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Amazon’s Fire HD tablets are still worthy options if you just want a competent media consumption device for as little money as possible, and within that lineup, the Fire HD 10 offers the best value for most. This is especially true when the unit is discounted and as of this writing the 10.1-inch slate is back on sale for $75 at Amazon and Best Buyamong other retailers.
While this isn’t the absolute lowest price we’ve seen – the tablet was available for a short time for $55 at Target earlier this year — it matches the price we saw during last year’s Black Friday sales and Amazon’s latest Prime Day events. The 32GB model here technically has an MSRP of $150, although a handful of smaller discounts have pushed the average street price closer to $130 in recent months.
This is a nice price for what was already one of the better values on the tablet market. Like Amazon’s other Fire tablets, the Fire HD 10 is a no-frills device: it’s mostly made of matte plastic, the speakers and cameras are mediocre, and very little about performance or design feels as premium as what you’ll get. would get from even an entry-level iPad. But for the money, it’s all good enough if you’re just looking for casual web browsing, reading ebooks, video streaming, and Alexa stuff. The eight-core MediaTek Helio P60T 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 consistent lag, and it’s generally smoother than the cheaper models in the Fire. line up.
Likewise, the 10.1-inch panel isn’t the brightest or most vibrant you’ll see, but it’s fine for $75. Again, the 1920 x 1200 resolution is a solid improvement over the Fire 7 or Fire HD 8 with a lower resolution, and simply more real estate makes it more enjoyable for video streams and quick Zoom calls. The tablet gets a good battery life of 12 hours per charge and charges via USB-C. While the discounted model here only has 32GB of built-in storage, you can expand that with a microSD card. (A version with 64GB of storage is also on 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 can’t access the Google Play Store — and thus native Google apps like Gmail or YouTube — and often pushes you into the company’s own apps, services, and online store. There are still ads on the lock screen and it still costs $15 to remove them. It stays easy enough to sideload the Play Store and its more extensive app library, but that’s clearly not the most user-friendly or security-friendly solution. Instead, a Fire tablet works best if you stick to Amazon apps like Kindle and Prime Video, popular apps like Netflix, or just surfing the web. That said, the OS is still fairly robust when it comes to parental controls and supporting multiple user profiles, and there’s still a handy “Show Mode” that can essentially turn the tablet into an Echo Show-esque smart display. if you aren’t hold it.
The deal here comes as part of a wider sale on Amazon tablets. The Children and Children Pro versions of the Fire HD 10, for example, are both back to their all-time lows at $120. Those come with large protective bumper covers (the Pros are a bit slimmer), a two-year warranty, and a one-year warranty Amazon’s Kids+ kid-oriented content service, though their hardware is otherwise identical, and it’s worth noting that you can also set a kid-friendly profile on the base Fire HD 10.
The Fire HD 10 Plus is meanwhile on sale for $105, which corresponds to the lowest price we tracked. That adds another gigabyte of RAM and wireless charging support, which are nice upgrades – especially if you want to use that smart display functionality – but nothing we’d mention. essential for most people in the market for a good affordable tablet. We will also note that the Fire 7 on a new low of $42but we’d recommend waiting for the recently updated Fire HD 8 and its all in all superior hardware to go on sale if you’re just looking for the cheapest serviceable slate.