What’s so special about the Amazon Fire HD 8 that makes it better than the competition?

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Amazon Fire HD 8 Review

Quick Facts: 8″ HD display, 32 GB, designed for portable entertainment,

Colors Available: Black, Plum, Twilight Blue, White

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Amazon Fire HD 8 Review 2021

The Amazon Fire HD 8 is the newest model of Amazon’s Fire tablet series.

The number 8 references the screen size of the tablet, so the Amazon Fire HD 8, has an 8-inch screen.

There is a 10-inch model available for those who want a larger screen. (The Amazon Fire HD 10.)

This model also touts 32GB or 64 GB (which is twice the amount) of storage as previous models and 2GB of ram.

The battery lasts up to 12 hours.


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The Amazon Fire HD 8 is an entertainment tablet. Apps like Netflix, Facebook, Hulu, Instagram, TikTok, and more come programmed and ready to go.

Ease of use

We have personally tested the Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet in our own home.

We purchased this tablet as our new entertainment source after our old tablet died. It was out of date and we needed a new one anyway. We watch all our tv on the tablet so this was not a hard choice.

We have a three-year-old to watches “his shows” on the tablet. PBS is a life saver. Sometimes, we even log in to the Wi-Fi at the local grocery store and let him watch while we are running much needed errands.

Switching between apps is a breeze!

This is perfect for popping on the counter and watching while in the kitchen, or just sitting on the porch.

The Amazon Fire HD 8 is also big enough for the adults to sit together and enjoy a show (not just for solo viewing.)

We have not tested the 12-hour battery fully. So far, the longest it has been unplugged is 6 hours. Actually 5 and half hours on a trip back home.

Which Amazon Fire HD 8 is right for you?

Choosing between the models is easy because all you need to do is pick the size of the screen. 8 inches or 10 inches. Then pick a color! Simple!

Pro & Cons

– 32 or 64 GB of internal storage and up to 1 TB with microSD card

– 2 GB RAM

– Up to 12 hours of battery life

– 2.0 GHz quad-core processor

– Comes with Alexa

– Great price point (especially compared to other fire tablets on the market)

– Comes pre programmed with popular entertainment apps

– Kindle Reader (Kindle Unlimited Membership Plans)

– Does not come with Google Apps (There is a workaround)

–  Is not a regular tablet. Made for entertainment only.

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Who is it For:
Everyone and anyone who wants their entertainment all in one place. Suitable for travel and travelers.

Who is it Not For:
 not for people who want more than entertainment on their tablet. If you want more of a computer this is not the right tablet for you.


Amazon Fire HD 8 Specs

Fire HD 8

Display 8” high-definition touchscreen; 1280 x 800 resolution at 189 ppi, HD video playback, with IPS (in-plane switching) technology
Size 8.0” x 5.4” x 0.4” (202 x 137 x 9.7 mm)
Weight 12.5 oz (355 g) Actual size and weight may vary by configuration and manufacturing process
CPU & RAM Quad-core 2.0 GHz with 2 GB of RAM
Storage 32 GB (24.8 GB available to user) or 64 GB (55.6 GB available to user) of internal storage. Add microSD card for up to 1 TB of additional storage. Some apps may require that they are installed on internal storage. App or feature updates may impact available storage.
Battery life Up to 12 hours of reading, browsing the web, watching video, and listening to music. Battery life will vary based on device settings, usage, and other factors such as web browsing and downloading content. Certain software features or apps may reduce battery life.
Charge time Fully charge in under 5 hours using the USB-C cable and 5W power adapter included in the box. Fully charge in under 4 hours with 9W adapter (sold separately), and under 3 hours with 15W adapter and USB type C to C cable (adapter and cable sold separately).
Wifi connectivity Dual-band wifi. Supports public and private wifi networks or hotspots that use the dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n/ac standards with support for WEP, WPA, and WPA2 security using password authentication; does not support connecting to ad-hoc (or peer-to-peer) wifi networks. Wifi 6 (802.11 ax) is not currently supported.
4G connectivity N/A
Ports USB-C (2.0) connector for charging; microSD slot for external storage.
Audio 3.5 mm stereo jack and integrated speaker; external volume controls
Sensors Accelerometer, ambient light sensors
Camera specs 2 MP front- and rear-facing cameras with 720p HD video recording
Location services Location-based services via wifi
Available colors Black, Twilight Blue, Plum, White
Bluetooth Built-in Bluetooth 5.0 LE with support for A2DP compatible stereo headphones, speakers, microphone, and LE accessories
Accessibility features VoiceView screen reader enables access to the vast majority of Fire tablet features for users who are blind or visually impaired using text-to-speech or a connected refreshable braille display. Screen magnifier enables viewers to zoom in and out, and pan around the screen. Fire tablets also include accessibility settings for Closed Captioning, Font Size, High Contrast Text, Color Inversion, Color Correction, and Convert Stereo to Mono audio. (Captions are not available for all content.) Accessibility for Fire tablets
Warranty and service 90-day limited warranty and service included. Optional 1-year, 2-year, and 3-year extended warranty available for U.S. customers sold separately. Use of Fire HD 8 tablet is subject to Amazon’s Conditions of Use and these terms.
Included in the box Fire HD 8 tablet, USB-C (2.0) cable, 5W power adapter, and Quick Start Guide
Generation 10th generation – 2020 release

Conclusion: Final Thoughts

The Amazon Fire HD 8 is an awesome choice for entertainment purposes. It is also the cheapest on the market!

It has many great features and in our opinion is a great entertainment tablet.


Have you used this tablet before? Let me know your thoughts in comments below.

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3 thoughts on “What’s so special about the Amazon Fire HD 8 that makes it better than the competition?”

  1. Hi!
    I didn’t know that Amazon already has its own tablet! And the price seems very attractive, especially for the 10-inch tablet. I have Samsung Galaxy, but it is pretty old now – about 6 years, and the battery doesn’t work long. I was thinking about buying a new one, and this offer is pretty good. Does it mean, if it is designed for entertainment only, I cannot download apps like Word?
    Thank you!

  2. Fire HD 8 seems like a great product with good features although I got a little bit disappointed it’s made only for entertainment purposes. I really enjoyed reading your review, it was really detailed and informative. I need a device also for work so I assume Fire HD 8 is not the right pick for me. I am looking forward to the next reviews.

  3. I had no idea that Amazon had it’s own tablet! What is the price range this product is sold in?

    I have to admit that I’m an Apple ipad person – I’ve had my ipad for almost six years, actually, and do probably need to start thinking about updating it. I would consider getting a non-apple tablet, but I’d have to be sure that it is able to do everything I need on it, mainly work stuff. Just because of that, I don’t think this tablet is the right fit for me, but I appreciate such a detailed review.



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