Fire HD 10 Tablet - Black, 32 GB
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- Our largest display with over 2 million pixels, stereo speakers, Dolby Audio, and dual-band Wi-Fi—perfect for Full HD, widescreen entertainment
- Enjoy millions of movies, TV shows, songs, Kindle eBooks, apps and games - including Netflix, Facebook, HBO, Spotify and more.
- Call or message almost anyone hands-free, or make video calls to family and friends with compatible devices or the Alexa App
- Prime members get unlimited access to millions of movies, TV episodes, songs, books and magazines—at no additional cost
- Watch downloaded videos anywhere with a Prime membership, Netflix plan, or Showtime subscription
- 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
- 32 or 64 GB of internal storage and a microSD slot for up to 256 GB of expandable storage
Expansive and immersive
Fire HD 10 features a brilliant 10.1” 1080p Full HD display (1920 x 1200) with over 2 million pixels (224 ppi). Enjoy widescreen movies, videos, and games with wide viewing angles, less glare, and more brightness thanks to a stunning IPS (in-plane-switching) LCD display.
No more worrying about storage space
Fire HD 10 comes with the most internal storage of any Fire tablet at 32 or 64 GB, great for offline video watching. Expand your storage by up to 256 GB using a microSD card, and keep photos, favorite movies, and compatible games and apps with you. Plus enjoy free unlimited cloud storage for all your Amazon content and photos taken with your Fire tablet.
Capture life's moments
Fire HD 10 features a 2 MP rear-facing camera for taking photos or shooting 720p video. The front-facing VGA camera is perfect for Skype calls with friends and family.
Fast and responsive
Fire HD 10 is now 30% faster thanks to 2x the RAM over the previous generation and a more powerful quad-core processor. Two 1.8 GHz cores and two 1.4 GHz cores run simultaneously, delivering quick app launches, smooth games and videos, and great overall performance.
Power when you need it
Don't be tethered to an outlet—now with up to 10 hours of mixed-use battery life, Fire HD 10 gives you more flexibility to go where the day takes you.
Engineered by Amazon
Amazon engineers Fire tablets to hold up against everyday life. As measured in tumble tests, Fire HD 10 is more durable than the latest iPad Pro 10.5” (and costs a lot less too).
Alexa on Fire tablets
Alexa, the brain behind Echo, provides quick access to the information and entertainment you want, including video, music, games, audiobooks, and more. Ask Alexa questions, see your calendar, get news, show sports scores, and even control your smart home—just ask.
Now with hands-free mode
When connected to Wi-Fi, simply say the wake word, “Alexa.” Alexa will respond to you—even when the screen is asleep—and will show visual responses to certain questions. Click here for instructions on enabling hands-free mode.
Introducing Show Mode
Show Mode is designed to elevate a truly hands-free Alexa experience with a new home screen optimized for visibility across the room, and the Alexa calling and messaging experience. Just ask Alexa to show trending news, timers and alarms, camera feeds (with compatible cameras), weather, and more.
Everyday tasks made easier
Alexa on Fire tablets helps make every day easier. Just ask to set alarms and timers, check traffic, your calendar, to-do or shopping lists, and more. You can order millions of items with your voice, such as household and personal care products.
Whether you are playing and pausing your favorite movie, starting a playlist, or need a quick joke, you can ask Alexa and stream directly over Wi-Fi. Alexa also provides voice control for Amazon Video, Amazon Music, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and more.
Voice control your smart home
Alexa works with devices such as lights, switches, thermostats, security cameras, and more from SmartThings, Insteon, Nest, ecobee, Arlo, Ring, and Wink. Dim the lights from the couch to watch a movie or change the temperature on your thermostat while reading in your favorite chair—all without lifting a finger.
Calling and Messaging
Make hands-free voice calls to almost any local number, message your contacts, or video call friends and family who have a Fire tablet, Echo Spot, Echo Show, or have installed the iOS or Android Alexa App. You can also instantly connect with family and friends, by asking Alexa to drop in on enabled Echo devices. For example, you can drop in to ask what time dinner will be ready, see the baby's nursery, or check in with a close relative. Learn more.
Watch in 1080p Full HD
Enjoy all your favorite movies and TV shows on Amazon Video, Netflix, HBO NOW, Sling TV, and more (subscription fees may apply). Discover hundreds of thousands of TV episodes and movies, plus fling Amazon Video content to your Fire TV using Second Screen. Enhance your video experience with features you only get from Amazon, including On Deck for watching videos anywhere, ASAP for fast video streaming, and X-Ray to go behind the scenes of your favorite movies and TV shows while you watch.
Watch downloaded videos anywhere with a Prime membership, Netflix plan, or Showtime subscription—on a plane, on vacation, in the car, or wherever you don't have a wireless connection.
Choose from millions of Kindle eBook and magazine titles that you won't be able to find anywhere else. Over 1 million titles are priced at $2.99 or less. Or read as much as you want with a Kindle Unlimited subscription for just $9.99 a month. Connect with the largest online community of book lovers on Goodreads.
Read comfortably at night with Blue Shade, an exclusive Fire OS feature that automatically adjusts and optimizes the backlight for a more comfortable nighttime reading experience.
With millions of songs from thousands of artists, the Amazon Digital Music Store brings all your favorite music to your fingertips. Music you buy on your Fire tablet is saved to Your Music Library for free, and you can play or download it anytime.
Unlock more music with Amazon Music Unlimited, just $7.99 per month for Prime members ($9.99 per month for non-Prime members).
Audible offers more than 180,000 titles in audiobooks, including best sellers, romances, thrillers, and much more.
Fire tablets feature instant access to over 600,000 of the most popular free and best-selling games, social media, premium TV and movie provider apps, and so much more.
Choose from top titles including Candy Crush Saga, Township, Mobile Strike, and more.
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|Price||From: $49.99||From: $79.99||From: $149.99 $99.99|
|Display||7"||8" HD||10.1" 1080p Full HD|
|Resolution||1024 x 600 (171 ppi)||1280 x 800 (189 ppi)||1920 x 1200 (224 ppi)|
|Storage||8 or 16 GB (expandable by up to 256 GB) + unlimited cloud storage for Amazon content||16 or 32 GB (expandable by up to 400 GB) + unlimited cloud storage for Amazon content||32 or 64 GB (expandable by up to 256 GB) + unlimited cloud storage for Amazon content|
|CPU & RAM||Quad-Core 1.3 GHz with 1 GB of RAM||Quad-Core 1.3 GHz with 1.5 GB of RAM||Quad-Core up to 1.8 GHz with 2 GB of RAM|
|Battery Life||Up to 8 hours of reading, surfing the web, watching video, and listening to music||Up to 10 hours of reading, surfing the web, watching video, and listening to music||Up to 10 hours of reading, surfing the web, watching video, and listening to music|
|Audio||Mono speaker, built-in microphone||Dolby Atmos, dual stereo speakers, built-in microphone||Dolby Atmos, dual stereo speakers, built-in microphone|
|Alexa Enabled||Yes, Alexa hands-free is available when the screen is on or device is connected to power||Yes, Alexa hands-free is available||Yes, Alexa hands-free is available|
|Colors||Black, Marine Blue, Punch Red, Canary Yellow||Black, Marine Blue, Punch Red, Canary Yellow||Black, Marine Blue, Punch Red|
|Content||Access to millions of movies, TV episodes, songs, books, apps, games, and more||Access to millions of movies, TV episodes, songs, books, apps, games, and more||Access to millions of movies, TV episodes, songs, books, apps, games, and more|
|Warranty and Service||90-day limited warranty||90-day limited warranty||1-year limited warranty|
|Cover||Sold separately||Sold separately||Sold separately|
|Camera||VGA front-facing camera + 2 MP rear-facing camera with 720p HD video recording||2 MP front-facing camera + 2 MP rear-facing camera with 720p HD video recording||VGA front-facing camera + 2 MP rear-facing camera with 720p HD video recording|
|Connectivity||Dual-band Wi-Fi||Dual-band Wi-Fi||Dual-band Wi-Fi|
|Weight||10.4 oz (295 grams)||12.8 oz (363 grams)||17.7 oz (500 grams)|
|Dimensions||7.6" x 4.5" x 0.4" (192 mm x 115 mm x 9.6 mm)||8.4" x 5.0" x 0.4" (214 mm x 128 mm x 9.7 mm)||10.3" x 6.3" x 0.4" (262 mm x 159 mm x 9.8 mm)|
|Customer Support||Screen Sharing + email, web, and phone||Screen Sharing + email, web, and phone||Screen Sharing + email, web, and phone|
Access your entertainment across all devices
Whispersync remembers how much you've watched, read, or listened to so you can pick up right where you left off, no matter which device you are using. Plus, with every Fire tablet, you get free, unlimited cloud storage for all your Amazon content including unlimited storage on photos you've taken with your Fire tablet.
Share content with Family Library
Family Library links your Amazon account to that of your spouse or partner so you can easily share apps, games, audiobooks, and books, and it now allows Prime members to share their Prime Video content. Access your family's content across devices—both Amazon devices and free Amazon apps for other platforms, including iOS and Android.
Integrated on-device tech support
Screen Sharing brings Mayday-powered customer service to Fire tablets. Simply call customer service and Amazon experts can connect to your Fire tablet to co-pilot through features by drawing on your screen, walking you through how to do something yourself, or doing it for you—whatever works best.
Try Prime free for a month
If you haven't tried Amazon Prime in the past, we'll give you a 30-day free trial. Experience what millions of members already enjoy—unlimited streaming of thousands of hit movies and TV episodes, ad-free access to over a million songs, reading a Kindle book a month for free, and Free Two-Day Shipping on millions of items. Learn more.
Unlimited reading on any device
Prime Reading gives you unlimited access to over a thousand books, current magazines, comics, Kindle Singles, and more. With any device – including your phone, tablet, or Kindle – you can read however you want, whenever you want.
Stream thousands of movies and TV episodes with Prime Video
With Amazon Prime, members enjoy unlimited streaming of thousands of movies and TV episodes at no additional cost, including award-winning Amazon Original series like Transparent and The Grand Tour, and top HBO shows like True Blood, Girls, and Curb Your Enthusiasm.
No Wi-Fi, no problem—Prime Video downloads
Exclusive to Prime members, download thousands of Prime Video movies and TV episodes. Watch downloaded videos anywhere—on a plane, on vacation, in the car, or wherever you don't have a wireless connection. Prime Video offers offline viewing at no additional cost.
Over 2 million songs free with Prime Music
Prime Music is a benefit of your Amazon Prime Membership, featuring a growing selection of over two million songs, always ad-free and on-demand. Unlock more music with Amazon Music Unlimited, just $7.99 per month for Prime members. Learn more about Unlimited.
Add HBO, SHOWTIME and more to Prime
With Prime Video Channels, Prime members can also subscribe to over 100 premium and specialty channels like HBO and SHOWTIME to add and stream—no cable or satellite subscription necessary. Prime members can subscribe to any or all of these channels with a free trial.
Made with premium fabric, our slim, form-fitting case designed by Amazon conveniently allows your Fire tablet to rest in either landscape or portrait orientation so you can enjoy your content hands-free.
Easy to attach and remove, the cases are integrated with a magnetic closure to ensure your cover stays shut while on the go, and automatically puts your Fire tablet to sleep when it is closed and wakes it upon opening.
Perfect for using your all-new Fire HD 10 with Alexa hands-free so you can pause while watching video, ask for measurements while cooking, control your smart home, and more.
Explore beyond our cases, and accessorize your device with a wide selection of memory cards, screen protectors, extended warranty services, and more. Learn more.
10.1” touchscreen, 1920 x 1200 resolution at 224 ppi, 1080p Full HD video playback, with IPS (in-plane switching) technology and advanced polarizing filter, fully laminated display
10.3” x 6.3” x 0.4” (262 mm x 159 mm x 9.8 mm)
17.7 ounces (500 grams) Actual size and weight may vary by configuration and manufacturing process.
CPU & RAM
Quad-Core up to 1.8 GHz with 2 GB of RAM
32 GB (25.4 GB available to user) or 64 GB (54.1 GB available to user) of internal storage. Add microSD card for up to 256 GB of additional storage for even more movies, TV shows, music, photos, personal videos, and apps. Some apps may require that they are installed on internal storage.
Up to 10 hours of reading, surfing the web, watching video, and listening to music. Battery life will vary based on device settings, usage, and other factors such as web browsing and downloading content. Actual results may vary.
Fully charges in under 5 hours using the micro-USB power adapter included in the box, or slightly longer with other micro-USB power adapters that you may already have
Single-antenna, dual-band Wi-Fi. Supports public and private Wi-Fi networks or hotspots that use the 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n or 802.11ac standard with support for WEP, WPA, and WPA2 security using password authentication; does not support connecting to ad-hoc (or peer-to-peer) Wi-Fi networks
USB 2.0 (micro-B connector) to connect to a PC/Macintosh computer, or to charge your device with the included power adapter; microSD slot for external storage
3.5 mm stereo jack and integrated dual stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos audio
Accelerometer, ambient light sensor
VGA front-facing camera + 2 MP rear-facing camera
Location-based services via Wi-Fi
Black, Marine Blue, or Punch Red
External volume controls, built-in Bluetooth with support for A2DP compatible stereo headphones, microphone, and LE accessories support
VoiceView screen reader enables access to the vast majority of Fire tablet features for users who are blind or visually impaired using text-to-speech or a connected refreshable braille display. Screen magnifier enables viewers to zoom in and out, and pan around the screen. Fire tablets also include accessibility settings for Closed Captioning, Font Size, High Contrast Text, Color Inversion, Color Correction, and Convert Stereo to Mono audio. (Captions are not available for all content.). Learn more.
Warranty and Service
1-year Limited Warranty and service included. Optional 1-year, 2-year, and 3-year Extended Warranty available for U.S. customers sold separately. Use of Fire HD 10 tablet is subject to Amazon's Conditions of Use and the terms found here.
Included in the Box
Fire HD 10 tablet, USB 2.0 cable, 9W power adapter, and Quick Start Guide
7th generation - 2017 release
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1. The customer service both phone and chat is outstanding.
2. The Alexa set up is better than it is on the Generation 5.
3. I would suggest that you go to “Settings” and the “Help”. An excellent manual is available in “Help”.
4. If you are new to the Fire HD 10, Take your time picking out your aps and delete the one that didn’t work out the way you want.
5. The screen size is fine and very clear.
6. If you have Alexa play music while you work on something on the Fire, you will find that the battery charge will drop faster.
For you senior citizens, I am 83 years old and have no trouble using this unit.
11/26/2017 - I've added an update about the Google Play Store
12/10/2017 - Update on MayDay and Keyboard
I own 4 Fire tablets: the original 7", the 2012 8.9", the 2013 7" HDX and the 2014 8.9" HDX. In other words, I was buying a new Fire tablet every year. Then Amazon decided to concentrate on the low end of the market. My HDX tablets are 3 & 4 years old. Since I use the 8.9" daily, the battery has almost completely lost its ability to hold a charge (I can get maybe 2 hours if I limit myself to reading, browsing and Twitter). So, needless to say, like many other HDX owners, I've been waiting for an upgrade. I bought the 64GB no-special-offers model because Amazon gave me no other choice (it doesn't sell refurbished HDX tablets and has no facility for replacing the battery in those older models).
If you've owned only one of Amazon's low-end Fires of the past several years, I think you will be impressed by the quality of this new model. If you're an HDX lover, you'll probably have very mixed feelings. It's faster and more responsive, but the screen resolution is inferior.
It's a bit hard to believe what a difference 1+" and about 4.5 ounces can make in a tablet. The 7" models fit quite nicely in small messenger bags; the 8.9" won't add much weight to a backpack or briefcase. But the 10-inch model is big, too big and heavy for me to hold comfortably in my hands, too large for a messenger bag, too weighty an addition to a backpack.
Caveat: I'm on the short side with correspondingly smallish hands, so if you're on the tallish side, the 10" model may not be a problem for you. (Note: the HD 10 is the same width as the HDX, but it is taller and heavier.)
Amazon's cover is almost useless as a stand for the HD, unless you're putting it on a solid surface. With a stand, the tablet's good for watching videos because, of course, the more real estate the better.
The 1080P Full HD, 1920 x1200 display is, without question, the major improvement over Amazon's previous low-end Fires. So, as I indicated above, if you're "moving up", you will be pleased. For we HDX owners, the 1080P matches the video quality, but the resolution is still lower than the 2560 x 1600 we are used to. And it is noticeable.
CAMERA & SOUND
The cameras aren't great but, honestly, who depends on tablets for taking pictures? As for the sound? I'm not an audiophile so don't feel qualified to judge. If I'm listening to music where sound quality matters, I use headphones or a Bluetooth speaker. For the many podcasts I listen to, the speakers are just fine.
The operating system (5.5.x) is only slightly different than what we've had since the 2014 HDX (whose OS was just updated). For me, it has always been, in some key usability areas, less friendly than the 4.5.x OS on the 2013 HDX. There are rumors that Amazon is planning to push out a major revision later this year. If that happens, I will post an update to this review.
Yes, for you Android lovers, it is not a true "Android" system, but if you have bought into the Amazon ecosystem, especially if you are a Prime Member, that shouldn't bother you. As for the complaints from professional reviewers that the design of the OS is confusing, too focused on selling Amazon products? They baffle me. I paid the extra $15 to avoid special offers and turn off Amazon's recommendations in the Settings. I have a number of complaints about the UI but what on earth is complex or confusing about the sections (For You, Books, Video, Games, etc.)?
The keyboard on this Fire does not have a "split" option nor a "voice to text" option. I don't know why Amazon did this. In addition, I'm finding the keyboard much less comfortable to use, and I'm not sure why. With covers on both my 8.9" HDX and this HD10, the two devices are essentially the same width. But it is easy for me to type on the 8.9, much more difficult to type on the HD10. Alternate keyboards are available from the App Store but I haven't yet tried any.
Amazon has discontinued the MayDay help feature on the HD 10 (2017). It is still available on my HDX tablets. Again, I don't know why Amazon did this. However, when I called tech support with a problem that needed visual confirmation (i.e., seeing what I was seeing would be much easier than trying to explain what I was seeing), support was able to initiate a Mayday session from its side.
GOOGLE PLAY STORE - NOV. 26, 2017 UPDATE
Special Note: every professional reviewer repeats endlessly that Amazon's App Store is not as good as Google's or Apple's. True. The store has fewer apps. But in the years since Amazon launched its first Fire, I've managed to acquire over 200 apps and games, almost all for free. I pretty much have every app I want or need.
It has always been possible to sideload apps (download an APK and install it) to the Fires. For the past year, it has also been possible to install Google's Play Store, without rooting, on any Fire tablet running Fire OS 5 (which means any tablet going back to the 2014 models). Several web sites have instructions, either in text or video (I prefer the text) for downloading the components you need. I suspect Amazon won't let me post a link, but if you search for "installing Google Play Store on Amazon Fire", you will find several. Look them over, follow the steps in whichever source seems to make it easiest for you. It takes only a few moments and, so far, I've been able to install and use the few apps I want which are not available in Amazon's store or do not work without Google's Play services.
Alert: Some users, including me, have reported problems with Books always needing to be re-downloaded. It appears, at this date, that the problem may be due to the Play Store's updating Amazon apps, including Kindle. The Amazon Digital and Device forum has several messages on how to fix the problem if this has happened to you.
As a general rule, if you don't need the Google Play Services for an app or game you want, it is probably smarter to get the .apk file directly (or through 1Mobile). Single non-Amazon apps are less likely to cause global problems.
If you do need the Play Services, after installing the Store, go into "My apps" and turn off automatic updating. Manually update only those apps/games you got from the Google store; don't update Amazon apps or apps/games available from the Amazon store. But remember: there may be other incompatibilities with Amazon's current OS or with any future OS updates. So be aware.
I own two Echos. Alexa and I have a fraught relationship. She understands random words on the TV more often than she understands me (unless I shout). I don't ask much of her (playing the same two radio stations and setting timers cover 90% of my interactions), but she hasn't gotten any more responsive over the years. Today I tried to get her to run Silk (the browser) on the tablet. She didn't understand me. Par for the course.
Update: I had to change the tablet's wake word to "Amazon" to ensure that the Echo responded to "Alexa". Amazon has a "range discriminator" setting but, as far as I can tell, if you're holding the tablet and your Echo is across the room, the tablet will always respond. Not a major issue since you can use one word for the tablet and another for the Echo but one of these days, Amazon may want to permit users to select a call word.
I'm baffled by the professional reviewers who complain about the colors, feel, metal vs. plastic body, etc. of Amazon's tablets. (These reviewers must be the same folk who buy designer clothes and deluxe cars.) I use my Fire tablets more than I use my smartphone. It's my goto device for reading books, surfing the web for fun and Twitter. I suppose I'd be upset if it came in some garish color, but black is just fine with me and Amazon does offer options for both the device and covers.
MOVING FROM ONE FIRE TO ANOTHER
Amazon does not make this process easy, although it's gotten better over the years. The Silk bookmarks came through just fine. Some apps and games were downloaded as part of the automatic installation process. Others I had to download manually. If you play games like Candy Crush and have a King or Facebook account, your level will be restored but your boosters won't be. (King stores those locally and Amazon doesn't transfer them). You'll also need to manually install your documents and any other non-Amazon content. A real pain.
The worst part? Recreating the collections on my Home screen. A truly annoying, hours-long process due to a user interface whose designer should be sent to Purgatory.
As I struggle to hold this "huge" tablet, I can't help but be dismayed by Amazon's decision to abandon the high-end tablet market. For whatever it cost the company to produce a 10" tablet, couldn't it have simply stuck a new processor in the 2014 HDX and re-launched it at an equivalent price point?
But I want to be fair. The 2017 HD 10 seems to be reaching for a sweet spot, a middle ground between the high-end and low-end tablet markets. I'd say that it succeeds.
To summarize, for $189 for the 64GB option I think you are getting a heck of a deal on a large-sized tablet in comparison to offerings from other table manufacturers. The price keeps getting lower for increased quality – last year’s model cost $230 and the year before that it was $379 for the 8.9” Fire HDX.
As a heavy user of Fires for several years now, I am impressed with this year’s model not only because of the lower price but several things that annoyed me are much improved, particularly with speed of the processor and the quality of the display on several apps I use as well as video. Initial setup was pretty fast – an easy connection to Wi-Fi, enter your Amazon account username and password to establish this Fire is really yours, followed by an approximate ten minute download and installation of a software update.
As I mentioned above, the speed of the Fire’s processor is noticeably faster than last year’s model: some games I like to play on the Fire are much faster in loading and moving onto the next level without much of a lag – last year’s model would hang and think about it for a while. Looking at the technical specs, the quad 1.8GHz is 20% faster: that makes a huge difference in not only some of the game apps I like but in other things such as switching back and forth between various apps (not only game apps, but apps I use around the house as well as for work).
The screen resolution and quality of video playback is very crisp and very good – I thought last year’s model was a big improvement, but they stepped it up another notch with a screen resolution and pixels per inch 125% greater than last year. I watched portions of the same video with this year’s and last year’s model side-by-side and there was a noticeable difference in the quality.
I’ve been more than impressed with the battery life – maybe my previous versions had different batteries, but the things that normally suck the battery down fast (streaming, some game apps) don’t have as much of a drain on this one. Where I normally have to put it on the charger mid-day, I’ve gone two days doing the things I normally do before feeling the need to charge it. I hope this experience lasts!
It’s also not noticeably heavier than what I was expecting with a 16% increase in weight – I have it in a protective case, and when watching a video, playing a game, or reading a book you don’t really notice a difference.
The two speakers are located on the side of the Fire in two not-noticeable ports. My usual test of this feature is cranking up Van Halen's “Panama” to maximum volume (I always want to see if it could really play the guitar licks and hear the bass), and I would alternate covering one speaker up over the other: you have true stereo sound, but you’re not able to crank it up as much as you could other models as the sound starts to degrade and you think you are about to blow the speaker. The speakers sound nice at about 50% or less on the indication bar and you do get to hear the bass. One thing to point out is there is not a default equalizer with this Fire: everything sounds the same. To get the most out of the bass and treble, as well as to turn down the mid-range, I highly recommend you downloading and installing one of the many free equalizer apps here from the Amazon app store as it makes a huge difference, especially if you are listening with headphones. Speaking of headphones, the sound sounds great using my cheap box store branded headphones.
It also comes with a port on the opposite side of the speakers to insert a memory card – I added a 256GB memory card to transfer music to it. Sure, you can listen to your music store in the cloud or stream away from your favorite streaming provider, but as I travel a lot it is convenient to have a lot of music stored on it for listening to on the plane.
Reading books is straight forward and turning pages is easy - just tap the side of the screen to go to the next page or back a page, or you can swipe your finger across the screen to do the same.
The Alexa app is incorporated into this version of the Fire tablet – by default, it is “on” and always listening and you will need to manually disable the auto-listen feature and replace it with the “push to talk” option (for lack of a better phrase) if that is your desire. I didn’t realize that when I was in my office and thought I was talking to my Echo Dot – the Fire answered instead. Yes, I know the instructions say if two devices are in the same room the Fire would be the option of last resort to automatically answer, but that was not my experience. Having the Alexa app built-in for voice commands is convenient, as my household has become more dependent on the integrated Alexa gadgets running our household. I do like it built-in as I am able to put in an alarm or timer using my voice, mainly to tell me it is time to put the Fire down and my lunch break at work is over!
One thing I don't like is everything pushes you to purchase something from the Amazon website- I understand it, but it would be nice to have a competitor's app store available for the Fire tablet.
If you are new to the tablet world or need a new tablet, or are looking to upgrade from a smaller size I would highly recommend getting this one – not only for the positive technical aspects above but you can get all of this for less than $200. As someone who was disappointed with last year’s version and always looking forward to trying the next one, I am very impressed and will be retiring my beloved 8.9" model.