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Amazon’s Fire HD 10 tablet is on sale for half price ahead of next week’s Prime Early Access sale. But if you’re looking for a tablet with a little more horsepower (and something closer to stock Google Android software), you can also pick up a Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite for $250, a Galaxy Tab S7 FE for $419, or a Galaxy Tab S7+ for $500 at the moment.

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  1. Thanks for the monitoring the price of Fire tablets. In response to your last mention, I bought a “refurbished” 2019-model Fire HD 10 a couple of weeks ago. I discovered that it came with Fire OS (which, despite my best efforts to first block updates as suggested by the Toolbox, apparently updated to shortly after I connected to Wi-Fi). The Toolbox was nonetheless able to accomplish most of what I wanted done, except that I couldn’t completely avoid the Fire launcher. When I saw that the 2021 model was half price, I decided to return my 2019 model and get one, despite the risk of it having Fire OS 8 — which tablets now ship with it? To my relief, my new Fire came with OS, the last capable of being fully hacked with Toolbox and of blocking Over-The-Air (OTA) OS updates. I’m unwilling to run Fire OS as such and content to run Android 9, which is essentially what I’ve now got. The graphics performance isn’t great, but I’m not trying to game. This is excellent value for $75, but without offering the range of free software or the configurability even of Pie and/or advertising Amazon content, I would not consider it. I suppose that my Fire was put in its retail box prior to the release of OS but that Amazon has continued to manufacture 2021 model Fire HD 10s — at some point (if not already while they’re half price) then, I’d expect that these would ship with or higher. My 2019 model must have been pulled out of its retail packaging and had its OS updated (by means of ADB?) — apparently what Amazon means by “refurbished”. With the free return policy, it’s safe enough to order one and see, but 2021 models with Fire OS (or earlier) may be running out. Is there a 2023 model in the works?

    1. The 2022 Fire 7 and Fire HD 8 tablets are both shipping with Fire OS 8 (Android 11), while the 2021 Fire HD 10 ships with Fire OS 7 (Android 9).

      While it’s possible Amazon will issue an OTA update bringing Fire OS 8 to the 2021 Fire HD 10, the company hasn’t announced it yet.

      Amazon also doesn’t tend to announce tablets in advance (although we sometimes get a heads up from FCC listings a few weeks or month ahead of launch). But I suspect the FHD 10 will be next in line for an update, probably in 2023, but maybe in 2024. The new model will almost certainly ship with Fire OS 8.

      1. There may be a window of opportunity right now which is rapidly closing — just one iteration of the OS more than what came on mine and it becomes impossible to block OTA updates. I suppose they get made in batches; if some have been made since the release of Fire OS, presumably they will show up in the marketplace before the next model comes out. Fire HD 10s are still $75 — quite a bargain with, undesirable (IMO) and significantly less capable with anything later.

  2. It’s hard to beat the Amazon Fire HD 10 for only $75. It’s a decent tablet, especially at this price. Hacking it with Fire Toolbox is fairly easy and makes it even better. Right now, you can get the Fire 10 plus a keyboard and 12 months of Microsoft 365 for $140. With this package, the Fire 10 can serve as a cheap, but capable, laptop computer.

    1. It’s also worth keeping in mind that the 2021 model might be the last one that runs the Google Play Store well after using Fire Toolbox (or other methods), as it ships with Fire OS 7.

      So far newer tablets that ship with Fire OS 8 have had problems with some apps loaded from the Play Store.

    2. Amazon charges a lot for an extra gigabyte of RAM or I’d have seriously considered the Plus; as for the bundle you mentioned, I opted for the $75 Fire HD 10, a $7 Onn bluetooth keyboard from Walmart, and WPS Office — way cheaper.