- Adam Clark Estes , Gizmodo
The Fire HD 6 is so cheap, it's hard to imagine how it's so cheap. But it is, and that's awesome.
- Lisa Gade , Mobile Tech Review
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.
- Amazon integration
- Display brightness
- Ultra portable
- Multiple user profiles
- Extensive parental controls
- Great battery life
- 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.”
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)
Small enough to be smartphone, the HD 6 packs a surprising punch
Stands out as the best tablet under $100
Exhibits long delays with certain operations
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... Full review
A small tablet with big ambitions
Looks like the kind of tablet you’d give a kid for Christmas
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 charme... Full review
A small-but-chunky 6-incher that’s deeply embedded in Amazon’s ecosystem
Perfect for the budget buyer
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 exper... Full review
A good budget
Raising the bar on low-end tablets
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 c... Full review
Great build quality and display considering the cost
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 th... Full review
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