8″ HD display; 16 or 32 GB of internal storage (up to 400 GB with microSD)
1.3 GHz quad-core processor
Up to 10 hours of battery life
Alexa hands-free enabled
1.5 GB of RAM
2 MP front-facing camera + 2 MP rear-facing HD camera
October 20, 2018
This review is for those stuck between purchasing a Fire 7 or a Fire HD 8 Tablet:
Let me just get this off my chest first. I DO NOT RECOMMEND a Fire 7 AT ALL if your looking for a quality tablet thatâs small and inexpensive like I was. The only reasons I can see anyone buying a Fire 7 is if itâs for a very, very young child as a starter tablet or if your an adult who will only use it to read books. Otherwise the Fire HD 8 is going to be your best bet.
The Fire HD 8 is great quality for itâs size and yes even itâs price. Itâs the perfect size unlike the Fire 7 which to me really isnât much larger in screen size than my iPhone 6+. The Fire HD 8 comes with an ample amount of storage to be able to handle whatever updates it throws at you upon setup, and thatâs just the 16GB. Anything below 16GB is not enough to handle device updates and allow for storage space for much of anything. Thereâs not much money saved either in buying a Fire 7 8GB with a micro SD Card, been there, done that and I wonât do it again!
Now onto the fun stuff. The Fire HD 8 is HD! It has a longer battery life, downloads faster, has better sound quality and video quality than the Fire 7. Itâs also easier to start up a game and actually play it than the Fire 7. Everything that is possible to do with a Fire HD 8 Tablet is much more fun and less time consuming than a Fire 7. I highly recommend the Fire HD 8 Tablet if aside from reading, gaming and watching videos is also as important.
The only problem I have encountered with both Fire Tablets is their very finicky Location Services. I would have given the Fire HD 8 Five Stars if the Location Services worked better and therefore enabled me to restore from a backup. I will always have to setup as a new device every time I upgrade a device because it takes this brand tablet almost 24 hours to find my location if it even ever does?!
With all of that being said I highly recommend the Fire HD 8 Tablet. Although itâs no iPad by any means. At times I find myself forgetting what device Iâm on and that speaks volumes! If youâre like me and enjoy utilizing everything a device has to offer, this one is the only way to go for itâs compact size, the quality and the price!
I really wanted to like this tablet. I have many friends who have the Kindle Fire and they love it. I had high hopes but so far I’m not loving it. I stayed at a friend’s house a month before the newest edition came out. She has 3 Fires, all different sizes. I played on hers and liked them. So much that I was sold on buying one. I decided to get the newest one since it was due out in 3 weeks. The problem I’m having is it’s incredibly slow. It takes almost a minute and a half to open the screen from the lock. When it finally does it takes another 45 seconds to a minute to load the apps. That may not sound like a long time but for a tablet it’s an eternity. A brand new one at that. I tried to open Amazon store to review this Fire and it sat on a white screen for 3 minutes and 17 seconds. Yes, I timed it. Once the Amazon logo showed up it was another minute before the rest of the page loaded. Then I clicked on the menu to pull up my orders and it remained unresponsive. I put it down and picked up my phone to leave this review. As I type this it still has not accepted my command and is frozen. I don’t even have a lot loaded. Most apps on it are the ones that come hard coded on it. I’ve been trying to give it time to see if it will get better but I’m tired of fussing with it. There are times it works just fine but most of the time it’s very, very slow. IF I decide to get another one, I’m going one generation down. This one is not great. I’m beginning to think I may have gotten a dud but then I read other reviews and it seems this generation is struggling. Very sad because I wanted to like it. It’s back to Samsung for me.
UPDATE: First I want to say Amazon’s customer service is absolutely top notch! I received a phone call from them about 10 minutes after leaving this review. They did not try to “sell” me on keeping it nor did they patronize me and ask me to trouble shoot. I did inform them I had done all the basics of rebooting, factory reset, etc. There had apparently been an update that got stuck and didn’t fully complete. I completed it with his help and he asked me to give it a couple days. I did. Again, I had hoped that was going to fix the problem. Sadly, it didn’t. I received a follow up call from them a few days later and I told them I was still having the slowness problem. They graciously offered for me to return it and they would refund me. Overall, though I was sad to have to return the Fire, Amazon made the experience better with jumping into action.
I got my Fire HD 8 on release day and set up was a breeze. I side loaded the Google Play store (check Youtube, it’s easy) and installed my favorite Google apps, Youtube, Google Play Music, Google 1, Google Drive,Google Docs and a slew of other apps I like from the Play Store that Amazon’s app store does not provide and I’m loving the tablet. It’s no speed demon but for the price I wasn’t looking for cutting edge technology. I also bought the cover and the docking station and switch between the two easily as I retire to my bedroom for the night. I previously was using a Fire 6 tablet and a Samsung Galaxy tab S3. The Kindle Fire 6 was great for it’s size and the Galaxy Tab was great (older now, less reliable battery life due to age) for the same reasons but this Kindle Fire HD 8 blends the best of both worlds for me regarding size. It’s a nice companion to have near, lets me use the apps that I like, moderate gaming, lots of reading and now having both Amazon Music and Google Play Music, a slew of options for music. If you are looking for a workhorse you’re better off with your iPad or mainstream Android tablet . If you are looking for a nice reliable multimedia hub, look no further than this tablet. The price is on point for the features it has provided thus far and I am happy with my purchase. it is a great middle of the road tablet and the price it can’t be beat. I’m giving it 4 stars instead of 5 because there is nothing revolutionary about this tablet. It’s not a must have by any means but it fits the casual niche perfectly.