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Amazon Fire HD 8 Review: Hands-Free with Alexa

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  • Special offers display in your device’s lock display.
  • If it is not for the price, then the low performance, the software is too large and the limited choice of applications will be inexcusable. However, the $90 Fire HD 8 is almost uncompetitive.
  • You may be able to find a discounted Samsung or Lenovo tablet that is commensurate with the price, but otherwise, you have to buy an unnamed tablet that will not offer any advantages over Fire HD 8.
  • The tablet is available directly from the Amazon store. You can only get a 90-day limited warranty here, which only covers manufacturer’s defects.

Amazon Fire HD 8 Review

Amazon’s new Amazon Fire HD 8 isn’t radically different compared to that the previous-generation Fire HD 8, but it does offer a few upgrades.  By way of example, there’s now a USB-C port on the bottom, together with a new chip that claims 30% better performance. 

On the other hand, the headline feature stays the cost.  In a super-low $90, the Fire HD 8 may well be the most suitable choice under $100 — partly because it’s one of the only choices under $100.  But what would be the sacrifices?

Pros

  • Amazon Integration
  • Ultra-affordable 
  • Alexa
  • Better Battery Life

Cons

  • Software Feels Like Ads
  • Not So Good Performance 
  • Under-per Display

Design of New Amazon Fire HD 8

The Fire HD 8 offers an 8-inch screen, with half-inch bezels around the screen.  The device comes in a selection of colors, which is possibly the most special thing about it.  

Those colors include black, white, twilight blue, and plum. As someone who generally uses the entry-level iPad for any Tab needs, the Fire HD 8 does feel somewhat thick, coming in at 9.7mm in contrast to the iPad’s 7.5mm.  

Considering the general dimensions, it’s still fairly lightweight.  However, when you add a situation, it begins getting even sexier.  Due to this majority, the tablet feels comparatively tough.  It is largely made from plastic that won’t scratch or dent easily.

The Fire HD 8 design of buttons and ports could use the function.  The webcam is set horizontally instead of vertically, and when used in the flat design, you’ll find the volume rocker, power switch, USB-C interface, and headphone jack on the left side. 

The first Fire HD Tab offers you a USB-C port, which is nice to see.  You won’t get fast-charging through that port, but it is handy to be able to charge your modern devices with the very same wires, and the inclusion of such an interface is somewhat overdue for Amazon. 

Amazon Fire HD 8

On the rear of the device, there is a 2-megapixel camera that snaps mediocre pictures at best.  The selfie camera around the front also sits at two megapixels, and while it’ll do the task for video chatting, again, a better camera would have been appreciated. 

Overall, the Fire HD 8 is designed to get the work done.  Its low cost means you have to sacrifice the more superior feel of even Apple’s non-invasive iPad, but that doesn’t make the Tab more challenging to use.

Amazon Fire HD 8 Specification Details 

Display:  8” high definition touchscreen; 1280 x 800 resolution at 189 ppi, HD video playback, with IPS (in-plane switching) technology and advanced polarizing filter

Generation: 8th generation – 2018 release

Size: 8.4” x 5.0” x 0.4” (214 mm x 128 mm x 9.7 mm)

Weight: 12.8 ounces (363 grams) Actual size and weight may vary by configuration and manufacturing process

CPU & RAM: Quad-Core 1.3 GHz with 1.5 GB of RAM

Storage: 16 GB (9.6 GB available to user) or 32 GB (23.8 GB available to user) of internal storage. Add microSD card for up to 400 GB of additional storage for even more movies, TV shows, music, photos, personal videos, and apps. 

Amazon HD Fire 8 Specifications

Battery Life: Up to 10 hours of reading, browsing the web, watching videos, and listening to music. 

Charge Time: Fully charges in under 6 hours using the micro-USB power adapter included in the box, 

Wi-Fi: Single-antenna dual-band Wi-Fi. Supports public and private Wi-Fi networks or hotspots that use the dual-band 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, or 802.11n standard

4G: No

Ports: USB 2.0 (micro-B connector) to connect to a PC/Macintosh computer

Camera: 2 MP front-facing camera + 2 MP rear-facing HD camera

Sensors: Accelerometer, ambient light sensor

Audio: 3.5 mm stereo jack and integrated speaker with Dolby Audio

Colors Option: Black, Marine Blue, Punch Red, Canary Yellow

Additional Feature: External volume controls, built-in Bluetooth with support for A2DP compatible stereo headphones, speakers, microphone, and LE accessories support

Device Include Box: Fire HD 8 tablet, USB 2.0 cable, 5W power adapter, and Quick Start Guide

Amazon Fire HD 8 Display and Battery Life

The 8-inch LCD screen has a resolution of 800 x 1,280, which is a modest sub-par.  Its highest brightness is reduced also, and as a result, you may struggle to see what you’re doing in direct sunlight.

Amamzon HD Fire 8 Movies

Colors can also be a bit muted, which makes videos less immersive and more exciting. While the display manages to perform the job in most situations, you are likely to have difficulty using it outside, and the movies won’t seem as sharp as on more costly Tabs.

Android devices often perform well when you get them, then over the upcoming few years, they start to run slower and slower.  That is not the case here, unfortunately.

The Amazon Fire 8 HD runs gradually out of the box. This Tab is powered with a MediaTek MT8168 chip, combined with 2GB of RAM and 32GB or 64GB of storage. If you want to expand on that storage, then there is a MicroSD card slot built into the device. 

The specs are modest, and while the tablet performed fine during day-to-day use, if you are into mobile gaming, then you’ll need something with a little more unless you are mainly interested in fundamental games. 

This tablet isn’t built for gambling — though for things like streaming video, browsing social media, etc, it needs to be fine.

While the operation is somewhat unsatisfactory, the battery life is strong.  Amazon speeds the battery life at up to 12 hours.

Amazon Fire HD 8 1

If you don’t regularly forget to control your devices, you’ll find that the battery life is more than long enough for most.

Amazon Fire HD 8 Software Performance 

The deep integration with Amazon services can help Prime readers who make heavy use of Amazon’s apps and services. 

You will receive quick and instant access to services like Audible, Prime Video, Kindle, and so on, due to the apps that come installed from the box. Many of those services are built right into the home screen also — swipe directly, and you are going to get access to a novel.

It’s an intuitive way to scroll through Amazon’s providers, but should you don’t utilize every single Amazon service out there, these sections of the house display only serve as advertisements — and also full-screen ones in that.

Even if you download the Netflix app, do not expect Amazon to urge content from it in that tab. Fire OS does not take advantage of Google Play Services, so you won’t have access to Google services like Google Drive, YouTube, etc unless you download them.

Amazon HD Fire 8 New Update

Even then you will not have access to this Google Play Store without making a major effort to get it. Alexa is part of the Fire tablet experience, and it works well.

You will have all the Alexa smarts that you would about the Echo, plus the ability to control specific aspects of the tablet’s applications — like opening specific apps, playing movies on Prime Video, and so on. 

Conclusion of Tab HD 8 (2020)

The Amazon Fire HD 8 is a good budget option for the ones that want an entertainment system, or who are plugged to Amazon’s ecosystem and also want a device that benefits from this. 

However, the unit is far from perfect.  It’s comparatively sluggish performance, the software can feel just like one big ad, and the screen isn’t great.

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