Ever since Tesco stopped selling the Hudl 2, Amazon has been the go-to provider of decent quality budget tablets. The Fire range is based on Android, but as we explain later, these aren’t Android tablets. They don’t have any of Google’s apps, but you can use YouTube, Gmail, Maps and other services through the Amazon Silk web browser on the Fire tablet. It’s a workaround, and not as good as having the apps. Also see: Best new tablets coming in 2017.
Since we reviewed the £49 Fire, Amazon has released an updated Fire HD 8 which has an 8in screen and costs £89.99. You can read our full Fire HD 8 review here
AMAZON FIRE REVIEW: PRICE
You can buy the Fire for £49 from Amazon. That’s a crazy price for tablet, but it really is that cheap. This price includes ‘special offers’ which means you’ll get adverts for products on the lock screen. When you buy the Fire you’ll see an option to pay £10 extra to remove these.
You can now get the Fire Kids Edition from Three for £15 per month with no upfront cost. The contract lasts two years (a total of £360) and comes with a portable MiFi device – a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot – so kids can get online when you’re in the car or anywhere in the UK with a mobile signal. The package includes 2GB of data per month.
Amazon added a choice of colours a while back: there are now Blue, Tangerine and Magenta options. They all cost £49.99 but you can now pay £10 extra to double the internal storage from 8GB to 16GB, making the total £59.99.
The extra storage also applies to the Kids Edition which costs £99.99. This includes a special bumper case in blue or pink, a year’s subscription to Fire for Kids and a two-year ‘worry free’ guarantee that covers accidental damage. The software is exactly the same, though, and you should consider buying the basic tablet as well as the Kids Edition. The only difference with the Kids Edition is that you’ll be asked to create at least one child’s account when you go through the initial setup process, and this will activate the free year’s subscription to Fire for Kids. You can jump straight to the Fire for Kids section.