Amazon Fire HD 6: When Amazon jumps down even further in low-end market

Posted by B. Johnson
January 20, 2015 | 0 comments
Amazon Fire HD 6: When Amazon jumps down even further in low-end marketHi guys, welcome back!

Just a few months ago, Amazon struck the tech industry by releasing not just the next-gen tablets from its popular Kindle Fire series, but a lot more new tablets plus some other new stuff to the market.

To sum them up, there are the newer-generation Amazon Fire HDX 8.9, Amazon Fire HD 6, Amazon Fire HD 7, Amazon Fire HDX Kids Edition, Fire Keyboard, Kindle Voyage, not to mention other new goodies like new software and pre-loaded apps.

But surprisingly, Amazon doesn’t update the previous-gen Kindle Fire HDX 7 in its latest announcement. It’s still the same one you saw last year.

Amazon Fire HD 6 benchmarks and gaming performance

Anyway, earlier, i’ve already showed you the new Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 tablet along with the comparison review of this tablet and its predecessor.

Today, i want to keep the momentum going by still talking about one of the new-gen Amazon Fire tablets.

But this time, i’m gonna go with the new-released tablet actually, the one that comes with a small 6-inch screen - Amazon Fire HD 6.

I’ll probably will also bring up its sibling - Amazon Fire HD 7 – in my next review. So be sure to stay tuned on this website.

The reason why i’m pretty interested to give the spotlight to Amazon Fire HD 6 is actually its graphical performance.

Amazon claims that the quad-core processor inside this 6-inch tablet is capable to deliver 3 times of graphical power as the GPU found inside Samsung GALAXY Tab 4 tablet, although it’s not clear which model that Amazon is referring in its claim (the 7-inch, 8-inch or 10.1-inch model).

Well, if you’re interested to find out more about this 6-inch tablet, including my scrutiny on its gaming performance and how it handles games compared to Samsung GALAXY Tab 4, then here you go, my personal review of Amazon Fire HD 6. Enjoy!

Introduction

Talking about cheap $130 tablet, Amazon actually already had it in the past, when this company slashed the price of its Kindle Fire HD tablets and Kindle Fire I (the refreshed model) in the price range around $130 to $150.

And apparently, Amazon wants to keep this tradition going when releasing its new-gen Amazon Fire HD 6 tablet.

Alongside this tablet, there is its sibling, sporting a big larger 7-inch screen carrying the name “Amazon Fire HD 7”.

There is actually another 7-inch tablet in Amazon’s lineup this holiday season, but it’s the same Kindle Fire HDX 7 released a year ago, without any upgrade whatsoever.

The interesting part about Amazon Fire HD 6 is actually its performance. According to Amazon, this $130 tablet is capable to deliver 3 times graphical performance of Samsung GALAXY Tab 4’s processor (and GPU as well).

Amazon Fire HD 6I’m actually not sure which Samsung GALAXY Tab 4 model that Amazon is trying to claim.

Amazon Fire HD 6: When Amazon jumps down even further in low-end marketBut my guess is the basic 7-inch model given that this tablet is not really impressive with Marvell quad-core processor, compared to the larger 8-inch and 10.1-inch models that ship with Snapdragon 400 processor and Adreno 305 GPU.

But even so, i think what Amazon Fire HD 6 has to offer to user is really amazing.

I mean, by paying only around $130 or so, you get yourself a decent media-consumption tablet that has something to brag in terms of graphical performance. That’s in my opinion is already amazing.

I’m actually quite interested to find out more about the gaming performance of this tablet on YouTube in the near future.

So be sure to check out my YouTube playlist page of this tablet if you’re also interested to learn more about that.

As a $130 tablet, i think Amazon Fire HD 6 is pretty decent. In fact, in my personal view, this tablet is just really a steal with that cheap price tag.

First of all, it has a 720p resolution on its 6-inch display – which will look sharp given its small screen size.

And then, there are 2MP camera and VGA shooter back and front – which are not too shabby at all for a cheap budget tablet.

In terms of performance, there is also a quad-core (or dual-core with 2 companion core just like Samsung 5 Octa Exynos 5420) processor made by MediaTek – not sure which type of MediaTek processor Amazon is using on this tablet -, coupled with 1GB of RAM.

However, there’s no information given by Amazon about its GPU. But according to this company, the GPU inside this tablet is capable to deliver 3 times graphical performance than Samsung GALAXY Tab 4’s GPU, which is pretty impressive for a cheap tablet like this.

But the questions remain. With all of these goodies, not to mention its pretty great graphical performance, does Amazon Fire HD 6 have what it takes to be the best $130 tablet on the market?

Does this tablet stack up against other $130 tablets on the market right now?

Is it worth it to buy this device just for the shakes of its cheap price tag?

Well, hopefully, we’ll find out more about the answers of these questions at the end of this review. So be sure to stick around!

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  • No SIM
  • Released 2014, October
  • 290 g (Weight)
  • 6.0 inch 800 x 1280 pixels IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, (~252 ppi pixel density)
  • Android OS, v4.4 (KitKat - customized)
  • Dual-core 1.5 GHz & dual-core 1.2 GHz CPU
  • 1 GB RAM
  • Corning Gorilla Glass
  • - Fire OS 4 Sangria UI
  • Dolby Digital Plus sound enhancement
  • 2 MP rear-facing camera 1600 x 1200 pixels
  • VGA front-facing camera
  • No Memory Card slot
  • 8/16 GB
  • No GPRS
  • No EDGE
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth
  • microUSB v2.0 (SlimPort)
  • Accelerometer, gyro Sensors
  • No Radio
  • No GPS
  • No Java
  • Black, White, Cobalt, Magenta, Citron Colors
  • Battery life for up to 8 hours for Talk time
As far as specs is concerned, this tablet is actually still pretty good in its class.
  • It has a quad-core MediaTek processor,
  • a great GPU,
  • complete set of cameras,
  • good battery life,
  • smooth experience thanks to Fire OS,
  • great sharp 720p display,
  • great sound quality (thanks to Dolby Digital Plus sound enhancement),
  • big 1GB of RAM and many other more.

Screen

I think the best thing found on this device is definitely its display.

Given that its 6-inch display is really small, having the 720p resolution of this screen actually delivers a pleasing experience for most of the users, especially for reading books or watching HD movies.

Text looks crisp, image looks sharp, the colors look vibrant and pretty much everything that you throw on the screen looks really nice on this small 6-inch tablet.

Actually, 720p resolution already looks sharp on 7-inch display. So on a smaller 6-inch display, the sharpness - in my opinion - will be much even better.

User Interface

Just like the other new-gen siblings, Amazon Fire HD 6 also deploys the same Sangria UI on its Fire OS (which is based on Android 4.4 KitKat).

This UI is actually not a huge departure from the previous Mojito UI on predecessors.

So basically, it still looks and works pretty much similar, although the UI of Amazon Fire HD 6 is now much improved and i believe Amazon has done a lot of tweaks and improvements in order to make its experience much smoother, plus more efficient in consuming the battery.

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I think it’s amazing to see how a cheap $130 tablet like Amazon Fire HD 6 is capable to deliver 3 times of graphical performance as a tablet that costs more expensive – Samsung GALAXY Tab 4. And that’s according to Amazon’s claim.

However, as i mentioned above, there’s no information about which Samsung GALAXY Tab 4 model that Amazon is referring in its claim.

But my guess is definitely the 7-inch Samsung GALAXY Tab 4, not the larger 8-inch or 10.1-inch variants (which both ship with Snapdragon 400 and Adreno 305 GPU).

And that’s because this basic 7-inch model is equipped with Marvell quad-core PXA1088, coupled with Vivante GPU, which hasn’t been proved its quality.

This exact Marvell quad-core processor is actually the same one found on HP Slate 6 VoiceTab.

And this tablet is not a really great performer when it comes to gaming, with games like NOVA 3 and Beach Buggy Blitz (if i’m not mistaken its name) running really laggy in gameplay – but weirdly, Asphalt 8: Airborne performs smoothly in medium-graphics.

It goes the same Samsung GALAXY Tab 4 7.0. It may be able to run games like FIFA 2014, Real Racing 3 and other popular games.

However, in terms of heavy gaming, it’s really obvious this tablet will suffer a lot when running some graphics intense games like GTA San Andreas or Asphalt 8: Airborne in full graphics.

So with that being said, if that Samsung’s tablet is considered as a not really good performer for playing heavy games, then Amazon Fire HD 6 with its 3 times graphical performance, is definitely more powerful when handling games than Samsung’s tablet.

I think, this is very impressive because i usually don’t expect a cheap $130 tablet like Amazon Fire HD 6 can have a good gaming performance, even better than the popular tablet like Samsung GALAXY Tab 4.

Although Amazon doesn’t disclose the type of processor embedded inside Amazon Fire HD 6, i found out on the net that the processor of this tablet apparently is a quad-core chipset from MediaTek (actually a dual-core CPU, with other 2 companion core, similar just like Samsung 5 Octa Exynos 5420).

Unfortunately, i haven’t managed to get the information about its GPU. So it’s pretty vague for me to determine how great it is when handling games.

But for doing some basic daily tasks, there’s no single doubt that Amazon Fire HD 6 is more than capable to execute any task in buttery smooth performance.

And that’s mostly thanks to Amazon’s decision to eliminate many standard features and even design layout of stock Android UI in order to simplify the UI for this tablet.

With the new Sangria UI on Fire OS (based on Android 4.4 KitKat), you can expect this tablet to perform consistently smooth in the long run.

Anyway guys, if you want to know more about the gaming performance of Amazon Fire HD 6, including what games that will run on this tablet, check out my YouTube video playlist or Pinterest page. :)

Battery Life

Amazon Fire HD 6 is believed could deliver for up to 6 hours of battery life, which is not too shabby for a cheap $130 tablet.

And i think that’s believable given that this tablet only deploys a simple light-weight UI on its platform.

I believe Amazon also has done a lot of tweaks on its software so it will not squeeze a lot of power from its battery.

The great thing is, Amazon Fire HD 6 is only sporting 720p resolution on its 6-inch display, which is not as power hungry as 1080p display.

So basically, with this tablet, you can do or enjoy a lot of stuff in one single day without recharging, of course on a full charge.

And its battery life could be much even longer if you only use it to read books in one full day.

But if you’re a power user and you’re gonna use this tablet to do some heavy intense tasks without resting the screen, then its battery life could drop drastically to just probably around 4 or 5 hours.

But then again, Amazon Fire HD 6 is a cheap budget $130 tablet. So you just cannot – you’re not even allowed – to complain if its battery life is not as great as other mid-end rivals on the market.

My Personal Opinions

So in conclusion, i’m actually very surprised with this 6-inch tablet.

It may cost only around $130 , but i’m just impressed a lot with what Amazon Fire HD 6 has to offer to many users out there.

First of all, its display. I believe the 720p resolution of this tablet will look sharp because it’s only using a small 6-inch display, resulting in higher pixel density.

And Amazon has proved that its Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 tablet has the best display on high-end tablet market, even than the iPads.

So you can expect on the display quality of Amazon Fire HD 6 as well.

It will look sharp, the text looks crisp and everything on the screen is just great enough for most of users, especially readers.

Besides the display, i’m also surprised to see how the processor of Amazon Fire HD 6 is capable to deliver 3 times graphical performance of Samsung GALAXY Tab 4.

That claims may need to be proved in the future with benchmark tests.

But if that’s true, then this 6-inch tablet can be considered as one of the best (if not the best) tablets on low-end tablet category right now.

And this is already an amazing achievement for a $130 tablet.

Amazon Fire HD 6 is definitely great for many people, especially for this holiday season.

But specifically, this tablet can be a really great choice for you if you’re looking for a decent media-consumption device at low cost.

Not only is this tablet great for reading books/magazines, but it will also be amazing for watching HD movies, browsing the web, listening to music or even playing games.

The only downside found on this tablet, however, – actually on all Kindle Fire tablets – is its lack of microSD card slot – which possibly will never change even in the next years to come.

Anyway, to end this review, i’ll try to answer some of the questions i’ve already asked previously above:
  1. Does Amazon Fire HD 6 have what it takes to be the best $130 tablet on the market? I’m gonna say yes because until right now, it’s still pretty rare to find great tablets – i mean, really great quality tablets – in the price range around $130 . Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 Lite probably can give this Amazon’s device run for its money, especially if the next-gen model arrives.
  2. Does this tablet stack up against other $130 tablets on the market right now? Yes – thanks to its 720p display, 2MP rear-facing camera plus VGA front-facing camera, i think this tablet has no problem at all if pitted side-by-side with other rivals on low-end tablet category.
  3. Is it worth it to buy this device just for the shakes of its cheap price tag? That depends on your needs and budget. If you happen to have a low budget around $130 and you’re looking for a great media-consumption tablet, then yes - Amazon Fire HD 6 can be a great choice for you. However, if you have bigger budget, you might want to switch to other options out there.

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