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Review Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablet A nice improvement over the original


hey everybody get slot inside button we’re taking a look today at the new refreshed Amazon HD 10 tablet this is an upgrade over the prior Edition that runs a bit faster actually and was something that I was quite pleased with before and now it is better and it’s not all that expensive either so we’re going to be taking a closer look at this in just a second but I do want to let you know in the interest of full disclosure that I paid for this with my own funds all of the opinions you’re about to hear are my own nobody is paying for this review nor is anyone reviewed or approved what you’re about to see before it was uploaded so let’s get to it now and see what this new tablet is all about so let’s take a closer look now at the hardware this is 149 dollars for the 32 gigabyte version for that price though you’re going to be getting ads on the lockscreen like this so I’ve seen a bunch of different ads some from Amazon they’re trying to sell me an accurate earlier as well so these will kind of rotate as you go but that is generally the only invasive thing that you’ll see if you don’t want ads the tablet cost one hundred and sixty-five dollars with that 32 gigabyte capacity they have a 64 gig available for 189 that again is with the ads and then there’s an option to buy one without ads for about two hundred and five dollars so if you don’t want the ads you can pay a little bit more if you don’t mind that lockscreen showing up every

once in a while I think it’s probably just fine now the overall look and feel of this is exactly the same as the prior Edition it’s got a nice weight to it it is 1.1 pounds that is about 503 grams the screen is glass it looks like or feels like but the back is a lightweight plastic so it feels a little nicer on the front versus the back the screen as you can see here picks up a lot of fingerprints but it looks really nice for a budget device you’ve got a 10.1 inch IPS display this is running at 1900 by 1200 which is the same that the prior Edition was running at things are really super sharp it’s nice and bright it looks fairly close to what you would get on the entry-level iPad which costs a lot more so it’s a really really nice display to look at and read on that very pleased with it the one issue though of course is that this is a 16 by 9 aspect ratio so it’s a little bit narrow when you’ve got it in portrait mode like this so some websites may not look as nice on here given that versus what you might see with an iPad which has a more squared display now the processor inside is the big story of this one it’s got a mediatek Mt that is an octa-core it’s got 4 a 73 cores and for a 53 cores and as you’ll see in a few minutes the performance on this one is quite improved over the last one and I was happy with the performance on the old ones and this is a nice step up in processor performance it only has though 2 gigabytes of RAM which for a tablet like this is not a big deal but you might notice some slowness when you’re doing a lot of multitasking and that sort of thing now it does have stereo speakers but they’re located on only one side of the device so if I’ve got it set up like so right now where the speakers are on the bottom I’ll get

pretty decent stereo separation here but if I move it into a portrait mode sound is only going to come out of one side of the device and that’s one of the little sacrifices you make when you buy a budget device like this one it does though have a headphone jack here at the top it also supports Bluetooth audio so you do have some other options for sound if you don’t like the internal speakers there isn’t much else for ports on it you do have that headphone jack as we mentioned you have a USB type-c port here but this is just a regular USB port in operation so it’s not charging any faster than prior tablets did it’s still a 5 volt 2 amp maximum going in it doesn’t support video output so you can’t plug in a dock and get all this other stuff going with it however you can plug USB devices in directly if you’ve got a USB C memory stick for example or with an adapter for hard drives and other devices so it functionally is the same as before but it is nice to start seeing USB C popping up in more places you got a volume rocker over here and your standby power switch on that side and again you’ll get some ads on this one when you power it back up now thing on this side here and then over here is an SD card slot so you can pop in additional storage it’ll take up to a 512 gigabyte microSD card it’ll secure itself inside the slot and then you can secure it further with this little door here to keep it in place and this is very useful because Amazon Prime video and Netflix allow you to download things to the SD card to watch offline and that can be very helpful if you get a long flight or something like that coming up the camera

system on here is not spectacular you do though have two two megapixel cameras they’ve improved the front camera slightly but it’s still not great so this one’s now 2 megapixel I think before it was just like the VGA resolution 640 P or something 480p excuse me the rear camera is also a 2 megapixel shooter again nothing spectacular out of this the images are not great but they’re adequate for taking a quick photo every once in a while so that is the overall hardware let’s take a look now and see how it performs so performance on this one is definitely improved over the prior edition we’re just going to browse the nasa.gov homepage here and you can see things are springing up very very quickly on it it supports wireless AC so you’ve got decent Wi-Fi potential with this as well and overall I was pleased with just how fast everything feels on this it really feels like a more expensive device than it is so for basic things like web browsing you should be fine Netflix and Amazon Prime video are also available on this this comes up very quickly as well I’ve been overall just pleased with just how snappy and responsive everything is is I’m working through the device here so you even get some of this picture and picture stuff that you get on the iPads as well so all in I think a nice overall performer again for doing the basics like watching web video and browsing the web there’s also a lot of apps available for this but it’s important to note that although this tablet is running Android you don’t get the Google Play Store Amazon has their own app store that they use so if you bought a an app on Google Play that app

will have to be repurchased on this now there are ways that you can hack the device and put Google Play on it but it’s not easy for general consumers to go through all of that so you can look up some methods of doing the google play shoehorn on this which will certainly add more value and apps to the mix but generally most of the apps you’ll find on google play at least the popular ones are also available here on the Amazon side of things now as an Amazon device this will function essentially as an Amazon echo so you can issue the a-word commands to it we’re going to mute out the a word so I don’t set off your devices at home and I can do something like this tell me the weather in New York City today so as you see there it booted itself up or at least woke itself up from sleep it was able to address my voice command and then give me a visual response like I would see with an echo show device for example and it’s got a nice big screen that’s larger than the echo show so this can kind of double as an echo and as a tablet depending on what your needs are at that moment you can also do all the home control stuff as well so I can say show me the backyard camera and this of course will integrate with my blink security system that we reviewed a few weeks ago and it will now pull up the camera in the backyard and depending on how fast your security system is you’ll get the video playing here at varying degrees of speed but it looks like a pretty lousy day out there I’m just going to stay here in the basement I think and just continue on with my day but you can see how this can be really useful if you are using a lot of those echo devices and with a nice big 10-inch screen you can get yourself an echo show there’s one more mode to show you let’s check that out now if you prefer this to be an Amazon echo first than a tablet second you have that option so what you can do here is pull down this menu from the top of the screen and is going to be an option here for show mode and when you turn that on it will turn this device effectively into an Amazon echo show my

advice would be to have it plugged in all the time when you’re running it like this because I believe the display stays on all the time just like the echo show does and then you can issue your voice commands to it and never have to touch the tablet at all now if you decide that you want to go back and use it as a tablet you can then just switch that mode off and it will bring you back into your tablet interface so they give you some options depending on what priority you want to give to the device if you want it to be mostly a tablet and occasionally an echo you can just issue a voice command to it and do minimal voice commands or flip it and have it be an occasional tablet and a primary echo show device the choice is yours and it’s nice to see them integrating some of their other products into this one and I think it makes it a very useful tablet as a result now as I mentioned the little earlier performance on the new tablet is better than the old one and I was happy with the performance before this one is running nicer it’s got again that upgraded octa-core processor which is delivering smoother gameplay in Minecraft here for example it really feels nice and smooth and I think if you’ve got kids that are playing a lot of these mobile games they will be quite happy with what they’re going to get out of this from a performance standpoint we also took a look at some game emulation let’s load up the ppsspp emulator and see how it does with that so this emulator is emulating the Sony PSP which was Sony’s original handheld device and this is one of the more challenging emulators on the Android platform it’s running pretty nice it’s not completely full speed so I’m detecting some lag here and there and the audio is jumping around a little bit but it’s largely playable and I wasn’t expecting it to run this nicely on a device at around this price point so they definitely made some nice strides here with the CPU they chose to put inside of it again not perfect here at the PSP but I think if you’re doing other 80s and 90s consoles it should run pretty nicely this will also do very well with in-home game streaming so if you’re doing that with

your gaming PC that should work pretty nicely so there’s a lot of useful things from a gaming standpoint that you can do with this and I was most impressed with its benchmark scores so we ran the 3dmark sling shot benchmark we compared it to last year’s model and as you can see here we’re coming in more than twice as fast on that particular benchmark everything is running faster Amazon said this was only a 30% increase but here we are more than doubling our performance so that was great a score of sixteen hundred and eight here verses six seventy on the original you could also see where the seven-inch tablet is the one that just came out that one is much lower at 239 but as a comparison point you can see the iPad seventh-generation which is the entry-level iPad that one scores much higher so from a gaming perspective the iPad is probably going to be better in the long run and developers will probably be targeting that higher-end hardware but the iPad also at this moment cost twice as much as this tablet does and for a budget offering I think the performance on this is very very good and something that casual Android gamers will enjoy some of those Android games you’ll have to maybe buy again or shoehorn that Google Play Store on but overall very nice performance here for a one hundred and fifty dollar tablet now Amazon is touting improved battery life on this tablet they’re saying you’ll get about twelve hours of usage out of it and I would agree with that assessment provided you have the display brightness turned down a bit and you’re not doing anything all that taxing if we were running

that PSP emulator you’re not going to get twelve hours out of it given the load it puts on the processor but I think a lot of casual tasks like web browsing and doing some Netflix or Amazon Prime video watching or whatever that stuff shouldn’t impact things too significantly and I think you’ll probably get north of ten hours of straight usage again with minimal activity and the screen brightness down but overall a very good battery performer here and something that’s in line with more expensive tablets like the iPad so overall this is a pretty good deal I think it’s not going to be spectacular from its overall physical design with the plastic backing here in these huge bezels but it does its core tasks quite well and the performance boost here is noticeable the display looks fantastic I think it’s probably the nicest display I’ve seen on a sub $200 tablet and overall I am quite happy with what they are offering consumers for a very reasonable price this one also comes with a longer warranty than their smaller tablets that 7-inch only comes with a 90-day warranty this one’s good for a year so it’s just a good deal and something worth considering I just the lower-priced version will give you advertisements when you boot it up but generally it’s not all that invasive let me know what you think down in the comments below and until next time this is LAN Simon thanks for watching this channel is brought to you by the lon TV supporters including gold level supporters the four guys with quarters podcasts Chris ala Greta Tom Albrecht Brian Parker in Cali an Kumar if you want to help the channel you can by contributing as little as a dollar a month head over to LAN TV slash support to learn more and don’t forget to subscribe

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