Amazon's New Fire 7 Tablets Improve Storage, Alexa (With a Catch)

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Amazon has also launched a new version of its tablet for little "uns; the 'all-new Fire 7 Kids Edition". If you pre-order it before this date, you'll also get $10 Amazon Appstore credit to spend on apps, games and in-app purchases. "For under $50, we're making it even better for customers with a faster processor and 2x the storage, so customers can enjoy even more of their favorite entertainment at home and on-the-go". More general-purpose cheap tablets are handicapped by the fact that most apps run poorly on devices this low-cost, but Amazon guides you to (Amazon-run) services which work moderately well. It still has 1GB of RAM, the same 7-inch IPS display, and 2MP rear camera, though the front-facing camera is now 2MP, too. On the other hand, mixed-use battery life is now rated at 7 hours, an hour less than the previous version, so take the pro and con as you will.

The Fire 7 is available this year in Black as well as muted Plum, Sage, and Blue colors - to be honest, we're kinda missing the punchier blue, yellow, and red colors from 2017, but that's just us.

Fast Wi-Fi connectivity-Dual-band Wi-Fi support for seamless video streaming. Probably the most important (and most advertised) new feature is the hands-free Alexa integration.

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Amazon FreeTime-With award-winning parental controls, parents can use Amazon FreeTime to create child profiles to limit screen time, set educational goals, and manage content. FreeTime is free on every Fire tablet-or subscribe to Amazon FreeTime Unlimited to access over 20,000 titles. Amazon offers a two-year worry-free guarantee promising to replace the tablet if it gets damaged in any way. This is an insane value, especially as Apple charges $399.99 for the iPad mini!

The Fire 7 is a good tablet for those who mainly wish to watch videos, listen to music and mildly surf the Internet. Meanwhile, the Kids edition also comes with a new, adjustable stand.

The new Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition is also available to pre-order from today (May 16), hits stores on June 6, and it comes in Blue, Pink and Purple colors.

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