Amazon Fire HD 10 (2017) Review

The Fire HD 10 is a new tablet from Amazon that features Alexa Hands-Free mode, Dolby Audio and a 10.1-inch FHD display, among other things, that make it a formidable newcomer in the world of tablets.

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Fire HD 10 Tablet with Alexa Hands-Free, 10.1" 1080p Full HD Display, 32 GB, Black
  • Brilliant 10.1" 1080p Full HD display (1920 x 1200), up to 1.8 GHZ quad-core processor, 2 GB RAM, and up to 10 hours of battery life.
  • Our largest display, now with over 2 million pixels, stereo speakers, Dolby Audio, and dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi-perfect for watching Full HD video, playing games, reading magazines, and streaming content seamlessly
  • Use Alexa hands-free mode to pause videos, play music, open apps, show sports scores, display the weather, and more-just ask
  • Call or message almost anyone hands-free, or make video calls to family and friends with a Fire tablet, Echo Spot, Echo Show, or the Alexa App. Instantly connect to enabled Echo devices.
  • 32 or 64 GB internal storage expandable by up to 256 GB (using the microSD slot). Watch downloaded videos anywhere with a Prime membership, Netflix plan, or Showtime subscription.

Features

10.1-inch FHD Display

The Amazon Fire HD 10 tablet features a 10.1-inch 1080p Full HD display. With over 2 million pixels, picture and video quality are better than ever before; video games have sharp details to take your game to the next level.

The in-plane-switching (IPS) LCD display is also brighter than previous versions, promoting better picture quality, while also cutting down on glare.

High-Quality Sound

Dolby Audio sound is projected by stereo speakers for a vibrant, robust true stereo experience. Watch your favorite movies, TV shows, listen to your favorite music, and play your favorite games with the sound quality the audio engineers originally intended.

30% Faster

The Fire HD 10 tablet is 30% faster than previous iterations thanks to its quad-core processor build. It features twice the RAM with two 1.8GHz cores and two 1.4GHz cores. The result is a speedy experience that allows you to play your favorite processor-demanding games without lags or freezing.

Wi-Fi is also a lot faster, thanks to the incorporation of dual band 802.11ac Wi-Fi. Dual band Wi-Fi keeps your speed-heavy tasks on one band, freeing up less demanding tasks for the other band. The result is a smoother performance and much better video and music streaming.

Long Battery Life

The Fire HD 10 offers up to 10 hours of battery life for your streaming, reading and gaming needs. With a battery life this long, you can spend your weekends in bed binging on your favorite shows, or relax while reading your favorite books on the beach.

Robust Storage Space

There are two basic storage options: 32GB and 64GB. Storage space is expandable via the included Micro SD slot to up to 256GB. This means that if you’re looking for a tablet to act as your main digital storage device, you can safely rest easy in the knowledge that the Fire HD 10 can accommodate your ever-expanding photo and music libraries.

And if built-in storage isn’t enough to accommodate your needs, no worries: Fire HD 10 users get free uploads to the cloud, so you never have to worry about running out of storage space for vacation photos.

 

Amazon Fire HD 10 (2017) – Hands On | Trusted Reviews

First Impressions

Firstly, I’m glad I got the Fire HD 10, instead of a more compact option. It’s the perfect size to read and watch movies on without being huge and bulky. It’s actually very lightweight and comfortable to use, while still having an expansive screen size, which I like a lot.

The visual quality is outstanding. All full HD displays have obviously high definition, but the lighting and contrast on this screen really makes the visuals stand out in this case. It’s great to watch movies and shows that have low contrast, because you can actually see the details. The same is true for games. They look nice and clear, too.

Sound quality is also superb. There’s great volume and a respectable bass. It’s obviously not going to match top-tier stereo sound systems, but it is exceptional sound quality for any portable device.

The Fire HD 10 is also really fast. I mainly stream movies and TV shows, and I haven’t noticed any lagging whatsoever as I have on a previous tablet I owned. If you’re into streaming, this alone makes the Fire HD 10 worth checking out, in my opinion.

The Pros

  • 10.1-inch IPS LCD display; 1080p FHD (2 million pixels)
  • Bright visuals without glare
  • Dolby Audio; Stereo speakers
  • Hands-free Alexa; Voice control your smart home
  • Quad-core processor; 2GB RAM (twice the RAM of previous version)
  • Dual band 802.11 Wi-Fi
  • 30% faster than previous Fire tablets
  • 10-hour max battery life; 5-hour max charge time
  • Two built-in storage options: 32GB and 64GB
  • Built-in storage is expandable to 256GB via MicroSD card
  • Rear and front-facing cameras (take video, make Skype calls, etc.)
  • 2-megapixel still photos; 720p videos
  • Stream shows and movies with streaming service subscription
  • Reading (Prime members get instant access to millions of titles for free)
  • Location-based services

The Cons

  • It doesn’t come with its own case; you have to purchase that separately. However, many tablet-makers require the same thing, so that’s not a huge deal.
  • There are two versions of both the 32GB model and the 64GB model: “with special offers” and “without special offers”. It’s important to note that “with special offers” means that you get ads on the lock screen. However, some may find the tradeoff worth it, so this is more of a preference call.

Fire HD 10 Tablet with Alexa Hands

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F.A.Q.

Q. Does the Fire HD 10 come with a case?

A. No, you have to purchase one separately from Amazon or get a third-party compatible case.

Q. Can I use it to control my smart home?

A. Yes, using Alexa to interface with your smart home is already possible, with many features extant. New and highly desired features are coming soon as well, such as the ability to control security cameras.

Q. Are both the 32GB and 64GB versions expandable to 256GB?

A. Yes, both are expandable to 256GB via a MicroSD card.

Warranty

The Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablet comes with a free 1-year limited warranty worldwide (unless otherwise noted in the fine print). Optional extended warranties of 1-year, 2-year and 3-year duration are additionally available to purchase for US-based customers.

Final Verdict

The Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablet provides stunning visuals, great sound and hands-free Alexa mode all in one easy-to-use device. It’s also lightning fast, thanks to its 2GB RAM and dual band 802.11ac Wi-Fi.

Prime members get even more perks with integrated instant access to Prime benefits like millions of titles to read, watch and listen to. The long battery life seals the deal and makes the Fire HD 10 truly enjoyable; I think anyone looking into tablets should give it a try.

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