Both devices were released a couple of years ago and have multiple iterations. We will be reviewing the 2019 model for both the Fire HD 10 and the Galaxy Tab A 10.1.
Even though these devices have similar screen sizes and look similar, their price difference is quite significant. Our Amazon Fire HD 10 vs Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 comparison will list out why there is a price difference and whether the more expensive SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB A is worth the extra price.
Head to Head Specs
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1
Amazon Fire HD 10
Octa-core (2x1.8 GHz Cortex-A73 & 6x1.6 GHz Cortex-A53)
Octa-Core (4 x Cortex-A73 + 4x Cortex-A53)
One UI + Android Pie 9
Fire OS 7.1.1 (Based on Android Pie 9)
10.1” (1200 x 1920) TFT
10.1” (1920 x 1200) IPS
Yes, up to 512GB
Yes, up to 512GB
Lithium-Ion 6150 mAh
Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth 5.0
Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth 4.2
Dolby Atmos Loudspeakers
9.65 x 5.88 x 0.30 inches
(245.2 x 149.4 x 7.5 mm)
10.31 x 6.26 x 0.39 inches
(262 x 159 x 9.8 mm)
USB-C 2.0, MicroSD, 3.55mm Jack
USB-C 2.0, MicroSD, 3.55mm Jack
Design and Looks
I’m sure everyone has heard of the saying don’t judge a book by its cover, but unfortunately, when it comes to consumer devices the looks and designs are quite important.
No one wants to walk around with a brick no matter how good the performance is.
At first glance, both devices look quite similar, but the AMAZON HD 10 is slightly bigger even though both devices have 10.1-inch displays. The larger dimensions of the AMAZON HD 10 set at 10.31 x 6.26 x 0.39 inches (262 x 159 x 9.8 mm) is due to thick bezels around the display while the Galaxy tablet has a lower screen to body ratio.
Since both displays are 10.1”, I think the Galaxy A 10.1 is a clear winner here because tablets are meant for portability, so a more compact device is easier to carry around and easily fit even inside your handbag.
Moving on to the weight aspect, both devices may look similar but there is a major difference in the build material.
I’d say 90% of the time SAMSUNG tablets and smartphones have a premium feeling to it unless it’s a budget device. The Galaxy Tab A carries this premium feeling with its metal body while the AMAZON HD 10 has a plastic casing.
Naturally, due to this difference in build material, you’d expect the SAMSUNG tablet to have a higher weight but surprisingly the plastic AMAZON HD 10 weighs more by around 0.08lbs (36g).
In terms of buttons and ports, both devices have USB-C 2.0 charging ports, the usual power and volume control buttons, a microSD slot, and the 3.5mm jack.
When it comes to speakers, both devices don’t perform well in this segment but what I liked about the AMAZON HD 10 was the fact that in landscape mode, the speakers are arranged so that the sound comes from both the right and left side but in the Galaxy A, the dual speakers are both set at the bottom (vertically) so you only get sound from one side when you use the phone in landscape mode.
Overall, in the battle between the Amazon fire tablet vs Samsung A 10.1 for the aesthetics and design category, SAMSUNG easily takes it home.
As I mentioned before both these devices have 10.1” displays with similar resolutions and pixels per inch but you’ll find two different technologies in action.
The SAMSUNG tablet has a TFT display while the AMAZON HD sports an IPS panel. In short, IPS is considered an improvement when compared to the traditional TFT display.
In my personal experience, I prefer IPS panels because they are quite easy on the eyes but again this my personal preference after reviewing multiple tablets over the years. However, SAMSUNG has immensely improved their display game with OLED and AMOLED display in their more expensive tablets and smartphones, but I guess the price is a bottleneck for this device to move into such technologies.
Both devices have a PPI of 224 which is brilliant for the price, even more so for the AMAZON HD 10 which is much cheaper than the SAMSUNG tablet. The text and images are clear and sharp and are perfect when used indoors.
On the other hand, when used under direct sunlight, both devices did have some reflection issues with the brightness not being sufficient.
In the display segment, both devices are equal and so we have a tie.
Remember how I said no one wants to walk around with a brick even if it has the best performance?
Well, it works both ways. No matter how good your tablet looks, the core is mainly what you pay for. Unfortunately for those interested in the HD 10, we won’t be having a tie in this category.
I was hoping to see a Snapdragon chipset in the SAMSUNG device, but we have to settle for an Exynos 7904 which belongs to the upper mid-range class of SoCs. The chipset was launched in early 2019 and is quire power efficient.
The octa-core chip is split into 2 Cortex-A73 which clocks at around 1.8Ghz and 6 separate Cortex-A53 cores which clocks slightly lower at 1.6Ghz. A disappointing fact about the chipset is that the A73 cores have a reduced speed when compared to it one of its predecessors the Exynos 7885.
The chipset is paired with either a 2 or 3GB RAM which is standard in this price range. The device works smoothly with the occasional lag if you try to overload the processor with multitasking and quickly switch between multiple apps. When it comes to gaming you can easily play casual games but games that demand a lot of graphics power will lag and skip frames too.
If you are wondering what to do in this case, just reduce the graphics settings a bit and game on.
Now the Fire HD 10 is a different story.
Here we are dealing with the MediaTek MT8183 processor which was released in 2019 too. The device is split into 4 Cortex-A73 cores and 4 Cortex-A53 cores. With the AMAZON tablet, you only get a 2GB RAM capacity.
For the price you really can’t expect anything more. But wait there’s more.
To put cross-platform SoCs to test there are a couple of benchmarks being used. Such benchmarks are the Geekbench 4.4 and PCMARK for Android.
Under the Geekbench 4.4 benchmark, AMAZON’S FIRE HD 10 scores 5445 points under 64-bit Multi-Core Score and 1397 under the 64-bit Single-Core Score. The SAMSUNG on the hand scores 4017 points for the 64bit multi-core and 1387 points for the 64bit single core. The average scores for this class of tablets are 4642 points and 1638 points respectively.
Under PCMARK for Android benchmark, the Amazon tablet score 5056 points under Work 2.0 and it’s 11% above the average. Under the work performance score, it scores 6284 points and it’s 26% above the average. The SAMSUNG TAB A scores 5452 points under Work 2.0 and 6456 points under Work performance score.
As you can see while Geekbench 4.4 shows that the AMAZON FIRE HD 10 is better, the other benchmark shows the opposite. While these benchmarks only simulate real-life workloads it ultimately boils down to the user experience and reviews.
This is where the operating systems also come into play. Keep reading to find out who wins that battle.
Personally, the Galaxy Tab A wins this battle for me. Both devices do have lags while swiping between apps when the memory capacity is overloaded or sometimes when applications start but compared to AMAZON HD 10 the lags in the SAMSUNG tablet are less significant.
So to break this tie between the benchmarks, I think SAMSUNG wins this battle, but not by much.
SAMSUNG offers 3 options for storage while AMAZON only offers 2 but both devices have MicroSD slots and capacity can be expanded up to 512GB.
When brands choose not to go with the stock android, it’s either a hit or a miss. There’s no in-between.
An example of a major hit is the Oxygen OS by Oneplus. Techies are quite mesmerized by the unlocked capabilities of the customized OS rather than the stock version.
When you take the SAMSUNG TAB A is still mainly has the stock Android but with changes in its UI. SAMSUNG uses its own UI called One UI which makes it easy if you are familiar with SAMSUNG smartphones. You get access to the Google Play store which is preinstalled and all of the stock android Pie capabilities.
On the other hand, the AMAZON tablet is completely transformed into AMAZON’s android OS named Fire OS and the interface is quite different from the traditional Android experience. None of the Google apps come pre-installed and AMAZON uses this OS as AMAZON content delivery platform. If you are a Prime user, I guess it makes sense and its easy access to Kindle eBooks and other AMAZON services.
But if you aren’t, be prepared for a whole bunch of advertisements about AMAZON services.
When comparing the Google Play store with AMAZON’s app store, the latter is much better in terms of content available and also the UI.
I guess SAMSUNG wins this round too.
This is one segment AMAZON FIRE HD 10 takes home.
The budget tablet has a higher battery capacity of 6300mAh while the SAMSUNG device only has a 6150mAh battery. Also when it comes to power consumption the AMAZON battery is 26% more efficient than the SAMSUNG A 10.1 and the 2017 HD 10 as well.
Have you ever seen brands underestimate themselves?
If you haven’t, here we have AMAZON claiming that the tablet can last around 12 hours after a full charge, but the device lasted longer under a Wi-Fi web surfing stress test. It lasted for around 15hrs+.
Under the same stress test, the SAMSUNG device lasted around 12hrs.
Amazon takes this one.
The AMAZON FIRE HD 10 is one of the lowest-priced 10.1-inch tablets and is good value for money. In my opinion, it is best suited for users who want to watch videos and surf the web leisurely.
The octa-core is powerful enough to easily perform this type of simple tasks. You can also play most of the games but probably not the latest titles that demand more graphics.
Even though the device loses in terms of design, performance, camera, and software it still is a very good value for money tablet.
Not to forget, it takes home one victory and that’s in the battery segment which is important for a tablet. The most annoying feature for me is the lack of Google services and persistent AMAZON content begins shoed at you.
The SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB A 10.1, on the other hand, has the backing of one of the best tablet manufacturers, so it’s quite hard to beat that. But AMAZON has come a long way since its kindle days.
If it was a battle between the Samsung Galaxy tablet vs Kindle Fire, the SAMSUNG has an easy win, but this battle comes quite close except for the design and aesthetic segment.
However, if you consider the price difference some of these factors can easily be overlooked.
So my recommendation is that if you already have an AMAZON HD TAB 10, don’t bother changing but if you are looking to buy a new tab and it isn’t restricted by budget, the SAMSUNG TAB A 10.1 would be a good choice.