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Amazon - Fire HD 8 - 8" - Tablet - 16GB 8th Generation, 2018 Release - Marine Blue-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 1994 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good products good price but with disappointments

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    George
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    First, the positive side. I purchased a Samsung tab A 8" before this one more than twice the price, I was nearly shocked it was not HD and has only ONE speaker with small sound, not even mention stereo. That's most important yet basic for a tablet to read, watch, and listen. Only camera is better and you get Google play store. But who really use tablet camera at home? Smart phones have much better camera now. Amazon app store is OK for me to live with. Of course I returned Samsung tab and bought this one for less than half the price with HD display and two speakers of stereo sound. I almost feel people are fooled to buy into Samsung's name. And even gave high ratings! I assume they never used HD display and two speaker stereo sound. Given above said of products and price, still there are a lot of disappointments. Especially because I have a Fire HD 7" used more than 5-6 years. Now let's go to negative side. In general, the new HD 8" tab has no any improvements from my many year old HD 7". With some features only stayed same while a lot even getting worse except screen is bigger. More details here compare my HD 7": What remain same, CPU, RAM, Storage. Display about same but brightness is lower have to adjust to high end for a new tablet. Touch screen is dull less responsive, you have to TAP rather than TOUCH, bit annoying. Although still has two speakers stereo, but sound is too small low volume have to adjust to high end. Very small round holes at speaker opening instead of longer opening on my HD 7" which sound is much louder and full only used half volume for watching movies has more room if I want to listen music. I was actually quite amazed so small speakers can play such loud and beautiful music. The cameras are poorer even though I don't need to use. Still 2mp front and rear are too low now a days. 2mp front and 5 rear are minimal I think as was HD 7". Typing gets more difficult because keyboard not respond to touch but TAP little harder. One big very useful feature is missing, my HD 7" has voice input for typing ten times faster but I can't find it on new HD 8". I remember Fire tab said can cast Youtube only to smart TV but I am unable to link up to my TV. Not sure if they dropped it. One thing still same but I hope can change. It's more convenient and handy to recharge the tablet from bottom when you hold tablet upright instead from top port. Maybe more not in my mind right now. Many people might never use Fire HD 7" before to fully understand my comments above. For this price and products, I really can't complain. On the other hand, it is a pity and regret that new HD 8" is not even keep up same quality level as HD 7" many years ago. Let alone upgrade. I wish Amazon will see/ read my review. I was more satisfied and amazed of my many year old HD 7".

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Technophile's Thoughts

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    DavjaRaqua
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    This is gonna be a weird review, but bear with me. I bought an Amazon tablet once before and HATED it. While it can be made to run Google Play Store/apps, only someone with IT experience will get that working. But... I had some Best Buy gift cards, nothing that I needed, and they had a tablet with decent specs for $50. So, I thought I'd give it a 2nd chance as a secondary tablet... ...Which, for that purpose, the Amazon Fire HD 8 is a great device! Pros: It has GPS, which Best Buy says that is doesn't. So, download an app like Maps.me and you have a GPS even if you don't have internet! You just have to download the maps in the app before you go on your trip... The screen is clear and crisp. It's fairly zippy. Don't expect a powerhouse, but it does run some big apps much more quickly than my other tablet. Surprisingly. The tablet's storage is adequate for throwing a few large apps on and still having plenty of room to play with. And, with a Micro SD card, it exceeds most tablets that I've used. ie The Fire 8 actually moves large apps to the SD card. My Samsung Galaxy Tab A says that it does, but 99% of the files stay on the device; I've looked in the file directory. TL;DR You really can put any number of apps that will fit on your Micro SD, not just movies, photos, etc... Can't leave this list without mentioning the PRICE!!! As aforementioned, I got it on sale for $50. At this price range, I have never seen a better tablet. Ever... If they dropped it another $10, I might have gotten 2... I got this because I work with kids and it is looking like it will be AWESOME for that purpose. Cons: The WiFi is a lil bit slower (I measured) than more expensive tablets, but not unreasonably so. I had zero issues streaming HD movies. The app store leaves much to be desired, but it's sufficient for my needs. Again, it is possible to make it run Google Play Store/apps, but don't even bother attempting it unless you're good with computers. Really... You will ruin your device. The home screen is annoying because it has no way, that I've found so far, to make it look as cleaned up as I do with an Android device. But, it does let you put all icons into a single folder so that kinda fixes the problem. Overall: I LOVE THIS TABLET. No, it will not be a replacement for a powerhouse tablet for gaming or graphic design, but it will treat the ultra-low-budget gamer well. If you just need a tablet to surf the internet and watch Netflix, I see NO REASON to get another tablet; you can use the hundreds of dollars saved to buy the Micro SD and still have a tonne of money leftover. The possible 400gb of actual expandable storage, when combined with this price point, puts it heads and shoulders above ANY COMPETITION.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Amazon Fire 8 (16GB) - poor battery life

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    Size16
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    My wife has an older Kindle that is about 10 years old and the keys just don't work like they used to. She decided to replace it with a Fire 8" tabiet (16GB) after seeing that the prices on new Kindles of similar quality were out the roof. Long story short: She likes the new tablet as a Kindle reader (with two big caveats). The down sides (why I took off two stars): After charging the unit overnight, the battery life is not good and the display auto-dims to levels that make it essentially unusable for her. We turned off the auto-brightness and manually set it to an acceptable level (which is not overly bright). None-the-less, she needs to charge it over night, every night, or she wakes up and finds it down to below 10%. Huh? She doesn't surf the web or have Wi-Fi on most of the time so why is the battery only lasting 3-4 hours? I hear that this is a common battery life for these units. Amazon needs to replace the existing power platform and programming with a higher capacity battery and better power management if they expect people to be satisfied. I can't comment on the general usefulness of the Tablet outside of using it as a Kindle reader. If battery life is any indication, it would likely only function for a couple of hours before needing to be recharged. Unfortunately, she was used to using her dedicated Kindle reader for days at a time--something this tablet doesn't come close to providing as a reader. The moral of the story: Buy a dedicated Kindle reader instead if that is what you intend to use the Fire 8" tablet for.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Amazon's parental controls are the BEST I've seen

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    Sargentrock
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    This latest release of the Amazon tablet is a perfect tablet for kids, or really anyone who needs a basic tablet for light entertainment. We bought two for our kids for the holidays this year along with protective cases. They love them for the games, books, videos, etc., and to have a tablet they can call their own. As parents we love them for two reasons--1) the price just can't be beat. It's a solid tablet, and does enough to keep our kids entertained when we need them to be. The thing that sets this tablet apart from any other tablet on the market for kids is Amazon's parental controls. They are the best that I've seen (and we've tried several other kids tablets) and Amazon is constantly updating them and making improvements. You can log in at any time from a computer or phone, and control each child's individual account from your Amazon account. You control the apps available, the books available, the videos available, the amount of time they can use the tablet on any given day, etc. You can even shut it down from wherever you are!!! Amazon has clearly put a lot of thought into the parental controls available. The biggest drawback to the tablet is that this is the second one we've had to buy for one of our kids due to the terrible charging port. We've told our kids we have to be the ones that plug it in, but it will still break (I've had these awful ports on my samsung phones before the fantastic redesign on the S9)--they just aren't durable and the metal tab will break. If you can get a few years out of it before that happens then you'll be getting your money's worth. The good thing is Amazon saves the account information so if you get a replacement or an upgrade you can set it up just like the original. Overall I highly recommend this, EXPECIALLY for parents that want to have some control over their children's online life.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Wonderful tablet, I love it for the price

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    Ken70
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    I have purchased 4 of these in a years time. One for my daughter, one for my 93 year old Aunt and 2 for myself. These tablets are great for anything. I just discovered that they will verbally read all my Kindle books if I turn on text to speech. My IPad will supposedly do that but it is much more complicated and not easy to do. I chose to not use my memory card for internal memory but decided to load about 10,000 scanned and digitized pics on it from my laptop and then I use a program call F-Stop slide show for Kindle and I can use the Fire for easily viewing all my digital data taken from my removable memory card, I love it. There is also a procedure found on the internet that shows you how to load the Google play store by downloading four programs in the correct sequence, I have done this on 3 of my Amazon fires. Then you can download the Google Keyboard with the microphone built in so you can dictate emails, etc. I read all my books with it or just listen to them with the text to speech feature. I have talked to a friend about this and now he wants one even though he has a 9.7 IPad. I also have an IPad but really enjoy these Amazon Fires for my digital pics and reading Kindle Books. They also work great as an Alexa, I have many devices that work with it. When the price goes back to $50 my friend will also buy one. Also, the adds only show up on the lock screen, so don’t pay more to get rid of them.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    If only it was a tad quicker...

    Posted
    paolomarco
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    Bought on a Black Friday deal, this tablet from Amazon is exactly what you might expect from a cheap piece of such hardware: it has its flaws, but you can't get much better for that price. First of all, you need to know that this tablet has Amazon's version of Android, which does not come with Google Play Store and a few other services from that vendor. While you can find most apps on Amazon App Store, it is sometimes quite inconvenient to manually install apps from .apk files (you never know what's inside them) and a "hack-install" of Google Services and Play Store can sometimes cause a headache. The screen quality is decent. It isn't FHD and the image is not nearly as crisp as in an iPad Pro or Galaxy Tab S3, but again - you pay only a percentage of the price of those two. It's acceptable... unless you intend to work in direct sunlight a lot. In that case - consider a more expensive alternative. The Amazon Tab 8 has only 1.5GB of RAM and a relatively weak processor, which makes it a rather slow tablet... and it feels. Don't expect it to be an F1 car... rather an old diesel-powered family mobile... which can get annoying. Overall... it has a lot of flaws, most of which its slow operation is the worst in my opinion, but there's not much to choose from in the price range it was on Black Friday...

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    OK, but limited use

    Posted
    JoeBlack
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    I purchased this tablet for a three-week trip overseas as a low-cost alternative to carrying a laptop. The tablet performed fine for what I needed it to do, mainly accessing my Gmail account and watching downloaded Netflix videos (this app and function work great). The video/photo apps are a little weird; when I pull up photo and video from a micro SD card, the thumbnail images do not display in exact chronological order. There is no obvious setting or other fix to this bug. The biggest drawback of this device is limited apps; only apps from Amazon's website can be downloaded. Google Home and other apps cannot be installed without the use of a "jailbreak" website link. Chromecast technology will not work. Google Play will not install, which prevented me from taking advantage of the free anti-Virus program that Best Buy advertised when I made this purchase. Ridiculous! The value for the money is OK. But buyers should be aware that they will not have access to the full range of apps that can be accessed through a normal Android-based tablet. If I could make this purchase again, I'd probably shell out a bit more for a Samsung model or similar device.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Really Like My Kindle Fire 8

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    HappyUser
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    I needed a tablet to read my eBooks, check email, do a bit of light Internet surfing (weather, news, etc.) and occasionally play offline games. Most Android and Chrome OS devices started in the $150 range and I really didn't want to pay that much. Picked up the Kindle Fire HD 8 and have been very satisfied. Of course, reading Amazon Kindle eBooks is what this device is meant for - all my Kindle books loaded automatically. No issues with the Silk Web Browser - was able to configure bookmarks and favorites for sites I visit most frequently. Downloaded my favorite games from Amazon Appstore - all were free and they work fine. I was able to configure the built in email app for my Internet provider's email, but did have to download a separate app for GMail - shame on Amazon for being so snarky with the competition, but on the other hand, this is replacing a Chrome OS tablet that is dying, and I had to download a separate app on that device to get anything other than GMail. Highly recommend this device for uses stated in the first sentence.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Camera images are blurry

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    Raquel
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    So, this is my 3rd Kindle. My first one broke just over a year old due to overheating. The whole screen would turn black and freeze. My second Kindle I liked the best. I had it about 2 1/2 years when the wifi connection just stopped working. I took it to the geek squad and they couldn't fix it. It was still under warranty so they told me to return it and get a new one. So I had to print out all my pictures saved on the Kindle before I could return it. This leads me to getting my 3rd Kindle. Best Buy said that this is the newest model and ended up being cheaper than what I paid for my 2nd one. I haven't really used it except to take pictures and the images look fine on the Kindle itself but once emailed to myself and downloaded to my computer, they are so blurry and nearly unreadable. I never had this issue with my 2nd Kindle. The only reason I wouldn't recommend the product is because the camera images are blurry. If you just want to ready a book and get on the internet then the Kindle is fine.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good Kindle for email and video.

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    cuengineer
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    I got this Kindle FIre 8 HD to replace a Fire 7. I was curious how much difference the larger screen size actually seems. Even though it is only one inch difference, it seems a lot more. It is quick and easy to use for reading email, looking a facebook, or watching on-line videos. The screen is very high resolution and has really vivid colors for watching videos. I can watch and listen to sports out in the garage or wherever, too. Also, it is easy to setup for other wireless networks, too. Very please, especailly since I purchased on sale from Best Buy for only $49! Well worth it. Hope it will last a long time. For my purposes, a lot better value than an iPad, especially since I can easily and cheaply add additional memory using a micro SDcard.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great little tablet

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    ToxicCupcake
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    I've owned lots of cheap and expensive phones and tablets and I just needed something to get me by until I saved more money to replace my old tablet, bought this not expecting much from an 80 dollar tablet...I absolutely love it, it performs great, even with the limited space it doesn't seem to fill up like my old tablet did, maybe it organizes its files better I'm not sure..my last tablet was a 16 gig tablet also and after 4 or 5 apps it would say it was full lol I been downloading games and taking pictures and it's staying around 55-60%, I run a cleaner and malwarwbites on it daily just to be sure it's at top performance but I'm not sure if I'm going to be saving for a more expensive one now bc this one is doing everything I want from it. I absolutely love it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Stop Gap

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    Asjata
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    I got a Kindle Fire because I needed an e-reader with expandable memory that could work with Calibre and it fits the bill perfectly. The Fire is easy to use, intuitive, not too harsh on battery, and comfortable to hold. My only beef is that, despite the tablet running Android, Amazon tries to force you to use its Silk browser. You can download Chrome and Google Play via a work around, but you cannot stay logged into them, which defeats the purpose. Thankfully, I bought this more for books than to use as a tablet. IF you want a giant, adaptable e-reader, this is a great choice. IF you strictly want to use a tablet, just shell out the extra money for a real one.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very happy to upgrade my original Kindle Fire HD

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    savvyshopper
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    Love it and love the price of Black Friday deal. Unbelievable to have such a slick machine for $50! Touchscreen tablet that plays movies and even my Showtime Anywhere. Only issue was really my fault. I got it right before flying and didn't realize I had to download something in order to see it on my flight. My fault, but I won't be fooled again. I'm on a trial of Prime and Audible, but they let you download anything during the trial and keep it forever, so I'm getting every season of all the Amazon shows I've never seen and will watch them at my leisure. Not so happy about the price of a case.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Does the job

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    Madland078
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    We caved out of pure exhaustion and purchased Our 10 yr old son who just had to have it because its soooo unfair that other kids his age have iPhones and iPads, mac books, Nintendo switch, ps4, xbox one, etc and he doesn't and like who doesn't buy their kids items that cost 100s of dollars, like totally! So we are the absolute worst most uncool parents ever because he didnt have such luxuries. So we got him this. Keeps him busy and I won cool points . TADA!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Worth it! Give it a try!

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    Cakemom4
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    I am so glad I gave this Kindle Fire a try. The size is great for taking with you and watching movies or Prime shows. It is super easy to download stuff on and browse. I had an ipad mini before this and this fire runs just about as fast as it, you can add chrome and google play store on it but I just use the silk browser it comes with and I like it. If you are looking for a well built inexpensive tablet you wont be sorry buying this one especially if you get it for the 49$ sale price I paid for it. It is very sturdy, easy to use and has a great picture and sound quality.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great e-Reader

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    BigJake1311
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    I bought the Fire HD 8 two days ago and am enjoying the device so far. My wife has a regular Kindle, and the Fire 8 is a vast improvement. In addition to just being able to download and read books, which is the primary reason I bought this device, I can access my e-mail as well as apps. I also like the idea of being able expand available memory up to 400 GB via a SD card. I do find the ads that pop up each time I turn on the device to be annoying. Learning to use the controls on the Fire HD8 will take a bit of time.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great tablet for Amazon users, especially Prime.

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    DustinFL
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    It's decently quick and the battery lasts a surprisingly long time under normal use. "Bedtime" mode is especially nice as it takes the blue light out of the display so that it a) doesn't mess up your sleep and b) doesn't affect your night vision as much. The display looks good when streaming movies and when reading books or magazines. Has some great features like the ability to download movies / shows to watch later. The only downside is that it doesn't come with Google Play Store or any of the Google apps, however, those can be sideloaded without much difficulty.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great for kids!!!

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    Medicap
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    We bought this tablet for my 4 yr old son. First off, it’s not Best Buy’s fault at all, but the ad’s on this thing are rediculous. You have to pay $15 a month to amazon to turn them off, which is silly because we’re Prime members and that doesn’t seem to matter, but luckily they are only on the screen saver. Other than that, tablet is loud enough for him, has a decent amount of storage for Netflix shows and is light enough for us to carry in a pocket or a purse etc for him. Decent first tablet and not at all expensive enough for me to go crazy If the screen gets damaged or gets lost.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great value tablet for children and parents

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    RockNess
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    This tablet was a replacement for another Fire tablet we purchased 2 years ago for our son. The other still works fine. We gave the older tablet to his little brother. This Fire tablet has only slightly better specs but runs MUCH FASTER than the 2016 model. As parents, we really like the AMAZON Fire tablets' PARENTAL CONTROLS. Amazon Free Time allows parents to set time limits, reading goals, allow/disallow web content, etc... In my opinion, it is the best tablet for children, and it won't break the bank. Our family now owns 3 Fire tablets. They really are great devices.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great for kids

    Posted
    uchiha
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    I work in the IT field so i know a good device when i see one, Thankfully this tablets is for kids, the interface is horrible, They should get rid of fire OS the apps are very limited, does not even have youtube kids i had to download the Appstore and install apk files only to make it function decently is durable so that's a plus, the images are clear, and battery is good but i will never recommend this for a adult.if it wasnt for kids i would give it a 1 star if it was for me

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend