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Amazon Fire: Is It Worth $50?

What can $50 buy? An inexpensive pair of sneakers, maybe dinner for two in San Francisco or a couple of tickets to the ballgame. But few ever imagined that it could also buy a tablet computer capable of running apps and streaming Netflix. Yet that is what Amazon has delivered with its Fire tablets, with starting prices of $50 for the seven-inch model and $80 for the eight-incher. The newest versions of these tablets, which are set to be released this week, are unabashedly slow and unflashy — but just capable enough to be worth this meager sum. This low-cost-for-no-frills strategy appears to be working well for the retail giant. Sales of Amazon’s touch-screen tablets jumped by double digits last year from a year earlier, the company has said. IDC, the research firm, said low-cost Fires had propelled Amazon to No. 3 in the tablet market, after Apple and Samsung.…

Amazon Fire adds Alexa to the Android Tablet

Amazon has added its Alexa voice technology to its new Fire 7 Tablets, allowing users of the virtual assistant to carry it around the house. The Fire 7 is equipped with a 7-inch 1,024 x 600 display and is one of the most cost-efficient tablets costing only £50. The android tablet is available with either 8GB or 16GB of internal storage, which can be expanded by 256GB through the microSD card slot, and comes with a quad-core 1.3 GHz processor and claimed a battery life of eight hours. The #Amazon Fire 7 #tablet gets a specs bump — and keeps its $50 price https://t.co/t76nXQDUNP #FireHD pic.twitter.com/3uKOK8IlmA — CNET (@CNET) May 17, 2017 The big upgrade to these tablets is the addition of Alexa technology that features on the Amazon Echo. You can launch this new feature by holding the home key, unlike the original Alexa products which you woke up…