7.5/10
Informr score
The Amazon Fire HD 6 currently has an Informr score of 7.5 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 17 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Price
  • Amazon integration
  • Display brightness
  • Ultra portable
  • Multiple user profiles
  • Extensive parental controls
  • Great battery life

What's bad

  • Weak camera
  • Non-expandable storage
  • Plastic cheap-feeling design
  • Processing delays

Amazon’s Fire tablet line offers a popular balance of cultivated content, affordable prices and reliable quality. With the, the Amazon Fire HD 6, they hope to prove that budget tablets can still offer an enjoyable experience that isn’t all about lackluster screens and flimsy designs. Does the tablet achieve this goal? Let’s check out some reviews!

With the sleek look of the HDX series and even the Fire Phone, you might be surprised at how basic the HD 6 looks. Trusted reviews even stated that it “feels like a bit of a prototype.” With a boxy design and matte plastic shell, its obvious that the tablet is aiming to cut prices wherever possible. Unfortunately, many reviewers took issue with this. Phone Arena called the tablet “cheapish” while CNet pointed out that “For a smaller-than-average slate, it's not very slim, and at 0.63 pounds (0.29 kg), it's not the lightest either.”

In the center of the plastic chassis sits a 6-inch 800-by-1280 IPS LCD. Reviews noted plenty of brightness for daytime usage and the viewing angles you’d expect from an IPS display. A lack of ambient light sensor posed a problem for some reviewers transitioning from daytime use to bedtime reading. However, reviews are largely positive, with Engadget claiming, “you're going to be hard-pressed to find another tablet in this price range that matches the HD 6 in sharpness”

Push the display is a 1.5GHz quad-core processor with 1GB of RAM. While this is far from flagship specs, the processor appears up to handling most tasks and has the added benefit of offering exceptional battery life. Many reviews found a single charge could net as much as 11 hours of battery life before needing to find a power outlet. While there was the occasional lag mentioned in reviews, most were suprised just how capable the tablet was with Phone Arena calling the HD 6 “sufficient for all the fun stuff.

Unfortunately, there are a few weak areas that reviews were quick to point out. With only 8 or 16GB of storage, and no options for expansion, you might find yourself deleting apps and movies pretty quickly. Performance of the tablet also drops quickly when storage space is low. However, if you’re a Prime subscriber, or primarily stream content, this shouldn’t be an issue.

Another area of disapproval is the tablet’s 2MP rear camera. While tablet cameras are not known for their quality, none of the reviews had anything positive to say about the camera. Trusted Reviews came the closest to a compliment, stating, “If you have a phone released in the last few years, its camera will probably be better than this one.”

Finally, like other Amazon tablets, the HD 6 is ultimately a gateway to all things Amazon and not much else. With no access to Google Play, your app choices are slightly limited. Lack of storage makes storing content on your device difficult. This wouldn’t be a problem if not for a lack of cellular data options. If you plan to travel with your new tablet, be sure to know where to find a good Wi-Fi connection.

Overall, reviews of the HD 6 are positive. CNet declared that “Though it's on the low end of the spectrum, the feature-filled 6-incher raises the bar.” PC Magazine gave it a thumbs up, saying, “If you're interested in easily streaming Amazon content, and you're almost always in places with Wi-Fi, you'll have a good time here.”


Operating system
Fire OS
Processor
1.5 GHz
Screen Size
6"
Camera
2+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


TechRadar

One of the most enticing tablets to come from Amazon, mixing efficient integration with the Prime services and a compact footprint that makes it easy to drop in your bag. It's no tablet king, but it does what it sets out to well.

- Max Parker, TechRadar
TabletPCReview

The Amazon Fire HD 6 is one of the best consumer tablets on the market for under $100 … possibly the best. Unlike some of its competitors, it has a beautiful screen and offers good performance in hardware and software.It’s smaller than rival devices though, and the very strong ties to A...

- Ed Hardy, TabletPCReview
PhoneArena

Attached with a $99.00 price point, the Amazon Fire HD 6 is undoubtedly budget conscious – one that won’t be too draining on the pockets. Normally speaking about cheap tablets, they typically don’t have too many compelling things about them, so that’s why so many of them are...

- John V., PhoneArena
Digital Versus

The Fire HD 6 doesn't have any real competition, except perhaps for a few phablets. If you're looking for a device that's smaller than most tablets but bigger than your smartphone, without offering the communication features of a phablet, then this is the device for you. This tablet has a good HD IP...

- Romain Thuret, Digital Versus
Digital Trends

At just $100, the Fire HD 6 is a true bargain and it’s not pretending to be anything other than what it is: a cheap and chipper tablet. If you’ve got a grandma or a 7-year-old who’s been nagging you for a tablet, this little guy is inexpensive and sturdy enough that you won’t...

- Malarie Gokey, Digital Trends


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Screen Size
6"

The Amazon Fire HD 6's screen size is 6 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
1.5 GHz

There is a Quad core 1.5 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
2+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 2+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with VGA (640 x 480) resolution.
Storage
8/16 GB

Internal memory is 8/16 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
3400mAh

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 3400 mAh battery. Amazon's performance ratings are 9 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

Fire HD 6 Specs

Overview
Release date October 2, 2014
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
No (Option available)
Networks
No
SIM card size
No
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Processor Quad core 1.5 GHz
Internal Storage 8/16 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Data Cable, Manual, USB Power Adapter
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 3400 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 6 hours
Video Playback Time Up to: 10 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 9 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time Up to: 8 hours
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Black, Magenta, White, Citron, Cobalt
Dimensions [H x W x D] 17.0 x 10.4 x 1.0 cm (6.7 x 4.1 x 0.4 in)
Weight 290 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density 252 pixels
Size 6 inches
Sensors Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech Yes
Screen Reader Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact No
Contact Groups No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
Expansion Slot Info No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
No
Additional Main Camera Info
Effects
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution
VGA (640 x 480)
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, WAV, OGG, AMR-NB
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types AZW, BMP, DOC, DOCX, GIF, JPG, MOBL, PDF, PPT, PPTX, TXT, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps -
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