With the Amazon Fire HD 10 (2023), an excellent tablet receives minor improvements including a slightly brighter screen, 1GB additional RAM, and a more compact and lightweight design. Even though it’s probably not a must-have for everyone who purchased the 2019 model, it demonstrates Amazon’s capacity to release a value-driven slate that’s acceptable for most people.
Because it’s one of the best inexpensive tablets available, the Fire HD 10 maintains its position as one of the best Android tablets available and one of the best tablets you can buy. But its major shortcomings are nothing new. The Google Play app store is still absent from Amazon’s Fire OS, making it app-challenged. This excludes you from enjoying YouTube to its fullest.
Review of the Amazon Fire HD 10 (2023): Pricing and accessibility
The tablet costs $189 after a $40 update that doubles internal capacity. Also, removing advertisements from your lock screen will cost $15. I’d go with option two.
The entry-level Fire HD 10 is included in a $225 package from Amazon that also includes two screen protectors, a 15W charger, and a folding cover case for watching videos.
As usual, Amazon also offers a $199 Fire HD 10 Kids Edition, and for an additional $50 you can get a 2-year no-questions-asked warranty, a protective cover with a kickstand, and an entire year of Amazon Kids+ (aka FreeTime Unlimited).
This year, Amazon introduced two new optional upgrades: the $299 (currently $249 on sale) Fire HD 10 Plus Productivity Bundle, which comes with a detachable Bluetooth keyboard case and a 12-month subscription to Microsoft 365 Personal, and the $179 Fire HD 10 (2021) Plus, which has wireless charging and 4GB of RAM (upgraded from the 3GB in the entry level model).
Review of the Amazon Fire HD 10 (2023): Design
The Amazon Fire HD 10 is as straightforward as tablets come, with a glossy screen on one side and a matte plastic casing on the other. Black, denim (the deep blue seen here), lavender, and olive are the available colors.
I tested the Fire HD 10 at home, and I can say that, unless you grab it quite tightly, it feels strong. When it happens, you’ll see some slight flex in its shell, mostly in the center-back region.
You might not initially notice it, but the overall dimensions have changed somewhat from the model from the previous year. The Fire HD 10 (2021) has dimensions of 9.7 x 6.5 x 0.4 inches, as opposed to the 10.3 x 6.3 x 0.4 inch frame of the 2019 edition. What does that mean, besides being a little wider and shorter? Its footprint has shrunk by a little under two square inches from before. The Fire HD 10 from this year weighs 16.4 ounces as opposed to last year’s model’s 17.8 ounces.
The Apple iPad (2020) (9.8 x 6.8 x 0.3 inches, 17.6 ounces) is both slightly thinner and heavier than the Fire HD 10 Plus (9.7 x 6.5 x 0.4 inches, 16.5 ounces).
The iPad, which is still using the Lightning port, can’t compete with the Fire HD 10 (2021)’s USB-C port. Both ports are reversible, but USB-C is becoming more and more ubiquitous while Apple’s port is far from universal.
Review of the Amazon Fire HD 10 (2023): Display
The Fire HD 10’s display is vibrant and brilliant for a $150 tablet. Also, if screen quality is important to you, avoid the Fire HD 8 or Fire 7 tablets because they don’t have Full HD (1920 x 1200) screens.
As I watched The Tomorrow War on Amazon Video, the sickly green and grey “Spike” aliens as well as the perilous red smoke behind Chris Pratt rendered accurately. The very best. The massive explosions caused by the supporting fire that destroyed these beasts appeared bright and powerful. I was reminded how much I needed a trip to the beach as I saw the ripples in the ocean below the troops look clean and clear.
On our Klein K10-A colorimeter, the Fire HD 10’s display looks to be marginally superior to the 2019’s, producing 106.5% of the sRGB spectrum and emitting up to 420 nits of brightness.
The 2019 Fire HD 10 (106%, 403 nits) and the Fire HD 10 Plus (107.9%, 403.6 nits) are a little bit brighter than that. Although it is slightly less vivid, the 2020 iPad 8th Gen (97%, 484 nits) is even brighter.
The Fire HD 10’s display might be a little reflective (most tablets have this problem), but this has no effect on viewing angles. The explosions in The Future War only darkened somewhat when viewed 45 degrees to the left and right as I watched an air raid drop even more bombs.
Since I reviewed the 2019 model, the Amazon Fire HD 10’s touchscreen has grown a little faster. In addition to the Fire OS home screens loading quickly as usual, I experienced no lag when pinching and pulling to zoom in and out of photographs.
A wake-up feature for the Fire HD 10’s panel would also be nice. Unfortunately, turning on the panel requires tapping the power button.
Review of the Amazon Fire HD 10 (2023): Audio
At this price, the 2021 Fire HD 10’s screen may be impressive, but its speakers aren’t always up to par. The first thing I heard when I switched on Frank Ocean’s “Swim Good” were percussion instruments that rattled a bit too much due to the tablet’s speakers producing them in an overly harsh manner.
I discovered that the Fire HD 10 2021 was swift enough for carrying out the majority of daily operations when I swiped through the many layers of content offered by Amazon. The Fire HD 10 quickly loaded Spotify music and Amazon Video movies.
Yet, the Geekbench 5 multicore performance benchmark result of 969 for the Fire HD 10 is not particularly spectacular. The iPad received a much better 1,399 score thanks to its A12 Bionic chip, whereas the Fire HD 10 Plus (again, with an octa-core 2.0 GHz CPU) only received a 1,399 score thanks to its 4GB of RAM.
Gaming-wise, the first few seconds of the racing game Asphalt 9 when the cars weren’t actually moving looked fantastic. Little but noticeable stutters could be seen when my blue Mitsubishi sped into other vehicles and when performing stunts off of ramps.
Review of the Amazon Fire HD 10 (2023): Battery Life The word “reliable” is crucial when describing battery life, so when I state that the Amazon Fire HD 10 (2023) lasts a while on a single charge, I’m impressed.
The Fire HD 10 ran out of energy in 13 hours and 14 minutes using the factory default settings and 13 hours and 46 minutes using Amazon’s Automatic Low Power Mode, which may be activated when your battery reaches 20%. The latter time is one minute longer than the 13:45 time for the 2019 model.
The Amazon Fire HD 10 Plus lasts longer than the iPad 2020 (12:57), lasting 14:02 by default and 14:35 with Automatic Low Power Mode on on.
Review of the Amazon Fire HD 10 from 2023: Final
Even now, the Fire HD 10 is still a capable tablet. Our Fire HD 10 (2021) review has demonstrated that it offers a clear, brilliant display and great battery life (plus the ability to recharge with the same cable you may use for your laptop or phone).
The $329 iPad offers a significantly faster and snappier experience, a little brighter screen, and all the apps you could want if you’re ready to spend more than twice as much on it. Although you receive a slightly reduced battery life, you could buy two Fire HD 10 (2021) slates with that type of money, one for you and one for a family member (so you don’t have to share).
The $179 Amazon Fire HD 10 Plus, perhaps the greatest Amazon tablet ever, is the better choice if you believe that minor performance gaps will annoy you. It costs an extra $30. In spite of this, the Fire HD 10 (2021) will still be excellent for people searching for a tablet to idly browse the internet, read e-books, and watch videos. It all depends on how far you want to push it.