Fire HD 10 Tablet with Alexa Hands-Free, 10.1" 1080p Full HD Display, 32 GB, Black - with Special Offers
|Price:||$149.99 & FREE Shipping.Details|
- 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.
- Our largest display, now with over 2 million pixels, stereo speakers, Dolby Audio, and dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi—perfect for watching Full HD video, playing games, reading magazines, and streaming content seamlessly
- Use Alexa hands-free mode to pause videos, play music, open apps, show sports scores, display the weather, and more—just ask
- Call or message almost anyone hands-free, or make video calls to family and friends with a Fire tablet, Echo Spot, Echo Show, or the Alexa App. Instantly connect to enabled Echo devices.
- 32 or 64 GB internal storage expandable by up to 256 GB (using the microSD slot). Watch downloaded videos anywhere with a Prime membership, Netflix plan, or Showtime subscription.
- Enjoy millions of movies, TV shows, songs, Kindle eBooks, magazines, Android apps, and games—including Netflix, Facebook, HBO, Spotify, and more
- Prime members get unlimited access to over a thousand books and magazines, millions of songs, and thousands of movies and TV episodes—at no additional cost
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|
|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 256 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 12 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 when the screen is on or device is connected to power||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||VGA 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 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi||Dual-band a/b/g/n Wi-Fi||Dual-band a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi|
|Weight||10.4 oz (295 grams)||13 oz (369 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 9.8mm)|
|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 x 159 x 9.8mm)
17.7 oz. (500 g) Actual size and weight may vary by configuration and manufacturing process.
CPU & RAM
MediaTek Quad-Core: 2 @ 1.8 GHz + 2 @ 1.4 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
Content Formats Supported
Kindle (AZW), KF8, TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively, Audible Enhanced format (AAX), DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, non-DRM AAC, MP3, MIDI, PCM/WAVE, OGG, WAV, M4V, MP4, Dolby Digital (AC-3), Dolby Digital Plus (E-AC-3), AAC LC/LTP, HE-AACv1, HE-AACv2, MKV, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, HTML5, CSS3, 3GP, VP8 (WEBM)
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 and Screen Magnifier enable access to the vast majority of Fire tablet features. VoiceView features IVONA's award-winning natural language text-to-speech voice. Fire OS 5 also includes system wide closed caption settings, adjustable font sizes up to 50% larger, and a variety of book reading text adjustments such as adjustable colors and text spacing. Also includes adjustable font sizes/color, and built-in Oxford dictionary. Learn more.
Fire HD 10 is ready to use right out of the box—no setup, no software to install, no computer required to download content
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 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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I see this tablet made for two demographics: a beginner tablet for young kids (if they break it, it won't break the bank), and as an affordable iPad equivalent/backup Kindle.
— AMAZON SERVICES —
To start, this is an Amazon tablet made to do Amazon things. Since I use Amazon's Audible, listen to Amazon Music, watch Video, read their Kindle books, and shop on Amazon, this device is *perfect* for me. All the digital content that you own or subscribe to can be streamed or stored on this HD 10.
— SCREEN —
Let’s talk about the biggest feature to arrive: a 1080p HD screen! This used to be on the HDX models, but that came with a hefty price. Now, we have a low-cost 1080p device and can watch movies at full HD resolution.
Pixels per inch has increased which means everything looks sharper. PPI helps while reading as you are less likely to zoom in on photos or text in magazines and PDFs.
Also, color saturation is bolder. Reds are distinctly redder, along with all the other colors [see photos].
1080p resolution was the only thing stopping this tablet from being truly must-have, and now it’s here!
— DEVICE SIZE —
Not going to lie, the jump from 8” to 10” is pretty huge. 8” was big enough to still be compact; the same can’t be said of the 10".
This device is now the same size (but wider) as a regular iPad [see photos]. In fact, if you’re watching movies, it’s slightly larger because of the widescreen shape versus the iPad’s squarish shape.
— BACKUP KINDLE —
I have a Kindle Paperwhite. With this tablet, I now have a backup Kindle that I can put all my books on and switch between the two. Granted, it's not the same reading experience, but it's more than fine as a backup device, and it helps divide the lifespan of both devices.
Reading magazines and comics is much more enjoyable because of the large size and color screen. Plus, this is faster than a Kindle at page turning. Adding books is as easy as on a regular Kindle: connect it to a computer, and transfer your files into the Kindle folder. Done.
— APPS —
There are very few apps that I was interested in their store. I got the usual: Netflix and Plex to watch my other content (No Vudu, yet). There are lots of free (in-app) games, with the occasional free gem. Don't expect many productivity apps; emphasis is placed on games. However...
*** MOVIES ANYWHERE ***
As soon as you get your tablet, immediately download the ‘Movies Anywhere’ app on this and your other devices. Launched 10-11-2017, Movies Anywhere connects your Amazon + iTunes + Vudu + Google + Disney accounts together, and you can watch ALL your movies from one app! This is as close to world peace as we’re going to get! Now, it doesn’t really matter what device or service you use, if you buy a movie somewhere you can watch it anywhere! This is the deal sealer!
— INTERFACE —
It's an Android-based OS. I think that says enough. If you've used an Android, you've used them all. The interface and usability are perfectly serviceable. It's definitely not iOS.
— STORAGE —
You can download content to the device for offline viewing. If you intend on storing your media, storage is upgradeable up to 256GB with a microSD card. I think having this option is great and lets you decide how much storage you want to spend separately.
I have the 32GB version. I've downloaded some audiobooks and apps, and have yet to fill that up since I stream most of my content.
*** TIP *** Use the tablet for a while before deciding if you want/need a microSD card.
— SOUND —
Depending on the content, the Dolby sound coming out of the two speakers is sufficient for anything. Obviously, don't expect a movie experience, but you will be able to listen to your music, your audiobooks, and your Netflix without issue.
*** TIP *** Connect Bluetooth headphones/speakers or plug in headphones for louder and fuller sound.
— BATTERY —
The battery on this is pretty darn good. It has about 3-5 days of standby between charges, depending on how you use it. If you were to use it non-stop, you get about ten hours of use. Charge time is about five hours, so best leave that done overnight.
— BUILD —
The plastic back shell feels tough and durable enough that I am not protecting it with a case. However, I did buy a plastic screen protector, as one should for any screen.
— SUMMARY —
This is a decent deal for the Fire HD 10. If you wait for one of their tablet sales, then it’ll definitely be worth it.
If you use a lot of Amazon services, this would make a perfect device for consuming all your media. Recommended.
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.
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