The Amazon Fire HD 10 7th Generation is a new 10.1-inch tablet from Amazon. It features a full HD screen, a fast processor, and is the first tablet to offer Alexa Hands-Free. As with other tablets of this series, its main highlight is the price. With the Fire HD 10, we’re getting much better hardware, as is usually the case for around 150 US Dollars. You have to make one compromise though.
While it is an Android tablet, it is Amazons Android with heavy integration into their own services. That includes Amazon Video, Kindle eBooks, Audible and the Amazon store. Here is everything you should know about the 7th Generation Amazon Fire HD 10 2017.
- Fairly inexpensive
- Good performance
- 10.1-inch full HD screen
- Decent build quality
- Deep integration of Amazons services
Amazon Fire HD 10: The Basics
As you might expect from a cheaper tablet, the Amazon Fire HD 10 has a full plastic body. Even though we’re not getting any kind of metal, it is said to be very solid. In fact, according to Amazon, it is more robust than the 10.5-inch iPad Pro. Is that true? Maybe. While it does not feel very high-end, the build quality seems very solid indeed.
Its main highlight is the 10.1-inch full HD screen which offers a resolution of 1920 x 1200. Usually, at this price, we get an HD-resolution only. Compared to similarly priced tablets like the Lenovo Tab 4 10 or Huawei MediaPad T3 10, Amazons screen looks much sharper.
While the specifications can’t compete with much pricier devices like the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, they are fairly good. Inside the Fire HD 10 runs a quad-core processor from MediaTek. We’re also getting 2GB of RAM and a 32GB internal storage. There’s a 64GB option as well but you can expand the storage using a micro SD card as well.
Compared to the completion, the operating system is very different. At least to a point. While the tablet is running Android, it is not Googles but Amazons Android. There is no Google Play Store, no Gmail, no Chrome, and no YouTube App. Instead, you get direct access to Amazon Video, Amazon Music, Audible, Kindle eBooks and the standard Amazon store.
Instead of Googles apps, Amazon pre-installed their own apps. That includes the Amazon Silk browser, which is based on Chromium. A replacement of the Play Store is Amazons App Store. It offers a lot of apps we are used to, but compared to Googles, many are missing too.
Since the Fire HD 10 is running Android, you can install pretty much any Android app on it. Either via the App Store or by downloading the app APKs. In fact, it actually is surprisingly easy to install the Play Store yourself. You might lose your warranty though.
|Tablet||Amazon Fire HD 10 7th Gen|
|Operating System||Amazons Android|
|Display||10.1-inch with 1920 x 1200|
|Storage||32 – 64GB|
|Expandable||microSD card slot|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth|
|Battery||Up to 10 hours|
|Security||No fingerprint reader|
|Dimensions||262 x 159 x 9.8mm|
Availability & Price
Amazon released the 7th Generation Fire HD 10 on October 11th in the United States, Canada and a lot of European countries including Germany and Britain. As with all Fire tablets, it is available in Japan as well.
Prices vary a bit by country. While it costs 149.99 US Dollars in the United States, you can get it for 179.99 Euros in Germany. Prime Members often get a discount of 20 Euros. You can expect the Fire HD 10 to be or get available in most countries that have their own Amazon stores. But, outsides of Amazons Empire, it’ll probably never be officially available.
The cheaper Android tablet market is pretty crowded so there are a lot of competitors out there. Similarly priced tablets are the Lenovo Tab 4 10 and Huawei MediaPad T3 10. While the prices are similar, that two offer and HD-resolution only. Compared to the Fire HD 10, the performance is a bit weaker too. They are running full Android including the Google Play Store though.
A very interesting alternative is the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 because it features a 10.1-inch full HD screen as well and has very similar hardware. Usually, it is a bit more expensive. But often times you can find deals that bring it closer to the price range of the Fire HD 10. That varies quite a lot by country though.
- Good 10.1-inch full HD screen
- Great performance
- Good battery life
- Very inexpensive
- Filled with Amazon ads
- No Google Play Store
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