photo by Andrew Okwuosah

The Amazon Fire Tablet is the Seattle-based company’s latest attempt to get customers into the Amazon ecosystem of services.

Should You Buy Amazon’s New $50 Fire Tablet?

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by Andrew Okwuosah, Digital Editor

Amazon’s $50 Fire tablet is dirt cheap, but it doesn’t feel like that. Here’s what’s good about the latest entry-level tablet to come from the Seattle-based retail giant:

Starting with that price tag, it’s almost mind-numbing to figure out how Amazon can get a tablet this good at a price this low where Amazon can literally sell these things in six packs. Sure, you miss out on some things like official access to Google services, but the Fire tablet is a joy to use. The 1024×600 display doesn’t look like much on paper, but it’s adequate for my daily needs of reading, web browsing, and watching the occasional TV show/movie.

If you have an Amazon Prime subscription or simply live in the Amazon ecosystem, the Fire tablet becomes a literal no-brainer.  The ability to read your Kindle books, access your Amazon Music library, watch your Prime Instant Video library, and shop Amazon on your tablet right out of the box is a feature that I honestly can’t live without. Lastly, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Amazon Underground, the company’s new initiative to make apps and games truly free. The program allows for apps and games like Monument Valley and Frozen Free Fall to be completely free including any in-app purchases. The apps that I’ve purchased through Amazon Underground can literally pay for the tablet.

Overall, the Fire tablet is a no-doubt buy in my opinion. I’m happy to have it in my daily arsenal of tools that I use on a daily basis.

Anyways, until next week, you can follow me around the Interwebs for more of my shenanigans, and I’ll be back next week with some brand spanking new Top Apps.