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Amazon Fire HD 10: Pros and Cons

Android OS v5.1 (Lollipop)
Mediatek MT8135
PowerVR G6200
1 GB / 16 GB
10.1 inch (1280 x 800 px)
5 MP, 2592 x 1944 px

Amazon announced the launch of the Fire HD 10 smartphone in 2015. The manufacturer is offering this smartphone with 10.1 inch IPS display, Mediatek MT8135 SoC, and 1 GB of RAM. The Fire HD 10 series was launched with Android OS v5.1 (Lollipop) pre-installed, but it is upgradable. This phone features a high resolution 1280 x 800 px IPS display. The size of screen is 10.1 inch. This smartphone has a single camera on the back (5 MP, 2592 x 1944 px). Let's dive into what makes this device unique.

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This article shares our personal experiences and thoughts about using the Amazon Fire HD 10 smartphone. We hope to offer helpful insights to others interested in this device. The specifications below are from the official manufacturer data, but we also consider user reviews. If you've seen any mistakes or things missing in these specifications, please let us know.

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Amazon Fire HD 10 specifications

BrandAmazon
NameFire HD 10
ModelFHD102015
Release date2015

Weight, dimensions, colors

Weight15.24 oz
Dimensions10.31 x 6.26 x 0.3 inch
Colorsblack, silver, white
SIM typeno

The weight of Amazon Fire HD 10 is about 15.24 oz with battery. This is average for smartphones of the same size.

System, chipset, performance

OS versionAndroid OS v5.1 (Lollipop)
SoCMediatek MT8135
CPUQuad-core, Dual-core 1.7 GHz Cortex-A15, Dual-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7
GPUPowerVR G6200

The Amazon Fire HD 10 comes with Android OS v5.1 (Lollipop) out of the box. The Android operating system uses the Linux kernel as its foundation. It includes a user interface, middleware, and many pre-installed applications. The mid-range CPU can deliver fast, efficient performance for many tasks. PowerVR GPUs have a reputation for being power-efficient and delivering strong performance.

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Display type, size, resolution

Display typeIPS
Screen size10.1 inch
Resolution1280 x 800 px
Multitouch supportyes

The 10.1 inch IPS display has better features. These include optimal viewing angles, color accuracy, and unchanging color reproduction. If you have difficulty reading small text or prefer larger visuals, a 10.1 inch display can be beneficial. The size of the screen is measured diagonally, from corner to corner.

Memory, storage

RAM1 GB
Internal storage16 GB
Memory card slotmicroSD

1 GB of RAM is not typically considered to be enough for a smartphone. The needed RAM amount for good performance depends on factors. These include the OS, the apps, and the services you use. Most people think a smartphone needs at least 32 GB of storage. The Fire HD 10 has only 16 GB. You can expand the internal storage (16 GB) with a compatible microSD card.

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Cameras, flash

Main camera5 MP, 2592 x 1944 px
Flashno
Selfie camera1 MP

The single camera can be enough for many smartphone users. It depends on their photography needs and preferences. The Fire HD 10 comes with a basic camera setup and lacks any advanced features.

Connectivity, network, wireless

Wi-FiWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetoothv4.0, A2DP
GPSno
NFCno
FM radiono
USBmicroUSB 2.0
Headphone3.5 mm jack

The phone is capable of connecting to Wi-Fi networks. The Fire HD 10 smartphone is capable of connecting to Bluetooth devices. This phone doesn't have built-in GPS. Most phones have a GPS unit on board. The phone isn't NFC (Near Field Communication) capable. NFC is not essential for basic phone functionality, but it can be useful. The 3.5 mm headphone jack allows you to connect wired headphones or earphones to the device.

Battery type, capacity, charger

TypeLi-Po 3830 mAh, non-removable

The Li-Po 3830 mAh, non-removable battery gives the smartphone a good battery backup. The lithium polymer (Li-Po) battery is a light-weight, rechargeable battery. The battery of Fire HD 10 isn't removable without voiding the warranty.

Features, sensors, specials

Sensorsaccelerometer, gyroscope
SpecialsFire OS 5.0

Today, smartphones come with many sensors. They help make the user experience better. The Fire HD 10 smartphone has an accelerometer.

Verdict, pros and cons

Every phone has its strengths and weaknesses, and this Amazon phone is no exception. As with any device, there are aspects that shine and others that fall short. By examining both sides, we can paint a complete picture of what this phone has to offer. Let's explore its standout features and areas for improvement. Remember, this is just my opinion, and yours might be different.

Pros

  • microSD slot

Cons

  • overly large screen
  • insufficient memory
  • insufficient internal storage
  • single camera setup
  • no OIS function
  • lack of autofocus
  • no GPS receiver
  • no NFC feature
  • no Type-C USB port
  • low-capacity battery
  • no digital compass
  • no fingerprint reader
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Lucas Bradley I'm Lucas Bradley, the founder of the Phone42.com site. I love technology, especially smartphones, and I've been working with tech stuff for more than 20 years. This means I've seen a lot of changes and have learned a bunch about what makes a good phone. On Phone42.com, I look at all kinds of phones. They can be from big, well-known companies or new ones trying to make their mark. I want to help people understand what's new and cool in the world of smartphones, in a way that's easy to get.
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