Is Amazon’s Kindle Fire Tablet Worth $50?

Kindle Fire TabletWhat would you say, if I told you that you could get a decent tablet for $50 or less? Well, today I’m here to tell you that you can!  Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard of this tablet, you’ve probably seen it, and you may even have one!  And if you are anything like me, you probably dismissed it as a cheap throwaway tablet that wasn’t worth buying.  The tablet we are talking about is the Kindle Fire Tablet.  And I’m here to tell you that it is a cheap throwaway tablet…  And that’s actually a good thing!!!

The Amazon Kindle Fire Tablet comes in several different sizes. The base model is the 7-inch Fire Tablet.  It typically sells for $50 but Amazon regularly offers discounts on it.  I got mine for $25!

For that $50 or less, you get a basic tablet.  It comes with a 600×1024 resolution, a dual-core 1 GHz processor, 8 GB of storage, and 512 MB of RAM.  Amazon built a custom version of Android and locked it down pretty tight. It is insanely difficult to root and customization options are limited.  You have to use Amazon’s launcher, and technically you are only supposed to use the Amazon App Store. It takes a little trickery but you can install the Google Play Store. Once you do, you get access to a lot more apps that aren’t available on the Amazon App Store. Check out our video on how to get the Play Store here: How-To Install The Google Play Store On Amazon Kindle Fire Tablets (Fire OS –!

So far, I’m doing a horrible job of selling you on the Kindle Fire Tablet.  It’s not a spec powerhouse, it’s somewhat limited by Amazon trying to lock it down to just their apps, and overall, it’s not something that just jumps out at you as one of those “I have to have this!” type of products.  But none of that is what the Fire Tablet is about.

Kindle Fire TabletThe Fire Tablet line is all a part of Amazon’s business strategy.  The Kindle Fire Tablet serves one purpose, to get you to buy more stuff from Amazon.  When you buy the tablet by itself you will be incredibly disappointed.  It doesn’t do much unless you are willing to fork out more and more money. 

But if you are an Amazon Prime member, the Fire Tablet really begins to really shine.  With that Prime membership, your tablet stops being just a cheap throwaway tablet and becomes a media juggernaut.  With the Fire Tablet and Prime together, you get access to thousands of books in the Kindle Lending Library and the Prime Reading Library, you get ad-free listening to more than a million songs with Prime Music, and with Prime Video you can watch all your favorite movies and TV shows.  And that’s just the tip of the iceberg!

I have kids and we go on a lot of road trips.  It’s nice that I can hand the Fire Tablet back to my son and he can spend the whole trip reading.  My daughter can watch her shows and everybody gets along!  And if one of them gets broken?  I can buy a replacement one for super cheap!

Now just to clarify, the kids don’t get the tablets for the whole trip, I make them suffer for at least half the trip without their tablets.  After all, it is only fair, I went on much longer road trips as a kid and I had to spend the whole trip staring out the windows, and interacting with my own siblings.  They should experience some of that themselves!

So do I recommend getting the Fire Tablet?  Yes!  Especially if you are an Amazon Prime member.  Hit the links down below to order your Kindle Fire Tablet and sign up for Amazon Prime!

Kindle Fire Tablet:
Amazon Prime (30 day free trial):