Amazon Fire HD 6 Review



If the 7-inch Amazon Fire HD 7 is still too big for your liking, then the smaller 6-inch Amazon Fire HD 6 might seem like the perfect size. By now, we’re all familiar how certain “phablets” push the boundary with their immense size, but if you’re out for a ~6” tablet instead of a smartphone, Amazon’s smallest Fire tablet is going to be one of the few options for you. Cheap tablets are everywhere, naturally, so it’ll be intriguing to see how much value the Amazon Fire HD 6 is able to deliver to the consumer.

The package contains:

  • microUSB cable
  • Wall charger
  • Getting to know guide


It’s one of the most compact sized tablets we’ve come across, but it’s not accompanied with any stylish design cues.

Unquestionably, this tablet isn’t out to win style points with its cookie cutter, conventional design. Amazon’s intention, of course, is to naturally design a compact size thing with minimal impact to the cost in producing it. Hitting it right on the spot, the Amazon Fire HD 6 fits the bill with its all-plastic construction – one that comes off cheapish in nature. Despite that, it’s nice that there are various color options to choose from.

For a tablet, it’s undeniably miniscule in size, but in comparison to some other 6-inch screen packing smartphones, it’s bigger, thicker, and heavier. Even though the arrangement of its buttons and ports are identical to the Fire HD 7, it’s only been outfitted with a single speaker.


Far from being the most attractive thing, its 6-inch screen is effective for most basic things.

Reading into the specs, it’s not all that different from the screen in the Amazon Fire HD 7 – so the only difference here is its size. In particular, it’s sporting a 6-inch 800 x 1280 IPS LCD display, one that delivers good enough details for reading and whatnot. Even outdoors, it’s still viewable thanks to its 415 nit brightness, despite the slight distortion at wide angles. It’s certainly far from the most attractive looking display, but considering the price point, the screen manages to be effective for a lot of things.

Interface and Functionality

In tradition, the Fire OS 4 “Sangria” experience has deep ties to all of Amazon’s services.

Running Amazon’s latest tablet software, Fire OS 4 “Sangria,” which is based on Android 4.4 KitKat, it certainly will appease folks who are diehard Amazon fans. That’s because the experience closely integrates with Amazon’s handful of services, like Instant Video and Prime Music, to deliver that all-encompassing Amazon experience. And of course, it’s the perfect shopping tool as well – whether they’re physical or digital goods, it’s undoubtedly equipped for the task.

Even though it receives some new features, like having support for multiple users, family sharing to share your Amazon account with someone else, and Amazon’s ASAP (Advanced Streaming and Prediction) technology to offer relevant movies and television shows based on your history, it doesn’t get treated to the all-in-one shopping tool with Firefly that’s available with the Amazon Fire HDX 8.9.

Although it’s agreeable to our liking when it comes to multimedia consumption, the platform just isn’t as effective for productivity tasks. Yes, there’s a basic email app and documents editing suite out of the box, but it’s not quite as comprehensive than what we find on other rival platforms. All told, it’s sufficient for all the fun stuff, but don’t intend on getting some serious work done with it.

Processor and Memory

Sometimes, it exhibits long delays with certain operations.

Armed with a quad-core 1.5GHz MediaTek MT8135 processor with 1GB of RAM, the Fire HD 6 seems to run smoothly with most bare essential tasks, but at times, it strangely takes a long time to complete an operation. For example, if we’re to scroll fast through the photo gallery, there’s a long delay before a photo is displayed properly.

Available in 8GB and 16GB capacities, it’s not really meant to carry a whole lot of content internally. Instead, it’s all about streaming stuff through Amazon’s various services.

AnTuTuHigher is better
Amazon Fire HD 620242
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.013785.3
Apple iPad mini 335513
Vellamo MetalHigher is better
Amazon Fire HD 61281
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0537.3
SunspiderLower is better
Amazon Fire HD 6659.6
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.01559.1
Apple iPad mini 3443.4
GFXBench T-Rex HD on-screenHigher is better
Amazon Fire HD 619.5
Apple iPad mini 322.7
GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 on-screenHigher is better
Amazon Fire HD 68.8
Apple iPad mini 38.9
Basemark OS IIHigher is better
Amazon Fire HD 6700
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0295.6
Apple iPad mini 3999
Geekbench 3 single-coreHigher is better
Amazon Fire HD 6771
Apple iPad mini 31373
Geekbench 3 multi-coreHigher is better
Amazon Fire HD 61502
Apple iPad mini 32478

Internet and Connectivity

It’s the typical web browsing experience with this one and its Silk browser, so it doesn’t stray far from what we normally get from other tablets – though, its 6-inch screen is smaller than other tablets. Nevertheless, it manages to get the job done with its good details, fast page loads, and smooth scrolling.

Seeing that this is being pegged as an entry-level offering, it’s only available as a Wi-Fi only variant. Accompanying that are the usual connectivity features, such as aGPS and Bluetooth.


Ouch, the quality from its camera is simply garish

Paying attention to its camera, a paltry sized 2-megapixel rear snapper, its tally certainly alludes to the fact that it’s there for the mere convenience factor. It’s especially made more apparent as we launch the camera app, which is pretty bare bones with its offering, as it presents us with only two shooting modes – HDR and panorama.

There’s nothing pretty about its quality, which is made plainly evident by just looking at the samples – even the ones taken outdoors where lighting is plentiful. Generally speaking, they’re subpar due to its smudgy details, over-exposed composition, heavy noise, and purple fringing with shots taken under low light.

Taking a picLower is betterTaking an HDR pic(sec)Lower is betterCamSpeed scoreHigher is betterCamSpeed score with flashHigher is better
Amazon Fire HD 64.6
No data
No data
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.03
No data
No data
Apple iPad mini 33.1
No data
No data

Likewise, there’s nothing too nice to find with its 1080p video recording quality. That’s because there’s nothing high-definition about it, as there are way too many distracting elements with its quality. From its lack of detail, to its sensitive exposure adjustment, and muffled audio recording, the results are nothing short of forgettable.

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From Amazon Prime Instant to Amazon Prime Music, the tablet is effective enough for various multimedia experiences.

Switching over to the music tab in the apps panel, it’s certainly flaunting a cold and dreary looking music player – it just looks boring and lacks and robust qualities. Regardless of that, it closely integrates with Amazon’s Prime Music service for instant music streaming. Achieving a maximum audio output of 64.8 dB, there’s not much bite and power to its quality. Instead, it sounds flat and mute.

Moving over to the video watching experience of the tablet, users are sure going to be pleased by the selection that Amazon offers with its Amazon Prime Instant Video Service. However, we wouldn’t go as far to say that the experience is a home run – mainly due to the subdued look of the display.

Headphones output power(Volts)Higher is better
Amazon Fire HD 60.463
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.00.44
Apple iPad mini 30.87
Loudspeaker loudness(dB)Higher is better
Amazon Fire HD 664.8
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.080
Apple iPad mini 376.6


Average, that pretty much sums up its battery life.

Interestingly, the Fire HD 6 outlasts its sibling in the Fire HD 7, since it’s able to pull in more battery life in our battery benchmark test – 6 hours and 52 minutes to be exact. Yeah, it’s good, but it’s nothing too extraordinary. For its size and whatnot, it’s a mark that’s very much like some similarly sized smartphones.

Battery life(hours)Higher is better
Amazon Fire HD 66h 52 min(Average)
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.08h 42 min(Good)
Apple iPad mini 36h 53 min(Average)
Full Charge(hours)Lower is better
Amazon Fire HD 63h
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.04h 27 min


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 just forgettable. With this, however, it’s able to charm us a little bit, despite its bland design and entry-level offering. Clearly, it’s not meant for heavy productivity work, but for all of those other fun activities, such as reading books and watching movies, the Amazon Fire HD 6 is at the very least an effective thing for the enjoyment – more so thanks to the idea that it can be carried around in a bag or backpack inconspicuously.

Software version of the review unit: Fire OS 4.1.1

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  • $99 price is super cheap
  • Tiny package makes it easy for travel
  • Deep integration with all of Amazon’s services


  • Sluggish processing performance
  • Boring design that feels somewhat cheap
  • Not really meant for heavy productivity work
  • Camera’s quality is subpar

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