Fire HD 8 Tablet (8" HD Display, 16 GB, with Special Offers) - Black
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- 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
- Dual-band Wi-Fi
- 90-day limited warranty
Release Date: 04-10-2018
Details: Fire HD 8 | Designed for entertainment.
Package Dimensions: 10.3 x 6.1 x 1.4 inches
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Ok. The processor can be sluggish and the screen has a low resolution, but it's cheap, rugged, and works well for the price point. This thing is like the old truck you don't mind hauling bricks in. If you're invested in the Amazon digital infrastructure it's a no brainer. I'm using it for media consumption at home and on the go. I didn't want to spend big money for a fancy car stereo, so I use it to connect to the Bluetooth in my car and have a pretty good all around entertainment source for my car audio. Popped in a 256GB microSD card and I have access to my Amazon music, Audible, and when parked and waiting, my Amazon Prime video library. Great little tablet (within reason) that I highly recommend, if you're invested in Amazon digital media services.
I’m so confused on these. I bought 2 - one for each kid - exact same model. But they are different. The set up process was different on both, and the child settings is different. On my son’s I have no way to set the language as that option doesn’t show - so he is showing a bunch of Spanish content... on my daughters I have the option for the language, but lack the option to disable in-app purchases. It’s mind boggling... they should be the same!!UPDATE: Customer service was helpful in fixing the above issues. Apparently they arrived needing about 19 system updates... may be good to have instructions to check that during initial setup to eliminate some frustrations. Additionally some annoying un-intuitive things. I added approved websites for my kids but they weren't showing up under websites - they will only show up under "added for you" apparently... but they are websites... so they should show there too in my opinion. Also one of the educational math websites I added wouldn't show. After 30 mins with customer service trying to figure out why it wouldn't show, it was determined that it was being picky on the website... I needed to put in the specific page in the web address vs the main landing page for some reason... Customer service was prompt and friendly and helpful though, and stayed on the phone to ensure everything was set up correctly so we don't have frustrations on Christmas morning. These definitely aren't ipads, but neither is the price point and they are great for kids!
So far so good. I love the yellow color and it's easy to hold. I debated getting the fire HD 7 but wanted something with a longer battery life. It came on time but was misplaced, which is worrisome because it was pre-programmed with my Amazon account (something to think about when leaving delivery notices).I have owned tablets of better quality, but I only used them to read and watch movies. This $50 product gets the job done at a great price.
The old adage that some folks would complain if you hung them with a new rope, seems to apply to some folks who want to compare their 80 dollar Fire, to a 500 + dollar IPad. Yes, the sound is bad, and the screen isn't as bright as an IPad, but for what I bought it for---to keep my books, and pictures so as not to keep my IPad cluttered up---it is just right. It must be doing something right because when I log onto my IPad now, it sometimes tells me my screen time is way down. I guess what I'm trying to say is, don't expect it to do what your mega-buck IPad will do. It just ain't gonna happen. Accept it for what it is, and you will be much happier.
First, the only reason I got the gen8 Fire8 was because I cracked the screen on my old one plus it was not acting the way it was when I first got it... when you tapped an app it would just go back to the home screen, it crashed more frequently and it was getting slow.As for the new gen8 Fire8... Although they claim a longer battery life, it's still about the same as my older gen6. My gen 6 Fire had a much better bright white background. The gen8 is amore yellow/warm white. It's slightly heavier. When they say that it saves ALL of your settings from your older Fire... it does not. I had to factory reset it twice to get my Silk bookmarks/favorites, and still had to manually put them back on my Silk home page. Most of the apps, although in the cloud, still had to be downloaded manually. And although it did save the wallpaper I was using, none of the apps or app folders were there. Also, the gen 6 power button and volume buttons were silver on the gen 6 the ones on the gen8 are black... it looks cheap.A couple of other things... The auto rotate is really ******* slow or nonexistent, You sometimes have to literally bang it against the table to get it to turn. Silk, the Amazon browser, has a glitch where in the "light" mode, the letters in the search box will most times show up white on the white background making it impossible to read. And this was an annoyance even on the gen6, on the Amazon website, you can't expand the screen, so the lettering for product descriptions is so tiny, you need a magnifying glass to read (and I do not have bad eyesight). This, I admit might be my fault, but if there is a setting for this, I cannot find it. The screen expansion works for everything else...And finally, I have had an Amazon Fire for a number of years (5-6?) and have contacted customer service numerous times over that time. And I will say that the customer service was great in the beginning. But now, if you use their customer service, do not bother with Email. They will always reply that you need to call or chat. And if you do call, it is often difficult to understand the accents, will almost always blame it on your particular Fire (although it usually is a glitch on the Amazon software) and often times don't know how to fix the problem.
What you need to ask yourself is... What do you need it for? At under $100 it performs exceptionally well for streaming on WiFi, movies, music, lite games and general amazon apps. The amazon OS (operating system) is on the android platform. The tablet is ready to use right out of the box. It operates focused on Amazon content and apps. For people who wish to use more google apps some extra downloads will need to be done to access those. It’s not straight forward or user friendly to accomplish that but it can be done to do that. The screen is pleasing graphically at 8 inches. Touch screen is responsive but can lag depending WiFi connection at times. It can operate in an off line mode without Alexa. The sound with Dolby is good within a couple feet for a personal devise (better than a smart phone). It’s light weight but aquard to carry around at its size. What this tablet is... it’s an entry level (inexpensive) tablet that will do and run all the basic stuff very well and Alexa is neat to be able to help. My main gripe is that reading about the benefits for the tablet that a case for it goes into great detail, however, it is not included, nor is it a part of what is included and is a bit misleading. That having been said, I am happy with the purchase. The battery has been preforming well at lite to normal use, with a reacharge overnight. I use my cell phone to hot spot a WiFi connection to the tablet on the go and a separate Bluetooth speaker for music, which also makes movies sound better. All in all, this tablet is a great choice if you know what to expect it’s not supposed to do or be. It is 3 times cheaper than say an iPad... so, affordable and great for entertainment uses... I enjoy using it!
I bought this as a gift thinking it would be a good starter piece for someone who is very outdated in the technology arena. I hate ads, so I went with the ad-free version. When the tablet arrived, I thought I had gotten the wrong one, but no. Amazon just makes it impossible NOT to have their stuff shoved in your face. There's a screen for Audible, books, products, recommendations based on your recent purchases... I didn't buy a shopping device, I bought a g--d--- tablet. It went right back and I spent 3x more for a proper tablet from Samsung.
First I want to thank Amazon for this gift I never thought I would win a prize. I love the kindle the screen is larger and the picture is good . It can be put into a docking bay to charge and watch . it has 16 GB internal storage. There is a slot for a sd card with up to 400 GB for extra storage. That is so much storage options. If you have prime you can download movies to watch while out of wifi range. I can watch crtv on this kindle from the silkie app . It won't run on my other kindle. I looked it up to see how much it cost and it is such a good bargain for all it does . Other tablets cost so much more. You can't go wrong if you buy this tablet. It would make a great gift.
Many things about the Fire Tablet 8" HD display are superb, and I recommend it.The reason for the "4" rating is that there are many new features which make for a "learning curve" for people (like me) who had an early version of the Kindle Fire. I wasn't expecting all the additional learning to use the new Kindle Fire. I am making progress on it, but have not yet mastered all the intricacies.
Like all Kindle Fire tablets, this one is an excellent e-reader. I purchased it because I've found the 10" Fire I bought last year is just a bit too large for travelling. The 8" version is not much of a step up, if at all, over previous versions in the Fire tablet line. I have at least one app on both of my devices (Google Wifi) for which the 10" model definitely outperforms the newer 8" model. One neat thing about this table is that it can be enabled as an Alexa device (as does my 10" model). One thing that is not neat is what you have to do to install apps for products like the Ring doorbell and TP-Link smart plugs. This is best accomplished by side-loading Google Play, which for obvious reasons is not in the Amazon app store. It's actually pretty easy if you just bring up one of the U-tube videos on the web that explains how, with links to the files you need to download to the tablet to get it to work (Google "install google play on fire hd 8"). Hats off to the folks who've figured this out. As for the tablet's interface, it has a few quirks, but does let you arrange your app icons in folders, extend memory to a (removable) flash drive, build play lists for music stored on the device (a real boon when flying, since you can then listen while reading), and use Google Earth to display .kmz files you constructed on its desk top big brother just by clicking on the file in your downloads folder. If you want you can also use blue tooth devices. While an excellent device for the price point, I'm docking it a star for forcing users to side load Google Play to get apps for products Amazon sells and for not being exactly truthful as to how little an upgrade this tablet represents.
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 that’s small and inexpensive like I was. The only reasons I can see anyone buying a Fire 7 is if it’s 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 it’s size and yes even it’s price. It’s the perfect size unlike the Fire 7 which to me really isn’t 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 that’s just the 16GB. Anything below 16GB is not enough to handle device updates and allow for storage space for much of anything. There’s not much money saved either in buying a Fire 7 8GB with a micro SD Card, been there, done that and I won’t 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. It’s 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 it’s no iPad by any means. At times I find myself forgetting what device I’m on and that speaks volumes! If you’re like me and enjoy utilizing everything a device has to offer, this one is the only way to go for it’s compact size, the quality and the price!
I have had my new Fire HD for a couple of weeks now and think I'm going to like it. The new blue light feature is nice as I like to read at night. I'm a bit concerned as I have experienced a few problems but nothing that restarting it hasn't taken care of. Size is good. The screen is clear and easy to read from. I don't like that I can't remove so of the pre-programed items like Silk but have found a way to work around them. Overall, I'm giving it a 4 star review.
I decided to get a new Fire 8". I made the mistake of thinking it would be like my 6" Fire, only 2" larger. Boy, what a mistake I made. First, it took me about 2 hours of trying to figure out how to get in. Swiping from right to left did not work. Then, it is full of ads for Amazon. Every page has "recommendations" of Amazon products, and only a teeny tiny spot for my stuff. There's even one page that is Shopping on Amazon, with recommendations of products for me to buy -- stuff I have absolutely no interest in. I was able to finally figure out how to hide and turn off all of the stuff I have no interest in, and now my Kindle Fire is about me and the books I want to read. I am happier with it than I was initially. It is truly a learning curve. I turned off Alexa, and hid all the icns for prime video, free time, audible, newstand, photos, games, goodreads, offers, videos, music, weather, emil, maps, etc. I have absolutely no interest in all of that crap. I tried to set up the calendar and discovered it wants me to load all my email to my Fire. I don't use a cellphone or my tablet to send and receive email. I don't use Google Calendar. I want to use the calendar on my Fire for the simple fact it is PRIVATE. If I wanted the world to see my calendar, I would use Google Calendar. My tablet is for reading books and watching Netflix. It is NOT a computer. I have a computer for email. I guess I will add the calendar feature to the Junk folder, since I CANNOT use it. As an ereader I would give it 5 stars. But, since Amazon is trying to make it a laptop instead of an ereader, I cannot justify giving it more than 3 stars.
Love the new Kindle Fire HD 8 tablet. I purchased it to use in my kitchen mostly for viewing live tv and streaming. It works great and I love the show mode dock. I love having the convenience of Alexa in my kitchen with hands free mode. If I need to ask a question, I just ask and then have the tablet resume my previous function. It's also great that it has my Kindle books there if I choose to read them in color. I do wish there was a cellular version + wifi so if I need data away from home I could connect.
I use my Fire HD tablet to read books, listen to audio books and watch TV & movies. I really like how quick & easy it was to get the new tablet up & running. Great sound and picture
I am pleased. This is an improvement over the 7" inch older one, both in display and storage. The display quality is improved, but still not like my HDX. Easy set up. Only glitch I have found is the Sync is under Device Options, not at the top of Settings. Sound of speakers nice, ear buds even better. Holds a charge for a full day of use, even with intense graphic apps. Speaking of apps, some developers are trying to do harm to Amazon by not making their apps available in this new 2018 release. Whether they missed a deadline, or are just plain stubborn, I am unsure. Just be aware that some of your apps may not be available until the developers grow up! Sideloading is an option if you are so inclined. Afterall, Alexa shows as being Sideloaded! Overall great tablet in this price range. I have not used the SD storage, as last experience with older 7" , most things will not move to external storage app wise. Also, if you are already an Amazon fan, and replacing older tablet, you can use the last backup from your old tablet to speed things up with the setup of this one by using the backup to restore the settings you have been using. It is part of the setup process. You need to know the name of the tablet whose backup you will be using. Still no Carousel :(
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.
The hardware in this tablet is no different than the 2016 version. It has the same processor and memory but is running with a newer version of Amazon's FireOS.The big change with this year's HD 8 is the addition of new hands-free Alexa features. When enabled the tablet can take voice commands like Amazon Echo devices and even replicate a more expensive Echo Show in its 'Show Mode." I found the recognition to work great and it's a welcome feature on a low cost tablet. There's also a dock available that will automatically enable "show mode" and charge the device at the same time.For the price it's hard to go wrong here. But you do get what you pay for in some ways : the warranty is only 90 days, and the aging processor is a bit sluggish on some web pages and apps. I suspect the new operating system combined with the 'always listening' feature running in the background impacts the overall performance.The HD10 is my current pick for Amazon tablets. If you can afford it go with that. It performs better and has a larger, nicer screen. But if you're on a tight budget this tablet is adequate for the task.
UPDATED REVIEW 10/7/2018 James in customer service worked with me for several hours and we were able to make everything work, including my 400 GB micro sd card. My suggestion to anyone having issues is to factory reset, do all the updates (both hardware and software) and then insert your sd card and format it to "portable storage" which incidentally is not the "recommended" option. Next I selected for any content able to be stored to the sd card to be stored there. After taking these steps I was able to do the following: 1. Download my kindle books with their accompanying audible narration to the sd card and either read, listen or have immersion reading, 2. Transfer my personal mobi format books to the INTERNAL storage of the kindle fire device itself in the Kindle folder. Per customer service personal books cannot be read from a micro sd card but this was not an issue for me because even after downloading all my kindle apps there was plenty of space for my mobi files. 3. Transfer my personal videos to the sd card (created a Movie folder for them ). I hope this helps!ORIGINAL REVIEW: Disappointing. My kindle arrived yesterday and customer service is already sending me a replacement. I purchased this new kindle specifically because it claims to support up to a 400 GB compatible micro sd card. The kindle I received would not communicate with the card for kindle ebooks or audible content. This despite the card being confirmed compatible by customer service as well as the kindle screen notification that the card had formatted correctly and was ready for use.As to the kindle itself, it performed as expected without the micro sd card installed. It is unfortunately not comparable to the Kindle Fire 7 HDX in either screen view or device speed. As others have noted it is disappointing Amazon has chosen not to produce a current version of the 2013 Kindle Fire HDX. I have used mine for 5 years but alas the screen no longer responds reliably. My Kindle Fire 10 is far superior in both aspects, but of course is limited by size and weight as well as accepting a maximum 256 GB micro sd card.I will update this review upon receipt of the replacement kindle. I am hoping this was just a singular defective device and not a larger issue of the 400 GB micro sd card compatibility. I am curious if anyone else has had this problem.
I was surprised at how sluggish this unit is compared to the updated ipads etc. It's noticeable. I'm debating whether to return mine or not. I'd agree with the other reviewers....the screen is low to mid-grade HD at best...IMO