black + Amazon Standing Case (Charcoal Black) review [Book]  2019-12-6 18:10

    Amazing budget smartphone but the battery drains continuously when idle at a quick rate (10% daily)

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    Fire 7 Tablet (7" display, 32 GB) - Black + Amazon Standing Case (Charcoal Black) review [Book]  2019-12-6 18:10

    Disclaimer: installing the google play shop is somewhat advanced, it is not something that you just click on and find, and you definitely will not be installing it from anything amazon offers or ople complaining that it sucks because it doesn't have google play store, YES YOU CAN PUT IT ON THERE STILL. It purposefully does not come on these. Because amazon markets them and google is a competitor to amazon. At the end of the day, these tablets are built on top of android, they run android device as the operating system, so yes you can place the google play shop on it. I have done it on 5 of these fresh kind fires and it works great. There is a youtube video on it, just google it.If you do not know how to install an application from an unknown source like downloading from the internet and installing an app, then maybe it's not for you if you are needing it for the sole purpose of google play. If you are a technical person, and like to learn, you will be just search and will figure it out. I bought these tablets for the sole purpose of needing a bunch of cheap square point of sale terminals. These tablets are the cheapest and best quality/hardware that you will search if you are looking for something like that. There are a bunch of chinese tablets for this price that are 10x worse and unreliable. These all fresh kindle fires are reliable, cheap, and awesome quality. I would recommend the kindle fire 7 any ain, my sole purpose was using them for putting the google play shop on it, and downloading square, and a hand full of other apps. My use case for these tablets are most likely a lot various than most peoples.

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    Fire 7 Tablet (7" display, 32 GB) - Black + Amazon Standing Case (Charcoal Black) review [Book]  2019-12-6 18:10

    I'm not a fan. It doesn't keep an internet connection well AT ALL and I hate how limited the device is. I'm sure it's mostly my fault for not reading that the fire tablets are only exclusive to Amazon apps so you can't use any apps from Google play or anything, but in the part of the description I read it said games. I didn't realize it didn't contain Google play games. Unfortunately that was my reason for getting a tablet, so I will be returning mine and getting something with Google play services. If you are okay with only watching movies, TV and reading, this may be okay for you. Not sure about the internet connection though, my boyfriend's smartphone (Lenovo) doesn't do that.

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    Fire 7 Tablet (7" display, 32 GB) - Black + Amazon Standing Case (Charcoal Black) review [Book]  2019-12-6 18:10

    I am surprised by how poor this product is given the overall decent quality of Amazon products. The screen is unresponsive and freezes. Kindle books I purchased are inaccessible from this device no matter what I do to begin them even though they present up on the kindle app. I cannot delete apps that I don’t wish even though I am supposed to be able to do so. Too a lot of ads present up and there doesn’t appear to be a reliable method to avoid them.

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    Fire 7 Tablet (7" display, 32 GB) - Black + Amazon Standing Case (Charcoal Black) review [Book]  2019-12-6 18:10

    I have had my fresh fire now for just a few days, but so far, I really like it. It is slimmer than my old one (2nd gen) and feels nice and light. I ordered the recommended case with it and it fit beautifully, nice and snug for a very thin sleek look. However, I have arthritis in my hands and was concerned that if I should drop it, the case might not protect it enough. That is just for me, it would probably be perfectly adequate for the average person without gripping drifficulties. I returned the lovely, sleek case and ordered the bulkier Moro case like I am used to. It is doing a amazing job. The fresh Kindle was very simple to set up and all settings were simple to find. Definitely recommend.

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    Fire 7 Tablet (7" display, 32 GB) - Black + Amazon Standing Case (Charcoal Black) review [Book]  2019-12-6 18:10

    I really didn't need a fresh one but wanted the 32 GB. It works really well so far. Haven't had any problems. The battery doesn't seem to latest as long as it says but I have only charged it a couple times since receiving it. Time will tell on that but it does work well. I inserted a 128 GB mini sd card and works great, just like it should. The blue color is really beautiful and a small various than the 7th generation I have. The thing I like the most is the 32 GB instead of the 16. Nice upgrade.

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    Fire 7 Tablet (7" display, 32 GB) - Black + Amazon Standing Case (Charcoal Black) review [Book]  2019-12-6 18:10

    I so wanted to love this kindle. However there are some things that I love about it being the size and the weight. I disagree that it is created flimsy I think it feels that method because it is smaller. But anyway...on to the issues with this fire and perhaps the first round of pre-order kindles are Guinee pigs which I don't mind if there will eventually be a satisfactory product to replace this piece of total crap...1. Battery life is TERRIBLE2. Screen Freezes3. screen unresponsive4. drops wireless connection connection5. Bluetooth turns on and off all by its small self6. Very slow browsing or maybe that is the screen freezing7. Crashes 80% of the time this thing is so slow and unresponsive that I am so satisfied when I can finally begin a book to read and then....crash8. Alexa doesn't hear me half the time or she is purposelly trying to annoy the hell out of me (b*tch)I have always been extremely satisfied with amazon kindles, be it an e-reader or fire tablet. I have owned and do own several there were some I had to exchange but in the end everything worked out and I was a satisfied kindle is kindle I am extremely disappointed with. Because I love the size, the weight, the color options and being able to switch from reading to surfing and not being cumbersome like the fire 10.I will be exchanging mine and hope I don't obtain one of the other unsatisfied customers refurbished piece of crap.Update...received my replacement kindle so far so amazing but..the other one worked amazing for about a week. Will post further updates.I do have to say that customer service was awesome. My exchange was not a problem. Thanks for that amazon and keeping fingers crossed on my replacement.

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    Fire HD 10 Tablet (32 GB, Black, With Special Offers) + Amazon Standing Case (Charcoal Black) + 15W USB-C Charger review [Book]  2019-12-6 18:10

    OI! Surely they can fix the coding on this. I have a lot of bluetooth headsets and so far, only one works with this the type C charge isp video, quick loading and downloading. Alexa features are handy. I love these Fire tablets. But to have to buy fresh headsets for it is annoying... and how can I know if they'll work with it? I have three brand-new earbuds that I just bought - wireless earbuds are fantastic. And they won't work with it. So I search myself not using my fresh smartphone at all.Oi.

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    Fire HD 10 Tablet (64 GB, Black, With Special Offers) + Amazon Standing Case (Charcoal Black) + 15W USB-C Charger review [Book]  2019-12-6 18:10

    after a year it stopped charging completely and became useless. I did a find and found out it is a common problem

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    Fire 7 Essentials Bundle including Fire 7 Tablet (Black, 32GB), Amazon Standing Case (Charcoal Black), and Nupro Anti-Glare Screen Protector review [Book]  2019-12-1 18:1

    Original review (June 9, 2019) and three updates placed at the end of the original review (June 10, 2019, June 14, 2019, and June 21, 2019, respectively).ORIGINAL REVIEW: June 9, 2019 (5/5 stars)UPDATED REVIEW: June 21, 2019 (4/5 stars)For background information, I am a professor and a tech geek. I have used Amazon devices for around eight years now. I currently own three Kindle e-readers (Kindle Touch, Kindle Paperwhite 3rd generation, and Kindle 10). I also own four Amazon Fire tablets (2015 Fire 7 -5th generation, 2019 Fire 7 – 9th generation, 2017 Fire HD 8 - 7th generation and 2018 Fire HD 8 –8th generation) and 3 Echo devices (1st generation Echo, 2nd generation Echo Dot, and 3rd generation Echo Dot). Please note that I have traded-in some of the dated versions of the above-listed products to obtain upgraded versions (more on this under the “Saving Cash on Purchases” section).This device is Amazon’s most recently refreshed (2019 – 9th generation) Fire smartphone 7 inch at an outstanding price. The Fire 7 (9th generation) is definitely slightly better than the previous generation. The combination of quality and value are really tough to beat and the smartphone does well overall. This is a comprehensive review, but for those looking for the bottom line, scroll down to the bottom to see some feedback on how to save cash on purchasing the Fire and my final low is my summary of the “Fire 7.” I have spent the past few days playing around with the Fire, using it, and reading other online reviews about this ver to ensure the comprehensiveness and accuracy of info provided in this review. For reference purposes, this Fire model was latest refreshed in 2017. This review has overlaps with my review of the Fire 7 Children Edition smartphone because both of these are essentially the same smartphone but to a various audience.-THE BOX: The Fire 7 tablet, a quick-start guide, primary safety instructions, 5W wall adapter, and a USB cord (around 3 foot or 36 inches). The item arrived sealed and packaged well.- AVAILABILITY: Black, Twilight Blue, Plum, and Sage are the base colors variants. Additionally, covers can be purchased for $29.99 in the same color scheme as the Fire smartphone from Amazon. Personally, I wouldn’t recommend these overpriced covers. There are several other high quality and aesthetically pleasing covers that can be found on Amazon that are affordable, well rated, and function better.- Key things that have not changed from the prior Fire 7 model:--- Display size remains the same--- PPI remains the same at 171--- RAM remains the same at 1 GB of RAM.--- Speaker and microphone remains the same (mono speaker with built-in microphone)--- Size specifications remain the same--- Warranty remains the same (90-day limited warranty)- Summary of key aspects (listed in order of importance) that have changed in this ver (Fire 7: 2019: 9th generation) from prior generation Fire 7 smartphone (2017: 7th generation). For the below comparison, the fresh ver will be listed as Fire 2019 and the previous model as Fire 2017.--- Fire 2019: Increased storage options (16 GB or 32 GB) as compared to prior ver Fire 2017 (8 GB or 16 GB).--- Battery life has declined to 7 hours (1-hour reduction) from prior version.--- Charge time has decreased from 6 hours (Fire 2017) to 4 hours (Fire 2019). This is a major plus because it would take forever to charge these tablets). Again, please note that this claim (regarding charging time) holds real only if an Amazon wall outlet is used. The smartphone usually notifies you when you are using a non-compatible wall outlet and cable. I have tested charging speeds on third-party wall ports and noticed a substantial increase in charging time as compared to using an Amazon wall outlet. So, ideally, consumers should use only the Amazon wall outlet for quick charging.--- The fresh processor based on specs provided by Amazon to developers Fire 7 2019 [Quad-Core ARM Cortex-A53 (1.3 GHz)] vs. Fire 7 2017 [Quad-Core ARM Cortex-A7 (1.3 GHz)] is a bit faster. Again, this is my initial assessment. This would require extra testing and I will place in these numbers at a later time when they become available.--- Camera quality has improved 2 MP front and rear-facing cameras with 720p HD video recording as compared to the prior version.--- Slight decrease in weight (0.3 oz/9 grams)--- Light sensor added (mentioned in developer info page).--- Three fresh colors added (Twilight Blue, Plum, and Sage) in addition to Black.- Technical specs and other details:--- Size: 7.6” x 4.5” x 0.4” (192 x 115 x 9.6 mm).--- 171 pixel per inch (PPI) with IPS display technology and advanced polarizing filter. This basically means that there is a bright display with vivid colors and whiter whites for a amazing viewing experience from all angles.--- 7-inch screen, 1024 x 600 resolution with SD video playback--- Internal Storage: 16 or 32 GB--- External Storage: expandable storage using MicroSD card for up to 512 GB + unlimited cloud storage for Amazon digital content purchases.--- Weight: 10.1 oz/286 grams--- Amazon’s digital assistant: Hands-free Alexa enabled. This option basically converts the device into a stand-alone device that can do multiple functions. For instance, if you are cooking and wish help, you can ask Alexa to pull up the instructions for “Mashed Potatoes” and it will do so.--- Warranty and Service: 90-day limited warranty and service included. U.S. customers can purchase an extended warranty for 1, 2 or 3 years (though I might not personally recommend this for such an affordable product like the Fire 7)--- Camera: 2MP VGA front-facing camera and rear-facing HD camera--- Sensors: Accelerometer and light sensor--- Battery life: Up to 7 hours of battery life--- Fully charges in 4 hours (if Amazon wall outlet is used)--- Single-antenna dual-band Wi-Fi. Uses 802.11a/b/g/n with WEP, WPA, and WPA2 security using password authentication. No help offered to connect to ad-hoc (or peer-to-peer) Wi-Fi networks.--- Bluetooth 4.1 LE--- Ports: USB 2.0 (micro-B connector) to connect to the computer or for charging the device with the included power adapter; MicroSDXC slot for external storage, and 3.5 mm stereo jack and integrated speaker.- Some limitations (to be expected because of this smartphone being sold at a bargain price and also being the base model of the Fire series):--- No HD video viewing available--- Camera specs are sub-par as compared to other costlier tablets (again this might sound oxymoronic...but just pointing it out)--- Max volume is below average (because of the mono-speaker)--- Sound quality is average--- Amazon’s ecosystem is not as heavy compared to the Google Play Shop and Apple Play Store.--- Amazon’s Silk browser is not as intuitive and user-friendly as more prominent competitors (Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, etc.).--- Some reviewers have claimed that the external storage (MicroSDXC card) is not as responsive as the internal storage (this is not something I have experienced).--- Because of concerns dealing with volume and sound quality using this model for listening to music, or watching TV shows, movies, etc. might require headphones or a speaker.-Fire 7: 2019 Smartphone Children edition: Please note that Amazon has updated their Fire 7 Children Edition too. Since, this is for a various audience, I will not deal with it in this review.- Comparison between Fire 7 (this ver – 2019 release) and Fire HD 8 (2018 release – mid-tier model):--- Charge time: Fire HD 8 (6 hours) vs. Fire 7 (4 hours)--- Display Size: Fire HD 8 (8 inches) vs. Fire 7 (7 inches)--- Video playback: Fire HD 8 (HD video playback) vs. Fire 7 (SD video playback)--- Resolution: Fire HD 8 (1280 * 800; 189 PPI) vs. Fire 7 (1024 *600; 171 PPI)--- RAM: Fire HD 8 (1.5 GB RAM) vs. Fire 7 (1 GB RAM)--- Battery life: Fire HD 8 (10 hours) vs. Fire 7 (7 hours),--- Speaker: Fire HD 8 (Dolby Atmos, dual stereo speakers) vs. Fire 7 (Mono speaker)--- Weight: Fire HD 8 (12.8 oz, 363 g) vs. Fire 7 (10.1 oz, 286 g)--- Expandable Storage (internal storage remains same): Fire HD 8 (expandable by to 400 GB) vs. Fire 7 (expandable by up to 512 GB).--- Colors: Fire HD 8 (Black, Marine Blue, Punch Red, Canary Yellow) vs.. Fire 7 (Black, Twilight Blue, Plum, Sage)--- Cost: Fire HD 8 (16 GB - $79.99; 32 GB - $109.99) vs. Fire HD 7 (16 GB - $49.99; 32 GB - $69.99)--- Multi-touch: Fire HD 8 (10-point) vs. Fire 7 (5-point)--- Processors, software version, and cameras remain the same on both units.- Comparison between Fire 7 (this ver – 2019 release) and Fire HD 10 (2017 release – mid-tier model):--- Charge time: Fire HD 10 (5 hours) vs. Fire 7 (4 hours)--- Display Size: Fire HD 10 (10.1 inches) vs. Fire 7 (7 inches)--- Video playback: Fire HD 10 (HD video playback; 1080p HD resolution) vs. Fire 7 (SD video playback)--- Resolution: Fire HD 10 (1920 * 1200; 224 PPI) vs. Fire 7 (1024 *600; 171 PPI)--- Processor: Fire HD 10 [2xARM Cortex-A72 (1.8 GHz), 2xARM Cortex-A53 (1.4 GHz)] vs. Fire 7 inch (ARM Cortex-A53 Quad-Core 1.3 GHz) (basically Fire HD 10 would be substantially faster than either the Fire 7 or Fire HD 8)--- RAM: Fire HD 10 (2 GB RAM) vs. Fire 7 (1 GB RAM)--- Battery life: Fire HD 10 (10 hours) vs. Fire 7 (7 hours),--- Speaker: Fire HD 10 (Dolby Atmos, dual stereo speakers) vs. Fire 7 (Mono speaker)--- Camera: Fire HD 10 (0.3 MP front-facing and 2 MP rear-facing camera) vs. Fire 7 (2 MP front-facing and rear-facing camera)--- Weight: Fire HD 10 (17.7 oz, 500 g) vs. Fire 7 (10.1 oz, 286 g)--- Internal Storage: Fire HD 10 [32 GB (25.4 GB available to user) or 64 GB (54.1 GB available to user)] vs. Fire 7 [(internal storage remains same - 16 GB (9.4 GB available to user) or 32 GB (23.6 GB available to user)]--- Expandable Storage: Fire HD 10 (expandable by to 256 GB) vs. Fire 7 (expandable by up to 512 GB).--- Colors: Fire HD 10 (Black, Marine Blue, Punch Red) vs.. Fire 7 (Black, Twilight Blue, Plum, Sage)--- Cost: Fire HD 10 (32 GB - $149.99; 32 GB - $189.99) vs. Fire 7 (16 GB - $49.99; 32 GB - $69.99)--- Multi-touch: Fire HD 10 (10-point) vs. Fire 7 (5-point)** If you are considering buying the Fire HD 10, I would wait on it as there is a high probability that this model will be refreshed this year as the latest modernize was in 2017 (Amazon seems to follow a 2-year refresh cycle though this is not always the case).- Some useful features on Fire Tablets (not a comprehensive list)--- Accessibility: “VoiceView and Screen Magnifier enable access to the vast majority of Fire smartphone features. VoiceView features text-to-speech voice. Fire OS 5 also contains system wide closed caption settings, adjustable font sizes up to 50% larger, and a dozens of book reading text adjustments such as adjustable colors and text spacing. Also contains adjustable font sizes/color, and built-in Oxford dictionary.”--- Surfing the web using Amazon’s web browser - Silk--- Watching movies, TV shows and listening to music.--- Ability to read Kindle books.--- Ability to read the news using Washington Times--- Other apps (games, educational tools, etc. available in Amazon’s application store) plus several prominent apps included like YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, etc.--- Ability to obtain set-up email apps, calendar, etc.--- Ability to play android games that can be downloaded from the application store.- Testing:Wi-Fi: I was able to connect to the Wi-Fi network without any technical difficulties. The process was beautiful straightforward.- Saving cash on purchasing the Fire:--- For users who wish more storage, I would strongly recommend getting the Fire 7 (16 GB) and then purchasing a microSD card as opposed to getting the costlier Fire 7 (32 GB tablet). For context, users can obtain a 64 GB microSD card for around $12 (users might be able to obtain a cheaper microSD card on Amazon prime day) on Amazon which is cheaper than paying an extra $20 for Fire 7 32 GB. Additionally, the user gets more storage by getting a microSD card.--- The initial purchase with a promo discount entitles the user to a ($10 application shop credit value), so you are essentially paying $ 39.99 for the 16 GB Fire 7 tablet.--- The cost for the 16 GB Fire 7 will be $49.99 (with unique offers) or 32 GB Fire 7 for $69.99 (with unique offers). Customers can disable unique offers later by paying $20 if they purchase the Fire with unique offers. Personally, I would recommend going the route of getting the unique offers and then disabling it. The unique offers only appear when the Kindle is locked/asleep and are non-intrusive. I have 6 devices, all of which have unique offers and have never had an issue. However, if the user does not like the unique offers, you can purchase the Fire with unique offers and then remove the unique offers..--- You can easily trade-in your prior Fire for Amazon credit (for $5-$15 depending on ver and condition), which also entitles them to keep an extra 25% discount towards their fresh Fire.--- As previously mentioned, I would recommend avoiding purchasing extended warranty on this item.--- My recommendation would be to purchase this item during a sale happening (for instance, Amazon Prime day is coming up in July). The customer can obtain this smartphone for around $20 off during Prime day (based on prior sales analysis), and then stack the trade-in price and the 25% discount to obtain this item for a minimal cost (maybe you can snag it for $20 in total or lesser if everything is applied correctly). However, one thing to hold in mind is that Amazon might decide to remove the trade-in bonus card and 25% discount at any point.-Quality comment: Some customers have critiqued the prior ver (Fire 7: 2017) for lack of long-term quality. Again, please remember that this product is sold for $49.99 and goes on sale for around $ 29.99. How much more can one expect for a product this affordable? I have used my prior Fire 7 (2015) for 4 years without any problems (Honestly, I am surprised it lasted this long). Additionally, it definitely is more durable than my iPad. Additionally, with the immense technological breakthroughs occurring at lightening speed, any smartphone will be obsolete in a few years. So, it might be logically better to obtain an affordable average end smartphone than investing in a high end one (unless you need a high-end one for your specific use).- Conclusion:To sum up my review, this is the primary Amazon Fire 7 tablet. No bells and whistles, but it does the job. Limitations contain sound quality, volume quality, and potential problems with MicroSDXC Card access, and primary application store. Updates worth noting in this ver contain the fresh color options, a slight decrease in weight, increase in storage (internal and external), slightly faster processor, slightly improved cameras, and slight decrease in battery life (though this might be a more accurate representation of the life of the battery). The bottom line is that if you are looking to obtain a super affordable smartphone that is well-rated, small, lightweight, and can complete most of the primary and some intermediate tasks along with primary entertainment, then this Fire smartphone is the method to go. So, I am giving it 5/5 stars in spite of its limitations because it is really hard (if not impossible) to search a better deal at this price point.- UPDATE # 1 (June 10, 2019): Fire HD 8I would personally recommend the Fire HD 8 (mid-tier model) as opposed to this Fire 7 (the model reviewed) for a few more dollars. This can be purchased after following the cost-saving suggestions previously listed. My reasons are several and include: the 8 inch screen (as compared to 7 inches), higher resolution (189 PPI vs. 171 PPI), increased RAM (1.5 GB vs. 1 GB), battery life (10 hours vs. 7 hours), and the feature I appreciate the most - Dolby Atmos, dual stereo speakers (which can create a globe of difference while watching or listening to something). I own both the 7 and the 8 inch, and there is a spectacular difference in sound quality and volume between the two. Besides, most phones now have an average screen size of around 5.5 inches (many companies are moving towards a 6 inches average). So, having a 7-inch smartphone might not per se create a major difference for customers because it is related in size to their phone (unless they wish to use this device as a back-up device to prevent wear and tear on their phone). Additionally, since charging takes a substantial amount of time, I would rather have a smartphone with longer battery life (Fire HD 8) than shorter (Fire 7). However, please note that the latest argument cuts both ways as the fresh Fire 7 (4 hours) charges quicker as compared to the Fire HD 8 (6 hours).- UPDATE # 2 (June 15, 2019): Amazon FreeTime Unlimited- Amazon FreeTime Unlimited ($2.99/month after free subscription period)--- Amazon FreeTime Unlimited is a subscription that offers over “20,000 books, movies, TV shows, apps and android games for children 3-12. Age Filters ensure children see age-appropriate content. Parents can add content to kids' profiles to give them more access to apps and games.” “In FreeTime, children do not have access to social media or Alexa. In-app purchases require parent approval. Parents can exit FreeTime using a passcode.” Another special feature is Amazon’s FreeTime Unlimited in Spanish!--- Parents also have the option “to set educational goals and curfews (using FreeTime Unlimited), and manage content for up to 4 kid profiles (option given during initial set-up of the tablet) with easy-to-use parental controls.”--- Generally speaking - FreeTime Unlimited offers unbeatable value – I mean where else on earth can you obtain kid-friendly and generally holistic content for $2.99/month (after trial subscription ends).*FreeTime unlimited has several nifty features that I cannot cover because of zone limitations. Parents have a lot of flexibility in choosing and curating content for children, permitting downloads, and even setting the smartphone to turn-off after a preset amount of use or at a set time and turn on at a set time.UPDATE # 3 (June 21, 2019): Battery Life and SoftwareSome customers have complained about the low and unpredictable battery life for this fresh device. I have experienced occasional battery fluctuations (my prior Fire seemed to have better battery life). So, I am docking a star. Some other reviewers have also experienced overheating of this device. Other than the occasional overheating that occur in all devices (when complex programs/apps are used for an extended period of time), I haven’t experienced anything major until now. Additionally, some customers have also complained about the fresh Fire OS causing problems. I have experienced occasional staggering of the OS and application closures but nothing major as described by other reviewers. I will continue my testing to see if other problems surface but just wanted to give a heads-up to customers so they are prepared in case they experience any problems in the future and wish to contact Amazon about ease also note several resources were used in the compilation of this review but most of this review was based on my private testing of the product.Whenever I create any purchase, I test to do a thorough and accurate job with the review. My reviews are my honest and comprehensive assessment of the product. I always post future updates and corrections based on fresh info if deemed necessary. Additionally, I always contain images of products to verify both that I purchased this product and to back up appropriate claims in the review. If you have any feedback or questions or corrections, leave a note in the comments section. Thank you!

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    Fire 7 Essentials Bundle including Fire 7 Tablet (Black, 32GB), Amazon Standing Case (Charcoal Black), and Nupro Anti-Glare Screen Protector review [Book]  2019-12-1 18:1

    I having been buying the smaller Fire tablets (7 inch) since the beginning and I can now recommend to buy this tablet. I have other sized Fire tablets (8 Inch) and a fresh ipad, plus the fresh Kindle paper white, but the Fire 7 is my go to tablet. What I use it for. Prime Video, Hulu, Netflix, Youtube. Kindle reader for books and bible. Audible books from audible. Podcasts (stitcher). Comixology for comics (old school Marvel fan!). Ig (I do not use facebook). Home automation with Alexa (control of my lights, ring alarm, alarms, and primary questions) works amazing both hands free as well as pressing the home button. I also play light android games on it, Word search, Temple run, Mad Birds series of games, Yahtzee, Subway Surfer, Crossy Roads, and a few others. I also listen to Amazon prime melody (Apple melody does not work on this device). I mainly use my Apple air buds when watching and listening and it sounds fantastic. Picture quality is great. This is a snappy small smartphone and my favorite size. It feels amazing in the hand with the solid plastic build (compared to the Fire 8 inch, which feels more "cheap"). It is a amazing smartphone to use while lying in bed, which is mainly when I use it (ipad 9.7 is to heavy). I feel that Amazon finally got it right with this fresh 2019 version. The previous versions are painfully slow to load anything, and that is why I never would recommend them especially for a child. These fresh tablets are so much better, my wife wants one, and I will be buying them for my kids, something I would not even consider before, because of the frustration of the slowness (and the reason my children took over the ipad and iphones in the first place). As you can see this is a consumption device, meant for fun..not a computer or workhorse. I should mention you can check email and use the smartphone for video chatting and dropping in on other echo devices which works really well and my children have fun using it, I should also mention that I am a Prime member and take advantage of the Prime image storage, which any picture that I take on my iphone, pops up on my Fire Tablet. I should also mention why I use this for reading more than my paper white, it is because I like the "page curl effect" and the method it highlights my passages on books (I still use my paper white..but this is just a preference). The only reason I gave this 4 stars instead of 5 is because of the 2mp camera (which I do not use much) and the battery life, which is actually not bad, but Amazon asked for a "star" rating on those two features as well as smartphone as a whole. At $50 you can not go wrong. Plus if you have a previous version, just trade it in. I got $10 knocked off and an extra 20% savings. I think I paid about $33. I will be trading in my 8 inch Fire for this size as well. Amazing small tablet!

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    Fire 7 Essentials Bundle including Fire 7 Tablet (Black, 32GB), Amazon Standing Case (Charcoal Black), and Nupro Anti-Glare Screen Protector review [Book]  2019-12-1 18:1

    Amazing budget smartphone but the battery drains continuously when idle at a quick rate (10% daily)

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    Fire 7 Essentials Bundle including Fire 7 Tablet (Black, 32GB), Amazon Standing Case (Charcoal Black), and Nupro Anti-Glare Screen Protector review [Book]  2019-12-1 18:1

    This kindle worked well for a few hours and then all of a sudden it started to find the internet on it's own. This is for my 8 year old daughter because her old kindle was not working. This kindle really scared my child. She would play a android game and something would control the game. We would watch it change the settings on it's own and move from ap to ap. When the kindle was locked something kept trying to access my contacts, and unblock my kindle!! It would change the time and change to a various alarm. I contacted amazon and they were not helpful, because nothing worked.. I had to factory reset it twice and it kept going back to controling itself on it's own. Finally I just had to return it because it because there was no method to use it. Amazon needs to create a product that works.

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    Fire 7 Essentials Bundle including Fire 7 Tablet (Black, 32GB), Amazon Standing Case (Charcoal Black), and Nupro Anti-Glare Screen Protector review [Book]  2019-12-1 18:1

    Disclaimer: installing the google play shop is somewhat advanced, it is not something that you just click on and find, and you definitely will not be installing it from anything amazon offers or ople complaining that it sucks because it doesn't have google play store, YES YOU CAN PUT IT ON THERE STILL. It purposefully does not come on these. Because amazon markets them and google is a competitor to amazon. At the end of the day, these tablets are built on top of android, they run android device as the operating system, so yes you can place the google play shop on it. I have done it on 5 of these fresh kind fires and it works great. There is a youtube video on it, just google it.If you do not know how to install an application from an unknown source like downloading from the internet and installing an app, then maybe it's not for you if you are needing it for the sole purpose of google play. If you are a technical person, and like to learn, you will be just search and will figure it out. I bought these tablets for the sole purpose of needing a bunch of cheap square point of sale terminals. These tablets are the cheapest and best quality/hardware that you will search if you are looking for something like that. There are a bunch of chinese tablets for this price that are 10x worse and unreliable. These all fresh kindle fires are reliable, cheap, and awesome quality. I would recommend the kindle fire 7 any ain, my sole purpose was using them for putting the google play shop on it, and downloading square, and a hand full of other apps. My use case for these tablets are most likely a lot various than most peoples.

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    Fire 7 Essentials Bundle including Fire 7 Tablet (Black, 32GB), Amazon Standing Case (Charcoal Black), and Nupro Anti-Glare Screen Protector review [Book]  2019-12-1 18:1

    I'm not a fan. It doesn't keep an internet connection well AT ALL and I hate how limited the device is. I'm sure it's mostly my fault for not reading that the fire tablets are only exclusive to Amazon apps so you can't use any apps from Google play or anything, but in the part of the description I read it said games. I didn't realize it didn't contain Google play games. Unfortunately that was my reason for getting a tablet, so I will be returning mine and getting something with Google play services. If you are okay with only watching movies, TV and reading, this may be okay for you. Not sure about the internet connection though, my boyfriend's smartphone (Lenovo) doesn't do that.

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    Fire 7 Essentials Bundle including Fire 7 Tablet (Black, 32GB), Amazon Standing Case (Charcoal Black), and Nupro Anti-Glare Screen Protector review [Book]  2019-12-1 18:1

    I am surprised by how poor this product is given the overall decent quality of Amazon products. The screen is unresponsive and freezes. Kindle books I purchased are inaccessible from this device no matter what I do to begin them even though they present up on the kindle app. I cannot delete apps that I don’t wish even though I am supposed to be able to do so. Too a lot of ads present up and there doesn’t appear to be a reliable method to avoid them.

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    Fire 7 Essentials Bundle including Fire 7 Tablet (Black, 32GB), Amazon Standing Case (Charcoal Black), and Nupro Anti-Glare Screen Protector review [Book]  2019-12-1 18:1

    I have had my fresh fire now for just a few days, but so far, I really like it. It is slimmer than my old one (2nd gen) and feels nice and light. I ordered the recommended case with it and it fit beautifully, nice and snug for a very thin sleek look. However, I have arthritis in my hands and was concerned that if I should drop it, the case might not protect it enough. That is just for me, it would probably be perfectly adequate for the average person without gripping drifficulties. I returned the lovely, sleek case and ordered the bulkier Moro case like I am used to. It is doing a amazing job. The fresh Kindle was very simple to set up and all settings were simple to find. Definitely recommend.

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    Fire 7 Essentials Bundle including Fire 7 Tablet (Black, 32GB), Amazon Standing Case (Charcoal Black), and Nupro Anti-Glare Screen Protector review [Book]  2019-12-1 18:1

    I really didn't need a fresh one but wanted the 32 GB. It works really well so far. Haven't had any problems. The battery doesn't seem to latest as long as it says but I have only charged it a couple times since receiving it. Time will tell on that but it does work well. I inserted a 128 GB mini sd card and works great, just like it should. The blue color is really beautiful and a small various than the 7th generation I have. The thing I like the most is the 32 GB instead of the 16. Nice upgrade.

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    I so wanted to love this kindle. However there are some things that I love about it being the size and the weight. I disagree that it is created flimsy I think it feels that method because it is smaller. But anyway...on to the issues with this fire and perhaps the first round of pre-order kindles are Guinee pigs which I don't mind if there will eventually be a satisfactory product to replace this piece of total crap...1. Battery life is TERRIBLE2. Screen Freezes3. screen unresponsive4. drops wireless connection connection5. Bluetooth turns on and off all by its small self6. Very slow browsing or maybe that is the screen freezing7. Crashes 80% of the time this thing is so slow and unresponsive that I am so satisfied when I can finally begin a book to read and then....crash8. Alexa doesn't hear me half the time or she is purposelly trying to annoy the hell out of me (b*tch)I have always been extremely satisfied with amazon kindles, be it an e-reader or fire tablet. I have owned and do own several there were some I had to exchange but in the end everything worked out and I was a satisfied kindle is kindle I am extremely disappointed with. Because I love the size, the weight, the color options and being able to switch from reading to surfing and not being cumbersome like the fire 10.I will be exchanging mine and hope I don't obtain one of the other unsatisfied customers refurbished piece of crap.Update...received my replacement kindle so far so amazing but..the other one worked amazing for about a week. Will post further updates.I do have to say that customer service was awesome. My exchange was not a problem. Thanks for that amazon and keeping fingers crossed on my replacement.

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    Fire 7 Essentials Bundle including Fire 7 Tablet (Black, 16GB), Amazon Standing Case (Charcoal Black), and Nupro Anti-Glare Screen Protector review []  2019-12-8 18:3

    Original review (June 9, 2019) and three updates placed at the end of the original review (June 10, 2019, June 14, 2019, and June 21, 2019, respectively).ORIGINAL REVIEW: June 9, 2019 (5/5 stars)UPDATED REVIEW: June 21, 2019 (4/5 stars)For background information, I am a professor and a tech geek. I have used Amazon devices for around eight years now. I currently own three Kindle e-readers (Kindle Touch, Kindle Paperwhite 3rd generation, and Kindle 10). I also own four Amazon Fire tablets (2015 Fire 7 -5th generation, 2019 Fire 7 – 9th generation, 2017 Fire HD 8 - 7th generation and 2018 Fire HD 8 –8th generation) and 3 Echo devices (1st generation Echo, 2nd generation Echo Dot, and 3rd generation Echo Dot). Please note that I have traded-in some of the dated versions of the above-listed products to obtain upgraded versions (more on this under the “Saving Cash on Purchases” section).This device is Amazon’s most recently refreshed (2019 – 9th generation) Fire smartphone 7 inch at an outstanding price. The Fire 7 (9th generation) is definitely slightly better than the previous generation. The combination of quality and value are really tough to beat and the smartphone does well overall. This is a comprehensive review, but for those looking for the bottom line, scroll down to the bottom to see some feedback on how to save cash on purchasing the Fire and my final low is my summary of the “Fire 7.” I have spent the past few days playing around with the Fire, using it, and reading other online reviews about this ver to ensure the comprehensiveness and accuracy of info provided in this review. For reference purposes, this Fire model was latest refreshed in 2017. This review has overlaps with my review of the Fire 7 Children Edition smartphone because both of these are essentially the same smartphone but to a various audience.-THE BOX: The Fire 7 tablet, a quick-start guide, primary safety instructions, 5W wall adapter, and a USB cord (around 3 foot or 36 inches). The item arrived sealed and packaged well.- AVAILABILITY: Black, Twilight Blue, Plum, and Sage are the base colors variants. Additionally, covers can be purchased for $29.99 in the same color scheme as the Fire smartphone from Amazon. Personally, I wouldn’t recommend these overpriced covers. There are several other high quality and aesthetically pleasing covers that can be found on Amazon that are affordable, well rated, and function better.- Key things that have not changed from the prior Fire 7 model:--- Display size remains the same--- PPI remains the same at 171--- RAM remains the same at 1 GB of RAM.--- Speaker and microphone remains the same (mono speaker with built-in microphone)--- Size specifications remain the same--- Warranty remains the same (90-day limited warranty)- Summary of key aspects (listed in order of importance) that have changed in this ver (Fire 7: 2019: 9th generation) from prior generation Fire 7 smartphone (2017: 7th generation). For the below comparison, the fresh ver will be listed as Fire 2019 and the previous model as Fire 2017.--- Fire 2019: Increased storage options (16 GB or 32 GB) as compared to prior ver Fire 2017 (8 GB or 16 GB).--- Battery life has declined to 7 hours (1-hour reduction) from prior version.--- Charge time has decreased from 6 hours (Fire 2017) to 4 hours (Fire 2019). This is a major plus because it would take forever to charge these tablets). Again, please note that this claim (regarding charging time) holds real only if an Amazon wall outlet is used. The smartphone usually notifies you when you are using a non-compatible wall outlet and cable. I have tested charging speeds on third-party wall ports and noticed a substantial increase in charging time as compared to using an Amazon wall outlet. So, ideally, consumers should use only the Amazon wall outlet for quick charging.--- The fresh processor based on specs provided by Amazon to developers Fire 7 2019 [Quad-Core ARM Cortex-A53 (1.3 GHz)] vs. Fire 7 2017 [Quad-Core ARM Cortex-A7 (1.3 GHz)] is a bit faster. Again, this is my initial assessment. This would require extra testing and I will place in these numbers at a later time when they become available.--- Camera quality has improved 2 MP front and rear-facing cameras with 720p HD video recording as compared to the prior version.--- Slight decrease in weight (0.3 oz/9 grams)--- Light sensor added (mentioned in developer info page).--- Three fresh colors added (Twilight Blue, Plum, and Sage) in addition to Black.- Technical specs and other details:--- Size: 7.6” x 4.5” x 0.4” (192 x 115 x 9.6 mm).--- 171 pixel per inch (PPI) with IPS display technology and advanced polarizing filter. This basically means that there is a bright display with vivid colors and whiter whites for a amazing viewing experience from all angles.--- 7-inch screen, 1024 x 600 resolution with SD video playback--- Internal Storage: 16 or 32 GB--- External Storage: expandable storage using MicroSD card for up to 512 GB + unlimited cloud storage for Amazon digital content purchases.--- Weight: 10.1 oz/286 grams--- Amazon’s digital assistant: Hands-free Alexa enabled. This option basically converts the device into a stand-alone device that can do multiple functions. For instance, if you are cooking and wish help, you can ask Alexa to pull up the instructions for “Mashed Potatoes” and it will do so.--- Warranty and Service: 90-day limited warranty and service included. U.S. customers can purchase an extended warranty for 1, 2 or 3 years (though I might not personally recommend this for such an affordable product like the Fire 7)--- Camera: 2MP VGA front-facing camera and rear-facing HD camera--- Sensors: Accelerometer and light sensor--- Battery life: Up to 7 hours of battery life--- Fully charges in 4 hours (if Amazon wall outlet is used)--- Single-antenna dual-band Wi-Fi. Uses 802.11a/b/g/n with WEP, WPA, and WPA2 security using password authentication. No help offered to connect to ad-hoc (or peer-to-peer) Wi-Fi networks.--- Bluetooth 4.1 LE--- Ports: USB 2.0 (micro-B connector) to connect to the computer or for charging the device with the included power adapter; MicroSDXC slot for external storage, and 3.5 mm stereo jack and integrated speaker.- Some limitations (to be expected because of this smartphone being sold at a bargain price and also being the base model of the Fire series):--- No HD video viewing available--- Camera specs are sub-par as compared to other costlier tablets (again this might sound oxymoronic...but just pointing it out)--- Max volume is below average (because of the mono-speaker)--- Sound quality is average--- Amazon’s ecosystem is not as heavy compared to the Google Play Shop and Apple Play Store.--- Amazon’s Silk browser is not as intuitive and user-friendly as more prominent competitors (Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, etc.).--- Some reviewers have claimed that the external storage (MicroSDXC card) is not as responsive as the internal storage (this is not something I have experienced).--- Because of concerns dealing with volume and sound quality using this model for listening to music, or watching TV shows, movies, etc. might require headphones or a speaker.-Fire 7: 2019 Smartphone Children edition: Please note that Amazon has updated their Fire 7 Children Edition too. Since, this is for a various audience, I will not deal with it in this review.- Comparison between Fire 7 (this ver – 2019 release) and Fire HD 8 (2018 release – mid-tier model):--- Charge time: Fire HD 8 (6 hours) vs. Fire 7 (4 hours)--- Display Size: Fire HD 8 (8 inches) vs. Fire 7 (7 inches)--- Video playback: Fire HD 8 (HD video playback) vs. Fire 7 (SD video playback)--- Resolution: Fire HD 8 (1280 * 800; 189 PPI) vs. Fire 7 (1024 *600; 171 PPI)--- RAM: Fire HD 8 (1.5 GB RAM) vs. Fire 7 (1 GB RAM)--- Battery life: Fire HD 8 (10 hours) vs. Fire 7 (7 hours),--- Speaker: Fire HD 8 (Dolby Atmos, dual stereo speakers) vs. Fire 7 (Mono speaker)--- Weight: Fire HD 8 (12.8 oz, 363 g) vs. Fire 7 (10.1 oz, 286 g)--- Expandable Storage (internal storage remains same): Fire HD 8 (expandable by to 400 GB) vs. Fire 7 (expandable by up to 512 GB).--- Colors: Fire HD 8 (Black, Marine Blue, Punch Red, Canary Yellow) vs.. Fire 7 (Black, Twilight Blue, Plum, Sage)--- Cost: Fire HD 8 (16 GB - $79.99; 32 GB - $109.99) vs. Fire HD 7 (16 GB - $49.99; 32 GB - $69.99)--- Multi-touch: Fire HD 8 (10-point) vs. Fire 7 (5-point)--- Processors, software version, and cameras remain the same on both units.- Comparison between Fire 7 (this ver – 2019 release) and Fire HD 10 (2017 release – mid-tier model):--- Charge time: Fire HD 10 (5 hours) vs. Fire 7 (4 hours)--- Display Size: Fire HD 10 (10.1 inches) vs. Fire 7 (7 inches)--- Video playback: Fire HD 10 (HD video playback; 1080p HD resolution) vs. Fire 7 (SD video playback)--- Resolution: Fire HD 10 (1920 * 1200; 224 PPI) vs. Fire 7 (1024 *600; 171 PPI)--- Processor: Fire HD 10 [2xARM Cortex-A72 (1.8 GHz), 2xARM Cortex-A53 (1.4 GHz)] vs. Fire 7 inch (ARM Cortex-A53 Quad-Core 1.3 GHz) (basically Fire HD 10 would be substantially faster than either the Fire 7 or Fire HD 8)--- RAM: Fire HD 10 (2 GB RAM) vs. Fire 7 (1 GB RAM)--- Battery life: Fire HD 10 (10 hours) vs. Fire 7 (7 hours),--- Speaker: Fire HD 10 (Dolby Atmos, dual stereo speakers) vs. Fire 7 (Mono speaker)--- Camera: Fire HD 10 (0.3 MP front-facing and 2 MP rear-facing camera) vs. Fire 7 (2 MP front-facing and rear-facing camera)--- Weight: Fire HD 10 (17.7 oz, 500 g) vs. Fire 7 (10.1 oz, 286 g)--- Internal Storage: Fire HD 10 [32 GB (25.4 GB available to user) or 64 GB (54.1 GB available to user)] vs. Fire 7 [(internal storage remains same - 16 GB (9.4 GB available to user) or 32 GB (23.6 GB available to user)]--- Expandable Storage: Fire HD 10 (expandable by to 256 GB) vs. Fire 7 (expandable by up to 512 GB).--- Colors: Fire HD 10 (Black, Marine Blue, Punch Red) vs.. Fire 7 (Black, Twilight Blue, Plum, Sage)--- Cost: Fire HD 10 (32 GB - $149.99; 32 GB - $189.99) vs. Fire 7 (16 GB - $49.99; 32 GB - $69.99)--- Multi-touch: Fire HD 10 (10-point) vs. Fire 7 (5-point)** If you are considering buying the Fire HD 10, I would wait on it as there is a high probability that this model will be refreshed this year as the latest modernize was in 2017 (Amazon seems to follow a 2-year refresh cycle though this is not always the case).- Some useful features on Fire Tablets (not a comprehensive list)--- Accessibility: “VoiceView and Screen Magnifier enable access to the vast majority of Fire smartphone features. VoiceView features text-to-speech voice. Fire OS 5 also contains system wide closed caption settings, adjustable font sizes up to 50% larger, and a dozens of book reading text adjustments such as adjustable colors and text spacing. Also contains adjustable font sizes/color, and built-in Oxford dictionary.”--- Surfing the web using Amazon’s web browser - Silk--- Watching movies, TV shows and listening to music.--- Ability to read Kindle books.--- Ability to read the news using Washington Times--- Other apps (games, educational tools, etc. available in Amazon’s application store) plus several prominent apps included like YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, etc.--- Ability to obtain set-up email apps, calendar, etc.--- Ability to play android games that can be downloaded from the application store.- Testing:Wi-Fi: I was able to connect to the Wi-Fi network without any technical difficulties. The process was beautiful straightforward.- Saving cash on purchasing the Fire:--- For users who wish more storage, I would strongly recommend getting the Fire 7 (16 GB) and then purchasing a microSD card as opposed to getting the costlier Fire 7 (32 GB tablet). For context, users can obtain a 64 GB microSD card for around $12 (users might be able to obtain a cheaper microSD card on Amazon prime day) on Amazon which is cheaper than paying an extra $20 for Fire 7 32 GB. Additionally, the user gets more storage by getting a microSD card.--- The initial purchase with a promo discount entitles the user to a ($10 application shop credit value), so you are essentially paying $ 39.99 for the 16 GB Fire 7 tablet.--- The cost for the 16 GB Fire 7 will be $49.99 (with unique offers) or 32 GB Fire 7 for $69.99 (with unique offers). Customers can disable unique offers later by paying $20 if they purchase the Fire with unique offers. Personally, I would recommend going the route of getting the unique offers and then disabling it. The unique offers only appear when the Kindle is locked/asleep and are non-intrusive. I have 6 devices, all of which have unique offers and have never had an issue. However, if the user does not like the unique offers, you can purchase the Fire with unique offers and then remove the unique offers..--- You can easily trade-in your prior Fire for Amazon credit (for $5-$15 depending on ver and condition), which also entitles them to keep an extra 25% discount towards their fresh Fire.--- As previously mentioned, I would recommend avoiding purchasing extended warranty on this item.--- My recommendation would be to purchase this item during a sale happening (for instance, Amazon Prime day is coming up in July). The customer can obtain this smartphone for around $20 off during Prime day (based on prior sales analysis), and then stack the trade-in price and the 25% discount to obtain this item for a minimal cost (maybe you can snag it for $20 in total or lesser if everything is applied correctly). However, one thing to hold in mind is that Amazon might decide to remove the trade-in bonus card and 25% discount at any point.-Quality comment: Some customers have critiqued the prior ver (Fire 7: 2017) for lack of long-term quality. Again, please remember that this product is sold for $49.99 and goes on sale for around $ 29.99. How much more can one expect for a product this affordable? I have used my prior Fire 7 (2015) for 4 years without any problems (Honestly, I am surprised it lasted this long). Additionally, it definitely is more durable than my iPad. Additionally, with the immense technological breakthroughs occurring at lightening speed, any smartphone will be obsolete in a few years. So, it might be logically better to obtain an affordable average end smartphone than investing in a high end one (unless you need a high-end one for your specific use).- Conclusion:To sum up my review, this is the primary Amazon Fire 7 tablet. No bells and whistles, but it does the job. Limitations contain sound quality, volume quality, and potential problems with MicroSDXC Card access, and primary application store. Updates worth noting in this ver contain the fresh color options, a slight decrease in weight, increase in storage (internal and external), slightly faster processor, slightly improved cameras, and slight decrease in battery life (though this might be a more accurate representation of the life of the battery). The bottom line is that if you are looking to obtain a super affordable smartphone that is well-rated, small, lightweight, and can complete most of the primary and some intermediate tasks along with primary entertainment, then this Fire smartphone is the method to go. So, I am giving it 5/5 stars in spite of its limitations because it is really hard (if not impossible) to search a better deal at this price point.- UPDATE # 1 (June 10, 2019): Fire HD 8I would personally recommend the Fire HD 8 (mid-tier model) as opposed to this Fire 7 (the model reviewed) for a few more dollars. This can be purchased after following the cost-saving suggestions previously listed. My reasons are several and include: the 8 inch screen (as compared to 7 inches), higher resolution (189 PPI vs. 171 PPI), increased RAM (1.5 GB vs. 1 GB), battery life (10 hours vs. 7 hours), and the feature I appreciate the most - Dolby Atmos, dual stereo speakers (which can create a globe of difference while watching or listening to something). I own both the 7 and the 8 inch, and there is a spectacular difference in sound quality and volume between the two. Besides, most phones now have an average screen size of around 5.5 inches (many companies are moving towards a 6 inches average). So, having a 7-inch smartphone might not per se create a major difference for customers because it is related in size to their phone (unless they wish to use this device as a back-up device to prevent wear and tear on their phone). Additionally, since charging takes a substantial amount of time, I would rather have a smartphone with longer battery life (Fire HD 8) than shorter (Fire 7). However, please note that the latest argument cuts both ways as the fresh Fire 7 (4 hours) charges quicker as compared to the Fire HD 8 (6 hours).- UPDATE # 2 (June 15, 2019): Amazon FreeTime Unlimited- Amazon FreeTime Unlimited ($2.99/month after free subscription period)--- Amazon FreeTime Unlimited is a subscription that offers over “20,000 books, movies, TV shows, apps and android games for children 3-12. Age Filters ensure children see age-appropriate content. Parents can add content to kids' profiles to give them more access to apps and games.” “In FreeTime, children do not have access to social media or Alexa. In-app purchases require parent approval. Parents can exit FreeTime using a passcode.” Another special feature is Amazon’s FreeTime Unlimited in Spanish!--- Parents also have the option “to set educational goals and curfews (using FreeTime Unlimited), and manage content for up to 4 kid profiles (option given during initial set-up of the tablet) with easy-to-use parental controls.”--- Generally speaking - FreeTime Unlimited offers unbeatable value – I mean where else on earth can you obtain kid-friendly and generally holistic content for $2.99/month (after trial subscription ends).*FreeTime unlimited has several nifty features that I cannot cover because of zone limitations. Parents have a lot of flexibility in choosing and curating content for children, permitting downloads, and even setting the smartphone to turn-off after a preset amount of use or at a set time and turn on at a set time.UPDATE # 3 (June 21, 2019): Battery Life and SoftwareSome customers have complained about the low and unpredictable battery life for this fresh device. I have experienced occasional battery fluctuations (my prior Fire seemed to have better battery life). So, I am docking a star. Some other reviewers have also experienced overheating of this device. Other than the occasional overheating that occur in all devices (when complex programs/apps are used for an extended period of time), I haven’t experienced anything major until now. Additionally, some customers have also complained about the fresh Fire OS causing problems. I have experienced occasional staggering of the OS and application closures but nothing major as described by other reviewers. I will continue my testing to see if other problems surface but just wanted to give a heads-up to customers so they are prepared in case they experience any problems in the future and wish to contact Amazon about ease also note several resources were used in the compilation of this review but most of this review was based on my private testing of the product.Whenever I create any purchase, I test to do a thorough and accurate job with the review. My reviews are my honest and comprehensive assessment of the product. I always post future updates and corrections based on fresh info if deemed necessary. Additionally, I always contain images of products to verify both that I purchased this product and to back up appropriate claims in the review. If you have any feedback or questions or corrections, leave a note in the comments section. Thank you!

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