Amazon Fire HD 10 (2017)

8.2/10 AVG.
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8.2/10
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The Amazon Fire HD 10 (2017) currently has an Informr score of 8.2 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 13 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

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Verdict

For a fraction of the cost of other tablets, the Amazon Fire HD 10 (2017) offers a great display, good performance and excellent battery life. If you can overlook the weak camera and limited app selection in Amazon's app store, it’s an excellent purchase.

What's good

  • Great battery life
  • Good performance for most tasks
  • New and improved hands-free Alexa integration
  • Affordable

What's bad

  • Horrible cameras
  • Limited app selection

While they might not have the biggest market share, Amazon continues to churn out the Fire series of tablets for price-conscious consumers. Their 2017 version of the Amazon Fire HD hopes to entice more people to the Amazon ecosystem with its low price and decent specs.

There’s not much innovation in terms of the design. The 2017 Fire HD looks like a larger version of the Fire HD 8. 

Instead of the metal you'll find used on premium tablets, its body is made of plastic. Luckily, it is sturdy and can weather a few knocks and dings. It’s also not IP rated. So don’t expect it to survive a dip in a puddle or poolside splashes.

With a screen that measures 10.1 inches, you can immerse yourself in games or movies despite the fairly large bezels. It offers a 1920-by-1200 pixel resolution for a pixel density of 224 pixels per inch. While not the sharpest on the market, it’s good enough to enjoy 1080p video.

Of course, at this price point, the screen isn’t perfect. While it offers great viewing angles, many reviewers found the display a bit dim. Glare also makes it difficult to read in bright sunlight. 

As it uses LCD technology, the screen does not feature the deep inky blacks many flagship tablets offer with their AMOLED displays. Still, they were happy with its overall contrast and vibrant colors.

For such a bargain price, you can’t expect lightning-fast performance. Despite this, the quad-core 1.8GHz processor and 2GB of RAM provided reviewers with solid performance. 

Apps opened quickly and reviewers noticed no lag—even with multiple apps open. However, they noticed some stuttering when playing demanding 3D games. While not unplayable, they didn’t find it enjoyable either.

However, the modest specs means great endurance. Overall, battery life impressed reviewers. The tablet lasted a day and a half of moderate usage on a single charge. With power-saving features enabled, they could easily make it to 2 days. Just beware, without fast charging features, recharging from empty to full takes a few hours.

One of the newest features of the Fire HD 10 is its inclusion of hands-free Alexa access. Now you can simply use the wake word “Alexa” to have your tablet perform one of the thousands of Alexa tasks. 

While it works well enough, experts were disappointed by the lack of a quick-access mute button. You can turn off the feature by going into a menu, but it isn’t quite as convenient. 

At this price range, Amazon had to make sacrifices. The camera is obviously one way they cut corners. 

The tablet includes a laughable 2MP shooter. Unsurprisingly, the pictures reviewers took were grainy, muddy, and blurry even in decent lighting. It’s mostly meant for video chatting, but 2MP is lower than the front-facing cameras on smartphones from years ago. 

The front-facing lens on the Fire 10 features an even-lower resolution of 640x480. You might as well stick with the rear camera if you intend on video chatting.

Perhaps the biggest drawback for most people is the poor selection of apps on the Amazon store. While it has most of the big name apps, like Twitter and Facebook, you won’t find quite the selection that exists on the App Store or Google Play. 

Despite its shortcomings, reviewers highly recommend the Amazon Fire HD 10 for those who want a good tablet at a cheap price. Engadget states, “... the Fire HD 10 is still the cheap slate to beat this year.” Digital Trends adds, “In the low-end tablet category Amazon still reigns supreme…”


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


What the Critics Are Saying...


TabletPCReview

Another way to look at this device is that it can do everything an Amazon Echo Show can do, plus more, and at a lower price.

- Ed Hardy, TabletPCReview
TechRadar

The Amazon Fire HD 10 focuses its energies in the right places. You will not find a better bargain than this if you have your heart set on a big screen tablet.

- Simon Hill, TechRadar
Android Central

The Fire HD 10 isn't the best tablet that's out there. But it's the best one for the price you pay — less than $200 — that you'll find anywhere.

- Phil Nickinson, Android Central
Make Use Of

It's ridiculously good value because it's a subsidized Amazon consumption device. If you're ok with that, love Alexa, and you're a Prime user, this is an absolute must-buy.

- James Bruce, Make Use Of
Engadget

The Fire HD 10 is a glimmer of hope in the barren Android tablet wasteland.

- Devindra Hardawar, Engadget


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Screen Size
10.1"

The Amazon Fire HD 10 (2017)'s screen size is 10.1 inches with 1200 x 1920 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.8 GHz

There is a MediaTek Quad core 1.8 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Fire OS 5 operating system (OS).

Camera
2+ MP
You can take photos with the phone's onboard 2+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with VGA (640 x 480) resolution.
Storage
32/64 GB

Internal memory is 32/64 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 256 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
Unknown
Amazon's performance ratings are 10 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

Fire HD 10 (2017) Specs

Overview
Release date October 11, 2017
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kindom
Networks
No cellular data
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Fire OS 5

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Secondary OS No
Processor MediaTek Quad core 1.8 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 32/64 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
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
Battery Capacity Unknown
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 5 hours
Video Playback Time Up to: 10 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 10 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Black, Marine Blue, Punch Red
Dimensions [H x W x D] 26.2 x 16 x 1 cm (10.3 x 6.3 x 0.4 in)
Weight 500 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
3D No
Sensors Ambient Light, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Unknown
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
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, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support Unknown
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
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
No
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
No
Additional Main Camera Info
Geotagging, Self-timer
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, MKV
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
VGA (640 x 480)
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, MP4, OGG, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MKV, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
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
Viewable document types JPG, GIF, DOC, DOCX, PDF, TXT, AZW, HTML, MOBL, BMP
Weather Yes
Stocks Unknown
Maps Yes
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 (7th Gen)

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Critic Reviews


TabletPCReview

Inexpensive but good full-size tablet

from TabletPCReview

Budget tablets are generally focused on consumers, and the Fire HD 10 (2017) has an even narrower focus: consumers who are big fans of Amazon. But those who are in this group will find that this device has a beautiful screen, good performance, and long battery life for a low price.

Read full review

Budget tablets are generally focused on consumers, and the Fire HD 10 (2017) has an even narrower focus: consumers who are big fans of Amazon. But those who are in this group will find that this device has a beautiful screen, good performance, and long battery life for a low price.

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TechRadar

Amazon finds a way to offer more for less

from TechRadar

The Amazon Fire HD 10 focuses its energies in the right places. You will not find a better bargain than this if you have your heart set on a big screen tablet.

Read full review

The Amazon Fire HD 10 focuses its energies in the right places. You will not find a better bargain than this if you have your heart set on a big screen tablet.

Read full review

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Android Central

A perfectly capable tablet

from Android Central

The Fire HD 10 isn't the best tablet that's out there. But it's the best one for the price you pay — less than $200 — that you'll find anywhere.

Read full review

The Fire HD 10 isn't the best tablet that's out there. But it's the best one for the price you pay — less than $200 — that you'll find anywhere.

Read full review

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Make Use Of

The best value tablet around

from Make Use Of

It's ridiculously good value because it's a subsidized Amazon consumption device. If you're ok with that, love Alexa, and you're a Prime user, this is an absolute must-buy.

Read full review

It's ridiculously good value because it's a subsidized Amazon consumption device. If you're ok with that, love Alexa, and you're a Prime user, this is an absolute must-buy.

Read full review

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Engadget

A $150 tablet that's actually good

from Engadget

You won't find a better tablet value than the Fire HD 10. It's cheap and powerful, and it finally brings a solid display into Amazon's slate lineup. It's the ideal machine for binge watching, though be prepared to live without Google's apps.

Read full review

You won't find a better tablet value than the Fire HD 10. It's cheap and powerful, and it finally brings a solid display into Amazon's slate lineup. It's the ideal machine for binge watching, though be prepared to live without Google's apps.

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Laptop Magazine

Has the best screen of any Amazon tablet, but it's also the most expensive

from Laptop Magazine

Of all the affordable tablets we've tested, the 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.

Read full review

Of all the affordable tablets we've tested, the 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.

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Wired

Easiest way to consume all things Amazon

from Wired

High-end tablets run circles around Amazon’s Fire HD 10, and it’s no work of art, but it gets the job done. At $150, that’s good enough for me.

Read full review

High-end tablets run circles around Amazon’s Fire HD 10, and it’s no work of art, but it gets the job done. At $150, that’s good enough for me.

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The Guardian

Affordable tablet that's great for Netflix addicts

from The Guardian

The 2017 Amazon Fire HD 10 calls into question what you want from a tablet. If it’s just to watch Netflix, Amazon Video or catchup TV services, with a spot of light gaming and browsing on the side, then the much improved 10.1in Fire HD 10 tablet is simply great.

Read full review

The 2017 Amazon Fire HD 10 calls into question what you want from a tablet. If it’s just to watch Netflix, Amazon Video or catchup TV services, with a spot of light gaming and browsing on the side, then the much improved 10.1in Fire HD 10 tablet is simply great.

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The Verge

Does everything you expect a cheap tablet to and nothing more

from The Verge

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 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.

Read full review

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 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.

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Tech Advisor

A good deal if you can live with the slightly limited selection of apps

from Tech Advisor

The HD 10 is more powerful than ever, has a decent Full HD screen and a good amount of storage for the money. Hands-free Alexa is nice addition, too.

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The HD 10 is more powerful than ever, has a decent Full HD screen and a good amount of storage for the money. Hands-free Alexa is nice addition, too.

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