Recently we were contacted and asked if we’d like to review the new Fire HD 6 tablet from Amazon. I agreed as although we have an iPad, a Samsung Galaxy Tab and the Kurio Pocket in the house we’ve never considered one of the Amazon Tablets, I was interested to see how the tablet was in comparison.
The Fire 6 is a feature-packed HD tablet and available from just £79.99 in both 8GB and 16GB. You can purchase your Fire 6 in one of 5 colours, cobalt, black, white, magenta and citron, so there is something for everyone.
I love that the Fire HD 6 is ready to use straight out of the box, there is no set up, no software to install and no computer required to download content, perfect for those who are slightly new to technology, those who hate anything too technical and those who just want an easy life. So longs you have an Amazon account to sign in with (if you don’t it’s easy to get one).
The tablet has a 6″ HD LCD display with over 1 million pixels and sports a fast quad-core processor meaning your apps launch and run quicker and your videos play much more smoother than on previous Fire tablets.
One thing I noticed about the Fire is that it recommends things to you, so for example if you are reading a book by a certain author it will show you others books underneath on your home screen that are by the same author or that are of a similar nature. It also does this for music that you have listened to and apps / games that you have played. I really like this feature. You can then click on the featured item and either purchase it or download it.
The Fire HD 6 is designed for use whilst travelling, it fits in your pocket or handbag and is perfect to use of the go, you have all the books linked to your kindle account with you and if you’re travelling with your little ones you can simply log them into their own account so they can’t download anything or browser the net for things they shouldn’t. This is one of my favourite features that the tablet has to offer. It is a tablet that the whole family can use. You can create up to 2 unique adult and 4 children profiles so family members can share the tablet and still keep settings personalised to them, e-mail and social accounts, home screen, and even their own level in games like Angry Birds – pretty impressive don’t you think. There is a mode called Fire for Kids, this allows parents to create a profile for each of their children and choose what books, apps, games and videos they want to give their kids access to. Also, it’s easy to set daily limits for tablet use or restrict certain categories—such as games and video—while leaving unlimited time for reading. When children use Fire for Kids, it’s like they have their very own personalised tablet.
- Display – 6″ (15cm) high definition touchscreen; 1280×800 resolution at 252 ppi, video playback up to 720p
- Weight – 290 grams
- Processor – 1.5GHz Quad-Core CPU, with 1GB of RAM
- Storage – 8 GB (4.5 GB available to user) or 16 GB (11.6 GB available to user) of internal storage, plus free, unlimited Cloud storage for all of your Amazon content
- Battery Life – Up to 8 hours of reading, surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video or listening to music. Battery life will vary based on device settings, usage and other factors such as web browsing and downloading content. Actual results may vary
- Charging – Fully charges in under 6 hours using the micro-USB power adapter included in the box, or slightly longer with other micro-USB power adapters that you may already have
- Connectivity – Supports public and private Wi-Fi networks or hotspots.
- SlimPort enabled USB 2.0 (micro-B connector) port to connect to an HDTV or VGA monitor with an adaptor or to a PC/Macintosh computer, or to charge your device with the included power adapter
- Audio – 3.5 mm stereo jack and integrated speaker with Dolby Digital Plus audio engine
- Supported Content – Kindle (AZW), KF8, TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively, Audible Enhanced format (AAX), DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, Dolby Digital (AC-3), Dolby Digital Plus (E-AC-3), non-DRM AAC, MP3, MIDI, PCM/WAVE, OGG, WAV, M4V, MP4, AAC LC/LTP, HE-AACv1, HE-AACv2, MKV, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, HTML5, CSS3, 3GP, VP8 (WEBM)
- Cameras – VGA Front-facing Camera. 2.0 MP rear-facing HD camera
- Additional Features – External volume controls, built-in Bluetooth with support for A2DP compatible stereo headphones, speakers, microphone and LE accessories support
- In The Box – Fire HD 6 tablet, USB 2.0 cable, 9W power adapter and Quick Start Guide
I would recommend that you buy a case for your Fire 6. Amazon have a range of cases to fit the Fire 6 perfectly. They are slim, form-fitting cases that provide full front and back protection to the tablet. The cases are easy to add and remove from the tablet too. They feature a magnet to ensure your case stays shut while on the go. The case will also put your tablet to sleep automatically when it is closed and wake upon opening thus saving battery life.
The case can also be used as a stand whilst you are browsing the web or enjoying a movie on a train or even at home. You can use the stand in either landscape or portrait making the tablet perfect for watching your favourites on the go.
Overall, I am impressed with the Fire 6. Although it looks small and is quite light it packs a hefty punch and would give any of it’s competitors a run for their money. I love that I can read my Kindle books and I love that I’m recommended other reads. I especially love that the boys can each have their own profiles and read their own books / play their own apps – there is nothing worse than hearing them argue about deleting someone else’s data or games.
If you’re looking for a small tablet then take a look at the Kindle 6 – you won’t be disappointed.