Amazon Fire HD 10 Review
Amazon Fire HD 10
- Incredibly low price
- Sharp 1080p screen
- Snappy performance
- Great if you love Amazon content
- Still no Google apps
- Plasticky as all get out
- Low-resolution camera
- You really need Amazon Prime
Amazon Fire HD 10 Review – The first Fire tablet with Alexa hands-free.
Amazon Fire HD 10 features a brilliant 10.1” 1080p Full HD display (1920 x 1200) with over 2 million pixels (224 ppi). Enjoy widescreen movies, videos, and games with wide viewing angles, less glare, and more brightness thanks to a stunning IPS (in-plane-switching) LCD display. Fire HD 10 is now 30% faster thanks to 2x the RAM over the previous generation and a more powerful quad-core processor. Two 1.8 GHz cores and two 1.4 GHz cores run simultaneously, delivering quick app launches, smooth games and videos, and great overall performance. Fire HD 10 comes with the most internal storage of any Fire tablet at 32 or 64 GB, great for offline video watching. Expand your storage by up to 256 GB using a microSD card, and keep photos, favorite movies, and compatible games and apps with you. Plus enjoy free unlimited cloud storage for all your Amazon content and photos taken with your Fire tablet.
competitors: Samsung Galaxy Tab
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|Dimensions||262 x 159 x 9.8 mm (10.31 x 6.26 x 0.39 in)|
|Weight||500 g (1.10 lb)|
|Display||IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|10.1 inches, 295.8 cm2 (~71.0% screen-to-body ratio)|
|1920 x 1200 pixels, 16:10 ratio (~224 ppi density)|
|Yes, up to 5 fingers|
|- Fire OS 5.3.4|
|OS||Customized Android 5.1 (Lollipop)|
|CPU||Quad-core (2x1.8 GHz Cortex-A72 & 2x1.4 GHz Cortex-A53)|
|Card slot||microSD, up to 256 GB (dedicated slot)|
|Internal Memory||32/64 GB, 2 GB RAM|
|Primary Camera||2 MP|
|Loudspeaker||Yes, with stereo speakers|
|- Dolby Atmos audio enhancement|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band|
|Bluetooth||4.1, A2DP, LE|
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Ion battery|
|Up to 10 h Talk Time|
In addition to the standard 32GB Amazon Fire HD 10 for $150, there’s a 64GB model going for $190/£180. You can also remove Amazon’s special-offer ads on both for an additional $15/£10. While there are plenty of cheap Android tablets on the market, there aren’t many I’d actually recommend. Even Google has given up on its Nexus tablet lineup (a shame, because the Nexus 7 was great).
Consequently, Amazon basically competes with itself when it comes to low-end slates. The new Fire HD 8 starts at $80/£80, with 16GB of storage, and the svelte Fire 7 goes for just $50/£50, with 8GB. If you’re worried about the portability of the HD 10, the 8-inch model might be a solid compromise.
If you want something even more powerful, with a wider assortment of apps (including Google’s), then it’s worth looking at Apple’s newest iPad. It’s just $329 and features a much better screen and superior hardware. Of course, that means hopping over to iOS, but your only other alternative in the Android arena is the Galaxy Tab S2, a two-year-old slate that still sells for $300. It has a gorgeous screen and it’s incredibly thin, but its aging hardware doesn’t seem like a good investment today. (If you find it on sale, though, it’s worth a close look.)
Of all the affordable tablets we’ve tested, the Amazon Fire HD 10 packs both the best screen and the fastest performance. Unfortunately, we were hoping its larger size could enable more battery life, and we’re not exactly giddy to spend so much on a slate that can’t use Google apps.
For a tablet that lasts longer on a single charge, you’ve got two options. You can either save $70 and get the Fire HD 8, or spend an extra $30 for the Lenovo Tab 4 10, which allows you to use a full range of Android apps. Amazon users who want to stream all of the video their Prime memberships allow, though, will love the Fire HD 10 for its stellar display.
At $149.99, the Amazon Fire HD 10 undercuts most entry-level Android tablets by $30 to $50. You pay for the discount with lock screen ads (which you can get rid of by paying $15) and a tablet that’s completely tuned to display Amazon content, with no Google Play store.
As is typical with Amazon, you’re getting the best hardware value per dollar here, as the Fire HD 10 costs less than the Lenovo Tab 4 10, for instance, has more RAM and storage than the Acer Iconia One 10, and has a higher-resolution screen than either. If you can live without Google Play, the choice is clear.
Among Amazon’s own tablets, deciding which to buy is a bit harder. For half the price, the smaller Fire HD 8 and Fire 7 get you access to the same ecosystem of apps and content for even less money. The HD 8 is our Editors’ Choice for affordable mid-size slates. The HD 10, while more expensive, boasts a bigger, sharper screen, a more powerful processor, and more RAM. We think that makes it a justifiable upgrade if you want the larger display. It also makes it our Editors’ Choice for low-cost, big-screen tablets.
If you want a cheap, durable device to play and consume Amazon’s vast array of Prime content then the Amazon Fire HD 10 will fit your needs. It isn’t revolutionary or overly interesting, but it will get the job done.
If you’re not deep inside the Prime ecosystem, or simply want a tablet that can be productive, then you should look elsewhere. There are too many compromises here, not least the complete lack of support for Google services such as YouTube and Gmail.
I don’t think cheap tablets will ever be as interesting as they were a few years ago, when the iPad was a much more expensive device. But while the Amazon Fire HD 10 won’t win over anyone looking to replace their laptop with a tablet, it’s still a fine tablet for doing basic things that doesn’t cost a fortune.
And when you’re spending $150, there’s little more you can ask.
If you have an Amazon Prime membership and you want a big screen tablet for watching movies and TV, reading, and a spot of gaming, the Fire HD 10 is a great option. If you also have a limited budget, then it’s your best option.
We don’t know of a better value package than this with a 10-inch screen. It does have obvious weaknesses, like the plastic design and useless cameras, but they’re understandable in a tablet at this price.
Amazon has compromised too much with previous Fire tablets in the areas that really count – screen and performance – but that’s not the case with the Amazon Fire HD 10 (2017).
If you can deal with the software’s peculiarities, you will be happy with the Fire Tablet HD 10. One benefit of the 2017 models is undoubtedly the Alexa integration, which turns the tablet into a mobile Echo Dot and thus, a voice remote control for your smart home. Otherwise, Amazon retains the characteristics of its Fire series: The tablet is very affordable, although it is more of a digital shopping cart than a standalone product.