For those who want a cheap, basic tablet, the Amazon Fire HD 8 is perfect primarily for media consumption and reading. It provides more features than e-readers from the Kindle Paperwhite or Kindle Oasis, which is much more lightweight than the very big Fire HD 10.

It’s a great way to binge Prime content, use Alexa, and just have a low-cost tablet to use everyday. The only minor niggle is that you can get the Fire HD 8 Plus for £20/$20 more which has a bit more RAM and comes with wireless charging.

Amazon Fire HD 8 :

Design

One of the best things about the Amazon Fire HD 8 is that while it’s a cheap tablet, it doesn’t appear in this price bracket as instantly dated as many others. It’s not bulky or dense, and is very durable. I wouldn’t mind chucking this tablet in a bag without a case or giving it to clumsy children (or clumsy adults).

I ‘m looking at the Amazon Fire HD 8 version in white. It is a pleasant look and has a textured finish that looks better than glossy plastic, and feels better. The tablet also comes in a wide range of hues.

The Fire HD 8 succeeds in such a way as to sound like an insult: it is not rubbish. Over the years, though, I’ve used many sub-£100 tablets that are, frankly, rubbish – and a constant reminder you’ve opted for cheap out.

Amazon Fire HD 8
Amazon Fire HD 8

 Screen

The screen is one of the weaker parts of the HD 8 and there have been no major updates to it. As is the case with all lower-cost Fire tablets, the specs are basic. What is most evident is that watching Prime content on isn’t a fantastic device for a tablet primarily intended for media use.

The screen is very reflective, making blacks look pretty gray and the relatively low resolution (1280 x 800) doesn’t look super-sharp even when spreading across the small 8-inch canvas.

The Fire HD 8 display can also struggle in bright environments, as the actual levels of brightness are not sufficiently strong to fight particularly strong rays. This should only be a problem if you are planning to use the tablet for reading outside – if this is your primary use then instead I would suggest plumping for a Kindle Paperwhite.

Performance

The Amazon Fire HD 8 isn’t really fast. Scrolling is never smooth and sometimes there is clear latency. I got used to it finally but it’s still much there.

The Amazon Fire HD 8 has at its heart a MediaTek processor which is somewhat comparable with Snapdragon’s low-end CPUs. It has 2 GB of RAM, which is as little as a tablet built on Android would possibly have without feeling annoyingly sluggish. You can bump it up to 3 GB with the Plus model for an extra £ 20 which I would likely suggest.

This year the 16 GB variant is out of stock and the base version only has 32 GB capacity. There’s also a 64 GB variant (£119/$119) available and support for MicroSD cards remains if you’d rather bump storage that way.

Battery Life

Amazon says the Fire HD 8 this year will last up to 12 hours of ‘reading, surfing the web and viewing footage,’ which is a good change over the previous model’s 10 hours.

This holds up to a large extent. At 50 percent light size, 7 percent of the battery absorbs an hour of Netflix, which is a fantastic performance. But, Crank the battery higher up and that will double. Because of the relatively bland screen, when I was doing stuff in a well-lit space I preferred to have the screen set to full brightness.

conclusion

That being said, for one specific audience I would highly recommend the Fire HD 8: Prime subscribers and frequent patrons of Amazon platforms like Kindle and Audible. If you fall into this group, you’ll love the Fire HD 8 — this tablet makes the Amazon community feel more seamless with Amazon goods becoming instantly and conveniently available. And of course Alexa on the Fire HD 8 tablet is still a highly engaging feature.