There are many options for a consumer today when looking for a tablet. While the Apple iPad still looms large in the space along with a plethora of Android tablets, many consumers still prefer a more affordable option. For this reason, Amazon’s Tablet offerings continue to draw attention.
Nearing a decade old, Amazon’s Fire tablets are in their tenth generation 2021. Selecting between them is a choice of what level of performance you need as well as your own personal budget.
Amazon’s Fire 7 is the ninth generation of the original Fire tablet released in 2011. One of the greatest improvements is that it has twice the storage: 16 GB. Despite this increase, the price remains an attractive $49.99, making it one of the most inexpensive tablets on the market today. The 32 GB model is offered for an additional $20.
The 7” tablet has a 1024 x 600 resolution, which is well suited to streaming and web browsing for casual users. Those that want a little more performance may do well to look at the HD options discussed later.
Amazon claims that you will be able to read and watch videos for up to seven hours.
A 90-day limited warranty is included with purchase. The tablet comes in black or several fashionable colors: Twilight Blue, Plum and Sage.
Fire 8 HD
Last updated in 2018, Amazon’s mid-tier option is the Fire 8 HD, an 8” tablet, featuring a high definition display that boasts a resolution of 1280 x 800. This increase resolution does come with a price to match: $79.99 for the 16 GB model and $109.99 for the 32 GB model.
The Fire 8 HD gets an upgrade to Dolby Atmos dual stereo speakers. The model also receives a boost from more RAM and an increased battery life—up to ten hours.
Like the Fire 7, 90-day limited warranty is included. The model is offered in black or a choice between several bright colors: Marine Blue, Punch Red and Canary Yellow.
Fire 10 HD
The final option for the Fire family is the 10-inch HD model, which was updated along with the Fire 7 in 2019.
The Fire 10 HD comes with a 1920 x 1200 resolution, making it Amazon’s best option for streaming videos. The base model has 32 GB of storage and is priced at $149.99. A 64 GB option is also available for $189.99.
The ninth-generation upgrade gave this model a 2.0 GHz octa-core processor, making it 30% faster. This makes the tablet even better for streaming or playing games. To go with the speed increase, the battery will last up to twelve hours.
Unlike the more budget friendly options, the more expensive Fire tablet comes with a 1-year limited warranty and is available in black, white, Twilight Blue and Plum.