Amazon’s Fire HD tablets are still a decent option if you want a competent media consumption device for as little money as possible, and within the lineup, the Fire HD 10 provides the best value for most. That’s especially true when the device is discounted, and as of this writing, the 10.1-inch slate is reselling for $75 at Amazon and Best Buy, among other retailers.
While that’s not the absolute lowest price we’ve seen — the tablet was available at Target earlier this year for $55 — it’s in line with prices seen in last year’s Black Friday sales and Amazon’s recent Prime Day events. The 32GB model here retails for $150, but a few minor discounts have brought the average street price down to $130 in recent months.
It’s a good price for being one of the best values on the tablet market. Like Amazon’s other Fire tablets, the Fire HD 10 is a no-nonsense device: it’s mostly made of matte plastic, has mediocre speakers and cameras, and very little about its performance or design, or even feels as premium as what you get. entry-level iPad. but the for money, if you’re just looking for casual web browsing, e-book reading, video streaming, and Alexa stuff, it’s more than enough. Its octa-core MediaTek Helio P60T processor and 3GB of RAM won’t blow anyone away — don’t expect much in gaming — but it can handle the basics without consistently slowing down, and it’s generally priced lower. Models in the Fire line.
Likewise, the 10.1-inch panel isn’t the brightest or most vibrant you’ll see, but it’s pretty good for $75. Again, its 1920 x 1200 resolution is a solid step up from the lower-end Fire 7 or Fire HD 8, and the sheer amount of real estate makes it more appealing for video streams and quick Zoom calls. The tablet gets 12 hours of battery life on a single charge, and it charges via USB-C. The discounted model here only has 32GB of built-in storage, but you can expand it with a microSD card. (A version with 64GB of storage also sells for $95.)
The caveat with any Amazon tablet is, as usual, the software. Amazon’s Fire OS is still a stripped-down version of Android that doesn’t have access to the Google Play Store — hence native Google apps like Gmail or YouTube — and often pushes you to the company’s own apps, services, and online store. The lock screen ads are still there and you still need to pay $15 to get rid of them. It’s easy to download the Play Store and its extensive library of apps, but it’s not the most user- or security-friendly solution. Instead, if you stick to Amazon apps like Kindle and Prime Video, popular apps like Netflix, or basic web browsing, the Fire tablet will do just fine. All that said, the OS is still strong when it comes to parental controls and support for multiple user profiles, and there’s still a handy “Show Mode” that turns the tablet into an Echo Show-like smart display when you’re away. hold it.
The deal here is part of a wider sale on Amazon tablets. For example, the Kids and Kids Pro versions of the Fire HD 10 are back down to $120. These come with large protective bumper cases (the Pro is a bit slimmer), two-year warranties and a year with Amazon’s Kids+ content service for kids, but even though their hardware is similar, you can install a child. – Friendly profile on Fire HD 10 base.
The Fire HD 10 Plus, meanwhile, retails for $105, which is the lowest price we’ve seen. It adds another gigabyte of RAM and wireless charging support, which are nice upgrades — especially if you want to use that Smart Display feature — but we can’t really call it anything. an important A good cheap tablet for most people in the market. We also note that the Fire 7 is down to $42 new, but if you’re looking for the cheapest, we’d recommend waiting for the recently updated Fire HD 8 and its better hardware to go on sale. usable slate.
Buy Fire HD 10 Plus at Amazon – $105 Buy Fire HD 10 Kids at Amazon – $120 Buy Fire HD 10 Kids Pro at Amazon – $120 Buy Fire 7 at Amazon – $ 42
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