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7.6/10
Informr score
The Amazon Fire HD 10 Plus (2021) currently has an Informr score of 7.6 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 10 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

Verdict

Costs half as much as the entry level iPad, the Fire HD 10 Plus is capable enough for small-time gaming, entertainment, and reading. Just know it has its limitations. If you're looking for a large tablet and price is everything, this is the pick to beat!

What's good

  • Affordable
  • Easy access to Alexa
  • Wireless charging

What's bad

  • Only one color option
  • Google Apps still not allowed
  • Dated chipset
  • Dim display

The new Amazon Fire HD 10 Plus promises to offer the best tablet experience from Amazon’s popular budget-friendly line of tablets. But with so much competition in the affordable tablet market, how does it stack up?

Design

Not a lot has changed about the design model for the new Fire. Reviewers said that the bezels seem smaller, and the back is made of a softer, more matte finish. While the finish does well to hide fingerprints, there is no mistaking the Fire HD 10 Plus is a big rectangular piece of plastic.

Display

The Amazon Fire HD 10 Plus offers the biggest screen in the Amazon Fire line, with the resolution to match. Reviewers commented that it was adequate, keeping up with most full HD Android tablets and falling just short of the Apple iPad 10.9 in terms of the pixels available.

But the resolution is only part of the story. Reviewers frequently complained the screen lacked brightness and vibrance. It also doesn’t do super well under direct lighting. This makes sitting next to a window or outside while using your tablet a problem.

Performance

While the Amazon Fire HD 10 and the HD 10 Plus have most things in common, one of the things they don’t is the Fire HD 10 Plus’ ability to turn into an Echo Show and provide access to hands-free Alexa voice commands. When docked, the Amazon Fire HD 10 Plus will act as an Echo Show automatically.

There is one extra GB of RAM to the HD 10 Plus, but reviewers said they couldn’t easily spot the difference. This tablet was never meant to play the latest games at full settings or edit 4K video, but if you’re looking for something for casual games or light creative work, it will do the job -- albeit with slow load times and adequate performance at best.

Software & Storage

The Android variant used in the Fire HD 10 Plus still doesn’t support Google Apps. So you’re limited to the options in Amazon’s App Store instead. Fortunately, it has most of the major apps, so unless you’re looking for the odd niche app or independent apps, there’s a good chance you’ll find what you need.

The Fire HD 10 Plus comes equipped with 32 and 64GB options for storage with a MicroSD option for expansion. Unless you’re a light user, the 32GB model will likely make using the storage expansion necessary.

Cameras

The camera set for the HD Plus is nothing to write home about, but tablet photography isn’t exactly a priority for most manufacturers. The cameras can capture mediocre photos for reminders or notes and offer enough detail for Zoom and other video calls as long as the lighting is good.

Battery Life

Reviewers were pleased with the battery life. Amazon claims 12 hours on a charge, and reviewers confirmed this. In some cases, with light use, the tablet could idle for days with charge to spare.

Audio

Tablet speakers only get so good -- especially at this price. Reviewers called the speakers tinny, highlighting a noticeable lack of bass. However, the Dolby Atmos support provides a wide, open sound stage. There’s also a 3.5mm headphone jack -- an increasingly uncommon feature on mobile devices.

Accessories

The optional charging dock for the Amazon Fire HD 10 Plus allows you to use the tablet as an Echo Show and wirelessly charges your tablet in about 4 hours. It can also double as a stand for watching movies or researching.

There’s also an option for a bundle with a Bluetooth keyboard that comes with Microsoft 365 for a reasonable price, and reviewers were very pleased with that for light word processing and productivity use. However, there are no Fire-specific keyboard accessories made, so it’s mostly a matter of finding a third-party keyboard you love.

Specs at a Glance

  • Matte plastic design
  • 10.1-inch display
  • MediaTek MT8183 Helio P60T processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • Fire OS 7
  • 32/64GB of storage with MicroSD expansion slot
  • 5MP and 2MP front-facing cameras
  • 10-12 hour battery life
  • Dolby Atmos
  • Bluetooth keyboard & Microsoft 365 bundle
  • Official Amazon charging dock

The Bottom Line

The Amazon Fire HD 10 Plus will likely not be for everyone. It in no way competes with Apple iPad or Samsung’s Galaxy Tab tablets in terms of specs. That said, it costs half as much as either of them. So if you’re looking for a large tablet and price is a priority, it’s capable enough for small-time gaming, entertainment, and reading. Just know it has its limitations.

The Guardian states, “The 2021 Fire HD 10’s revamped design and reasonable performance have done just enough to keep Amazon at the top of the budget tablet pile.”

Tech Radar says, “The Amazon Fire HD 10 Plus is a great tablet, with a few caveats. For fans of Amazon's apps and services, and affordable hardware, it's going to hold a lot of appeal – just make sure you're aware of the compromises it makes before going ahead and purchasing it.”


Operating system
Fire OS
Processor
2 GHz
Screen Size
10.1"
Camera
5+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Phandroid

If you want the best Amazon tablet in terms of specs and size, this is it. You’ll get access to all of your favorite Amazon content, just don’t expect to find all of the same apps that you would on the Play Store.

- Andrew, Phandroid
Notebookcheck

It is difficult to judge the Fire HD 10 Plus solely based on the technical specifications. The evaluation depends on the user's affinity for the US giant because the Fire tablet can only be used properly with an Amazon account and Prime membership. Under this condition, the Plus model is a nice "sho...

- Marcus Herbrich, Notebookcheck
The Guardian

The 2021 Fire HD 10’s revamped design and reasonable performance have done just enough to keep Amazon at the top of the budget tablet pile. There are very few competitors that offer the level of software support Amazon does for Android tablets at this low cost. The screen is pretty big and crisp, th...

- Samuel Gibbs, The Guardian
Pocket-lint

A great choice for an affordable entertainment tablet with the advantage of baked-in Alexa Skills. While this tablet can quickly become an Echo Show with the accessory dock, it's not quite as capable on the productivity front as its rivals - so stick to entertainment which is where this tablet is at...

- Chris Hall, Pocket-lint
TrustedReviews

The Amazon Fire HD 10 Plus continues to offer excellent battery life, strong Alexa integration and wireless charging, which I don’t think will seem important to most. Fire tablets need to soundly beat the competition in terms of value to keep up and, unfortunately, the HD 10 Plus fails to do so in a...

- Andrew Williams, TrustedReviews


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Screen Size
10.1"

The Amazon Fire HD 10 Plus (2021)'s screen size is 10.1 inches with 1200 x 1920 pixels resolution.

Processor
2 GHz

There is a MediaTek MT8183 Helio P60T (12 nm) Octa-core 2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Fire OS 7 operating system (OS).

Camera
5+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 5+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
32/64 GB

Internal memory is 32/64 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 1000 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
Unknown

The tablet is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery. Amazon's performance ratings are 12 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

Fire HD 10 Plus (2021) Specs

Overview
Release date May 26, 2021
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
No
Mobile / Cellular Data
No (Option available)
SIM card size
No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Fire OS 7

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Processor MediaTek MT8183 Helio P60T (12 nm) Octa-core 2 GHz
Internal Storage 32/64 GB
RAM 4 GB
ROM No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity Unknown
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Battery Charge Time 4 hours
Video Playback Time Up to: 12 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 12 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) No
Reading Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Slate
Dimensions [H x W x D] 24.7 x 16.6 x 0.9 cm (9.7 x 6.5 x 0.4 in)
Weight 468 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1200 x 1920 pixels
Pixel density 224 pixels
Size 10.1 inches
Sensors Ambient Light, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen, Aluminosilicate glass
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech Yes
Screen Reader Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP
Additional Email Features
Messaging IM
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
No
Additional Main Camera Info
Effects, Self-timer
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels)
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR-NB, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Unknown
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Unknown
Document Viewer Yes
Weather Yes
Stocks Unknown
Maps Unknown
NotePad Unknown
Voice Memos / Recorder Unknown
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Amazon Fire HD 10 Plus (11th Gen)

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