Amazon’s tablets combine solid performance and software at a price that won’t burn a hole in your pocket. To find out the best Fire tablet out of many, check out our comprehensive comparison.
Amazon’s affordable tablets regularly manage to mingle their way into our best lists. The Amazon Fire tablets are available in 10-inch, 8-inch, and 7-inch of sizes and offer a top price-performance ratio. The tablets are robustly built and can even be handed to the youngest members of the family without much hesitation.
We offer you an overview of the current Amazon Fire tablet models in this article and link to our reviews.
The Best Amazon Fire tablets: An Overview
- 10-inch tablets with solid performance: Amazon Fire HD 10 and Fire HD 10 Plus (at Amazon*). The Amazon Fire HD 10 costs $150 and only marginally differs from the Fire HD 10 Plus, which costs around $180. Both versions are good 10-inch entertainment tablets for enjoying Amazon Video, Netflix and co, and occasionally gaming. The displays have a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels. The tablets’ performance is not outstanding, but most games can be played well with lowered graphics settings.
- Budget pricing with decent performance: Amazon Fire HD 8 Plus (at Amazon*). The Amazon Fire HD 8 Plus costs $120 and has an 8-inch display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels and 60 Hz. The performance is sufficient for gaming with low graphics settings. As with the other Fire HD tablets, we particularly like that Alexa and Echo Show modes are on board. The battery runtime is also good.
- Affordable but underperforming tablet: Amazon Fire HD 8 (at Amazon*): The Amazon Fire HD 8 hardly differs from its big brother Fire HD 8 Plus, but it only has 2 GB of RAM instead of 3 GB. This difference makes a noticeable difference in everyday use – especially when gaming. Games like Asphalt 9 often crashed or did not run smoothly. We therefore recommend buying the $20 more expensive Amazon Fire HD 8 Plus.
- Value for money tablet with basic performance: Amazon Fire 7 2022 (at Amazon*): The Amazon Fire 7 costs just $60. The tablet has a 7-inch screen with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. The hardware is weak but is sufficient for gaming, streaming, surfing the web and other light applications.
The Best Amazon Fire tablets: An Overview
Let’s now take a look at the devices in detail.
Amazon Fire HD 10 and Fire HD 10 Plus: 10-inch tablets with solid performance
The Amazon Fire HD 10 belongs – together with the Fire HD 10 Plus – at the top of Amazon’s tablet range. The Fire HD 10 is available for about $150 and offers 3GB of RAM. The Fire HD 10 Plus costs about $180, has 4GB of RAM, and supports wireless charging. In addition, the Fire HD 10 Plus has a slightly higher-quality build.
However, that is where the differences between the two tablets end. In practice, the differences will probably not be noticed by most users and we, therefore, recommend buying the cheaper Amazon Fire HD 10, which we will now discuss in more detail.
The display of the Amazon Fire HD 10 has 10.1 inches and has a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels. Streaming in HD from Netflix and other OTT services is also possible on the tablet. The audio quality of the Amazon Fire HD 10 is also remarkable.
Regrettably, the plastic casing of the tablet does not provide a feeling of luxury and it is notably thicker than many other tablets at 9.2mm. Additionally, its weight can be considered somewhat heftier than average since it weighs 465g. Under the hood, there’s an octa-core processor with 3GB of RAM. The performance is solid considering the price.
Games like Asphalt 9 sometimes stutter considerably, but PUBG Mobile runs pleasantly smooth with HD graphics. Most games can be played well with lowered graphics settings. The tablet comes with 32GB/64GB of internal storage, which can be expanded via microSD card. The tablet has a 2-megapixel front and a 5-megapixel rear camera.
A Bluetooth keyboard cover for the Amazon Fire HD is also available for about $50. The keyboard is easy to type on and the build quality looks solid, but it does not have a trackpad.
The Amazon Fire HD 10 runs Fire OS, Amazon’s own operating system that is based on Android and provides access to Amazon’s app store, media library and services. The Amazon Fire HD 10 also has Alexa and the Echo Show mode directly on board. Although not all Google apps are available, the Google Play Store is relatively easy to install. We will explain how exactly that works at the end of this article.
Amazon itself states a battery life of up to 12 hours for the tablet. That is believable because the Amazon Fire HD 10 lasted 9 hours in our acute test, in which we played an HD YouTube video at maximum brightness in a continuous loop.
Overall, the Amazon Fire HD 10 is an inexpensive, good 10-inch entertainment tablet for streaming and occasional gaming.
Amazon Fire HD 8 Plus: 8-inch tablet at affordable pricing
The Amazon Fire HD 8 Plus costs $120. The tablet has an 8-inch display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels and a 60Hz refresh rate. It is sufficiently bright for indoor use. Unfortunately, the screen of the Amazon Fire HD 8 Plus is not laminated.
This tablet has HD resolution for streaming Netflix, Prime Video and the like with good audio quality for its size. Crafted entirely of plastic to guarantee strength according to the maker’s claim, it, unfortunately, does not have a fingerprint scanner or facial recognition capabilities.
The device includes a 2-megapixel front camera and a 5-megapixel rear camera, though the image quality does not lend itself to capturing stunning images.
Inside the Amazon Fire HD 8 Plus is a MediaTek MT8169A hexa-core processor and 3GB of RAM. The internal storage is either 32GB or 64GB. In addition, the storage can be expanded by up to 1TB via a microSD card. The tablet also has a USB-C 2.0 port. There is no LTE version.
Although the hardware performance has increased compared with the predecessor, the processor’s performance is still significantly weaker than that of the slightly more expensive Realme Pad mini, for example. However, the graphics performance is better in comparison.
The Amazon Fire HD 8 Plus performs well for PUBG Mobile and Asphalt 9, running with high-definition graphics. Additionally, other games such as World of Tanks and League of Legends also run smoothly on this device – albeit at low graphic settings. Despite the lower resolution, you can expect buttery-smooth gameplay from these titles!
Simple multitasking is also no problem for the Amazon Fire HD 8 Plus. For example, using YouTube and Google Chrome in parallel is no problem. The Amazon Fire HD 8 Plus runs Amazon’s in-house Fire OS, which is based on Android 11. Amazon’s policy of providing regular updates guarantees that the Fire HD 8 Plus will remain current and up-to-date for an extended period. Not only that but Alexa is built right into the device along with a special Echo Show mode.
As with all Amazon tablets, all Google apps are missing. However, the Google Play Store can easily be installed on the Amazon Fire HD 8 Plus as well.
In our battery test, the Amazon Fire HD 8 Plus achieved a great runtime of 9.75 hours. For this test, we again ran an HD YouTube video in an endless loop. The Amazon Fire HD 8 Plus is a recommendable tablet for smart spenders who are looking for a cheap 8-inch device.
If you are willing to spend a little more, the Realme Pad mini is also worth a recommendation. The 8-inch tablet comes with a chic metal case, laminated display, Google Android and a stronger performance. But the software update policy is probably better in the Amazon Fire HD 8 Plus.
Amazon Fire HD 8: Ultra affordable but not recommended
The Amazon Fire HD 8 costs $100 and is thus $20 cheaper than the Amazon Fire HD Plus. However, we recommend everyone to rather put $20 more on the table and rather go for the Amazon Fire HD Plus.
Both the Amazon Fire HD 8 and the Amazon Fire HD 8 Plus have the same processor — MediaTek MT8169A Hexa-Core. However, the Amazon Fire HD 8 only has 2 GB of RAM and not 3GB like the Fire HD 8 Plus. The 1GB of RAM causes some games like PUBG Mobile to crash often, while they run smoothly on the Amazon Fire HD 8 Plus. Asphalt 9 also crashed often on the Amazon Fire HD 8 in our test, whereas there were no problems on the Fire HD 8 Plus with the graphics settings turned down.
Apart from that, the quality of the rear camera on the Amazon Fire HD 8 is slightly worse than of its big brother. However, this does not matter that much since, to be honest, both tablets offer a rather mediocre camera quality.
The other features like build quality, display, software and battery life are identical in the Amazon Fire HD and Amazon Fire HD Plus.
In any case, we recommend choosing the Amazon Fire HD Plus over the Amazon Fire HD, since the larger RAM makes a noticeable difference in performance, as mentioned before. The $20 surcharge is worth it.
Amazon Fire 7 2022: Solid tablet at a bargain price
The Amazon Fire 7 costs only $60. How many tablets can you expect for this price? If you want simple things like surfing the web or streaming, the tablet’s performance is quite sufficient.
The tablet is designed with thick black display bezels and a plastic casing, which lends it an unfinished feel. It might seem chunky at 9.67mm but weighs only 282g for easy portability. Despite its affordable price point, the device offers several convenient features such as USB C 2.0 port, MicroSD card reader and 3.5mm headphone jack.
Equipped with 2-megapixel cameras at the front and back, this device offers decent image and video quality in good lighting conditions.
The Amazon Fire 7 2022 has a 2GHz MediaTek MT8168A quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM. When it comes to storage, there are 16GB and 32GB options. There is no version with LTE.
The performance of the Amazon Fire 7 is of course no high-flyer and plays in the lowest league, but the hardware is quite sufficient for simple apps and applications. Thus, you can surf with Google Chrome or watch YouTube or Netflix without any problems. The Alexa voice assistant also works flawlessly on the tablet, and you can of course read your Kindle e-books without problems. However, you will have to do without multitasking on the Amazon Fire 7.
The 7-inches LCD screen has a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. The pixel density is thus quite low, but okay for this price. The viewing angle stability and color reproduction are pretty good and the brightness is also okay for indoor use. However, the display is not laminated, which is acceptable considering the price. Furthermore, the display of the Amazon Fire 7 is quite susceptible to fingerprints. This could be due to a lack of coating on the screen.
There is only one speaker that offers okayish sound quality that might be hard to get by in noisy surroundings. However, the sound is sufficient for watching movies on the couch. However, if you are cooking and want to communicate with Alexa at the same time, the weak sound can be a bit annoying.
The Amazon Fire 7 also comes with Fire OS, which is based on Android. It is great that Amazon wants to provide security updates for four years. Advertisements are sometimes visible on the lock screen. You can deactivate this permanently by paying a nominal amount. The ads did not bother us when we tested the tablet.
In our battery test, the Amazon Fire 7 lasted a great 10 hours. We played an HD YouTube video in an endless loop at maximum brightness.
If you want to spend as little money as possible on your tablet and can live with many limitations compared to more expensive models, you get a solid device with the Amazon Fire 7 at an unbeatable price of $60.
How to install Google Play Store on Fire tablets
If you want to enjoy the range of applications outside of Amazon’s App Store, you can also install Google PlayStore on Fire tablets. That way, you can access all Android apps with ease! We have also created a guide so that it is easy and quick for everyone to use Playstore on Fire devices.
Translated and edited by Zara
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