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Amazon Fire HD tablets are still worthy options if you just want a media-efficient device for as little money as possible, and within that group, the Fire HD 10 offers the best value for most people. This is especially the case when the device is discounted, and as of this writing, the 10.1-inch listing is back on sale for $75 at Amazon and Best Buy, among other retailers.
While this isn’t the absolute lowest price we’ve seen — the tablet was briefly available for $55 at Target earlier this year — it matches the price we saw during last year’s Black Friday sales and Amazon Prime Day events. The 32GB model here technically has an MSRP of $150, though a handful of smaller discounts have lowered the average street price to nearly $130 in recent months.
That’s a good price for what was already one of the best values on the tablet market. Like other Fire devices from Amazon, the Fire HD 10 is a no-frills device: It’s largely made of matte plastic, speakers and cameras are modest, and very little about its performance or design feels as premium as what you’d get even from an entry-level iPad . But for moneyThis is all good enough if you’re just looking for casual web browsing, e-book reading, video streaming, and Alexa stuff. The MediaTek Helio P60T octa-core processor and 3GB of RAM won’t blow anyone away — don’t expect much in the way of gaming — but it can handle the basics without constant slowdown, and it’s generally more flexible than the lower-cost models in the Fire lineup. .
Likewise, the 10.1-inch panel isn’t the brightest or most vibrant you’ll see, but it’s pretty good for $75. Again, the 1920 x 1200 resolution is a step ahead of the lower-resolution Fire 7 or Fire HD 8, and simply having more real estate makes it more satisfying for video streams and fast zoom calls. The tablet has a good battery life of 12 hours per charge, and is charged via USB-C. While the discount model here only has 32GB of built-in storage, you can expand that with a microSD card. (A 64GB version is also available for sale for $95.)
The caveat with any Amazon tablet is, as always, software. Amazon’s Fire OS is still a forked version of Android that lacks access to the Google Play Store – and thus, native Google apps like Gmail or YouTube – and pushes you a lot towards the company’s apps, services, and online store. There are still lock screen ads, and it still costs $15 to get rid of them. It remains easy to load the Play Store and the most extensive app library, but this is clearly not the most user-friendly or secure solution. Instead, the Fire tablet will work best if you stick with Amazon apps like Kindle and Prime Video, popular apps like Netflix, or basic web browsing. All that said, the OS is still fairly robust when it comes to parental controls and support for multiple user profiles, and there’s still a “Display Mode” that can turn the tablet into an Echo Show-like smart display when you’re not holding the thing.
The deal here comes as part of a broader sale on Amazon tablets. For example, the Kids and Kids Pro versions of the Fire HD 10 are back at all-time lows at $120. These come with large bumper-proof cases (the Pro’s is a little slimmer), two-year warranties and Amazon’s Kids+ one-year content service, although their devices are otherwise identical, and it’s worth noting that you can set up a kid-friendly file. Personal on a Fire HD 10 base as well.
Meanwhile, the Fire HD 10 Plus is on sale for $105, which matches the lowest price we’ve tracked. That adds another gigabyte of RAM and wireless charging support, which are nice upgrades – especially if you want to use that smart display function – but nothing to call Necessary For most people in the market for a good tablet at a reasonable price. We’ll also note that the Fire 7 dropped to a new low of $42, but we’d recommend waiting for the recently updated Fire HD 8 and its completely superior hardware on sale if you’re simply looking for the cheapest to use list.
Buy the Fire HD 10 Plus on Amazon – $105 Buy the Fire HD 10 Kids on Amazon – $120 Buy the Fire HD 10 Kids Pro on Amazon – $120 Buy the Fire 7 on Amazon – $42
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