Comparison of the Fire tablets

Amazon Fire Comparison: Amazon Fire (7-inch) vs Amazon Fire HD 6, HD 8 and HD 10

(Last Updated On: Jun 7, 2016)

This review presents an elaborate Amazon Fire comparison – we will review the Amazon Fire versus the Amazon Fire HD 6, HD 8 and HD 10.

The different important aspects including technical specs, performance, apps, and more will be discussed. The latest Amazon Fire Tablet lineup is as follows:

  1. Amazon Fire (7″) [8 GB]
  2. Amazon Fire HD 6 (8 GB / 16 GB)
  3. Amazon Fire HD 8 (8 GB / 16 GB)
  4. Amazon Fire HD 10 [16 GB / 32 GB]

Comparison of the Fire tablets

1. Amazon Fire (7″) [8 GB]

  • Display size: 7 inch
  • Resolution: 1024 x 600 (171 ppi)
  • CPU: quad-core 1.3 GHz
  • Battery: 7 hours
  • Wi-Fi: single-band
  • Camera: front camera + 2 megapixel rear camera
  • Size: 191 x 115 x 10.6 mm
  • Weight: 313 g

The basic Amazon Fire (7″) is good and affordable.

The display size is 7 inches, it weighs 313 grams, and is compact and lightweight for easy carrying and reading. Compared to other products like Apple iPad Mini 4 it is almost the same size and weight.

Screen resolution is 1024 x 800 (171 ppi). The level of detail is average, but not too bad.

CPU is up to 1.3 GHz quad-core. Unlike PCs, tablets do not require very high CPUs: these specs are sufficient for convenient  reading, watching videos and browsing.

Wi-Fi is 802.11 b/g/n single band.

Camera, just like in smart phones – front and rear.

This tablet comes with a microSD card slot – nice feature.

Battery life is 7 hours.

2. Amazon Fire HD 6 [8 GB & 16 GB]

  • Display size: 6 inch
  • Resolution: 1280 x 800 (252 ppi)
  • CPU: quad-core 1.5 GHz
  • Battery: 8 hours
  • Wi-Fi: single-band
  • Camera: front camera + 2 mega pixels rear camera
  • Size: 169 x 103 x 10.7 mm
  • Weight: 290 g

Fire HD 6 is an upgrade in performance compared to the basic Amazon Fire.

The display size is 6 inch and is slightly smaller than Amazon Fire. However, it has a resolution of 1280 x 800 and boasts 252 ppi for highly detailed display.

The weight is 290 grams. I would say that 300 grams is the cut-off point for tablets that are easy and comfortable to hold, 300+ grams is more tiring to hold for long lengths of time. This model is very lightweight and easy to hold.

CPU is up to 1.5 GHz quad-core and processing speed is superior compared with to the lower end model. Compared to other tablets like Nexus7, performance is almost of the same value.

The sound in this model is Dolby Audio. The intent is to recreate an immersive home theater surround system, so that it is more comfortable to watch videos.

Wi-Fi capability is single-band specification for 802.11 b/g/n only. This is the same and their lower end tablet. With 8 hours of battery life, it is an hour longer than the lower end model described above.

Unfortunately, there is no microSD card in this version.

3. Amazon Fire HD 8 (8 GB / 16 GB)

  • Display size: 8 inch
  • Resolution: 1280 x 800 (189 ppi)
  • CPU: quad-core 1.5 GHz
  • Battery: 8 hours
  • Wi-Fi: Dual band a/b/g/n/ac
  • Cameras: front camera + 5 megapixel rear camera
  • Size: 214 x 128 x 7.7 mm
  • Weight: 311 g

The Fire HD 8 has a somewhat larger screen – 8-inches. The weight is 311 grams, but overall this model is quite lightweight and easy to hold. For comparison, the Apple iPad Air2 has is a 9.7-inch screen and weighs 437 grams.

As of the thickness, this tablet is about 3 mm thinner than the HD6 – only 7.7 mm thick.

It boasts the Dolby Atmos sound – the technology used in home theaters. With this device you will be able to hear more depth and fuller presence.

The CPU speed is same as Amazon Fire HD 6. Battery life is also the same – 8 hours.

Unlike the HD6, this tablet has a microSD card slot – a very attractive point for users who have large amounts of data, such as photos and videos.

The 5 megapixel camera is a nice improvement.

It has the same resolution as the HD6 but lower ppi – the screen is wider but the quality of detail is somewhat lower. However anybody with poor sight would probably appreciate the HD8 more than the HD6.

4. Amazon Fire HD 10 [16 GB / 32 GB]

  • Display size: 10.1 inches
  • Resolution: 1280 x 800 (149 ppi)
  • CPU: quad-core 1.5 GHz
  • Battery: 8 hours
  • Wi-Fi: Dual band a/b/g/n/ac
  • Cameras: front camera + 5 megapixel rear camera
  • Size: 262 x 159 x 7.7 mm
  • Weight: 432 g

Fire HD 10 has a large screen – 10.1-inches.

The thickness is the same – 7.7 mm thin, so it is relatively easy to hold.

The weight is 432 grams. It is an inch or so larger than the Apple iPad Air2; the Fire HD 10 is about twice more affordable than the iPAd Air2.

Fire HD 10 has the same resolution LCD, but lower ppi – 149 ppi.

The Fire HD8 resolution is better unless you really want a large 10 inch model.

Other functional is the same as the Amazon Fire HD8, including the Dolby Atmos sound, up to 1.5 GHz CPU, and 8-hour battery life.

This model comes with more internal memory: up to 32GB.

Common Features in the Kindle Fire Comparison

The Fire and Fire HD tablets are good media devices. If you read Amazon e-books via the Kindle app, the books are a pleasure to read with nice spacing and other optimizations.

Other apps are also available. These tablets have a nice Internet browser – Silk, and a dedicated mailer for email.

They have a beginner-friendly user interface – the instructions are detailed on the screen during the initial use.

You get Facebook and Twitter apps, and YouTube video app pre-installed. You can download your own photos and videos on to these tablets.

Also, if you are using Amazon Prime video, video rental/purchase it easy and fast on these devices.

How to add apps

You can add your favorite apps onto these tablets. The Fire OS has been developed based on Google’s Android operating system. However, since the Fires use modified Android OS, it is not the same as the Android and you cannot download apps from the Google Play Store.

You can download all sorts of apps from the Amazon App store, for example: clocks, journey planners, calculator, dictionary, video player, word processing, calendar, games, puzzles, productivity apps etc.

You can download third-party apps as well, such as Dropbox. In order to do this you will need to navigate to the settings and allow installing apps from unknown sources (Settings → Application → Apps from unknown sources).

How to read books

You can transfer files from your PC via USB to read the ebooks you have.

If you read on Amazon’s Kindle reading app, Amazon’s AZW format is well optimized for reading.

Converting files is easy – for example, PDFs. Just send a PDF as an email attachment with a caption “convert” to your user-specific Amazon email address – the file will be converted and appear on your device.

My Favorite Amazon Fire Tablet

I think the Fire HD 6 is really good. It is lightweight and easy to hold in your hands to read before going to sleep. Carrying it around is easy.

The screen clarity is much better compared to the HD 8 and 10 models where the same resolution is stretched over larger screens making them have lower PPI.

Of course, there are other tablets on the market with similar specifications that cost less, but with Amazon you get their guarantees and Amazon’s phone and email support.

You can also purchase an extended warranty to cover the fall and water damage. Amazon extended warranty is a good idea if this device will be a gift for a child. Amazon has excellent customer support, and issues can be discussed by phone or email. Replacements are usually shipped on the same day.

When making a purchase, I recommend also buying a protective screen film and a cover for the device, to keep it protected on all occasions.

Micro USB cable is included for charging. However, you cannot charge this device from an electric outlet. You can use any other USB cable such as from your smartphone, but the native Amazon USB cable charges the battery faster.

The fire HD 8 and 10 have their perks too; it all depends on your needs and desires.

Amazon has strategically made the price of their tablets cheap, and Amazon Fires are excellent and affordable media devices.

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