Desirable to kill time in the car on the road to vacation; attractive to follow his series all summer from his resort; appetizing to consume e-books or listen to music by the pool … Amazon’s new Fire 7 is on paper an object of temptation. Especially since you can afford it from 79 euros *. What is this new digital tablet with a 7-inch screen really worth, sold seven times smaller than the first model of iPad Mini? The editors could test it in “20 minutes”.
An HD screen that lacks brightness
The recipe is well known. Amazon regularly renews its range of digital tablets. None keynote, as with some, to announce new releases with fanfare, but simple press releases to forward those releases. And at the beginning of the summer, it’s Fire 7, the best-selling board from the web giant, that is changing. A little felling, actually.
Slightly smaller than the previous Fire 7 (80.68 x 117.59 x 9.67 mm, against 192 x 115 x 9.6 mm), the newcomer has no real characteristics. Sweet at its small size, it is comfortable to hold in the hand and weighs only 282 grams.
It is obviously towards its screen that the eyes turn in priority. With its universal size, it displays an unchanged definition of 1024 x 600 pixels. It’s not much, but in the end enough to have fun with episodes of TV series, movies or video games. Large black edges 12 mm wide surround it. And pity that only one speaker integrates the board. Consolation, Fire 7 retains a headphone jack with good sound quality. You do not have to be equipped with Bluetooth to enjoy good sound.
Beware of the outdoors: In addition to the fact that the screen is not exceptionally bright (even with its level pushed to the maximum), many reflections are visible on the surface. Despite the presence of an IPS panel (with good viewing angles), multi-view can be restrictive. We will of course consider downloading our favorite series on Netflix before we go on vacation: Fire 7 is Wifi 4 and cannot hold a SIM card. Attention to the division of episodes, therefore in the car!
More powerful, more autonomous
The real changes are in it. If Fire 7 is still offered with a memory of 16 or 32 GB, there will be a microSD card slot (up to 1 TB) (against 512 GB for Fire 7 2019). Amazon has also boosted its processor, now loaded with 2GB of RAM with its 2.0GHz. This gives him 30% more speed. Still not enough to run powerful games, but more than enough to satisfy most applications.
Fire 7’s autonomy is also enhanced and goes from 7 hours to 10 hours. It is equivalent to a Paris-Nice by car. No need to stop in Montélimar to recharge your tablet, as with Fire 7 (2019)! A recharge that can now be performed in USB-C. In terms of improvements, its manufacturer finally indicates that its latest “has been tested twice as durable as the iPad Mini (2021) during testing” (sic!). A free tackle, Amazon does not promote any verifiable element to support this claim … Without this being specified by the brand, we imagine that its tablet is not waterproof …
The photo section remains anecdotal with a 2 megapixel front and rear camera (and the option to shoot in 720p). Must be used for views with the family in the summer, but certainly not to bring great photos or videos back from your vacation.
With or without ads?
Still, Fire 7 (2022) on arrival is worth almost 80 euros. That’s 10 euros more than its older ones at launch. As usual, Amazon offers this tablet at a reduced price if you agree to receive ads each time the device launches *. Nothing bad, actually: it’s a simple promotional post that appears a few seconds before you can unlock the device. The slate is probably not that magically technical, but it has the benefit of making this type of device accessible to as many people as possible. For safety, a protective shell (29 euros) is recommended, especially on holiday.
* 94 euros (without advertising, in 16 GB); 79 euros (with ads, in 16 GB); 104 euros (without advertising, in 32 GB); 89 euros (with ads, in 32 GB).