Amazon Fire HD 6 Review

Amazon Fire HD 6 Review
Amazon Fire HD 6 Review
Amazon Fire HD 6 Review
Introduction


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

Design

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.

 

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Display

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.

Display measurements and quality

Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better Contrast Higher is better Color temperature (Kelvins) Gamma Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better Delta E grayscale Lower is better
Amazon Fire HD 6 415
(Good)
16
(Poor)
1:1098
(Good)
6904
(Excellent)
2.29
4.03
(Average)
2.12
(Good)
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 374
(Average)
5
(Excellent)
1:768
(Average)
7055
(Good)
2.26
8.61
(Poor)
4.37
(Average)
Apple iPad mini 3 312
(Average)
6
(Good)
1:823
(Average)
6656
(Excellent)
2.24
8.5
(Poor)
1.55
(Excellent)
View all

The numbers below represent the amount of deviation in the respective property, observed when a display is viewed from a 45-degree angle as opposed to direct viewing.

Maximum brightness Lower is better Minimum brightness Lower is better Contrast Lower is better Color temperature Lower is better Gamma Lower is better Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better Delta E grayscale Lower is better
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 65.5%
80%
75%
13.3%
2.7%
8.8%
33.2%
Apple iPad mini 3 73.7%
83.3%
68.3%
10.3%
2.7%
0.9%
139.4%
Amazon Fire HD 6 78.3%
75%
76.7%
4.1%
7.4%
20.3%
84.9%
View all

The CIE 1931 xy color gamut chart represents the set (area) of colors that a display can reproduce, with the sRGB colorspace (the highlighted triangle) serving as reference. The chart also provides a visual representation of a display's color accuracy. The small squares across the boundaries of the triangle are the reference points for the various colors, while the small dots are the actual measurements. Ideally, each dot should be positioned on top of its respective square. The 'x: CIE31' and 'y: CIE31' values in the table below the chart indicate the position of each measurement on the chart. 'Y' shows the luminance (in nits) of each measured color, while 'Target Y' is the desired luminance level for that color. Finally, 'ΔE 2000' is the Delta E value of the measured color. Delta E values of below 2 are ideal.

This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.

The Color accuracy chart gives an idea of how close a display's measured colors are to their referential values. The first line holds the measured (actual) colors, while the second line holds the reference (target) colors. The closer the actual colors are to the target ones, the better.

This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.

The Grayscale accuracy chart shows whether a display has a correct white balance (balance between red, green and blue) across different levels of grey (from dark to bright). The closer the Actual colors are to the Target ones, the better.

This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.

View all


Amazon Fire HD 6 Review

Amazon Fire HD 6 Review
Amazon Fire HD 6 Review
Amazon Fire HD 6 Review
Introduction


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

Design

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.

Display

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.

Display measurements and quality

Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better Contrast Higher is better Color temperature (Kelvins) Gamma Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better Delta E grayscale Lower is better
Amazon Fire HD 6 415
(Good)
16
(Poor)
1:1098
(Good)
6904
(Excellent)
2.29
4.03
(Average)
2.12
(Good)
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 374
(Average)
5
(Excellent)
1:768
(Average)
7055
(Good)
2.26
8.61
(Poor)
4.37
(Average)
Apple iPad mini 3 312
(Average)
6
(Good)
1:823
(Average)
6656
(Excellent)
2.24
8.5
(Poor)
1.55
(Excellent)
View all

The numbers below represent the amount of deviation in the respective property, observed when a display is viewed from a 45-degree angle as opposed to direct viewing.

Maximum brightness Lower is better Minimum brightness Lower is better Contrast Lower is better Color temperature Lower is better Gamma Lower is better Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better Delta E grayscale Lower is better
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 65.5%
80%
75%
13.3%
2.7%
8.8%
33.2%
Apple iPad mini 3 73.7%
83.3%
68.3%
10.3%
2.7%
0.9%
139.4%
Amazon Fire HD 6 78.3%
75%
76.7%
4.1%
7.4%
20.3%
84.9%
View all

The CIE 1931 xy color gamut chart represents the set (area) of colors that a display can reproduce, with the sRGB colorspace (the highlighted triangle) serving as reference. The chart also provides a visual representation of a display's color accuracy. The small squares across the boundaries of the triangle are the reference points for the various colors, while the small dots are the actual measurements. Ideally, each dot should be positioned on top of its respective square. The 'x: CIE31' and 'y: CIE31' values in the table below the chart indicate the position of each measurement on the chart. 'Y' shows the luminance (in nits) of each measured color, while 'Target Y' is the desired luminance level for that color. Finally, 'ΔE 2000' is the Delta E value of the measured color. Delta E values of below 2 are ideal.

This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.

The Color accuracy chart gives an idea of how close a display's measured colors are to their referential values. The first line holds the measured (actual) colors, while the second line holds the reference (target) colors. The closer the actual colors are to the target ones, the better.

This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.

The Grayscale accuracy chart shows whether a display has a correct white balance (balance between red, green and blue) across different levels of grey (from dark to bright). The closer the Actual colors are to the Target ones, the better.

This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.

View all


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.

Performance benchmarks

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



Camera

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.


Camera speed

Taking a pic (sec)Lower is better Taking an HDR pic (sec)Lower is better CamSpeed score Higher is better CamSpeed score with flash Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 3
No data
510
No data
Apple iPad mini 3 3.1
3.3
No data
No data
Amazon Fire HD 6 4.6
8.3
No data
No data
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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.


Multimedia

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.

Audio output

Headphones output power (Volts)
Higher is better
Apple iPad mini 3 0.87
Amazon Fire HD 6 0.463
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 0.44
Loudspeaker loudness (dB)
Higher is better
Apple iPad mini 3 76.6
Amazon Fire HD 6 64.8
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 80
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Amazon Fire HD 6 Review
Battery

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 Benchmarks

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


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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