Amazon - Fire HD 8 - 8" - Tablet - 16GB 7th Generation, 2017 Release - Black

Load up this Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet with your favorite games, shows and books, and keep occupied when flying or riding. The 8-inch screen delivers a dazzling high-definition display, and a front-facing VGA camera offers easy video-conferencing with friends. This Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet is expandable up to 256GB more storage so you can carry your entire library.

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    What's Included


    • 5W power adapter
    • Amazon Fire HD 8 - 8" - Tablet - 16GB 7th Generation, 2017 Release
    • Quick Start Guide
    • USB 2.0 cable

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    96% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (2739 out of 2862)

    Features


    Android OS customized for Amazon

    Instantly access your favorite apps via the Amazon App Store.

    8" screen with 1280 x 800 resolution

    Crisp, bright resolution for watching movies, surfing the Web, reading books and more. The advanced polarizing filter offers clear visibility, even in bright sunlight.

    16GB internal storage plus microSD slot

    Provides plenty of space for music, movies, photos and more. Expand your storage up to 256GB with a microSD card (sold separately).

    Quad-core processor

    The fast quad-core processor consists of four high-performance 1.3 GHz cores for quick app launches, smooth games and videos, and great overall performance.

    Dual cameras for photos and face-to-face chat

    Features a VGA front camera and 2.0 MP rear-facing camera.

    Meet Alexa

    Alexa provides quick access to the entertainment you want, including music, games, audiobooks, and more. You can also ask Alexa questions, check your calendar, get news, find sports scores, and even control your smart home.

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    Customer rating

    4.6
    96%
    would recommend to a friend

    Expert rating

    3.8

    Pros

    Cons

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Fantastic for the price!

      Posted
      AlphaKryptonyte
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Now, I didn't expect this to be an amazing tablet, but people were generally saying it was snappy enough. I wanted a media tablet. Something I could use late at night to watch YouTube videos or an episode of my favorite show while laying in bed. I also like it for online shopping so I don't have to hold a laptop but am not looking at my phone screen. PROS: Tablet exceeded my expectations. It's great for media. I use this more than my phone and my laptop now. It's snappy, I was able to complete my homework for online classes, watch videos from CNN and other tasks without too much struggle It can be a general purpose tablet. HEED MY WARNING doing the following may void your warranty with Amazon, I'm not sure. But I installed the Google play store on my fire HD 8 and now have access to a huge selection of apps. I decided to do this after finding there was no good YouTube app from Amazon's app store. Because fire OS is basically Android with a heavy skin on it, everything runs perfectly as you can see from the pictures. SOUND IS FANTASTIC!!!! Did I say that loud enough? Yes they are still tablet speakers, no they won't fill your whole room with bumping bass but MY GOSH these are some GOOD tablet speakers. Better than my $900 smartphone, $1000 laptop and $500 iPad. What I'm trying to say is, the speakers are way better than the price point would suggest. Bravo Amazon. CONS: Ram is lacking. Doesn't excel in multitasking, drops tasks while you're away even if it was the last thing you were doing. It does this randomly however, and it's not always a problem. When it is it's very annoying. Screen is meh. It's good enough to not be a bother but coming from a 4k laptop and AMOLED display on my Google pixel XL, the screen is lacking. To the standard user, I don't think it will be noticeable though, and looks pretty good. Case and screen protector selection are sad and limited. Hopefully that changes soon as this tablet was just released this month. Cameras are useless. Not what I bought the tablet for so it didn't bother me one bit, but don't buy it for the cameras, a potato could take better photos. CONCLUSION: So overall I adore this tablet. I use it every day and now that I can have my Google apps and such on it, it is a fully functional Android tablet. It's wonderful, suits my needs, and hasn't disappointed me yet. Highly recommend.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Awesome low cost tablet

      Posted
      SyberTiger
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I bought the Fire HD 8 with 16MB ram on sale for $49.99 ($30 off sale and tax free day). My intent is to use it primarily to surf the internet while on the couch in front of the TV or in bed. If you've been using your cell phone to surf the internet at home this is a great solution for a more comfortable experience. Like others have stated, the Amazon Fire O/S is an Android flavor that Amazon modified and as such you can easily install the Google Playstore which allows you to download most of your favorite apps. You don't have to "hack" it to do this and installing the Google Playstore allows you to install the Chrome browser among other things. Basically, the Google apps and the Amazon Fire apps can coexist together so you don't have to remove any of the Amazon content or apps. Install Chrome, Gmail, Youtube, a nicer keyboard app and many Google apps as you like. Also, for those concerned that about the Amazon advertisements that show up ONLY ON THE LOCK SCREEN don't sweat it. No, you don't have to pay Amazon the extra $15 for an ad free lock screen. Simply call Amazon or open up a chat window with an Amazon rep and ask them to kindly remove the advertisements. It takes two minutes for them to do it remotely and apparently Amazon wants you to be a happy customer so they'll gladly do this for free. For $49.99 I'm very happy with the Amazon Fire HD 8. Lastly, I recommend the ZtoTop version of the case, the version with the built in handle that allows you to slide your hand in the backstrap to easily hold it without effort.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Pathetic and horrible support from Geek Squad

      Posted
      Papai
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      This review is more on the Geek Squad Protection service and not on the product. I contacted numerous times to numerous channels and raised my grievances but they somehow suppressed and concealed it. So I am taking this forum to raise my voice: I purchased Amazon Fire HD Tab from Best Buy 45 days ago..suddenly that stopped working since yesterday morning..I visited Best Buy Woodland Hills, Topanga Canyon Store yesterday to get possible support..I had purchased geek squad protection plan along with it, so when I reported problem, he agreed to order for a replacement but that would cost my protection plan and my plan will end yesterday with that replacement order.. so for the new tab, I am on my own if that face any issue even on the next day..But when I mentioned, its only 2 months old and for first 6 months I should be able to get manufacturer warranty and afterthat Best Buy protection plan should kicks in and that's why people purchase protection plan for longer duration benefit..So, that guy said, Best Buy does not have any contractual collaboration with Amazon, so any issue with their device, they can not help, only they can order a replacement with the cost of protection plan.. I countered by saying, had I not purchased protection plan that time, and I have similar issues after 45 days of purchase, then what will best buy do at that moment? Best Buy still should be liable and assist me while I ran issues with a product purchased from them and that too only 2 months ago... the guy said, it's not necessary Best Buy will stand always.and asked me to contact Amazon by myself.. I asked Amazon customer service contact number and he did not able to give that even ... and he tried to miscommunicate and convey misleading information. that guy named RAY PAUL from Geek Squad Woodland Hills, CA store Order Number: BBY01-805510542974

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great tablet for the price!

      Posted
      ticalv123
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      If you're looking for a tablet that can surf the web, play games, read e-books, stream movies and videos, download social media and many other apps look no further because this tablet can do it all. For the price it's really not a bad choice at all. Compared to other HD tablets, this Fire HD 8 isn't the best HD quality wise, but it's still better than standard definition. Another small complaint I would say would also be the brightness on the screen. When set at default (50% brightness) the tablet doesn't look so bright, but of course to remedy this you can adjust this by raising the brightness level to the max to get the brightest picture possible, which is awesome. I only mention this because most other tablets usually are pretty bright when left at 50% brightness. Other than that I have no other negative thing to say about this tablet. The battery life is good. The build of the product feels well put together. The sound quality is a jump from last years Fire because it has 2 speakers and are both Dolby Audio certified. Set up is pretty easy and if you owned a Kindle Fire in the past you can simply download and transfer all your apps over to this new one, via Amazon Cloud, simply by registering using your Amazon account, which is no hassle at all. Touch screen is very responsive and additional memory can be added up to 128GB via microSD. I would recommend this product to anyone looking to pickup a tablet to do everyday tasks, casual gaming and video streaming. For the price you really can't go wrong with this product.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Ho-Hum, Good & Bad

      Posted
      Azoic
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      I can only compare my Fire HD 8 16 GB (2017) to my two Fire HD 7 8 GB 2012 (2nd Gen) units. Fire HD 8 16 GB (2017) - Pros - Wider screen - better for viewing movies. - Multiple small icons on home screen. - Around 50% more RAM - Can add microSD up to 256 GB (no need to buy 32 GB) - Good value w/ $20 discount: $59 is lot less than the Fire HD 2012. - Offers Alexa, but I haven't figured it out (I have a Fire Stick on HDTV). Fire HD 8 16 GB (2017) - Cons - Same 1208 x 800, 720p HD resolution. - Only 1.3 GHz (2012 was 1.2 GHz) - Crummy front/rear cameras, no auto-focus; 2012 rear only, w/ auto-focus. - Retains panels of previously used screens: annoying to delete. - Can only send Prime videos to HDTV via Fire Stick. - No micro-HDMI port to send any content to HDTV - Held horizontal, all controls and wires are awkwardly located on one side. - Blue Shade (read at night) seems useless. - Amazon brand case is too expensive and does not stand well in portrait view. - Reviews for third party cases: sometimes expensive, almost always shoddy, usually fail at portrait view Where is the Amazon brand case with a fitted snap-on hard back and a fold over cover that offers true protection? I have them for my Paperwhite 2nd Gen and Fire HD 2012 - they are excellent. On/off and volume control buttons failed on one Fire HD 2012. The other 2012 works perfectly after six years. Paperwhite is fantastic. Note: Fire HD 10 32 GB with 1920 x 1200 and 1080 resolution offers much better viewing, but $150 is way too much. A current $80 discount for iPad 2017 makes Apple's entry model $249. I may try it. Bottom line: If it comes back to $59, the Fire HD 8 16 GB (2017) is a worthwhile purchase.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Good resolution

      Posted
      DemocraticUnderground
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      With the recent promotion for the Amazon Fire HD8 tablet, I just had to get one. It's been a while since I bought a tablet and the one I currently have is getting to be very slow. The tablet will come with a micro USB charging/data cable and a wall adapter. The tablet itself has some weight to it compared to the kindle tablets but won't be a problem if you use it to read sitting up. Initial setup was very straight forward. Once you connect to the WiFi and login to your Amazon account, you should be in the FireOS interface. The tablet is bundled with Amazon apps so everything is just a few swipes away on the screen. The interface itself, is very smooth so I didn't notice any lags at all. I did try a few games and there were some that were a bit slow at times and this was expected from a tablet at this price range. I will mainly use it to browse online and watch videos so don't see this as a huge setback. The buttons, charging port and headphone jack are all on top which will need some getting used to since most devices I've used had side buttons for the power/volume and charging/headphone ports are at the bottom. To the left side are two speakers and there's a micro SD card slot on the right for those who need more memory. The memory card option will be handy since this tablet is only 16GB and I think you have about 11-12GB free out of the box.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Nice Tablet

      Posted
      Kmecca
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      I went into Best Buy fully intending to purchase a Kindle Paper White. On display right next to it though, was this nifty little tablet in 3 delicious colors. And the adorablly little matching cases too! So, for less money, you get to read, watch movies, play games (if that's what you like), surf..... I love this little cutie! Now, for under $80, don't expect a Samsung, but the truth is, the speakers truly out-perform any tablet I've used - including my Samsung Note 10. Watching a movie is great with beautiful sharp picture and true stereo sound with good bass. I read books and send myself articles to read later. Very comfortable on the eyes. Only thing I don't care for is the blue light filter. Not useful for me, just kind of orangey. Only other flaw is very minor - there is this light leak thing on the screen when switching between apps. No big deal and it seems to be true for all the Kindle fire tablets from their first introduction.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great budget slate

      Posted
      Dungeonjoe
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      For the price, it really can't be beat. It's awesome for what it is, an ereader, that browses the web, and plays games. However, there is no google, and You are stuck with there (Amazons) strange operating system. For a casual user that hasn't owned a full blown Android tablet or ipad, it is great. End of story, buy one. But, if you have owned a real Android tablet or equivalent, then this can be frustrating. If you are a power user, good news, Google is very easy to add, opening up this puppy's potential, and can be done from the tablets browser without the need of connecting to a pc, rooting the device, and losing your warranty. So, once that's been done, you have an amazing tool for an amazing price. The bad news, Alexa isn't the best AI and tends to have notifications that pop up but won't allow you to swipe them away. You have to go into apps and click on the notifications box for Alexa to disable them then re'enable to make them go away. Frustrsting. Last complaint, forced adverts. Not so bad on the 16gb 8 inch, but in the 8 gb 7inch it is terrible. I bought the thing, why force adverts on me? All in all its a solid tablet for a great price. 4 out of 5 stars. Or 8.5 outta 10

      I would recommend this to a friend

    What experts are saying

    Rating: 3.8 out of 5 stars with 13 reviews

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    • Tech Advisor (UK)Rating, 4 out of 5Henry Burrell on December 21, 2017
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