- Fast quad-core processor up to 1.5 GHz-2x the speed and over 3x the graphics performance of previous generation Fire HD
- Beautiful 6" HD display-crisp, vivid HD display (252 ppi / 1280x800) with over a million pixels-perfect for movies, TV, games, photos, and more
- Front and rear cameras-take photos or capture videos in 1080p HD with a rear-facing camera or Skype with a front-facing camera. Plus, free unlimited cloud storage for photos taken with Fire devices
- Fire HD 6 is the ultimate pocket-sized tablet with a smaller profile, thinner bezel, and lighter weight design than the previous generation Fire HD
The Fire HD 6 goes anywhere with its pocketable design–features a beautiful 6” HD display, 2x faster quad-core processor, and unsurpassed reliability in its class. Powerful quad-core processor Fast quad-core processor up to 1.5 GHz—2x the speed and over 3x the graphics performance of previous generation Fire HD for quicker apps, smooth videos, and better overall experience. Beautiful 6” HD display Fire HD 6 features a 1280x800 high definition LCD display with over a million pixels (252 ppi) and a brighter display for more vibrant colors and whiter whites. Designed for portability Fire HD 6 is the ultimate pocket-sized tablet with a smaller profile, thinner bezel, and lighter weight design than the previous generation Fire HD. Unsurpassed reliability With a durable Gorilla Glass display and rigorous reliability testing, you won't find a more reliable tablet in its class. Rear-facing camera Fire HD features a 2MP rear-facing camera that allows for high-resolution photos and
First my background. I own many Amazon Kindles (b&w, Fire gen2, Fire gen3) as well as Apple Ipad (gen 4), Samsung Note 3 and have an LG G2 smartphone (had a Samsung S4 before that), notebooks, chromebooks, etc. I have also used many other products including the Fire HDX line. I have a solid computer background as well but honestly I am more of a casual user when it comes to tablets like this one.
Amazon has changed many things over the life of the Fire product line. Adding and removing features (like cameras--the first generation had one but the second generation removed them but not they are back).
They are all useful devices but each one has its own niche so to speak so make sure whatever you get has the features that are important to you.
Now to this model. This is like a big smartphone--which is a big difference from past kindles. It is more compact, lighter and yet still very usable. In fact for me, the shrinking of size increases the usefulness. I find that I use my smartphone way more than my tablets--even the smaller Fire HD and Samsung Note tablets so I am expecting this to replace more of that "on the couch" usage which is great since it so much less expensive than most smartphones. That means you can feel less bad about scratches that might occur or the accidental drops. (I am guilty of both.)
The screen is very good--certainly not the top of the line but nice even if you factor paying twice the retail for it. It is bright, sharp with the same resolution as past
Comparing past Kindle Fires:
1st Generation 7 inch--1024 x 600 pixel resolution at 169 ppi
2nd Generation 7 inch--1024 x 600 pixel resolution at 169 ppi
3rd Generation 7 inch--1280 x 800 resolution at 216 ppi (the first step up in resolution)
4th Generation 7 inch--1280 x 800 (216 ppi) (This is the twin to this model and was just released)
Whereas this 6 inch model has 1280 x 800 (252 ppi). That makes this display higher or the same resolution than any of the past Kindle Fires with the exception of the more expensive HDX. It makes it sharper with more detail per inch than any of the past Kindle Fires of this smaller size (again except for the HDX). Yet this is the cheapest Fire yet which is quite impressive.
Now while Amazon may love my giving this 6 inch fire a 5 star rating, they wouldn't like this next sentence. There is absolutely no reason to even consider the newly released 7 inch fire. $40 more gets you a less "sharp/detailed" screen, more weight, more bulk (look at the extra space on the sides next to the screen of the new 6 inch and the new 7 inch) and the only improvements is a second speaker and a larger screen.
In my opinion you should consider this 6 inch Fire or consider spending twice as much to step up to the Fire HDX with many improvements (Mayday button, higher resolution, faster processor, dual-band, dual antenna (MIMO) Wi-Fi, and longer battery life). The HDX has some issues with a blue halo around the screen so read reviews of that before jumping.
So now that I have talked you out of the Fire 7 and covered some of the reasons for considering the Fire 7 HDX, lets talk more about the Fire 6.
Performance/Apps--It is quick (but I am never happy enough, lol), responsive and like Apple products--it just works. Now one plus and minus with all Kindles/Fires are that you can not use any app from Google's app store. That means you have to wait for apps to be brought into Amazon's app store which seems to be slow at getting new releases and new updates. This is really an issue for Amazon and one that still needs to be fixed. The plus to this is that Amazon keeps some of the junky apps out of the system and once they make it to Amazon's app store, they are proven safe and generally work better than the "fresh" apps because bugs have been worked out.
Amazon's own apps are very well integrated into this and past Fires. They keep improving them and adding features without adding cost. If you have Prime, you get streaming TV and Movies, free ebooks and now Prime Music. If you have Prime, the added free content you get on the Fire makes it a real standout against everything else.
I use my Fire 6 for reading emails, surfing the internet, watching videos (some of the time) and playing some games/apps like IMDB. I have found that it meets or exceeds what I have come to expect from these things in terms of performance and reliability. Are there bugs or glitches? Yes but...Read more
Pros: Low cost yet high tech
Great screen quality (of course there is better out there, but it looks great as is)
Smooth and responsive
Easy access to amazon prime content
Easy to wirelessly share content to a TV
Web browser works great
Cons: Doesn't have some apps android users are used to having
Camera quality isn't great and no flash
Less 'extra features' than some higher priced tablets have
I opted to go with the 16gb version with no ads. The ads aren't a big deal, but I figured I would pass on having them on my screen. No matter what version you pick, they all do the same things. The gigs may or may not matter to you. 8 and 16 gigs both aren't very large, but if you want to predownload some tv shows, movies, & music before a vacation, then you may want to look into getting the larger 16gig. If you will always have internet connection, then it isn't much a problem since you have unlimited cloud storage and can download to your device or stream at anytime you have internet.
Overall... If you want an Amazon tablet, and you want the best, go with the HDX series. However, if you want an amazing tablet but don't want to spend as much, then these new HD 6 & 7 series are great! For me and my uses, the HD 6 is the perfect fit.
I would suggest the 6 over the 7 for most buyers. The only 2 things the 7 has over the 6, are a larger screen, and dual speakers. Sure the dual speakers is kind of nice, but the screen is actually lower quality than the 6. At 216ppi, the 7 keeps the same resolution as it's last (3rd) generation. The 6, however, has 252ppi which make it's screen a bit more crisp.
Here are some of my thoughts:
Size: The size is good. I prefer that it is a smaller size for ease of carrying. As long as you see well up close, this 6 is a great size!
Battery Life: Very sufficient for my needs. The Kindle HDX's have a little longer battery life; however, this 8 hour spec'd battery life has been lasting a long time, and never getting too low for my uses.
Sound: Sound isn't bad. It is comparable to a laptop from a few years back. The 6 has only a mono speaker, but it is loud enough and crisp. I find it is plenty for watching a tv show or movie. For music I prefer a speaker or headphones(but that goes for pretty much any tablet).
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The 6” format is darned cute and practical. Here are some pictures comparing it to the Fire HDX and Kindle Paperwhite.
The format is going to be very practical for sticking in a handbag or pocket to take around. It is blockier than the Fire HDX or Paperwhite – no tapered edges but it is very compact. In terms of weight though, there is very little difference between the 6” HD and the 7” HDX – a mere 0.6 of an ounce.
The Fire HD 6” comes with the new Fire OS 4 Sangria, which will be sent as a free update to existing Fire devices according to the note on my Fire HDX this morning. There are some really neat features to Sangria. A backup feature worked well. This will allow you to restore your device to a previous state if there are any issues.
The new About the Book feature which you can setup to open as you read the book could be very useful. It tells you brief information at a glance – author, number of books in the series, order in the series etc.
There are also badges in the Audible app again! Yay! I am kind of a badge collector when it comes to my Audible listening. What will be even better is when they sync badges across devices. I also like that they now show the estimated download time when downloading an audiobook
GoodReads is more tightly integrated with your being able to add the book to your Want to Read/Currently Reading/Read shelf from within the book. Nice. It will still be even better when they allow you to access your own shelves from within there.
The Fire HD 6” is a budget device as you might expect from the price. It has single band WiFi compared to the HDX’s dual band. it has mono speakers – forget about listening to the device without headphones. Its processor is Quad Core up to 1.5GHz rather than the HDX’s 2.2 GHz. It also comes with 8GB or 16GB of storage which is not great if you want to store content on the device rather than rely on Amazon’s Cloud. My requirements for a Kindle tablet are pretty basic. I need to be able to read my Kindle books, listen to my audiobooks, pick up my email, some basic web surfing, play the odd game.
When I was checking it out last night, I really felt it was struggling to meet those basic requirements. I found the device to be at times unresponsive, with multiple taps being necessary to do something. Browsing on Silk was painful. It’s never been great at the best of times – often I will reach for my iPhone and use Safari on the small screen rather than deal with Silk – but last night it was particularly laggy. Typing on the device was slower than on my Paperwhite.
However, I found this morning that it was much more responsive. Maybe the device was doing some update in the background. I will try using it as my main tablet for the next week or so to see how it performs.
That being said, it would be unwise to expect iPad like performance from a tablet costing $134.
Fire OS 4 Sangria is very new. While there are a few great new features, I have found my experience with it to be rather buggy. The registration process when I first opened the device threw up errors. It subsequently went through, but it was worrying. I found the GoodRead apps crashing forcing a restart of the device. I also found I couldn’t get Immersion reading to work. For me that is a real deal breaker. The issue is now with third level support at Amazon/Audible.
Although I have not had an altogether positive experience with the device so far, I do feel it has potential as a budget tablet if you set your expectations accordingly and wait a couple of weeks for Amazon to get the kinks worked out.