Ama­zon Fire HD 10 £120

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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.

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