Taking notes can be super tedious and mind-numbing, especially if you’re using paper. A good tablet to be able to take your notes on will save you paper and allow you to back them up in case of emergency. However, with so many options like the Fire HD 10, it can be hard to make a choice.

The Fire HD 10 an ideal device for note taking, especially for those on a budget. The Fire App Store has many note taking apps that make note taking using a stylus or keyboard simple.  The Bluetooth connectivity allows the user to connect any Bluetooth keyboard to aid in taking typed notes.

The Fire HD 10 is great if you are on a budget and are looking for a great personal tablet that is compact, easily portable, yet also possesses powerful note taking capabilities, and many other features, of some of the higher cost competing tablets. If you find yourself looking for a powerful device where you can play movies, stream YouTube, read books, take notes with ease, and many other features, but you don’t want to break the bank, the Fire HD 10 is the device you’ve been looking for.

How Is Note Taking With The Fire HD 10?

At just under 10 inches wide and a little under a pound, the Fire HD 10 packs quite the punch in such a small device.  Any portable Bluetooth keyboard can easily pair with the tablet and make typing in a word processor or note taking app a breeze. Both active and passive stylus’ work with the Fire HD 10 and make handwriting notes in your favorite note taking app possible.

Though the screen on the Fire HD 10 doesn’t have an active digitizer, which makes pressure sensitivity with a stylus possible, taking notes by handwriting with a stylus is still possible with the tablet. If you wanted to draw or be able to control line weight by stylus pressure, this may not be the tablet for you.

The tablet will never replace your main computer or laptop, but for on-the-go media consumption, such as streaming television and movies, reading books, or browsing the web, the Fire HD 10 is an inexpensive device that is a powerhouse in its price range.

Note Taking With The Fire HD 10 And The Fire HD 10 Productivity Bundle

Another great option for taking notes is the Fire HD 10 Productivity Bundle.  The Productivity Bundle is the same Fire HD 10 but included is a detachable case with a built-in Bluetooth keyboard and a 12-month subscription to Microsoft 365 Personal and their suite of Microsoft Office applications including:

  • Microsoft Word 365
  • Microsoft Excel 365
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 365
  • Microsoft OneNote 365
  • Microsoft Outlook 365
  • Microsoft Publisher 365
  • Microsoft Access 365

The Fire HD 10 Productivity Bundle’s Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price is $269.99. The detachable Bluetooth keyboard case is charged separately from Fire HD 10 itself. However, the Bluetooth keyboard is rated for over 400 hours of use between charges.  With access to OneNote and OneDrive, a user of the Productivity Bundle would have access to expanded storage and some of the most used note taking and word processing software available on the market today.

You can upgrade your note taking and ability to access media on the go for a fraction of the price of an Apple iPad without losing a ton of functionality.  The light weight of the Fire HD 10 Productivity Bundle makes it an ideal choice for a small bag, purse, or just anyone tired of lugging around a heavy laptop.

Amazon Fire HD 10 Specs

The Fire HD 10 has built in storage starting at 32 or 64 GB with the ability to expand that storage up to 1 TB using a microSD card expansion slot. You will be able to save all of your important notes and have more than enough room left over for any apps, movies, or books that you could desire! The battery life of the tablet will easily last 12 hours of screen-on time making sure that it will last during that important meeting or during your three-hour long lecture.

Fire HD 10 Specs:

  • 10.1” 1080p full HD screen
  • 1920 x 1200 screen resolution
  • Octa-core 2.0 GHz CPU
  • 3 GB RAM
  • 12+ hours of battery life
  • 32 or 64 GB built-in storage
  • microSD expandable storage (up to 1TB)
  • 2 MP front-facing camera
  • 5MP rear-facing camera
  • Weight: 16.4 ounces

The HD 10 has improved in all areas over the Fire HD 8 model. The screen is 2” larger.  The processor has been doubled from a Quad-core 2.0 GHz model to a octa-core 2.0 GHz model. The 10” screen makes watching videos on the tablet’s 1080p, 10-inch screen feel luxurious when out and about.  At a little over a pound, the tablet won’t weigh you down as you go from meeting to meeting or class to class.  It even packs a 2-megapixel front-facing camera and a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera.  All of this for a $149.99 MSRP for the standard version.

Final Verdict

The Fire HD 10 and the Fire HD 10 Productivity Bundle are perfect portable tablet options for the budget conscious student or worker needing a compact tablet that can handle most uses and still have access to the internet and media that any larger or more expensive device would have.  Note taking, either handwritten or typed using a Bluetooth keyboard, is a breeze.  The small footprint of the device also makes it easy to get worked done on a cramped desk or a crowded train.