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Amazon Fire HD 6 Tablet Review

So many tablets aimed at casual users get it completely wrong. The manufacturers think that just because their target audience isn’t tech geeks or mobile gaming aficionados they can get away with selling underperforming hardware that’s virtually obsolete the day it hits the market.

Amazon Fire HD 6 Tablet Review

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Amazon Amazon Fire HD 6 Tablet 69.99


Amazon knows better, and their smallest tablet, the Fire HD 6, is a great entry-point into their large ecosystem full of books, movies, TV shows, songs, and Android games and apps. Let’s see what makes it different from its competition.

Design and Build

To some, the Fire HD 6 may seem like the opposite of sleek. It’s true that its plastic, angular exterior devoid of elegant curves and small design touches is quite rough, but it’s also very functional. You can hold the tablet with just one hand without feeling even the slightest hint of discomfort. And that’s great because a small tablet like this begs to become a part of your everyday carry.

Amazon offers the Fire HD 6 in five different colors—black, citron, cobalt, magenta, white—but you can customize the look of the tablet even further using third-party cases, such as the Fire HD 6 Slim Case from Nupro.

The tablet your regular assortment of ports and buttons, including a microUSB 2.0 that allows you to connect the tablet to an HDTV or VGA monitor, and charge the tablet using the included power adapter. Located on the top side of the tablet is a 3.5 mm stereo jack, and an integrated speaker with Dolby Digital Plus sits at the bottom side of the tablet.

Performance

Before we dive into all the nitty gritty technical details, let us just say that the Fire HD 6 performs sufficiently well for what the tablet is designed to do. Sometimes a magazine takes a few extra seconds to load, and 1 GB of memory isn’t enough to have several demanding apps opened at the same time, but it’s hard to complain about such minor issues when the tablet costs less than $100.

Once you open your app of choice and the fast quad-core processor with clock speeds of up to 1.5 GHz fully kicks in, you’ll quickly forget that you are holding an entry-level device. Amazon’s heavily customized version of Android KitKat is not only very easy to use, but it’s also highly efficient.

The 6″ IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 1280×800 pixels displays vibrant colors that look as intended even when viewed from a sharp angle. To keep your eyes healthy and your sleep restful, you can activate a specialized filter that automatically minimizes blue light based on local sunrise and sunset times.

Features

Amazon’s take on the Android operating system heavily focuses on content consumption and keeps in mind the needs of all family members. Parents can use the tablet’s parental controls to restrict access to inappropriate content, and children can enjoy over 10,000 kid-friendly titles with FreeTime Unlimited, an all-in-one subscription that brings together books, games, educational apps, movies, and TV shows.

Those who want even more content are encouraged to subscribe to Amazon’s unlimited plans for music and ebooks. Amazon Prime members get a small discount on all plans, making them even more attractive.

What Users Like

  • Fantastic value
  • Extremely portable
  • Smooth performance
  • Family-friendly features
  • Above-average battery life

Amazon Fire HD 6 Tablet Review

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Amazon Amazon Fire HD 6 Tablet 69.99


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  1. These Kindles are awesome. Just like a little computer.. I ended up getting everyone in my house their own this Christmas. SHHhhh.. It’s still a secret until Christmas morning.

  2. I love how the Amazon Kindle is still popular and seems to keep being added to as the years go by. When I got my first Kindle, I don’t think there were choices of different colors, but now there are! This tablet seems to be quite affordable as well.

  3. I like Kindle Fires but mine is old and I think now’s the perfect time to upgrade! Why is now the perfect time to upgrade? Because now is ALWAYS the time. Don’t think about the future. Live in the NOW.

  4. I really think these are great tablets. They have so many great features, and yet aren’t that expensive.

  5. I agree. The average user still want top quality. They just want the lowest price. Great review on a nice product.

  6. Really looking forward to try one of these out. The picture looks amazing. Welcome to the future everyone.

  7. So true about the casual users thing–I don’t consider myself all that tech savvy, but I can tell when a tech company is trying to use that against me. Glad to know the Fire’s not one of the crummy ones.

  8. Lots of great features at bargain price! The review as well as all the specs of the tablet are well stated and makes me want to grab one at this amazing price!

  9. Often I don’t need to have a fast tablet and just as frequently I may not want to take an expensive tablet when I travel for fear it will be broken or stolen. The Amazon Fire HD 6 Tablet is definitley a product I would purchase just for this purpose.

  10. $70.00 for a pretty decent tablet is very impressive. I think the review could have been a little more in depth showing the use the viewer the screen more and going into the menu system showing more features.

    Thanks for bringing this product to my attention, though! And, as always, thanks for the contest.

  11. I love Amazon. They set the standard for how online businesses should be run. Thanks for all the promotions. They are great.

  12. I think Amazon is doing great job taking a cheap brandless tablet (usually from China) improve a lot of things, keeping the lower price tag and giving some support, that’s how a lot of companies should work instead of creating a high price tag product that is more or less the same of that.

  13. I would love a fire! Sounds like everything you need to be on the go. And reading while traveling- fantastic.

  14. Since Amazon no longer supports my Windows devices I needed a Fire tablet and the price and specs are just about right.

  15. Would be a perfect tablet to carry in my handbag to have while waiting for numerous doctor’s appointments.

  16. I would love to win this for my autistic son, he is always on mine. I would be able to use my own! Thank you!

  17. Looks like an awesome portable tablet, and a built in bluelight filter is one less app to try and track down for night time reading! Good value, too…

  18. The blue light filter sounds good. I like the size of the tablet too, not too big/bulky and not too small to read either.

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