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OK for some things, but not what I need
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on October 31, 2022
I bought this tablet because I don't have one and the price was great. My wife has an older one and seems to like it quite a bit. The problem is, it really seems to only be good for reading, streaming video or light web surfing. When I read, I like actual, physical books. If I'm watching video, I have a 65" OLED TV with surround sound. Worst case scenario, I have a 14" 2-in-1 laptop I can use. A 10" screen isn't really big enough for video, IMHO.
As for web surfing, the only browser available is Silk, which I had never heard of. And while it works on a basic level, it doesn't not provide me with the customization and options I get with other browsers. For example, I can't set it to clear cache upon exit. Nor is there an option for private browsing.
Because this device works on a 'forked' version of Android and not a 'skin', the only app store that really works is the Amazon app store, which is sorely lacking in terms of what is available for this device. I couldn't download Firefox, nor any other that I might prefer - not even Chrome. I couldn't download The Weather Channel. It took forever to find my favorite game. I finally had to search by the name of the developer. Those are just a couple of examples, but I literally spent hours trying to figure out a way around that. I'm a former IT guy and things like that drive me nuts.
One minor irritant is that I can't choose a version of the keyboard that displays the numbers above the letters. I can do that with my phone. It seems like an odd oversight for Amazon not to include that. So, any time I have to enter a password, I have to shift to the numbers/characters, then shift back. And I have to do that more than once while entering a password. It just takes longer and seems unnecessary.
There is one other minor irritant for me, which is shutting down and booting up. You have to hold the power button down for a while, then wait for it to respond. And, while shutting down is pretty quick, booting up takes a bit longer than I would like. I know that's a niggling little thing. but my Windows laptop is quicker and easier (again, IMHO).
On the plus side, I was able to download Outlook and Office, as well as a few other minor things. I haven't had time to finish setting up my mailbox in Outlook, so I can't comment on that yet. Neither have I transferred any Office files, so I'll have to reserve comment on that. Nor have I loaded any of my music to it yet. I don't stream, I buy what I want and store it electronically on my own devices. I don't anticipate a problem there, but you never know.
I have not purchased a cover for it yet, but I'm looking at one with the built-in keyboard. If I'm working in Outlook or Office, I think that will be helpful. But I don't want anything too bulky, so I'm still mulling that over. I have also not tried connecting it to an external display (such as an overhead projector), so that will be interesting. To be honest, I got so frustrated with it at first, that I just set it aside for awhile and haven't gotten back to doing most of those things.
I should note that I purchased it because I thought it would be more compact, lighter, more portable and more convenient than my laptop. And it would be bigger and easier to use than my Android phone for anything other than voice and text. Sort of a bridge between the two. Time will tell.