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A data collection (spying) device with tablet features
January 1, 2019
Within a few hours of writing this review (which was originally 2 stars and am now reducing it to 1 star) I was shocked to receive a phone call (on a holiday) from an Amazon representative asking if they were speaking to the person who left this review. After replying yes, he asked (in a not-so-friendly tone) if we could discuss my review. I can't remember exactly what order what was said, but given his tone, I told him I did not, and that I was quite concerned about getting an intimidating phone call regarding a negative review. Honestly, this feels like I've purchased something from the mob, not a reputable company.
I've given unfavourable reviews (if deserved) in the past (and very favourable ones), but I have never, ever been personally phoned and intimidated for giving a bad review before. I told him to never phone me again, but I'm now actually afraid of what they might do in retaliation. It's a bit insane (and a lot terrifying) when a company goes after its customers for giving honest, unbiased reviews.
This was/is my review on the Amazone Fire 8 tablet:
I knew that any Amazon product would attempt to collect data, but this tablet goes WAY OVERBOARD in its recording and data collection. It's full of bloatware that you can't uninstall or even disable. I spent at least an hour going through every single app and 'opting out' of as many data collections as I could, but that thing still monitors every single thing I do. It automatically signs me in to my amazon account and starts up as many spying apps as it can. As of yet, I'm unable to find any setting that can stop that. Every time I start the tablet, I have to "Force Stop" as many of its apps that I can, because they appear to record every single aspect of my use. It collects data on every single app you open up, how long you use it for, which apps you download, basically every single thing you do and for how long you do it--AND it also "collects" and shares your contacts--their emails, addresses, phone numbers. I tried downloading a startup manager app to stop apps from automatically running (collecting data on me) at startup, and it simply will not allow YOU to control YOUR own device. It makes it very clear that this device is controlled by Amazon, not you. If I could have afforded a tablet of similar performance (ie., speed, video quality) I would have gladly sent this data collection device back. This "tablet" just goes way, WAY too far in the recording and reporting of every single thing you do, including where and how you spend your time (and with who), all in the guise of "providing a better experience". Hogwash. This tablet is nothing more than a data collection device disguised as a tablet, and that CREEPS ME OUT. Other than that, it never remembers the wifi connection even though its been saved, and just spins on "obtaining ip address". Which I don't mind in one way, because if it can't connect to the internet, it can't add to the CREEP FILES it keeps on everyone who purchases an Amazon Tablet. I don't recommend this tablet, but if you're on a budget like me, just be prepared to spend a lot of time trying to minimize the vast amount of creepy data collection that they do .