Amazon Fire HD 8, a Budget Tablet for Your Daily Media Consumption

Amazon Fire HD 8

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The 2017 model of the Amazon Fire HD 8 offers better specs than its predecessor. Why should you buy this one? It brings a lot of bang for the buck, that’s why. It is a worthy possession because the price is not only affordable, but the specs are also decent. Here is a complete review of the new Fire HD 8.

Design

There are significant improvements, but certain aspects remain unchanged. For example, the new model still feels hefty although it is not that bad considering it weighs around 369g. It carries a 8-inch screen, so slipping it inside a handbag can be a struggle. In terms of design, it doesn’t feel special because the whole body is wrapped in plastic. There are a few color choices. If you get tired with the same black, there are also blue, red, and yellow. The speakers are located on one side. As far as audio quality is concerned, they do a good job. The tablet also features Alexa, a voice assistant that can help you access various stuff on the tablet using voice commands.

Display

The 1280×800 HD display is clearer than that of the Fire 7, but still lags behind its rivals. If you expect the quality of a premium screen, then this is not for you. Thankfully, the viewing angles are wide. You can see the screen clearly from different sides. The color reproduction is also natural and beautiful. It does kind of struggle outdoors although the brightness levels are to be overlooked. You can read texts without a problem, but if you want a device solely for reading e-books, then an e-reader will be a better option. There is also a Blue Shade feature which keeps brightness low at night. This setting is necessary for those who like to read before sleep. It can be exhausting to look at a bright screen when the surroundings are dark.

Amazon Fire HD 8 2

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Performance

It is powered by a 1.3GHz Quad-Core processor with 1.5GB of RAM. These specs were fairly standard for a tablet. The processor can handle games and other apps very well. It can be laggy sometimes especially if you open certain apps. The multitasking runs smoothly although not particularly snappy. It comes in two storage options, which are 16GB and 32GB. You can choose one that suits your needs. Either is spacious enough for saving tons of images and games. But for movies, the storage needs to be expanded since their file sizes can exceed 1GB each. It can handle basic things like web browsing and streaming, but certain games need to be adjusted or it will lead to lag. Don’t forget to lower the brightness if you want the device to last longer. Actually, the battery life is not poor at all. It can get you through a whole day before charging. (Also read: LG V20 Review)

Features

For an avid Amazon fan, the Amazon Fire HD 8 is a great offer as it comes preloaded with services from the company. It makes content management feel easier. Besides, it’s worth-noting that the user interface looks different though it’s based on Android. Well, the UI is specifically designed to integrate well with Amazon services. So if you have favorite shows or books, expect to see quick shortcuts to access those types of content.

Amazon Fire HD 8 specs:

  • 214 x 128 x 9.7 mm (size)
  • 8-inch (1280 x 800) LCD screen
  • 1.3GHz quad-core processor
  • 1.5GB of RAM
  • 16GB of storage with microSD support
  • Fire OS 5 based on Android
  • 2MP back camera, 0.3MP front camera

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