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Amazon Fire 7 (2019) 16 GB in the test

Inexpensive tablet with many drawbacks

Fabian von Thun

Conclusion from October 29, 2019

With poor performance, a display without HD resolution and the low internal memory, the Amazon Fire 7 2019 doesn't really offer much in the test that would justify a purchase. The big selling point here is of course the low price, for which buyers have to accept some compromises.

Low price
Expandable up to 512 GB
Alexa as a voice assistant
Very slowly
No HD resolution (1024 x 600)
Bad shots in low light

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Test evaluations from the CHIP test center (As of October 29, 2019)

  • CHIP rating: Sufficient (4.2)
  • Price Estimation Acceptable (2.7)
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Amazon Fire 7 (2019) in the test: no HD, mediocre performance

The big selling point of the Amazon Fire 7, even with the new 2019 version, is the extremely low price of around 55 euros for tablets. Of course, you shouldn't expect the technology of an iPad Pro for this, but the drawbacks can still be seen very clearly: The display, for example, does without HD resolution itself and is content with a resolution of 1,024 x 600 pixels with a pixel density of 170 ppi. So the display is quite pixelated. Thanks to the IPS panel, a refresh rate of 60 hertz and a brightness of 360 cd / m², the display can still be used well, even if the colors or contrasts are only mediocre.
On the other hand, the budget tablet's performance is worse. Of course, you shouldn't expect a performance miracle for the low price, but in the test we were still disappointed by the sometimes extremely slow operation of the Fire 7. The 1.3 GHz quad-core processor with just one gigabyte of RAM is largely responsible for this - a combination that cannot convince in terms of performance or multitasking. The device took about 26 seconds to load our test PDF via WLAN and achieved a very low score of 3,344 points in the PCMark benchmark. So if you intend to work with several applications at the same time with the Fire 7 in the shortest possible time or if you want fast operation, you should refrain from buying it.
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Amazon Fire 7 (2019) in the test: good battery, superfluous camera

Compared to its predecessor from 2017, the new version of the Amazon Fire 7 only takes small steps in terms of equipment and workmanship. The options for internal memory have been increased from 8 and 16 gigabytes to 16 and 32 gigabytes, and the expansion via microSD is more than twice as high as before, at up to 512 gigabytes.
Our battery tests only show slight improvements: the tablet lasts for over 8.5 hours in video playback - a decent value, but the charging time remains the same at around 3.5 hours. The Fire 7 is still charged via the microUSB connection. There is also a jack port for headphones. Incidentally, the new case does not have the "Amazon" lettering on the back.
The cameras are just as unspectacular as the equipment. Both the front and the main camera have around 2 megapixels and deliver videos in HD quality. Even if the image quality is still okay in daylight, the cameras are practically unusable in twilight. Nowadays the usual features of mobile devices such as image stabilizers, autofocus or even a flash are missing here. Even if no works of art are created in this way, they should be sufficient for video calls or quick snapshots without high standards.

FireOS in check

The Amazon tablets are almost notorious for their in-house Android version FireOS with Alexa as the voice assistant. This dispenses with widgets and instead offers an (optional) menu on the top, which can be used to access Amazon applications such as Amazon Video, Kindle or the shipping giant's shop directly. While this can be quite practical, it is also perceived by some as an intrusive advertisement for the Amazon services. If you would like to do without one on the lock screen, you can use the 15 euro more expensive version "without special offers".
Furthermore, FireOS does without the Google Play Store and offers apps in its own Amazon Appstore, where the selection is much more limited. The Play Store can still be installed manually with a little trick, which grants access to all Android apps in the store. You can read all about it here.
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Buying advice: tablets

Like smartphones, tablets offer an enormous range of various price and performance levels, from which users can look for the perfect tablet with the right ratio of price and performance. As you can see with the Fire 7, a low price usually goes hand in hand with very mediocre performance or poor equipment, while top devices can cost a lot of money and can cost over 1,000 euros.
Depending on whether you only want to view simple PDFs on your tablet and surf the Internet a little or even use more complicated applications such as video editing software or games, a different model is worthwhile for you. While you are still pretty good with Amazon tablets in the budget range, you should use the high-end range from Samsung, Apple and Co. You can find a large selection of models in comparison in our tablet leaderboard.
In our detailed tablet purchase advice, we name the top devices from various manufacturers in all price ranges and tell you what to look out for when buying.

Great price-performance ratio, low price: the Lenovo Tab M10 is a recommendation for everyone who is looking for decent performance for little money. It has a 10.1-inch display in full HD resolution, an octa-core processor, a 5 megapixel main camera and a battery with a video runtime of 07:03 hours.