Here's a few reasons why I think this would be a GREAT buy for somebody who is considering getting a tablet but not sure if they will use it or not:
- It's just $50!
- It's an Amazon product so it's not going to be poorly made like the cheap, no-name Android tablets that are too easy to find.
- SD card slot so you could add up to 128 GB of additional storage.
- Mayday screen sharing...it's how Amazon can remote into your tablet to help you fix problems or show you how to do stuff.
A couple things you should know/keep in mind:
- It will be better than the cheap Android tablets currently available, but it's not a Sony tablet or an iPad.
- It will run on Fire OS 5 which is a "handicap version" of Android. Your apps will come from the Amazon app store, not from the Google Play store. Lots of available apps, but not as many as the Play store or the App Store. (If you're a geek, or if you know one, you may be able to side load some non-Amazon apps or root the device and make it a true Android tablet).
- The resolution will not be the same as the higher end Amazon tablets, Android tablets or iPad. Resolution is 177/ppi 1024x600).
- The price is kept low through un-obtrusive advertising on the tablet (unless you pay more for the upgrade). On my older Kindle, the ads were not a bother to me.
You can read the full specs (and order your tablet) here. Bottom line: it's gonna be hard to go wrong for $50 even if you only use it as an eReader. If you've been wondering if you'd use a tablet, the Kindle Fire might be a worthwhile investment.