Fancy grabbing the new Huawei MediaPad M2 10″ tablet we reviewed just this morning? It’s now on sale from Currys PC World. The tablet, which we reviewed here, has Harman Kardon speaker technology (which sound, let me tell you, very good indeed), excellent battery life and a slim, well-built chassis.
There’s two versions available and, according to the people from Currys PC World, they’ll be selling the MediaPad first. There’s the “Standard” edition, which has 16GB storage and 2GB memory and no “M Pen” for £249.99. Also available is the “Premium” edition, which has 64GB storage, 3GB memory and that “M Pen” for £329.99. If you’re into your artistry and like taking notes, get the “Premium” one. Also, there’s no other way of adding additional storage, so choose wisely.
The tablet also features a 13 and 5 megapixel camera, an all-day battery life and an excellent 1920 x 1200 10.1″ screen.
Huawei’s MediaPad M2 10” Android tablet now on sale
With a full HD display, surround sound, the M2 is a premium travel companion
[London, UK – 17 May 2016] – The Huawei MediaPad M2 10.1” tablet, the latest addition to its Android tablet product family, is now on sale from Currys PC World.
Designed to be the perfect travel companion for those who want to view and create high-end content on the move, the MediaPad M2 combines stylish design with superb performance, intuitive interaction and long-lasting battery life.
The MediaPad M2 10” runs the Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system, with the Huawei Emotion UI 3.1 overlay. The premium edition is powered by Octacore processors (Quad-core 2.0GHz + Quad 1.5GHz), with 3GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. These components ensure a super-fast web browsing experience, multitasking capabilities and the ability to handle 3D gaming.
Featuring a crystal clear 10.1inch fullHD IPS display (1920 x 1200), the MediaPad M2 uses Clari-Vu technology to automatically adjust itself to provide optimal viewing conditions depending on the lighting. Together with colour enhancement and 178 degree viewing angle, it’s the perfect companion on the move.
Available in Moonlight Silver, Huawei has used a sand-blasted finish on the all-metal body of the tablet, providing a smooth-touch surface. A fingerprint sensor also allows users to unlock the device in one motion and is capable of storing up to five fingerprints.
Bringing Your Ideas to Life
A Huawei M-Pen Stylus is included with the premium edition tablet. This offers 2048-levels of pressure sensitivity and high definition identification accuracy, enabling users to replicate a traditional handwriting experience by taking notes on the Bamboo Paper app, or unleash their creative juices using apps such as Sketchbook.
Text can be imported with a touch of a button and software also converts on-screen notes into digital form.
The Power of Sound
Four speakers certified by Harmon Kardon are perfectly positioned to provide 180 degrees worth of rich virtual surround sound.
Renowned as the benchmark for sound quality, Harman Kardon makes sound look beautiful through cutting edge design. From the company’s very beginnings, design has been a crucial factor shaping product development and has been led by the need for function, as well as emotion.
The Harman Kardon design housed within the MediaPad M2, highlights how the sound system feels, but also how it works, allowing users to truly immerse themselves in multimedia content.
Multimedia Capture and Creation
The MediaPad M2 includes a 13MP rear camera with a F2.0 large-diaphragm lens, intelligent image processing engine, blue glass filter, flash and autofocus. Photography enthusiasts will be pleased to see the camera includes Panorama, HDR and time-lapse modes.
Meanwhile, the 5MP front camera makes the MediaPad M2 ideal for video calling, thanks to the 88 degree ultra-wide angle lens.
All-Day Battery Life
With a huge 6660mAh battery pack powering the device, the MediaPad M2 provides up to 6 hours of 3D gaming, 9.5 hours of web browsing, 10 hours of Wi-Fi video playback and 30 hours of music playback on a single charge.
Pricing and Availability
The Huawei MediaPad M2 10″ will initially be available to purchase in the UK from Currys PC World. The standard edition MediaPad M2 10″ tablet will retail in store and online for £249.99. The premium edition MediaPad M2 10″ tablet can be purchased from Currys PC World online for £329.99.
I’m going to take a slightly different approach to this review and note down everything as I unbox the device. First, the specs. This is the Huawei MediaPad M2 10.0 and it’s available in either “Luxurious Gold” or in this fine shade – “Moonlight Silver”.
It weighs in at 500 grams and measures in at 239.8mm x 172.75mm x 7.35mm. The screen is a 1920X1200 Full HD 10.1″ IPS unit and inside it’s powered by a Hisilicon Kirin 930 Octacore CPU running a quad 2.0 GHz and quad 1.5 GHz.
Inside it’s also running Android 5.1 with the Huawei EMUI3.1 GUI on top. Not the newest OS, granted, but it zips along. This particular one is the 64GB “Premium edition”, so you obviously get 64GB of storage on board. There’s also a “Standard version” with 16GB. This “Premium” on also has 3GB of RAM, whereas the “Standard” has 2GB. Both have GSM network connectivity though, and you can get 4G connectivity along with WiFi. Around back there’s a 13 megapixel cam with f2.0 and autofocus plus flash. Up front, a 5 megapixel one. There’s also a set of four speakers – two of them for the treble and two of them for the bass. These speakers have Harman Kardon audio technology – something which I’m a big fan of. That audio tech apparently gives a “richer, clearer and more immersive acoustic experience”.
The battery is a 6600mAh unit but again, depending on the version you have, you have different kit in the box. The “Standard” version has the tablet, a charger, quick-start guide and a “needle” for interacting more precisely with the screen. The “Premium” version here has an M-Pen too.
This is great for artists or for those taking notes and it has a pressure sensitivity level of 2048. What that means is that it’s really precise and responds better to the level of force you’re using. There’s a fingerprint sensor too.
The box feels heavy and you’ll notice in this review unit that we have a free case and protector combo. Opening it up actually reveals two boxes. The top box has the protector and the case itself. The case is a folio-style flip-case which has a soft inner and a custom-made inner holder which you clip the tablet into.
The tablet itself is next, and there’s a sticker on the front promoting the various features of the device. Ultra Power Saving, that octa-core CPU and those powerful speakers.
Underneath, that charger, the M-Pen and a very substantial quick start that I touched on before. It’s a thick little book and this, along with the cover and second box, actually contributed towards the weighty feel of the device when you first pick it off the shelf in the shops. The clever stylus needs one AAA battery which comes in the box too. You screw the top off the M-Pen and then drop the battery in to get it working. The tablet itself is powered and charged by a microUSB cable which is in the box too.
Turning the unit on plays a Huawei animation and you get to hear the sound output which is definitely very powerful indeed. The device itself is quite angular, although there’s some curvy corners and a two-tone finish to the tablet, with this one having a polished white front border around the screen. It has a very high-spec and quality feel to it. Under the screen is that fingerprint sensor.
At the bottom, precisely cut holes on the lower edge reveal the bottom speakers which create a “wide acoustic field sound” through technology which helps to give you a sense of direction when you’re playing games.
The right edge has the audio controls and power button above – this is on a slight curve and helps you to locate the buttons easily even in low light.
The top edge is similar to the bottom, although the unit does have a dividing strip and a 3.5mm audio plug which you’ll need to use your own headphones with as there’s none in the box.
The left edge has the microUSB power connector and the tray for the SIM card, which you’ll need to pop out with the supplied tool.
The back is a smooth silver affair and has the camera on that separated top edge along with a flash.
All in all, it’s a good construction which – although slightly flexible if you want to try twisting it – has no creaks. Good spec and good construction.
Here’s my usual video overview..
Turning on the device fires you into the usual WiFi setup screen and the Google login screen. You naturally use the device in a wide-screen setting. I elected to set a secure lock screen and the fingerprint sensor got busy as I placed and re-placed my finger on the sensor to build up a full reading.
The main out-of-the-box screen has a dark background which you can change through the now-familiar Huawei theme system. This lets you quickly change the look of the device by tweaking the unlock animation, icons and background quickly and through one interface. I could only find four here, but you can adjust the background and lock screen picture yourself too.
Again, as this is Huawei, there’s a management system for keeping your device running smoothly. You can scan the device and then optimise it, check and adjust the apps that are allowed to run when the screen is off. This is something we’ve seen recently on the Huawei P9, where a power management system kicks in to stop apps sucking your battery (and your data bandwidth) when you don’t necessarily want it too. There’s a few things you’ll want to adjust here, including fitness tracking apps like Strava that need adding to the allowed list.
On the lock screen, which can operate in a slideshow format to flick through favourite images. Huawei call them “Covers” and you can flick through them direct on the lock screen itself. From the lock screen also lets you head straight into the camera, turn on the rear LED. It’ll also let you dive straight into a calendar and audio recording.
The device has some cool little tricks, such as the “Speech Awareness” system which let you make a call or find your phone by saying a certain keyword. You can also open a dual-window system but I got a little sidetracked by the rather clever pen…
To be honest I’ve never been a big fan of these pen things, but after trying out the little buttons on the device (which help you hop into menus and remove mistakes etc) I really started to like it. It did indeed respond to pressure properly and I recognised the doodles and squiggles as the very same style and appearance as normal paper.
Little things, the same little things I’d seen on the P9, really impressed me. The fact that I could immediately edit the image when I’ve taken a screenshot, the careful battery management that keeps it running longer and longer.
Of course, the usual things are here too. We’ve got all the Google apps (Gmail, Maps, YouTube, Chrome, Play Books, Play Music, Drive and everything in between), plus a file manager, Magnifier, Weather, Notepad and much more. You can also type out documents with WPS Office, which lets you create a presentation, spreadsheet or Word document. It’ll sync your contacts, your calendar and your email via your Google account and you can of course set up standard email accounts too.
There’s also something called Clari-Fi which shows off the power of the Harman Kardon tech and how it emphasises, cleans and adds “whoomph” to your music. I must admit, I was particularly impressed with the sound on this and not just about how powerful and loud it was. It’s like stepping into an audio bubble. You can hear the direction of the sound. You can hear the different streams of audio and watch a movie, music video or even a TV show is an absolute joy. Some older videos didn’t sound quite right – one being Massive Attack – Unfinished Sympathy played via YouTube. I put this down to the age of the VHS-to-YouTube recording – the video was done in 1991. More modern videos played very well indeed.
Personally I’m not a big camera user with tablets. The rear camera didn’t perform terrifically well and the white balance went a little crazy if the photo had darkness and light mixed together. Close-up shots didn’t fare well.
That said, I am perhaps comparing this to the Leica kit on the P9 we recently reviewed and I don’t personally think that a camera at the back of a tablet is going to be in use a whole lot. The front selfie shooter was OK, and decent enough for Skype and other video call applications.
The camera has a range of option, including the HDR mode I used on some of these shots, a “Best photo” option, Panorama, Watermark and “All focus” option. You can also add a GPS tag, track objects when filming video and get the perfect selfie along with a “beauty” mode to try and make you look less scary. There’s also a stack of filters, a time-lapse mode and you can turn the flash on or off.
Here’s some example shots..
Whilst the camera wasn’t as good as the Leica unit on the Huawei P9, the addition of that stylus was something I actually really liked in this Premium model. If you choose the 16GB standard model you do have to realise that there’s no expandable storage and that’s pretty important if you’re a media consumer – something this device is really built for.
Out of the two, the Premium model would be my choice. The sound quality and the included stand made it into a portable entertainment centre which was really enjoyable to use and a great TV-replacement for your bedroom or elsewhere.
The Huawei additions were appreciated and the build quality, battery life and device management were all top notch. It’s yet more quality kit from Huawei, who are fast becoming a serious force to be reckoned with.
The “Standard” edition, which has 16GB storage and 2GB memory and no “M Pen” for £249.99. The “Premium” edition has 64GB storage, 3GB memory and that “M Pen” for £329.99. If you’re into your artistry and like taking notes, get the “Premium” one.
The Acer Predator 8 is a device we have seen a few times now, but up until now I have not really had a good chance to have a play with it. That all changes today as I am in Belfast with #acerliveblog2016 and they have let me have a play with the Acer Predator 8. I am pretty pleased with overall in-hand experience as I have already mentioned in the past when I saw it after its unveiling at IFA 2015.
What really makes this unique amongst tablets, however, is the Predator Quadio Speakers that are on all four corners of the Predator 8. But is it just a tablet with a few extra speakers or is this a true gaming rig for on the go? Let’s dive into to some testing and see if we can find out.
I have been doing some comparisons with my own tablet which is a Z3 Tablet Compact and these two devices are actually a very close match. However, there are some differences. These will become clear in the gaming tests that I have put them through. Before we get into that though, I would like to just show you around the device.
Here are a few more pictures of the Predator 8 to show off some of its key features.
The styling of the Acer Predator 8 is hit or miss it will appeal to those who like the Gaming laptop genre. However, those who like slick lines and slim devices need not apply here. I do kinda like it; the rough angular edges make it sit in the hands in landscape mode very nicely, which makes it great for gaming on the go. However, when I held it in landscape mode, I was forced to adjust my grip, as it felt awkward holding it with the corner resting in the middle of my palm.
What I was really wanting to find out was how this device performed when it came to gaming, so for that I did some aside by side testing with the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact.
Here is a clip showing some of the big differences between the two devices when it came to playing Asphalt 8.
The overall experience of playing the game on both devices was an enjoyable one. I personally feel that the 8″ tablet is one of the best sizes for tablet gaming, as the screen is just the right size for being held in a similar way to that of a gamepad. It is not too much of a stretch for your fingers to hit the middle of the screen when needed.
The Acer Predator 8 has a really nice immersive feel when it comes to playing games, and this is in part down the haptic feedback provided by the inbuilt haptic engine. You could feel when the car was “boosted” and also when you crashed. It is a very similar experience to the Force feedback that you find on the PlayStation 4 controller, albeit toned down slightly and not quite as intelligent.
On the Xperia, this option was not available in the settings but then again the Xperia does not have the hardware available to use this feature. I did notice that the Asphalt 8 game did have a different icon on both devices so there may be a possibility that Acer has made a customer version for the Predator.
So there we have it, just a brief overview of gaming on Predator 8 tablet from Acer. It may be an older device, but it is a good option for those of you who are really wanting a good gaming experience on the go.
More info on the tablet can be found here and you can pick one up from Amazon now.
Back in the 90’s there was a group called Jamiroquai headed up by Jay Kay. He used to date Denise Van Outen too. Oh, and he owns loads of sports cars. Lucky, lucky blighter.
Anyhoo. EE have named a tablet after him and, somehow, I though that the first paragraph would be a witty introduction to it. Perhaps not. The device costs £119.99 on EE pay-as-you-go plans. You can pay £16 per month with an up-front cost of £29.99 if you want it on contract over 24 months, and existing customers can get a 10% discount on that. For £18.50 per month you can get 10GB of data.
If you buy it before May 26th EE will give you a 3 month NOW TV Entertainment pass.
Specs include a 4G connection, WiFi, 7.85″ IPS (768 x 1024) screen, quad-core 1.0GHz 64-bit CPU with Android 5.1. There’s a 5 megapixel rear camera, 2 megapixel front, 1GB RAM and 16 GB of storage plus a microSD slot for another 32GB.
Jay from EE features a powerful 1GHz quad-core processor, crystal clear 7.85 inch IPS screen and expandable storage via Micro SDHC card slot
Priced at just £119.99 on EE pay-as-you-go and on 4GEE plans from £16 a month
Available immediately from EE retail stores, EE telesales and the EE online shop
11th May 2016, London: EE today unveiled the Jay, the latest addition to EE’s own-brand tablet range, offering premium features and specifications at an entry-level price point.
The Jay, available from today in stores and online, offers the styling and performance of a premium tablet, with a Quad-core 1.0GHz 64-Bit processor, which runs the Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system. The Jay also lets users connect to EE’s double speed 4G network, offering download speeds of up to 150Mbps.
Film buffs and amateur photographers will love the 7.85 inch IPS display that’s perfect for watching rich, vibrant videos and displaying crystal clear images captured on the device’s 5MP rear-facing camera with built-in auto-focus. Turn the tablet over and the Jay from EE features a 2MP front-facing camera, perfect for sharing selfies, videos and photos with friends and family over EE’s superfast 4G network.
The Jay from EE comes with 1GB RAM and 16 GB internal memory, with additional 32GB of storage space available with a Micro SDHC card*. The tablet is designed to serve as a true multimedia hub, whether you’re sitting on the sofa at home or commuting to work. At just 350g, it is ultra-light and incorporates a large 3,600mAh battery with enough power for 7 full hours of usage. The Jay is a powerful and portable device for connecting to the web, playing online games or streaming music and HD videos.
Sharon Meadows, Director of Devices, EE said: “The Jay from EE offers the perfect blend of style and smart performance at an affordable price point. With double speed 4G on our superfast network, it really does offer one of the best value tablet experiences that will keep users connected on the move”.
Pricing and availability
The Jay from EE will be available from today on a range of pay monthly price plans starting from £16 per month, based on a 24 month plan and an upfront cost of £29.99. Existing customers pay nothing up-front and receive a further 10% discount on the monthly cost. For customers looking to make the most of their tablet experience, the Jay will also be available on an £18.50 per month, 24 month plan, which comes with a massive 10GB of monthly data plus access to EE’s exclusive double speed 4G network. The Jay from EE will also be available for just £119.99 on pay-as-you-go.
Customers who purchase the Jay from EE before 26 May on a 4GEE Extra plan will automatically receive a 3 month NOW TV Entertainment pass. For more information and for full pricing details visit www.ee.co.uk/JayfromEE
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Some years back my wife had a Mini with Harman Kardon speakers in. On the odd occasion that I’d borrow the car, I was always amazed by the quality of the audio coming out of the system. Sadly, her new Mini doesn’t have the same system and the sound is pretty “meh” – quiet and tinny. However, perhaps a tablet from Huawei will fix that.
Confused? Well, don’t be. This is the new Huawei MediaPad M2 tablet. It has a full HD IPS (1920 x 1200) display and a four-speaker surround sound system which has been certified by Harman Kardon themselves. The upshot is a 180 degree “rich virtual surround sound” which will let you dive into a deep audio wave pool (see what I did there?) There’s two speakers for treble and two for bass.
There’s two versions – a “Premium” edition MediaPad M2 tablet for £329.99 and a “Standard” model for £249.99. The Premium one is powered by octacore processors (Quad-core 2.0GHz + Quad 1.5GHz), with 3GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The Standard seems to have the same CPU arrangement but comes with 2GB RAM and 16GB of storage on board. EMUI 3.1 is layered on the Android 5.1 OS and this is all powered from a long-lasting 6660mAh battery pack. That is said to offer “up to” 6 hours of 3D gaming, 9.5 hours of web browsing and 10 hours of WiFi video playback. Not bad.
The Premium model also has an M-Pen stylus included in the box for sketching, writing or capturing your thoughts and notes on the go. There’s also a fingerprint sensor, 13 megapixel rear camera (F2.0) and a 5 megapixel front shooter with wide-angle lens.
This is the Coolsmartphone.com review of the Amazon Fire (2015). I’ve been testing this for a while now, and after many months of heavy use, here is my review of Amazon’s inexpensive tablet computer. The device reviewed was purchased with my own pocket money, from Amazon, and has travelled with me many many miles. I almost lost it recently, which spurred me to complete this review and let you know what I think of it.
Amazon has been doing Fire tablets for years now. When they released the first one in 2011, the first model was actually called Kindle Fire, but since then the Everything Company has split the Fire tablets and devices away from Kindle and they are now their own product category. The 2015 Amazon Fire is a 7” tablet running on Amazon’s Android (AOSP) based Fire OS. Relatively inexpensive, you can purchase one for £49.99 from Amazon.
This review of the Fire tablet is more than just a simple review, as it involves attempting to explain the whole Amazon Fire ecosystem. I’ll attempt to do just that, and leave the editorial piece on where Amazon is going to another day.
What does £49.99 get you? It’s more than just the specs, so bear with me as we go through this review.
Amazon Fire (2015) specifications:
7” IPS display (1024×600)
Amazon Fire OS 5
1.3 GHz quad-core processor
8GB internal storage expandable (up to 128GB) via MicroSD
2MP rear-facing camera + VGA front-facing camera
Wi-Fi (single-band) and Bluetooth
Micro USB connectivity for charging and data. 3.5mm audio jack.
So the specifications are nothing exciting in 2015 (or 2016). At that price? Nothing to complain about really.
If you use a recent Amazon Fire tablet you should now be running Fire OS 5. This is Amazon’s Android (AOSP) based OS, based on Android 5.x Lollipop, which lacks all Google services. The browser (Silk), email client, Appstore and core apps are all Amazon’s own. The Fire 2015 was one of the very first devices to run this version of the OS when it launched last year, and it has since rolled out to some of the older tablets too. Fire OS is closer to AOSP than previous versions and the launcher has moved away from the frustrating carousel to something more similar to a grid. Rather than have everything on a homescreen or in a drawer (like Apple and most Android launchers), apps are organised into categories and mixed with stores with suggestions. This is where it becomes much more obvious what this device actually is: it’s an Amazon device to make you use Amazon. Let me be clear, when I say Amazon, I mean Amazon Prime and Audible.
Fire OS is closer to Android 5 on which it is based, and many of the Amazon customisations from previous versions of Fire OS have been toned back. The Fire OS UI has loads of Material Design and is themed with Amazon’s black and orange colours. In my opinion it is a much more pleasant UI than the old Fire OS Carousel nonsense.
Fire OS and the Amazon ecosystem
The Amazon Fire tablets and Amazon shoppers are like positive and negative poll magnets: they attract each other, and the closer they get the more difficult it is to separate them. That’s essentially what it’s like for me: I am an Amazon Prime customer and I subscribe to Audible, the excellent Amazon audiobook service. Being an Amazon Prime subscriber means that as well as having free next day delivery on most products sold by Amazon, I also get Amazon Prime Instant Video (Amazon’s Netflix competitor), Amazon Prime Music (Amazon’s Spotify competitor), Prime Photos (Amazon’s equivalent of Google Photos) and access to the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library. Essentially I get a lot out of my Prime subscription and my Audible subscription, and the Fire tablet is the easiest place to consume that content: books, audiobooks, music, video and more. This is where Fire OS excels: making accessing and consuming that content super easy.
Let us get back on track: Hardware
The Fire’s hardware is nothing special, and can be summed up simply: black plastic. The back has rounded edges which finish off on the flat screen. When tapped, the Fire sounds quite hollow and can creak when in use. It may not have a premium feel, but in practice allows the device to take quite a battering and live to tell the tale.
The bottom edge and left side of the device don’t have anything on them. Nada.
The right side has a cover which hides the single MicroSD slot. When closed the cover is pretty much flush with the rest of the device casing. You use it once to put in a memory card and then forget about it.
The top side is where all the buttons and ports are: power button, micro USB port, volume rocker and 3.5mm audio jack.
The back of the device is home to the 2MP camera and the mono speaker. Nothing else there other than an Amazon logo embossed in the matte plastic.
The front of the device is home to the 7” 1024×600 display, which is surrounded by half inch bezels all the way around. In the top bezel you’ll find the VGA front facing camera. The large bezels around the screen may seem like an abomination by modern tablet standards, but in day to day tablet use avoid you accidentally touching the screen.
The screen of the Amazon Fire is a 1024×600 LCD panel which is apparently an IPS one. Viewing angles are not that good, probably because the screen itself is not close to the surface. Pixel density is OK by my picky standards, but contrast ratio is pretty terrible as is the brightness range. When using it at night Candice often complains about the brightness being too high when dimmed to minimum. In direct sunlight it struggles to be bright enough. Luckily I live in Scotland, so that’s almost never a problem.
If you are still reading now, you may think this is going to end as a bad review, but bear with me. At that price? There is nothing to complain about really.
Software and Apps
As mentioned earlier, Fire OS is based on Android but has no Google services. The Amazon Appstore, also known as Amazon Underground serves your app needs, that is if you need apps other than Amazon’s own ones.
You’ll find all the major social networks and apps in Amazon Underground, including the likes of Facebook, Messenger, Twitter, Tumblr and Skype. No Google Plus. Be warned though: you won’t always have the latest version of those apps either: Amazon has an approval process for submitting apps, so releases are less frequent than on the Google Play Store.
The built in apps for Video, Music, Books and Audiobooks are all functional and work well. The tab in the OS surfaces recent and recommended content, while going into your Library gives you a full list of your content in online and offline mode. In Amazon Video, Music and Audiobooks you can download content for offline consumption and opt to save to MicroSD if you find the 8GB built in memory too restricting. For copyright reasons not all content from these services can be stored for offline use and sometimes there are limits to how much you can save.
Silk is Amazon’s web browser on the Fire. It does a good job, has a Private Browsing mode and option to save pages to Reading Lists. If you are desperate to use Google services such as Google Plus and Youtube you can use them quite well from within the Silk browser.
One of the uses I use the Fire for most when at home is as a remote control for the Fire TV in the bedroom. If too lazy to get up and find the remote under the cat on the bedside table, I’ll use the Fire TV Remote app to open Bloomberg TV+ or start an episode of Vikings. If you have Amazon Prime I recommend you watch Vikings. It’s a great show.
Parental controls are great on Amazon Fire OS 5. I don’t use them, but they seem to be pretty comprehensive.
At that price? Nothing to complain about really…
The cameras are like something from 2005: low resolution, noisy in anything other than bright sunlight and prone to making snaps look like an impressionist took them. If you live in Scotland you might not want to buy this device for the camera.
At that price? Nothing to complain about really…
I’ve not done any scientific testing of battery life. It is good enough for my use while travelling: whether on the Edinburgh to Glasgow train listening to an audiobook and playing threes, or on a KLM flight somewhere via Amsterdam watching Vikings or some other show, it does a great job. Bluetooth does considerably impact battery life, so wired headphones are advised if you want battery life to last more than three hours.
At that price? Nothing to complain about really…
I love my Amazon Fire. At that price? Nothing to complain about really. My Amazon Fire makes accessing and consuming my Amazon content simple and easy. I can play games and do web browsing from an inexpensive device which has bags of storage expansion space with a 128GB MicroSD card. The battery life is reasonable and the form factor makes fitting the Fire into a jacket pocket easy.
Last month I left my Amazon Fire on plane and realised what had happened not long after disembarking in Amsterdam. It was only then, when faced with the potential loss of my beloved Fire that I realised what a good package it is (for the price). When a technology and a service is good, you only realise how much you enjoy it and use it when isn’t available.
I would like to thank Talitha, Anja, Jan and Stef from the KLM Lost & Found Service (also known as Sherlock) for reuniting me with my Amazon Fire.
At that price? Nothing to complain about really. Excellent value device which makes using Amazon services simple and easy. If you’re an Amazon Prime subscriber, go buy one. it’s a great device. When in stock, you can buy the Fire in 6-packs which make one free.
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