Amazon Fire HD 10 vs 8 vs 7 - 7th Gen Comparison

Updated on January 5, 2018

Having owned the Amazon 2017 Fire 7 and HD 8 for some time I decided to purchase the 10 for my family's upcoming trip to Disney World and do a comparison of the differences between each of them.

While the OS is the same modified Android 5.5.x, the overall speed, storage capacity, screen resolution, and general feel of these devices is very different. So, I'll put my thoughts below on these as well as other areas and give you a general summary of what to expect from each tablet.

7th Generation Fire HD 10 vs 8 vs 7 Tablet Size Comparison

Although it doesn't seem like there'd be much of a difference in screen real estate from the Fire HD 7 to the 10, the difference is actually quite substantial.

Dimensions:

Take the overall dimensions as a comparison. The 7" Fire is 7.6" x 4.5" x .4" while the 10" version is a massive 10.3" x 6.3" x .4".

So, if you're looking for a good tablet for your kids, keep in mind that the smaller Fire HD tablets are easier to handle.

2017 Release 7th Generation Amazon Fire HD Tablet Comparison Table

Model
Fire HD 10 (2017)
Fire HD 8 (2017)
New Fire 7 (2017)
Processor
Quad-core up to 1.8 GHz
Quad-core 1.3 GHz
Quad-core 1.3 GHz
Resolution
1920 x 1200 (224 ppi)
1280 x 800 (189 ppi)
1024 x 600 (171 ppi)
Storage
32 or 64 GB (256GB Expandable)
16 or 32GB (256GB Expandable)
8 or 16GB (256GB Expandable)
Alexa
New Hands-Free Mode
Press and Ask
Press and Ask
Colors
Black, Marine Blue, Punch Red
Black, Marine Blue, Punch Red, Canary Yellow
Black, Marine Blue, Punch Red, Canary Yellow
Battery Life
Up to 10 Hours
Up to 12 Hours
Up to 8 Hours
Camera
VGA Front-facing camera + 2 MP rear-facing camera with 720p HD video recording
VGA Front-facing camera + 2 MP rear-facing camera with 720p HD video recording
VGA Front-facing camera + 2 MP rear-facing camera with 720p HD video recording
RAM
2GB
1.5GB
1GB

Fire HD 10 2017 7th Generation Overview

As I mentioned above the Fire HD 10 feels much larger than the other models here. In practical use, it's certainly a two-handed device that you can't use lazily with one hand. It's $150 for the 32GB version with special offers ($165 without) and $190 / $205 for the 64GB version.

Screen Resolution

In terms of the screen resolution, you get a 1920 x 1200 resolution here with 224 pixels per inch. It is noticeably sharper than the HD 8 and HD 7 and along with the bigger size makes it great for watching movies or reading books. It is not, however, as sharp as the 2560 x 1600 339 ppi Kindle 8.9" HDX devices released a few years ago. Amazon has focused on the lower end segment of the market and never replaced the higher-end feel of the HDX.

Processor and Overall Speed

It's not enough to compare this generation's 1.8GHz processor to the last generation's 1.5GHz display and say it's been improved by that much. Keep in mind that these are different generations of CPUs here.

The speed, which was underwhelming with the 5th generation 2015 version, is now markedly improved with the faster processor and double the RAM (2GB). The device was snappy in even the most taxing games I played on it and is still considerably faster than the HD 8 and 7.

Battery Life

The listed battery life of this device is up to 10 hours. Having given my son this device to play during a 6 hour flight, it lasted the entire way. Overall, I was impressed with such a long battery life for a big tablet. It lasts longer than the 7 but not quite as long as the HD 8.

Hands-Free Alexa

While the Fire HD 10 won't be a replacement for the Amazon Echo or Dot, it is really nice to have hands-free access to it. This is the first Amazon tablet to do so.

Storage

The Fire HD 10 comes with 32GB and 64GB options along with a microSD card slot for up to an additional 256GB. This allows you to store plenty of movies, apps, games, and more. It's also certainly a good value when you compare it to other options on the market.

Final Thoughts Vs the Fire 7

Paying the additional $15 to remove special offers might be worth it to those who prefer not to have the lock screen distraction. Admittedly this tablet is built for selling books and Amazon products. However, installing the Google Play store is somewhat simple if you're willing and you definitely get a fantastic overall value for just $150 for the 32gb version with ads.

2017 7th Generation Fire HD 8 Review

Even though the HD 8 is only 1" larger in screen size than the 7, the difference is substantial.

Vs the HD 10

It's not as fast as the HD 10, but at $80 for the 16GB option with special offers, it's about half the price.

Processor and Speed vs the Fire 7

Although the HD 8 shares the same quad-core 1.3GHz processor with the Fire 7, it's considerably faster. This is due to the increased RAM that the HD 8 has. This made my experience, when compared to the Fire 7, considerably smoother overall.

Storage vs the HD 10 and Fire 7

The HD 10 comes in 32GB and 64GB options, the HD 8 in 16GB and 32GB options, and the Fire 7 in 8 and 16GB options. All of these have a microSD card slot.

Screen Resolution vs the HD 10 and Fire 7

Compared to the HD 10 the HD 8 has an inferior screen. This was noticeable to me right away. Still, it's not bad and certainly something I only think about when I place these devices side by side. There's also a difference between the HD 8 and the Fire 7's screen with the HD 8 having significantly more pixels per inch. Again, this is very noticeable.

Final Thoughts

For around $30 more than the Fire 7, the HD 8 offers a better pixel density, more RAM which adds to its overall speed, a bigger screen, twice as much starting storage capacity, and a better battery life. Still, if you're buying for your kids, you might rather save the money. If, however, you're buying for yourself, I'd highly recommend you go ahead and spend the extra $30 here for a superior product.

7th Generation 2017 Amazon Fire 7 Tablet Review

If you're looking for something cheap for your kids, this is something I'd highly recommend. In fact, I own several of these for mine.

Typically Amazon will lower the price of these devices to around $35 during Prime Day, Cyber Monday, or other key days of the year.

This makes paying around $15 for a tablet cover, a really questionable expense. We ended up using stickers for our kids so that they could tell them apart. Call me cheap if you'd like to.

Processor

The Amazon Fire 7 has a quad-core 1.3GHz processor along with 1GB of RAM. This is less than the other two tablets on here. This makes playing certain applications a bit slower than normal; however, I was still able to run everything I put in its path.

Screen Resolution

The screen is fairly responsive and looks pretty good. Considering the cost of this tablet, you can't expect too much. Still, the Fire 7 over-delivers here when compared to any of its competitors at this price point.

The reason is that Amazon wants you to use its OS and its tablet. They're basically hoping you buy one of its plethora of services or products.

Final Thoughts

As I've covered much of the other specifications of the Fire 7 above I'll leave this review somewhat short. The Fire 7 earns a big win in the cheap tablet category and is my choice for best tablet for kids. The screen resolution, battery life, and performance is superior to anything else in the $50 range on the market. Still, I think it'd be a good idea for Amazon to up the RAM on its next release of this one.

Summary

Overall, Amazon really did a good job with its 2017 lineup and it feels like these tablets cover a lot of user's needs.

For those looking for a large high-performance tablet for cheap, the HD 10 is definitely one of the first tablets you should look at. For those looking for an e-Book reader and App device the HD 8 holds up well and has a long battery life. And the Fire 7 is the perfect tablet for kids. Again, I recommend you purchase it on one of Amazon's $35 days.

Amazon Fire 7 vs HD 8 vs HD 10 7th Generation

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