[dropcap]T[/dropcap]ime to talk about technology, because this is 2017 and technology is super important to our lives whether you like it or not. All this talk about how everyone wishes we’d all get off our phones and go outside, etc., is a straight up nightmare. Just do both. Literally do both. Anyway, I’m not going to rant about that today. Today I’m going to chat about the Kindle Fire 7*.
I used to own one of the super early generation Kindle Fires – like first or second edition or something – and I loved it. So I’m really excited about having more of a play with this bad boy. For a start, how gorgeous is that blue? I love when things come in pretty colours, and this blue is such a lovely cornflower blue that I’m legit slightly obsessed.
I’m no tech expert (can you tell?) so I can’t really comment on what the whole deal with the Kindle Fire 7 is, other than it’s a tablet kindle and has all the apps you could ever want, has a front and back facing camera, and the battery lasts a very long time. Way longer than my iPad can even dream of lasting. Congratulations, kindle.
So instead of telling you all the tech stuff, I’m just going to give a brief run down of what a few of my favourite features are!
First up, it’s a kindle. So that’s pretty self-explanatory. All your favourite books in one place, and a million different books just waiting to be downloaded into the special kindle section. While it doesn’t have the anti-glare stuff that the traditional kindle does, it’s still pretty cool. Modern technology, eh?
Also, let’s talk about Amazon Prime because I’m obsessed. I’m lucky enough to be running on a student Prime account which makes my life so much easier, and I love the alternative to Netflix that they’ve created with their instant video service. The Prime Video app is integrated into the Kindle Fire 7 and that means that you can go straight from set-up into every episode of Parks and Rec. and I dig that. Don’t get me wrong, you can also download the Netflix app from the Amazon Appstore, but sometimes it’s nice to shake thing’s up a bit, y’know? There’re loads on Amazon that isn’t on Netflix and sometimes you need a change of scenery.
Can I also just say, and this will sound really lame, that I’m also a big fan of the fact that it just does everything. There’s a built-in weather app, documents app, game station, calculator and pretty much everything else that you’d expect from a piece of technology in 2017 as standard. But it also has Amazon’s new Alexa setting and apps like audible and goodreads built-in too. Starting at £49.99, it beats any competitors hands-down in terms of what you get for your money.
There are a few issues: the camera quality is poor, and up until recently you couldn’t actually use instagram on the fire. Obviously this has changed now, but there are a few apps missing that you’d be used to using on other devices. As well as this, as far as I can figure out there is no way of changing the lock screen background, and Amazon uses this to advertise on (think games, Prime Video, etc.). It makes using the device just a little bit impersonal but that’s okay, I guess. It’s easy to get past.
Overall, I love the Kindle Fire 7, and for the price I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for an easy starter tablet that does all the jobs you need it do, for not a lot of money. Shout out to Amazon, you’ve done a good job.