8.1/10
Informr score
The Amazon Fire HD 10 (2019) currently has an Informr score of 8.1 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 15 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

Verdict

While you won’t get a premium experience with the Amazon Fire HD 10 (2019), it offers great battery life and good enough performance for your day-to-day tasks. If you’re okay with living in the Amazon ecosystem, the Fire HD 10 (2019) is a great 10-inch budget tablet.

What's good

  • Great Price
  • Excellent battery life
  • Good display with decent color accuracy and brightness
  • Durable

What's bad

  • Horrible camera performance
  • UI unpolished and laggy
  • Average overall performance
  • Bad audio quality

If you’re in the market for a budget-friendly tablet, you’ve probably checked out the Amazon Fire HD 10 before. Their 2019 revamp sees an upgrade in pretty much every area from hardware to software. The question isn’t if it’s a good deal -- it is -- it’s whether you can deal with some of the compromises. Let’s look at what that might mean for you.

Design

If you put the 2017 Fire HD 10 and its 2019 counterpoint side-by-side you’d be hard-pressed to notice any design differences. Similar to its predecessors the 2019 Fire HD 10 sports a plastic body -- which you can get in white, black, plum or blue. It’s a bit on the chunky side measuring in at 0.4 inches thick and weighing around 504 grams.

The extra thickness gives the tablet a bit of durability though reviewers noticed some minor flexing when they applied pressure. Despite this, The Guardian says, “... It feels like it can take a bit of rough and tumble just fine.”

Display

The Full HD 10.1-inch screen isn’t as sharp as other tablets on the market, but reviewers found it good enough for daily use. They enjoyed the overall experience as it provided good color accuracy and contrast. It’s also plenty bright with great viewing angles -- although the lack of anti-reflective coating can make it hard to view in bright light situations.

Besides its looks, the display also performs well. Experts had no issues with responsiveness whether they were gesturing or tapping.

Performance

Amazon has updated their hardware significantly from the 2017 version to remain competitive with other tablets on the market. While not as fast or as powerful as more expensive tablets, the 2.0GHz octa-core processor and 2GB of RAM is good enough for day-to-day usage.

Just be forewarned that you won’t get blistering speed. Experts noticed some lag and delay when opening and switching between apps. Luckily, when they were actually in the app, it was relatively speedy. And, as expected, when they tried to use an intensive app or game, the tablet would become a bit sluggish.

Software

As with other Fire tablets, the HD 10 runs on the Amazon OS, which is a modified version of Android 9.0 Pie with all of the Google apps removed. So if you’re used to using Android, you’ll feel right at home.

Unfortunately, while it might use Android, you cannot access the Google Play store natively. You’ll have to use a workaround to access your favorite apps such as Instagram.

As well, critics continue to be unimpressed with the UI. Not only do they find it unpolished, but they also experienced a lot of lag and slowdowns.

Storage

The Fire HD 10 comes with up to 64GB of internal storage. Should you need more space, you can expand that by up to 512GB with a microSD card.

Cameras

The Fire HD 10 comes with two cameras: a 2MP rear and 2MP front-facing camera.

As you would expect, neither are great. Reviewers could not capture good pictures at all with either camera even in good lighting situations. Video call quality was also quite bad despite the camera being capable of capturing 720p.

Overall, most would agree that if you want to take a good picture, use your smartphone.

Battery Life

If you want something that will last all day, you’ll be very pleased with the Fire HD 10. Reviewers were able to get around 11 hours of battery life during their tests. The 2019 version also features a USB-C port for charging.

Audio

Sure, it might sport dual speakers from Dolby, but the Fire HD 10’s audio leaves much to be desired. Critics found the audio quality to be very tinny and hollow -- not to mention very quiet.

It comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack and Bluetooth so you can hook up your favorite headphones if you want to enjoy a movie or album.

Accessories

The tablet doesn’t come pre-packed with any accessories beyond the charging cord. You can purchase cases, holders, screen protectors and more for it. If you’re upgrading from the 2017 version, you can use all of the same accessories as the two are identical in size and shape.

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The Takeaway

Overall, the Amazon Fire HD 10 is a good budget tablet so long as you keep your expectations in check.

For the price, it offers solid performance, a good screen, and great battery life. However, if you want something that takes better pictures or can run intensive apps without a hitch, you’ll want to look elsewhere.

Digital Trends lauds the tablet calling it “... One of the best Android tablets you can buy.”

The Guardian adds, “If what you’re after is a media-consumption tablet… then in many ways the Fire HD 10 is all the tablet you’ll need.”


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


What the Critics Are Saying...


Tom's Guide

The Amazon Fire HD 10 sees the mega-retailer finally put a great tablet out that won't primarily win folks over with a low price. Its new octa-core CPU makes it faster than Amazon's previous tablets and its USB-C port is a more-than-welcome upgrade from microUSB. Plus, it lasts over 13 hours on a si...

- Henry T. Casey, Tom's Guide
What Hi-Fi

For £150, the wise money is still on the Amazon Fire HD 10 (2019). At this price, compromises are inevitable but, provided you’re well-versed in Amazon’s ecosphere, there’s so much to enjoy here. It’s snappier, better-equipped and, to top it off, looks that bit classier than the device it replaces.

- What Hi-Fi
TechRadar

With a decent screen, reasonable speakers, respectable battery life and enough performance to make it through most activities, the Amazon Fire HD 10 functions well as an everyday tablet. The divisive software experience onboard may be a deal-breaker for some, however.

- Sean Cameron, TechRadar
Top Ten Reviews

If all you’re looking for in a tablet is something you can pick up off the coffee table for a quick search, or something to pass off to some unsettled kids in the house, then the Amazon Fire HD 10 is a fine choice. It won’t blow anyone away with screen quality or high-fashion looks, but it serves th...

- Josh Brown, Top Ten Reviews
Pocket-lint

The immediate appeal of the Fire HD 10 is for families, with this offering much better value than a premium rivals, with a well-rounded tablet experience. Its strength is entertainment, making it great for travel or as a second screen for movies and TV.

- Chris Hall, Pocket-lint


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Screen Size
10.1"

The Amazon Fire HD 10 (2019)'s screen size is 10.1 inches with 1200 x 1920 pixels resolution.

Processor
2 GHz

There is a MediaTek MT8321 Octa-core 2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Fire OS 6 operating system (OS).

Camera
2+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 2+ 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 512 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
Unknown
Amazon's performance ratings are 12 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

Fire HD 10 (2019) Specs

Overview
Release date October 30, 2019
Regions available USA, Canada
Mobile / Cellular Data
No (Option available)
Networks
No
SIM card size
No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Fire OS 6

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Processor MediaTek MT8321 Octa-core 2 GHz
Internal Storage 32/64 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
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 4 hours
Video Playback Time Up to: 12 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 12 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) No
Reading Time No
Standby Time No
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Black, Plum, Twilight Blue, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 26.2 x 15.9 x 0.98 cm (10.3 x 6.3 x 0.4 in)
Weight 504
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 Unknown
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen
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 No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
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 Unknown
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
No
Additional Main Camera Info
Effects, Geotagging, 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
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
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 Unknown
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 (9th Gen)

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