Fireplace HD 10 evaluation: It is nice for informal customers, however falls quick for work and gaming

Searching for a high quality pill for streaming and e-books (with out the Apple costs)? Amazon has just about cornered the market in that regard. The model’s Fireplace HD 10 is cheap and excessive performing, and ideally suited for those who’re already invested within the Amazon ecosystem with a Prime membership or Alexa-enabled gadgets. It’s additionally a stable alternative for individuals who use the Microsoft app suite for work.

The Amazon Fireplace HD 10 ($149.99) boasts a brighter show, a extra sturdy display, and 50 % extra RAM than the earlier gen Fireplace 10 pill — together with a 2MP front-facing and 5MP rear-facing digicam. Its low value in comparison with the iPad (beginning at $329) makes it a severe contender within the pill market, and it is available in 4 coloration choices (black, denim, lavender, olive).

Amazon additionally has the Fireplace HD 10 Plus ($179.99) which has one other gig of RAM on prime of what the Fireplace HD 10 affords. It’s additionally bought a delicate contact slate-colored end, and it routinely switches into Present Mode (remodeling it right into a hands-free assistant) on a Qi-certified wi-fi charger or Anker’s made-for-Amazon wi-fi charging dock.


Amazon affords a productiveness bundle (beginning at $219) for this pill which comes with a Bluetooth keyboard case. I used to suppose it was foolish to purchase a keyboard on your pill (“Congrats, it’s a laptop computer!”), however… it’s really fairly useful. The keyboard is barely the width of the pill, so it’s slightly cramped — undoubtedly not an ideal various to a desktop or laptop computer. Nevertheless, for staying linked whereas touring it’s the right answer to carrying a cumbersome laptop computer bag.

And after I need to maintain my pill upright, I can simply snap the keyboard portion off with no need to take away the pill from the case. It’s magnetic and reattaches simply as soon as that you must use it once more. 

One main situation with utilizing this pill for work is that you simply solely have entry to apps out there on Amazon. So whilst you can entry Zoom, Outlook, and Microsoft Groups, there’s no entry to Google Docs, Asana, Trello, or any of the opposite main productiveness or work apps until you employ the browser. And sadly the Silk browser (Amazon’s built-in browser for his or her gadgets) is fairly sluggish.

Nevertheless, the productiveness bundle additionally comes with a Microsoft 365 private subscription, which features a free 12-month Workplace subscription and 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage. Undoubtedly sweetens the pot.

So, in case your office makes use of Microsoft apps like Workplace and Groups, that is gonna be a stable instrument for you. Anybody else might be higher off getting an iPad or an Android pill that gives entry to the Google Play Retailer — both of which affords entry to far more apps together with a sooner searching expertise.


The most important streaming apps can be found for obtain on the Fireplace HD 10. Credit score: Amazon

This pill undoubtedly shines for leisure time. Admittedly, my thought of “play” is studying — so take that as you’ll. The Kindle e-reader app is phenomenal, and this pill delivers a implausible studying expertise. The pill additionally comes with three free months of Kindle Limitless, which lets you learn hundreds of books totally free. You’ll be able to proceed your subscription for $9.99 monthly whether or not or not you’re a Prime member. You can even obtain the Overdrive app from Amazon to borrow e-books out of your native library (which you’ll then open within the Kindle app for simple readability and tons of customization choices).

I’ve been utilizing Fireplace tablets to stream exercises for some time, and streaming inside an app (even on much less highly effective Fireplace tablets) has at all times been flawless for me — whereas making an attempt to stream on the browser is at all times extra sophisticated and gradual. My streaming expertise on this pill strains up identically with these earlier experiences.

Thankfully, all the main video streaming apps can be found by means of Amazon (Netflix, Hulu, Peacock TV, Paramount Plus, Disney Plus, Discovery Plus, and so on.) in addition to a number of main exercise streaming apps (Peloton, iFit, Beachbody On Demand).

And for those who’re a giant gamer, you might discover that you simply’ll run into the identical situation as folks making an attempt to make use of the pill for work: a really restricted number of apps out there by means of the Amazon app retailer. Nevertheless, it’s suitable with Amazon Luna, Amazon’s subscription sport streaming service.


The Fireplace HD 10 has a beefed-up digicam in comparison with the earlier technology, and the show is noticeably extra vibrant and vibrant than earlier gen Fireplace tablets — making for lovely or horrifying video and selfies, relying in your confidence degree on any given day. In accordance with Amazon, this pill is 10 % brighter than the earlier technology, with over 2 million pixels comprising its 1080p full HD show.

And with Alexa, video chatting is a breeze — you possibly can simply chat with anybody with an Alexa-enabled machine who you add as a contact throughout the Alexa app. You can even use your pill as an intercom to all of the Alexa gadgets in your house, or use it to do video drop-ins on different gadgets within the dwelling.

Nevertheless, FaceTime isn’t out there on the Amazon app retailer — so that you and your Apple mates should decide on an app like Zoom or Skype for video calls to one another. All the key social media apps can be found by means of Amazon, too, so that you received’t miss out on one second of the motion.

Lastly, you possibly can set your pill in Present Mode if you need it to behave extra like a hands-free assistant like the favored Echo Present dwelling hubs. I’ve examined the Echo Present 5 and Echo Present 8 as nicely, and — actually — for those who’re torn between an Echo Present and Fireplace pill, go together with the Fireplace pill. Present Mode permits it to do something an Echo Present can do, but it surely nonetheless maintains its full performance as a pill too.

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The Fireplace HD 10 acts as a video assistant just like the Echo Present lineup. Credit score: Amazon

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The keyboard and Workplace subscription included within the productiveness bundle are very nice, however I largely use Google apps and Trello for work, so it’s not the most effective match for me. Though for those who largely use Microsoft apps like Outlook, Workplace, and Groups it will be ideally suited.

You’ll be able to’t beat the Fireplace 10 for studying e-books or in-app streaming, so it’s a terrific alternative if these can be your major makes use of for the pill. Nevertheless, its gaming potential is restricted by Amazon’s library of obtainable apps, and the Silk browser is fairly gradual — so avid gamers and informal browsers could need to hunt down an iPad or an Android pill.

Lastly, this pill can do every little thing an Echo Present can do whereas sustaining its portability and pill performance — so for those who’re torn between the Fireplace 10 and an Echo Present, go together with the pill.