Unboxing the New $50 Tablet from Amazon – fire

by | Sep 30, 2015

One of the benefits of my job is that I get to work with a lot of great technology. The newest bit arrived on my desk just a few minutes ago . . . the $49.99 Amazon Fire tablet.

This is Amazon’s latest foray into the tablet market and although I’m generally an iPad guy I jumped at the opportunity to add an Android tablet to our test desk . . . especially for less than $50!

The tablet feels well made and comes with simple, yet effective packaging and instructions. As a guy I certainly appreciated the simple picture based instructions. So . . . let’s get this thing fired up!



The tablet slide directly out of the minimalistic packaging. Contents include:

  • Amazon Fire tablet
  • USB Power Plug
  • Micro-USB cable (approximately 18″)
  • Instruction Card

Powering Up for the First Time

I tried to power up the new Amazon Fire tablet directly out of the box. I don’t expect new electronics to arrive charged although typically my new iPhones and iPads have had enough battery charge to get things started. That was not the case with the Amazon Fire tablet.

I plugged it in and the unit immediately displayed the Amazon logo and then faded to a black screen as I started typing this blog post. Note: after typing for about three minutes and checking the power status the battery showed 75% charged so the initial power on issue may have been a user error on my part.

Upon power-up the tablet asked for my language selection, WIFI connection and confirmed that it should be connected to my pre-defined Amazon account. Note: when purchasing the tablet on Amazon.com we had the option of connecting my Amazon account to the tablet by default. The Amazon Fire then asked which social media accounts I wanted to connect to and provided quick links for:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • and Pinterest (I believe . . .I skipped this section)

The Amazon Fire comes preloaded with a number of applications and I was able to connect to the Amazon App store to download a few free games (hey, a guy needs to start somewhere!). We also ordered a 64GB expansion memory card (approximately $30) which should allow us to move those typical storage hogs (photos, video, movies, etc.) off of the tablet and onto the external memory card. The card hasn’t arrived yet although I anticipate that it should arrive tomorrow.


Initial Impressions

The tablet is very quick (granted it’s brand new) and feels solid. The display is crisp and clear and the few controls (volume, power, etc) seem to be well placed and “feel” quality. Candidly – this Amazon Fire feels like a tablet that I’d expect to cost hundreds of dollars.

I’m off to an appointment and plan to give the tablet a few run throughs today. I’ll share more soon!

Amazon Fire HD

Technical Specifications

  • Beautiful 7″ IPS display (171 ppi / 1024 x 600) and fast 1.3 GHz quad-core processor. Rear and front-facing cameras.
  • All-new Amazon Underground, a one-of-a-kind app store experience where over $10,000 in apps, games and even in-app items are actually free – including extra lives, unlocked levels, unlimited add-on packs and more
  • Enjoy more than 38 million movies, TV shows, songs, books, apps and games
  • 8 GB of internal storage. Free unlimited cloud storage for all Amazon content and photos taken with Fire devices. Add a microSD card for up to 128 GB of additional storage.
  • Updated user interface – Fire OS 5 designed for quick access to your apps and content plus personalized recommendations that make it easy to discover new favorites
  • Up to 7 hours of reading, surfing the web, watching videos, and listening to music
  • Stay connected with fast web browsing, email, and calendar support

Read more at http://www.amazon.com/Fire-Display-Wi-Fi-GB-Includes/dp/B00TSUGXKE (this is NOT an affiliate link).