Amazon Fire HD 10 £120
Amazon’s Fire HD 10 is a compromise – much like last year’s Amazon Fire tablet Award winner, in fact – but it’s a compromise worth accommodating.
The Fire HD 10 is a big tablet (10.1in) with an impressive 1920 x 1200 resolution screen, and is largely a simple affair. There’s a 2MP camera (as well as a 640 x 480 snapper on the front), a decent 10-hour battery life and Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant so you can ask it to play music or tell you the time.
Whether you buy the 32GB (here) or 64GB version, memory can be expanded by 256GB. While it’s great for Amazon Prime customers, the Fire HD 10 doesn’t have Google apps, including Play and Youtube, onboard.
The contrasts, deep blacks and rugged skin-tones of There Will Be Blood (via Amazon Prime Video) are all impressive, and the Fire HD 10 demonstrates a decent facility with motion. Picture quality isn’t the cleanest, but it remains reasonably composed in all but the most testing circumstances.
While you can only expect so much from the lightweight stereo speakers, sound through appropriate headphones is a much more assured affair.
It’s no surprise that with a tablet this big, at an affordable price, there’s a lot of plastic. But if you can deal with some of the Fire 10 HD’S caveats, its audio and video performance are well beyond the standard a £120 price tag suggests.