I began an entry in July of 2018 with this:
The Amazon Kindle Fire HD10 (2017) is the high-end tablet of their line. The hardware is mediocre and the software is quite bad. I do not recommend you purchase this or any other Fire tablet… unless you have some very specific requirements.
I can now say this:
The Amazon Kindle Fire HD10 (2019) is the high-end tablet of their line. The hardware is mediocre and the software is quite bad. I can recommend that you purchase this tablet if you are comfortable with the use of
adb and command line tools. It is cheap ($95 on Prime Day) and capable of doing a number of useful things, such as…
- reading comics
- reading ebooks
- watching YouTube (I recommend NewPipe)
- watching other video streaming services
- controlling other electronics when a web-based or Android control application is available
- casual web browsing (get Firefox, install uBlock Origin)
There are guides on xda-developers to installing the Google store (you’ll need 4 apks), installing a new launcher, disabling the horrendous Amazon launcher, and even installing a new keyboard, which was sorely lacking on the 2017 edition. All of those things require developer mode and connecting
adb (the Android debugger) via a USB cable. If that’s not a mystery to you, and you aren’t looking to run high-end games, this is not an awful machine. And it is cheap.