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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.

AnTuTu Higher is better
Amazon Fire HD 6 20242
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 13785.3
Apple iPad mini 3 35513
Vellamo Metal Higher is better
Amazon Fire HD 6 1281
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 537.3
Sunspider Lower is better
Amazon Fire HD 6 659.6
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 1559.1
Apple iPad mini 3 443.4
GFXBench T-Rex HD on-screen Higher is better
Amazon Fire HD 6 19.5
Apple iPad mini 3 22.7
GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 on-screen Higher is better
Amazon Fire HD 6 8.8
Apple iPad mini 3 8.9
Basemark OS II Higher is better
Amazon Fire HD 6 700
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 295.6
Apple iPad mini 3 999
Geekbench 3 single-core Higher is better
Amazon Fire HD 6 771
Apple iPad mini 3 1373
Geekbench 3 multi-core Higher is better
Amazon Fire HD 6 1502
Apple iPad mini 3 2478

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.

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