If you want a durable, low-cost device to read and use Amazon’s wide range of premium content, Amazon Fire HD 10 will meet your needs. It is not revolutionary or excessively interesting, but the work will be done. If you are not at the heart of the Prime ecosystem or if you simply want a productive tablet, you should look elsewhere.
- Good screen
- Perfect if you like Amazon content
- You really need Amazon Prime
- Badly placed buttons
- Price of the opinion: $149.99
- Alexa hands free
- Android with Fire OS 5
- 1080p screen
What is Amazon Fire HD 10?
Amazon Fire HD 10 is the largest and most expensive member of the company’s Fire tablet lineup. It shares the values of its predecessors in terms of affordability, but also brings new features, such as the 1080p screen.
This affordable slate is ideal for Amazon Prime users. However, if you do not know the ecosystem of the company, the user experience may be a little shocking at first. It’s also a good buy if you want to read Kindle books, but want a device that does a little more than just Kindle Paperwhite or Kindle Oasis.
Tab 10 inches too big for your needs? Amazon more compact Fire HD 8 includes many of the features of this device, but in a more compact shell.
Amazon Fire HD 10 – Design
Compared to most slates of similar size, Amazon Fire HD 10 has a larger footprint than most others.
After using the HD 10 for more than a few minutes, it’s easy to see why the 10-inch format is not the ideal size for most tablets. 10-inch tablets like the Fire HD 10 are not comfortable, especially when you try to use them. The HD 10 suffers particularly from a very heavy form and trying to hold it to read books is not a comfortable experience.
So, why do we throw such criticisms on the HD 10 while the likes of Apple IPad 9.7 inches could not stand the same exam? The Fire HD 10 is designed as a widescreen tablet with a 16:10 aspect ratio. Larger tablets with such proportions still seem more cumbersome than a slate that opts for a more affordable 4: 3 image format or something similar. With this in mind, the Fire HD 10 is best preserved for use at home.
The design of the Amazon Fire HD 10 seems to privilege ease of engineering over comfort, aesthetics, or ease of use. All controls and ports are on the top – a feature common to so many inexpensive, unbranded tablets.
It is not extremely practical. Keeping it upright means that the controls are out of reach and that when the device is held in landscape orientation, your hand still rests on the power or volume buttons.
Compromise is a common theme here. Although a metal frame inside the Amazon Fire HD 10 helps prevent it from flexing – under normal pressure, it does not sag at all – on the outside, it is covered with matte plastic. Overall, it seems a bit cheap.
However, if you use the Fire HD 10 for children to have fun or have fun on long trips, this is perfect.
Amazon Fire HD 10 – Screen
The most obvious upgrade of the new version of Fire 10 is the screen. It’s no longer a terrible blur fest of 10.1 inches 1280 x 800, but a perfectly respectable 1080p screen.
The IPS panel provides correct viewing angles and the colors displayed on the screen are nice and bright, but it lacks the deep blacks and saturation brightness that an OLED panel can offer. However, for a tablet that costs £ 150, it’s still pretty impressive.
Streaming Movies Since Video premium or Netflix look attractive, and the text of Kindle books is clear enough to be read comfortably for long periods. I find the whites a little shiny, often with a yellow hue – but again, it is forgivable at this price.
This is a huge leap forward compared to the old model.
Amazon Fire HD 10 Review
If you want a durable, low-cost device to read and use Amazon's wide range of premium content, Amazon Fire HD 10 will meet your needs.
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