Fire HD 10by Amazon

  • Fire HD 10
  • Fire HD 10
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VERDICT
Don't buy. Few products get rated this low.
54%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • At 10.1 inches and $229.99, the Fire HD 10 offers an amazing amount of viewing area for the price.
  • The inclusion of a microSD expansion slot means you can add considerably more storage on the cheap.
  • Amazon's new operating system is easy to learn and navigate, and it includes some genuinely useful features.

CONS

  • Smaller tablets can get by with screen resolution that's this low, but the HD 10 can't. Text looks grainy, making the tablet uncomfortable for long bouts of reading.
  • Performance is sluggish. Apps and Web pages are slow to load, and downloads take an annoyingly long time.
  • The low price doesn't factor in an Amazon Prime subscription, which is all but essential if you want maximum enjoyment of the Fire HD 10.
Amazon's first 10-inch tablet, the Fire HD 10 offers an extra-wide display at a competitive price. Available in two colors, its notable features include a memory-expansion slot and seamless integration with Amazon's rich ecosystem of movies, music, books, games, and apps. The question is whether the low price results in too many compromises.
NameFire HD 10iPad Air 2Galaxy Tab S 10.5Nexus 9Venue 10 7000
ManufacturerAmazonAppleSamsungGoogleDell
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60%

If I was looking for a tablet to use on the way to work, I’d certainly pick the 8in Amazon Fire HD 8 over this. However, if you want somethi…

If I was looking for a tablet to use on the way to work, I’d certainly pick the 8in Amazon Fire HD 8 over this. However, if you want something to use while sprawled across the sofa, maybe that size issue just doesn’t matter.

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60%

The screen quality, while decent thanks to being IPS and laminated to the surface of the glass, still looks low-res, and that's because this…

The screen quality, while decent thanks to being IPS and laminated to the surface of the glass, still looks low-res, and that's because this 10.1-inch tablet only has a 1280 x 800 resolution, which is almost criminal for a large tablet, and the lower price barely enables Amazon to get away with this spec.

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60%

The glossy plastic design of the Fire HD 10 evokes a toy-like impression that's part fun and part chintzy. The polished aesthetic doesn't re…

The glossy plastic design of the Fire HD 10 evokes a toy-like impression that's part fun and part chintzy. The polished aesthetic doesn't really feel high-end or premium. At its low price, the Fisher-Price vibe is no surprise.

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60%

... the tablets aren’t meant to be Android powerhouses – they’re meant to engross you in Amazon’s ecosystem and suite of features, and in th…

... the tablets aren’t meant to be Android powerhouses – they’re meant to engross you in Amazon’s ecosystem and suite of features, and in that respect, the Fire HD succeeds in spades.

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50%

Even when nothing else was open, the tablet felt sluggish. It took nearly 3 seconds to open the camera app, and switching between menus, or …

Even when nothing else was open, the tablet felt sluggish. It took nearly 3 seconds to open the camera app, and switching between menus, or opening recommendations in the app store took longer than expected. When I was playing Ultimate Robot Fighting, the game would occasionally freeze for a split second in the middle of a battle.

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Rather than the 8-inch, 1,280-by-800-pixel panel you get on the Fire HD 8, the Fire HD 10 packs a 10.1-inch screen, but with the same resolu…

Rather than the 8-inch, 1,280-by-800-pixel panel you get on the Fire HD 8, the Fire HD 10 packs a 10.1-inch screen, but with the same resolution. This makes for just 149 pixels per inch, which results in a very grainy image.

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No prizes for guessing the main complaint: The resolution is extremely low for a tablet of this size and price. With 149ppi density, the blo…

No prizes for guessing the main complaint: The resolution is extremely low for a tablet of this size and price. With 149ppi density, the blockiness is obvious. You don’t need to be a tablet critic to notice it.

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40%

The Fire HD 10 might be the largest Amazon tablet to date, but the 10.1in display isn’t exactly show stopping. With a lowly 1,280x800 resolu…

The Fire HD 10 might be the largest Amazon tablet to date, but the 10.1in display isn’t exactly show stopping. With a lowly 1,280x800 resolution, equating to a miserly pixel density of 149 pixels-per-inch (PPI), it’s easy to spot individual pixels long before you get uncomfortably close to the screen.

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With a resolution of just 1,280 x 800 and pixel density of 149 pixels per inch, the tablet simply can’t render the kind of razor-sharp text …

With a resolution of just 1,280 x 800 and pixel density of 149 pixels per inch, the tablet simply can’t render the kind of razor-sharp text most of us are now accustomed to from our mobile screens.

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On the HD 10, text is noticeably jagged and pictures aren't very sharp. Casual users may not notice those issues much, but it's something th…

On the HD 10, text is noticeably jagged and pictures aren't very sharp. Casual users may not notice those issues much, but it's something that will bug you if you're used to sharper screens.

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All subtlety is gone from the interface. Instead of a list of content and activity categories at the top, the Amazon Fire HD 10 running Fire…

All subtlety is gone from the interface. Instead of a list of content and activity categories at the top, the Amazon Fire HD 10 running Fire OS 5 features big, all cap labels that you swipe through. This actually works rather well. There is also, on the home screen, a grid of installed apps that will be familiar to Kindle HD and Android aficionados.

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[Amazon] boasts that each of the tablets have gone through the tumble test 200 times and came out the other end still working. This is basic…

[Amazon] boasts that each of the tablets have gone through the tumble test 200 times and came out the other end still working. This is basically where the tablets are put into a machine a bit like a tumble dryer and spun. An iPad Air 2, we were told, only manages to go round 30 times before breaking.

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Amazon says the Fire HD 10's battery is good for up to eight hours of mixed use. That seems a fairly accurate estimate; I spent a whole week…

Amazon says the Fire HD 10's battery is good for up to eight hours of mixed use. That seems a fairly accurate estimate; I spent a whole weekend predominantly browsing, reading ebooks, and watching a couple of short Prime videos, and didn't have to plug in.

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This is the third mediocre hardware platform Amazon has launched in the past 12 months, and the second to set a price point that’s completel…

This is the third mediocre hardware platform Amazon has launched in the past 12 months, and the second to set a price point that’s completely unattractive given its feature set. We don’t know who’s making these calls, but it looks like Amazon is trying to coast on past achievements rather than continue to offer a midrange Android platform worth buying.

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