Specs summary

Screen
6"

The Amazon Fire HD 6's screen is 6 inches with 800 x 1280 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.5 GHz

There is a Quad core 1.5 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Fire OS 4 (Based on Android) 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 VGA (640 x 480) resolution.
Storage
8/16 GB

Internal memory is 8/16 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
3400mAh

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 3400 mAh battery.



The Fire HD 6 is so cheap, it's hard to imagine how it's so cheap. But it is, and that's awesome.

- Adam Clark Estes , Gizmodo 

The Fire HD 6 obviously isn't a top dog tablet when it comes to specs, design or weight, but it does everything a Fire tablet should do perfectly well.

- Lisa Gade , Mobile Tech Review 

Reviews summary

7.5/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 17 reviews

What's good

  • Price
  • Amazon integration
  • Display brightness
  • Ultra portable
  • Multiple user profiles
  • Extensive parental controls
  • Great battery life

What's bad

  • Weak camera
  • Non-expandable storage
  • Plastic cheap-feeling design
  • Processing delays

Amazon’s Fire tablet line offers a popular balance of cultivated content, affordable prices and reliable quality. With the, the Amazon Fire HD 6, they hope to prove that budget tablets can still offer an enjoyable experience that isn’t all about lackluster screens and flimsy designs. Does the tablet achieve this goal? Let’s check out some reviews!

With the sleek look of the HDX series and even the Fire Phone, you might be surprised at how basic the HD 6 looks. Trusted reviews even stated that it “feels like a bit of a prototype.” With a boxy design and matte plastic shell, its obvious that the tablet is aiming to cut prices wherever possible. Unfortunately, many reviewers took issue with this. Phone Arena called the tablet “cheapish” while CNet pointed out that “For a smaller-than-average slate, it's not very slim, and at 0.63 pounds (0.29 kg), it's not the lightest either.”

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In the center of the plastic chassis sits a 6-inch 800-by-1280 IPS LCD. Reviews noted plenty of brightness for daytime usage and the viewing angles you’d expect from an IPS display. A lack of ambient light sensor posed a problem for some reviewers transitioning from daytime use to bedtime reading. However, reviews are largely positive, with Engadget claiming, “you're going to be hard-pressed to find another tablet in this price range that matches the HD 6 in sharpness”

Push the display is a 1.5GHz quad-core processor with 1GB of RAM. While this is far from flagship specs, the processor appears up to handling most tasks and has the added benefit of offering exceptional battery life. Many reviews found a single charge could net as much as 11 hours of battery life before needing to find a power outlet. While there was the occasional lag mentioned in reviews, most were suprised just how capable the tablet was with Phone Arena calling the HD 6 “sufficient for all the fun stuff.

Unfortunately, there are a few weak areas that reviews were quick to point out. With only 8 or 16GB of storage, and no options for expansion, you might find yourself deleting apps and movies pretty quickly. Performance of the tablet also drops quickly when storage space is low. However, if you’re a Prime subscriber, or primarily stream content, this shouldn’t be an issue.

Another area of disapproval is the tablet’s 2MP rear camera. While tablet cameras are not known for their quality, none of the reviews had anything positive to say about the camera. Trusted Reviews came the closest to a compliment, stating, “If you have a phone released in the last few years, its camera will probably be better than this one.”

Finally, like other Amazon tablets, the HD 6 is ultimately a gateway to all things Amazon and not much else. With no access to Google Play, your app choices are slightly limited. Lack of storage makes storing content on your device difficult. This wouldn’t be a problem if not for a lack of cellular data options. If you plan to travel with your new tablet, be sure to know where to find a good Wi-Fi connection.

Overall, reviews of the HD 6 are positive. CNet declared that “Though it's on the low end of the spectrum, the feature-filled 6-incher raises the bar.” PC Magazine gave it a thumbs up, saying, “If you're interested in easily streaming Amazon content, and you're almost always in places with Wi-Fi, you'll have a good time here.”


Reviews (7.5/10 Avg. rating)


TechRadar

Small enough to be smartphone, the HD 6 packs a surprising punch

from TechRadar

One of the most enticing tablets to come from Amazon, mixing efficient integration with the Prime services and a compact footprint that makes it easy to drop in your bag. It's no tablet king, but it does what it sets out to well.

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One of the most enticing tablets to come from Amazon, mixing efficient integration with the Prime services and a compact footprint that makes it easy to drop in your bag. It's no tablet king, but it does what it sets out to well.

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TabletPCReview

Stands out as the best tablet under $100

from TabletPCReview

The Amazon Fire HD 6 is one of the best consumer tablets on the market for under $100 … possibly the best. Unlike some of its competitors, it has a beautiful screen and offers good performance in hardware and software.

It’s smaller than rival devices though, and the very strong ties to Amazon’s store plus the lack of a microSD card will be a turnoff for some.

This could be a fine choice for someone looking for a light- to medium-duty tablet. 

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The Amazon Fire HD 6 is one of the best consumer tablets on the market for under $100 … possibly the best. Unlike some of its competitors, it has a beautiful screen and offers good performance in hardware and software.

It’s smaller than rival devices though, and the very strong ties to Amazon’s store plus the lack of a microSD card will be a turnoff for some.

This could be a fine choice for someone looking for a light- to medium-duty tablet. 

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PhoneArena

Exhibits long delays with certain operations

from PhoneArena

Attached with a $99.00 price point, the Amazon Fire HD 6 is undoubtedly budget conscious – one that won’t be too draining on the pockets. Normally speaking about cheap tablets, they typically don’t have too many compelling things about them, so that’s why so many of them are just forgettable. With this, however, it’s able to charm us a little bit, despite its bland design and entry-level offering. Clearly, it’s not meant for heavy productivity work, but for all of those other fun activities, such as reading books and watching movies, the Amazon Fire HD 6 is at the very least an effective thing for the enjoyment – more so thanks to the idea that it can be carried around in a bag or backpack inconspicuously.

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Attached with a $99.00 price point, the Amazon Fire HD 6 is undoubtedly budget conscious – one that won’t be too draining on the pockets. Normally speaking about cheap tablets, they typically don’t have too many compelling things about them, so that’s why so many of them are just forgettable. With this, however, it’s able to charm us a little bit, despite its bland design and entry-level offering. Clearly, it’s not meant for heavy productivity work, but for all of those other fun activities, such as reading books and watching movies, the Amazon Fire HD 6 is at the very least an effective thing for the enjoyment – more so thanks to the idea that it can be carried around in a bag or backpack inconspicuously.

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Digital Versus

A small tablet with big ambitions

from Digital Versus

The Fire HD 6 doesn't have any real competition, except perhaps for a few phablets. If you're looking for a device that's smaller than most tablets but bigger than your smartphone, without offering the communication features of a phablet, then this is the device for you. This tablet has a good HD IPS screen and an appealing Amazon interface with great cloud-based features. The Fire HD 6 is great for games, reading and web browsing, all of which run smoothly. It represents excellent value for money.

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The Fire HD 6 doesn't have any real competition, except perhaps for a few phablets. If you're looking for a device that's smaller than most tablets but bigger than your smartphone, without offering the communication features of a phablet, then this is the device for you. This tablet has a good HD IPS screen and an appealing Amazon interface with great cloud-based features. The Fire HD 6 is great for games, reading and web browsing, all of which run smoothly. It represents excellent value for money.

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Digital Trends

Looks like the kind of tablet you’d give a kid for Christmas

from Digital Trends

At just $100, the Fire HD 6 is a true bargain and it’s not pretending to be anything other than what it is: a cheap and chipper tablet. If you’ve got a grandma or a 7-year-old who’s been nagging you for a tablet, this little guy is inexpensive and sturdy enough that you won’t bat an eyelash when it inevitably lands on the floor with a thud.

There are other tablets out there like the Dell Venue 7 3000 series that are almost as cheap as the Fire HD, but not as solidly built, and you’d do well to check them out. On the other hand, if you’re charmed by the Fire HD 6’s colorful look and don’t need a top-tier device, it’s a great option for the price.

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At just $100, the Fire HD 6 is a true bargain and it’s not pretending to be anything other than what it is: a cheap and chipper tablet. If you’ve got a grandma or a 7-year-old who’s been nagging you for a tablet, this little guy is inexpensive and sturdy enough that you won’t bat an eyelash when it inevitably lands on the floor with a thud.

There are other tablets out there like the Dell Venue 7 3000 series that are almost as cheap as the Fire HD, but not as solidly built, and you’d do well to check them out. On the other hand, if you’re charmed by the Fire HD 6’s colorful look and don’t need a top-tier device, it’s a great option for the price.

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Recombu

A small-but-chunky 6-incher that’s deeply embedded in Amazon’s ecosystem

from Recombu

The Amazon Fire HD 6 is a niche tablet, with a seriously compact screen that makes it almost as small as some smartphones (along it’s a bit of a chunky beast). However, if your priority is affordable portability or you’re just after something your kids can mess around on, there’s plenty of value packed in - assuming you’re an Amazon advocate, of course.

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The Amazon Fire HD 6 is a niche tablet, with a seriously compact screen that makes it almost as small as some smartphones (along it’s a bit of a chunky beast). However, if your priority is affordable portability or you’re just after something your kids can mess around on, there’s plenty of value packed in - assuming you’re an Amazon advocate, of course.

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TrustedReviews

Perfect for the budget buyer

from TrustedReviews

The Amazon Fire HD 6 is a neat little tablet, and easily the best one we’ve reviewed at the price. Screen quality and battery life are sound: two elements that are often lacking in ultra-budget tablets.

For now, though, the Fire HD 6 offers something quite unusual thanks for its 6-inch frame. And in reality, it’s rather good. If only the thing wasn’t so heavy and thick to make the most of the smaller footprint, we’d be in love.

The Amazon Fire HD 6 would be better if it was thinner and lighter, but in other respects if offers a good tablet experience for not much cash

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The Amazon Fire HD 6 is a neat little tablet, and easily the best one we’ve reviewed at the price. Screen quality and battery life are sound: two elements that are often lacking in ultra-budget tablets.

For now, though, the Fire HD 6 offers something quite unusual thanks for its 6-inch frame. And in reality, it’s rather good. If only the thing wasn’t so heavy and thick to make the most of the smaller footprint, we’d be in love.

The Amazon Fire HD 6 would be better if it was thinner and lighter, but in other respects if offers a good tablet experience for not much cash

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Tech Advisor

A good budget

from Tech Advisor

It isn't perfect, but the HD 6 is really good value. Performance is well above the level you'd expect at this price, as is the quality of the screen. Some might find the 6in screen too small, though, so it's worth trying to track one down before buying.

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It isn't perfect, but the HD 6 is really good value. Performance is well above the level you'd expect at this price, as is the quality of the screen. Some might find the 6in screen too small, though, so it's worth trying to track one down before buying.

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Cnet

Raising the bar on low-end tablets

from Cnet

The Amazon Fire HD 6 is a bit of a revolutionary addition to the budget tablet landscape; its sharp IPS display, compact construction, feature-filled OS and smooth performance are a rare combination for a device that's only $99. It's still hindered by the lack of Google Play store and its thick, plastic build, but certain sacrifices are to be made if saving money is a priority.

The Fire HD 6 is a good tablet, but if you're interested in something great, an upgrade can be found in the Fire HDX 7 and Google Nexus 7. The high-end end Fire HDX line packs a Mayday button for instant customer service as well as a thinner design, a faster processor, and a sharper screen. The Nexus 7 gets you access to Google's huge cache of apps and services. If those fancy bells and whistles are unimportant, the Fire HD 6 is the best bang for your buck. Though it's on the low end of the spectrum, the feature-filled 6-incher raises the bar for sub-$100 tablets. 

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The Amazon Fire HD 6 is a bit of a revolutionary addition to the budget tablet landscape; its sharp IPS display, compact construction, feature-filled OS and smooth performance are a rare combination for a device that's only $99. It's still hindered by the lack of Google Play store and its thick, plastic build, but certain sacrifices are to be made if saving money is a priority.

The Fire HD 6 is a good tablet, but if you're interested in something great, an upgrade can be found in the Fire HDX 7 and Google Nexus 7. The high-end end Fire HDX line packs a Mayday button for instant customer service as well as a thinner design, a faster processor, and a sharper screen. The Nexus 7 gets you access to Google's huge cache of apps and services. If those fancy bells and whistles are unimportant, the Fire HD 6 is the best bang for your buck. Though it's on the low end of the spectrum, the feature-filled 6-incher raises the bar for sub-$100 tablets. 

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Notebookcheck

Great build quality and display considering the cost

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The original Kindle Fire made a splash in the tablet market by offering both respectable hardware and decent performance for what was a bargain price back in 2011. Three years later and Amazon have done it again with the Kindle Fire HD 6 despite the increasingly crowded tablet and phablet market.

The manufacturer deserves praise for a handful of aspects that rival more costly phablets in the market. Namely, chassis quality, screen brightness, display quality, and battery life are all better than expected for the low price of $99. It's clear that Amazon have cleverly focused on the core features considering the very limited manufacturing costs.

Of course, corners had to be cut, and in this case they include expandability and many multimedia features. NFC, MHL, WWAN, SIM, microSD, GPS, stereo sound, haptic feedback, ambient light sensor, and a decent SSD size are some major omissions that immediately come to mind. Additionally, system performance is only average at best as the OS will occasionally stutter when surfing the web or switching between apps.

Like all other Kindle Fire devices, the Fire HD 6 is ultimately designed to sell you digital Amazon products. For those who have no passing interest in utilizing Amazon services, an alternative Android phablet may be the better and more versatile long term solution. With that said, we can't deny the attractive sub $100 price point, and anyone wanting a very basic, inexpensive, and replaceable phablet for the family need not look any further.

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The original Kindle Fire made a splash in the tablet market by offering both respectable hardware and decent performance for what was a bargain price back in 2011. Three years later and Amazon have done it again with the Kindle Fire HD 6 despite the increasingly crowded tablet and phablet market.

The manufacturer deserves praise for a handful of aspects that rival more costly phablets in the market. Namely, chassis quality, screen brightness, display quality, and battery life are all better than expected for the low price of $99. It's clear that Amazon have cleverly focused on the core features considering the very limited manufacturing costs.

Of course, corners had to be cut, and in this case they include expandability and many multimedia features. NFC, MHL, WWAN, SIM, microSD, GPS, stereo sound, haptic feedback, ambient light sensor, and a decent SSD size are some major omissions that immediately come to mind. Additionally, system performance is only average at best as the OS will occasionally stutter when surfing the web or switching between apps.

Like all other Kindle Fire devices, the Fire HD 6 is ultimately designed to sell you digital Amazon products. For those who have no passing interest in utilizing Amazon services, an alternative Android phablet may be the better and more versatile long term solution. With that said, we can't deny the attractive sub $100 price point, and anyone wanting a very basic, inexpensive, and replaceable phablet for the family need not look any further.

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Full Specs

Overview
Release date October 2, 2014
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kindom
Networks
No cellular data
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Fire OS 4 (Based on Android)

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Secondary OS No
Processor Quad core 1.5 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 8/16 GB
RAM 1 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 Data Cable, Manual, USB Power Adapter
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 3400 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 6 hours
Video Playback Time 10 hours
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 9 hours
3G Surfing Time No
4G Surfing Time No
Reading Time 8 hours
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Black, Magenta, White, Citron, Cobalt
Dimensions [H x W x D] 17.0 x 10.4 x 1.0 cm (6.7 x 4.1 x 0.4 in)
Weight 290 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 800 x 1280 pixels
Pixel density 252 pixels
Size 6 inches
3D No
Sensors Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
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 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 Unknown
Contact Groups No
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 No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
Expansion Slot Info No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
Effects
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution
VGA (640 x 480)
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, WAV, OGG, AMR-NB
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types AZW, BMP, DOC, DOCX, GIF, JPG, MOBL, PDF, PPT, PPTX, TXT, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps -
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