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Amazon Fire Tablet: Which storage size should I buy?

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Fire Hd 8 Lifestyle 2 (Image credit: Jeramy Johnson / Android Central)

Best answer: The simple answer is, no one has ever complained about having too much storage on a tablet. Given how affordable Amazon Fire Tablets are, your best bet is to always go for the largest storage option available.

Which Fire Tablet size should I buy?

The first thing you need to know about buying an Amazon Fire tablet is that the listed storage space is not actually representative of the usable storage space you end up with. Amazon builds its tablets on the Android operating system, which requires a decent chunk of storage for core system functions and Amazon's apps and services. This is worth keeping in mind, especially when considering a tablet that offers 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB options. That low-end 16GB tablet will, in actuality, only give you about 12GB of usable storage. Depending on your plans for downloading games, movies, and other media onto your tablet, you're probably going to want as much storage as possible.

The Fire 7 tablet comes in 16GB and 32GB variants so spending an extra $20 to double the storage size is a no-brainer. It's also worth pointing out that Amazon recently updated it's line of kid-friendly Amazon Fire devices. While the previous 16GB Fire 7 Kids Edition may have offered enough storage for your tiny tech wizard at 16GB, Amazon now offers the Fire HD 10 Kids and Fire HD 10 Kids Pro tablets, which both double the storage space to 32GB.

Things get more tricky (and pricier) when you consider the newer Fire HD tablets. The Fire HD 8, which is our pick for the best Amazon Fire Tablet you should buy, is available with 32GB and 64GB, as are the Fire HD 8 Plus and Fire HD 10, and Fire HD 10 Plus. 32GB is quite reasonable here. Depending on how you plan to use your tablet and the prevalence of media streaming services these days, you might not even need to opt for the 64GB variant.

Expand your Fire Tablet storage with a microSD

Of course, if you decide to save a bit of money and go with the lesser storage for your Fire Tablet, you're not stuck with that amount of storage.

Amazon has always included a microSD slot on its Fire Tablets, which is always a convenient feature that lets you add to your device's storage as needed. MicroSD cards are ideal for loading up your favorite devices with media you've previously downloaded or ripped from your DVD collection without using up all that precious internal storage.

It also helps that there are some great deals on microSD cards for Fire Tablets. Amazon lets you add up to 1TB of storage via microSD for its best tablets, but right now, your best value is probably found with a 128GB card that you can find for as little as $20 these days.

Jeramy is proud to help *Keep Austin Weird* and loves hiking in the hill country of central Texas with a breakfast taco in each hand. When he's not writing about smart home gadgets and wearables, he's defending his relationship with his smart voice assistants to his family. You can follow him on Twitter at @jeramyutgw.