After taking a first look at the 7-inch Amazon Fire tablet—by far the least-expensive tablet so far—we can tell you it’s a great deal. It’s no iPad, of course, but it stands up to other tablets that cost much more.
The Fire is not the most elegant piece of hardware. Its case is made of textured black plastic and feels kind of thick at 0.4 inches. But like many of the top tablets, the device weighs just under 0.7 pounds.
The display dims by about 50 percent when viewed at a 45-degree angle, and it didn’t do well in bright sunlight, but beyond that, it has a lot to offer. The color quality compares favorably to that of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 2, a $400 tablet with an OLED display. And the 1024×600 resolution provides a respectable HD picture. Finally, it has enough processing power to play HD videos without a glitch.
Speaking of power, the Fire performed as well in our benchmark test as the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 ($300) and the LG G Pad F 8.0 ($250). It also displays better graphics than you’d expect from an inexpensive tablet.
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