May 15, 2016

NOTHING COSTS MORE THAN IT USED TO:

Five of the best tablets (Samuel Gibbs, 15 May 2016, The Guardian)

Amazon Fire

£50

Amazon's Fire tablet isn't an iPad, and doesn't try to be. It runs Android, although not Google's Android, and therefore doesn't come with Google apps or the Play Store. Instead it has access to the Amazon app store and Amazon's various media, book and music services, as well as shopping apps and adverts on the screen (which cost £10 to remove). Comes loaded with only 1GB of Ram, so running multiple apps or graphics-intensive games can prove challenging. Despite the touchscreen being only 17.7cm (7in), the tablet is chunky and quite heavy. It has a relatively low-resolution screen, pretty poor cameras and only one speaker. There's a microSD card slot for adding more storage and Amazon's Fire OS 5 is pretty good for basic tablet needs.

Verdict: Cheap and cheerful - and you get a lot of tablet for your money.

We just bought one for $40 (with ads).  

Posted by at May 15, 2016 8:00 AM

  

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