Amazon Fire HD 10 (2021) review (2023)

Editor's note: This is the latest version of the Amazon Fire HD 10. Read our original review from June 9, 2021 below.

The 2021 version of Amazon's Fire HD 10 delivers all the performance you need for web browsing, content consumption, and smart home management. Amazon's limited selection of apps prevents it from broadly competing with general-purpose tablets.Apple iPad, but if you don't mind the limits of the Fire, you'll find the new model very satisfying.

This review covers the core feature set and capabilities of Fire HD 10, 2021 Edition. We also have separate reviews of theFire HD 10 childrene Kids Pro, oFire HD 10+, It's inFire HD 10 Productivity Suiteand Plus Productivity Bundle, all of which add features and accessories to the base model. Both may be a better option for you if you need their specialized features, but the $150 Fire HD 10 is our best overall pick of the bunch and our Editors' Choice among tablets under $200.

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Fire tablets have always been about consuming Amazon content. They started out as "Kindle Fire", intended for color book reading and video streaming. The search is extensive, but only a little; You can certainly play games and take part in Zoom calls on these tablets, but Amazon will take you over and over again to the videos and books it wants you to buy.

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This year's Fire lineup has an impressive array of options, but essentially they're all Fire HD 10. Here's what you get with the different versions:

As with any resource and accessory pack, whether you want everything in it depends on whether it makes sense to buy one of the variant models. Kids and Kids Pro also receive an Editors' Choice endorsement from us; We think these are the best kids' tablets you can buy under $200, with sturdy cases and great parental controls. The Plus is great if you need an Alexa smart display and tablet and are willing to pay for a wireless dock. On the other hand, productivity and extra productivity are unlikely to make someone very productive; Many apps are missing from the app store, for reasons we'll discuss below. And for most applications, the Fire HD 10 Dock has the best combination of price and performance: no frills, no need.

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What do you get for $150?

The Fire HD 10 is made of matte plastic and you can get it in black, blue, green or pink. It has two stereo speakers on top, a USB-C port for charging and transferring files, and a microSD memory card slot behind a small door. The battery is not removable. It measures 9.73 by 6.53 by 0.36 inches and weighs 16.4 ounces.

The base model has 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and lock screen ads. There are two mix-and-match ways to upgrade right away: pay $15 to get rid of the ads, and pay $40 for an extra 32GB of storage. Doing both only breaks the $200 barrier, but even on $200 tablets, the Fire HD 10's features are as good as you can get, and for the $150 base price, they're impressive. Just don't expect them to compare to what a fancier tablet or phone can do.

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On the back of the matte plastic tablet is a 5MP camera.

Amazon describes the 10.1-inch, 1920 x 1200, 224 ppi display as "bright." This is exaggerated; it doesn't get very bright and the viewing angle is limited. The screen has quite deep colors when you look at it from the front.

Photos taken with the 5MP rear camera are poor, with washed out colors, poor dynamic range, and digital noise. But the 2MP selfie camera isn't bad, especially when compared to cameras on comparable tablets. It offers perfectly acceptable image quality for video conferencing, and it even works a bit in low light. Fire HD 10 automatically syncs your photos with Amazon Photos.

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The tablet can handle Zoom very well.

The dual stereo speakers are decently loud, offering a reading of 96.3 dB across the six inches of the tablet. Music also has surround sound due to the physical separation of the two speakers, even though it's actually small; for example, when I listened to The Killers' "All The Things That I've Done", I could barely hear the top hat and organ. Whether you're listening to music, watching videos, or on a long video call, enjoy the standard 3.5mm headphone jack or Bluetooth headset compatibility, both of which deliver clear, pleasing sound.

Android pero no Android

Amazon's Fire OS 7 is based on Android 9, but Google services have largely been superseded by Amazon services. The interface has been radically simplified. Where you used to have a launcher with content types at the top (books, videos, etc.), there are now three main tabs: For You, Home, and Library. Unlike other tablets, you can't add widgets or customize the interface.

Home is the grid of apps you're used to on any Android device. The library is a stack of carousels of different types of content you've downloaded from Amazon: Kindle books, audiobooks, apps, Prime Video, Amazon Music playlists. For You is a bunch of things you've used recently, algorithmically generated, slightly annoying, followed by things Amazon would like you to buy based on what you've used before.

In the lower left corner of the interface there is a small house. Tap it and you'll get a device dashboard with all your Alexa-enabled smart home devices and Alexa routines. Hands-free use of Alexa is supported, and a switch puts the tablet into Show mode, turning it into an Alexa smart display that displays timers, lyrics, and recipes. (Of course, if all you need is a smart monitor, you can save some money by buying one.Echoshow 8.)

One of the strengths of the Fire HD 10 is its support for multiple user profiles and parental controls. You can create different profiles of adults and children. You can only assign specific content to child profiles; limit the hours they use the tablet, how much they use and what type of content they use for how long; and view web history. A subscription service, Amazon Kids+, offers a steady stream of books, comics, and videos for kids ages 3 to 12. I have more details about this in myFire HD 10 Review for Kids.

enhanced strength

Amazon powers the 2021 Fire HD 10 with Mediatek's Helio P60T, the same processor that's in the 2019 Fire HD 10. It offers approximately 50% better web browsing performance than the chip in the 2021 Fire HD 10.Fire HD 8model, according to the Basemark Web benchmark, a significant and noticeable improvement. (I have not made any comparison with thefog 7because it's too slow, it only has 1 GB of RAM and it didn't pass any of our benchmark tests).

In the PCMark Work 3.0 overall benchmark, the HD 10 scored 5,376, much better than the HD 8's 4,290. It also comes with 3GB of RAM, up from the 2GB of the Fire HD 8 and 2019 HD 10. Smoother experience when switching between apps, especially if you use productivity apps like Microsoft Office. This is the first tablet from Amazon where I have never experienced lag or stutters.

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More RAM enables a new split screen feature. It's relatively easy to have two apps on the screen at the same time, something I found very useful when I got myFire HD 10 Productivityanalyze.

The P60T provides enough power to play videos and audiobooks, display Kindle books, do Alexa stuff, make Zoom calls, and run some basic games. It doesn't have a gaming GPU, but use older, casual, or low-res games and you'll be fine. The old action game Riptide GP2 stuttered on Fire HD 8, but it ran smoothly on this HD 10. Roblox is playable here, but it can be choppy.

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Older action games like Riptide GP2 work fine.

Battery life is excellent, lasting for 12 hours and 48 minutes of Amazon Prime video playback over Wi-Fi. The battery charges from zero to 100% in 3.5 hours.

There's dual-band Wi-Fi on the Fire HD 10, but top speeds are limited by the chipset. On a 500 Mbps symmetric link with excellent signal strength, it had no more than 275 Mbps drop. I saw 143 Mbps on an iPad and 134 Mbps on the Fire in a location with average signal, and 44.6 Mbps on the iPad and 12 Mbps on the Fire in a location with very weak signal.

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The tablet has a USB-C port and a standard headphone jack.

The application gap

Right now, Amazon's limited app store holds the most for its tablets. Amazon tablets don't have Google Play or other Google apps because Amazon is trying to position itself as a competitor to Google. That means Android developers have to submit their apps separately to the Amazon Store, and many haven't.

The Appstore is not a total zero. It has Discord, Minecraft and Roblox; Microsoft Office and various Office-like applications; and Hulu, Netflix, Paramount+, and Sling TV.

But there are no Google apps, including YouTube. Our two default test games, Alto's Odyssey and Genshin Impact, are missing, as are the benchmarking apps we use for testing. If you want to communicate via Signal or Slack, there's no app for that. If you like to watch Apple TV+, you don't have to here.

It is certainly possible to put other Android apps on this tablet. You can download APK files from or transfer them from another Android phone. There are dozens of web pages on how to hack Google Play Store on Amazon tablets; they are currently not working due to a new version of Fire OS, but I'm sure they will be updated soon. But all these solutions are complicated and bad, and you shouldn't have to live with them. Especially Google Play versions are not supported and may fail with OS updates.

That's why I think of Amazon's Alexa-like tablets and media consumption devices rather than full-fledged competitors to Apple's Chromebooks or iPads. The device is powerful enough to score with the other tablets, but you have to get ahead of yourself to get apps that should be just a few taps away.

Tablet or Kindle? both are good

A 10-inch tablet is not an ideal eBook reader. If you read basic black and white books, you'll be much better served by the smoothness and lighter weight of an e-ink reader like theAmazon Kindle Paperwhite. However, the Fire 10 HD excels at displaying picture books and comics. As I mentioned in my Fire HD 8 review, an 8-inch tablet is too small for a two-page comic. On a 10-inch 1080p tablet, that spread is easy to read. Magazine pages can also be read at this size.

Amazon's Fire tablets put Audible audiobooks front and center. They also support a feature called immersive reading: while you listen to the audiobook, the text of the book is displayed in sync with the audio and highlighted so you can read it. Think of it like subtitles for an audiobook. This is especially helpful for beginning readers, language learners, and the hearing impaired.

Amazon wants you to get your media through its built-in store, but it also supports Overdrive and Comixology, as well as a number of PDF and CBR readers that work with uploaded or downloaded content. Unfortunately, Marvel Unlimited and DC Universe are among the apps missing from the app store.

An undeniable bargain for Amazon fans

The new Fire HD 10 is Amazon's best tablet thanks to its compact processor and ample RAM. Amazon tablets have a reputation for being slow, but not anymore. This tablet has the same chip as theLenovo Chromebook Duo; It's the best you get for this price.

But this is still an Amazon tablet, not a generic Android or Apple slate. The user interface is great for easy access to Amazon content, and the multiple user profiles and parental controls are great. You just have to deal with Amazon quirks like the limited app store.

The best tablet is still an iPad, if you can afford it. to6th generation iPadIt costs $329. Samsung's Galaxy Tab A7 looks better than the Fire HD 10 in every way, with a high-res 10.4-inch display and full Google Play support, but it costs $220. the $150 range are clumsy and slow. Amazon's 2021 Fire HD 10 Edition gives you by far the most power and features you'll get for under $200 and earns our Editors' Choice award.

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Editor's Pick

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  • Fast processor for the price

  • many rams

  • Acts as an Alexa smart monitor


  • Poor app selection

  • Very Amazon-centric interface


Amazon is upgrading the Fire HD 10 to offer a pretty good tablet for $150, as long as you want to control Alexa and consume Amazon books and media. Even without the Google Play Store, this is the best tablet you can buy for under $200.

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Don't expect the high-end display. The cameras are usually disappointing. The processor won't make you feel the tablet is fast. Internal memory is generally not sufficient – at some point, you will consider extending it by the memory card.

What is the drawback to an Amazon Fire tablet? ›

Don't expect the high-end display. The cameras are usually disappointing. The processor won't make you feel the tablet is fast. Internal memory is generally not sufficient – at some point, you will consider extending it by the memory card.

How long does a Fire HD 10 tablet last? ›

Amazon Fire HD 10 (2021) specifications
SpecificationsAmazon Fire HD 10
Battery and charging6,500mAh; six hours 42 minutes in battery test; 9W charger included.
Cameras5-megapixel (MP) rear camera, 2MP front camera
AudioTwo top-firing speakers
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What are the limitations of Amazon Fire HD 10 plus? ›

Cons: cameras aren't great, slow charging, no Google Play or Apple apps, some apps missing from Amazon App Store, no Fortnite, requires Amazon Prime subscription to make the most of it, significantly undercut by Fire HD 8.

Is Fire HD 10 fast enough? ›

Moving through tabs in the Silk browser was a bit smoother than before, something to credit to the additional 1GB of RAM (the 2019 model only had 2GB). Tapping through the many layers of Amazon-distributed content, I noticed that the Fire HD 10 2021 was speedy enough when doing most everyday tasks.

What is the average lifespan of a Fire tablet? ›

Recent Kindle device models have a lifespan of 5 – 8 years, provided you proper care of the device. Kindle Fire tablets last for about 2 – 3 years, which is a shorter life span compared to the e-ink versions.

What are the disadvantages of using Amazon? ›

Here are some of disadvantages of Amazon.
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Do Amazon Fire tablets become obsolete? ›

So the current-gen Amazon Fire 7 tablet, which was released in 2019, will be supported at least until the end of 2025, which means it will receive at least six years of security updates.

What can a Fire 10 tablet do? ›

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New for 2021, is a split-screen mode, which lets you display two apps on screen simultaneously, so you can sneakily read a Kindle book while you're on a Microsoft Teams call. You can also enable hands-free Alexa, with the Fire HD 10 serving as a makeshift Echo Show.

How old is the Amazon Fire HD 10? ›

Amazon Fire HD 10 tablet was launched in September 2015. The tablet comes with a 10.10-inch display offering a resolution of 1280x800 pixels at a pixel density of 149 pixels per inch (ppi). Amazon Fire HD 10 is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core MediaTek processor.

What is the difference between a tablet and a Kindle Fire? ›

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The Fire tablet is designed for watching videos, browsing the web and anything else you'd do on a regular tablet. Of course, you can still read books on it, but it's not specifically designed for reading like the Kindle is.

Does Amazon Fire tablet work without Internet? ›

The Amazon Kindle Fire tablet is a Wi-Fi ONLY tablet. Please Note to the other part of your question: ALL apps require Wi-Fi connection in order to operate properly. So you CANNOT use apps without Wi-Fi connection.

Does Amazon Fire tablet work without subscription? ›

A: No you don't need a subscription at all to use the device. You can have a regular without Prime membership in order to use the device.


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