Amazon Fire HD 6 Review


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 6 6h 52 min (Average)
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 8h 42 min (Excellent)
Apple iPad mini 3 6h 53 min (Average)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
Amazon Fire HD 6 180
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 267


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


  • $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

PhoneArena Rating:




1. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Amazon calls this a tablet? I think this was to avoid the stigma of being associated with the fire phone...imagine if it were called the fire phablet!

2. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Sure it's a tablet. Remember that the first Android "tablet" was the Archos 5 in 2009. Back then, I think the biggest Android phone screen was 4.0".

5. MCity241

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 24, 2014

Thats not Android (Look down).

3. hitherto

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Works for me. Love this thing. It does feel cheap with the all plastic construction and ugly industrial design. But, hey, what do you know - it WAS cheap!

4. MCity241

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 24, 2014

Thats not Android 4.4 Kitkat. Thats Fire OS 4 Sagura.
Fire HD 6
  • Display 6.0" 800 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 2 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Storage 16 GB

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