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Amazon Fire Max 11 tablet review: Is it Better Than Samsung?

The Amazon Fire Max 11 tablet is a powerful mid-range tablet that is both reliable and competitively priced. It stands out among other Fire tablets with a larger screen size and better resolution.

In this detailed review, we will look at what the Amazon Fire Max will offer for your workflow. We found the Lenovo Tab P11 Gen 2 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Lite to be its closest competitors.

At the end of the article, we have created a head-to-head comparison of the two tablets to help you choose the best one.

Amazon Fire Max 11 review

Amazon Fire Max 11 Specifications

  1. Screen size: 11 inches
  2. Battery Life: 14 hours
  3. Resolution: 2000 x 1200 pixels
  4. Processor: Mediatek MT8188J
  5. RAM: 4 GB
  6. Storage Space: 64 GB or 128 GB
  7. MicroSD slot: expandable up to 1 TB
  8. Charging Slot: USB-C 2.0
  9. Camera: 8 MP front camera, 8 MP rear camera
  10. Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  11. No 3.5-mm jack audio slot
  12. Connects to Bluetooth Keyboard
  13. 0.5 kg of weight
  14. 259.1 x 163.7 x 7.5mm Overall size
  15. 2 built-in microphones

Screen and build quality

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The Fire Max 11 features an 11-inch screen with a 2000 x 1200-pixel resolution. The screen displays a low blue light thanks to the TÜV Rheinland certification meant to protect your eyes. You will be able to work for long hours without issues.

Amazon Fire Max 11 will display rich and vivid colors thanks to a colorful display and high screen brightness. It features up to 410 nits of brightness. 

You will easily use it in low-light conditions but might experience display issues in high-brightness or outdoor conditions.

This brightness level seems low compared to premium tablets like the iPad Pro with 1000 to 1600 nits. However, 390 to 423 nits brightness levels are common for similarly priced tablets like the Lenovo Tab P11 Gen 2.

Many affordable tablets are heavy and feature a bulkier, less modern look. However, the Amazon Fire Max 11 is quite different. It is a cheap tablet, but it has a lightweight and sleek design.

Overall, the Fire Max 11 measures only 10.2 inches by 6.44 inches by 0.3 inches thick. This size is compact and modern, which allows for easy portability for the tablet. Also, it only weighs 0.5 kg and has up to 14 hours of battery life.

This means that you will easily work with a tablet away from the office without having to worry about a power source. The battery also charges very quickly in case you have power issues. You will only need 3.5 to 4.5 hours for full charging capacity.

For charge connectivity, the Amazon Fire Max 11 connects to the power source through a USB-C port.

Power and performance

The Fire Max 11 is powered by a 2x Arm Cortex-A7 and an 8-core MediaTek MT8188J processor. While this is powerful and reliable, the 4 GB of RAM will be limited when you try to perform complex tasks.

To store your files, you will have a choice between 64 and 128 GB of storage space. These sizes are both small and will fill up quite fast. Luckily, like the Samsung Galaxy S 6 Lite, the Fire Max 11 features an external MicroSD slot that you can use to boost the storage space with a MicroSD card up to 1 TB.

Generally, with these specifications, the Amazon Fire Max performs almost as well as the Samsung Galaxy S6 Lite or the Lenovo Tab P11 Gen 2, save for minimal GPU lag. This limits its gaming capabilities.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Lite

Connectivity, cameras, and speakers

For audio devices, this tablet is slightly limited. First, it does not feature a 3,5 mm jack for audio headphones connectivity.

Loudspeaker audio is delivered through a system of speakers, which is okay but not particularly loud. Compared to the loud Lenovo and Samsung S6 Lite, the Amazon Fire Max 11 falls at a disadvantage.

To compensate, you will have two microphones if audio recording is your thing.

The camera setup on the Fire Max is perfect compared to many other tablets. You will have an 8 MP front webcam and another 8 MP rear camera with 1080p video shooting capability.

Whether you are shooting selfies, photos, or high-quality videos, the camera is good enough.

Operating System and Accessories

The Samsung Galaxy S6 Lite and the Lenovo Tab P11 Gen 2 both run on an Android operating system, which is great. This means that they will easily work with Google Play applications.

Amazon Fire Max, on the other hand, runs on Amazon’s Fire OS. This is an operating system dedicated to running Amazon features. It will have challenges running Google Play applications, which can be annoying.

To make up for this, it works perfectly with Amazon products like Alexa and Amazon Prime

Amazon Fire Max 11 comes with a USB 2.0-compatible stylus and a keyboard cover. Compared to the Samsung S pen, the stylus is less precise but will still draw and take notes perfectly.

Despite lacking backlighting features, the Fire Max 11 keyboard cover is still expensive, priced at around $90. However, it provides a comfortable typing experience.

Conclusion

The Fire Max 11 is a reliable and affordable tablet that provides reliable specifications for a very fair price range. However, it faces limitations due to its low RAM memory and unusual operating system.

It is good, but not as good as similar-priced Android tablets like the Samsung Galaxy S6 Lite and Lenovo Tab P11 Gen 2.

For gamers and video editors, the screen will slightly lag due to its low 60-Hz refresh rate. Many premium tablets feature a 120 Hz refresh rate, which makes them desirable for gaming.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How much RAM does the Amazon Fire Max 11 have?

    The Amazon – Fire Max 11 features4 GB RAM, with a Mediatek MT8188J processor. It will run for up to 14-hours of battery life which is very reliable. Although the storage space is low at 64 GB or 128 GB, you can upgrade using a MicroSD slot up to 1 TB. You however have to buy it separate.