Amazon Fire HD 8 2016 All-New review, Comparison, cheap price & Best buy

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Display 8" high definition touchscreen; 1280 x 800 resolution at 189 ppi, HD video playback, with IPS (in-plane switching) technology and advanced polarizing filter
Size 8.4" x 5.0" x 0.4" (214 mm x 128 mm x 9.2 mm)
Weight 12.0 ounces (341 grams) Actual size and weight may vary by configuration and manufacturing process
CPU & RAM Quad-Core: 1.3 GHz , with 1.5 GB of RAM
Storage 16 GB (11.1 GB available to user) or 32 GB (25.3 GB available to user) of internal storage. Add microSD card for up to 200 GB of additional storage for even more movies, TV shows, music, photos, personal videos, and apps. Some apps may require that they are installed on internal storage.
Battery Life Up to 12 hours of reading, surfing 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. Actual results may vary.
Charge Time Fully charges in under 6 hours using the micro-USB power adapter included in the box, or slightly longer with other micro-USB power adapters that you may already have
Wi-Fi Connectivity Single-antenna Wi-Fi. Supports public and private Wi-Fi networks or hotspots that use the dual-band 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, or 802.11n standard with support for WEP, WPA, and WPA2 security using password authentication; does not support connecting to ad-hoc (or peer-to-peer) Wi-Fi networks
4G Connectivity N/A
Ports USB 2.0 (micro-B connector) to connect to a PC/Macintosh computer, or to charge your device with the included power adapter; microSD slot for external storage
Audio 3.5 mm stereo jack and integrated speaker with Dolby Audio
Content Formats Supported Kindle (AZW), KF8, TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively, Audible Enhanced format (AAX), DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, Dolby Digital (AC-3), Dolby Digital Plus (E-AC-3), non-DRM AAC, MP3, MIDI, PCM/WAVE, OGG, WAV, M4V, MP4, AAC LC/LTP, HE-AACv1, HE-AACv2, MKV, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, HTML5, CSS3, 3GP, VP8 (WEBM)
Sensors Accelerometer, gyroscope, ambient light sensor
Camera Specs VGA Front-facing Camera. 2.0 MP rear-facing HD camera
Location Services Location-based services via Wi-Fi
Available Colors Black, Magenta, Blue, Tangerine
Additional Features External volume controls, built-in Bluetooth with support for A2DP compatible stereo headphones, speakers, microphone, and LE accessories support
Accessibility Features Screen Reader, Explore by Touch, and Screen Magnifier, enabling access to the vast majority of Fire tablet features. Screen Reader features IVONA's award-winning natural language text-to-speech voice. Also includes adjustable font sizes/color, and built-in Oxford dictionary
System Requirements Fire HD 8 is ready to use right out of the box—no setup, no software to install, no computer required to download content
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 the terms found
Included in the Box Fire HD 8 tablet, USB 2.0 cable, 5W power adapter, and Quick Start Guide
 
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Price Starting at $49.99 Starting at $89.99 Starting at $229.99
Screen Size 7" 8" 10.1"
Resolution 1024 x 600 (171 ppi) 1280 x 800 (189 ppi) 1280 x 800 (149 ppi)
Colors Black, Magenta, Blue, Tangerine Black, Magenta, Blue, Tangerine Black, White, Silver Aluminum
Processor Quad-core 1.3 GHz Quad-core 1.3 GHz Quad-core up to 1.5 GHz
Alexa Enabled Coming Soon Coming Soon Coming Soon
Content Access to millions of movies, TV episodes, songs, books, apps, games, and more Access to millions of movies, TV episodes, songs, books, apps, games, and more Access to millions of movies, TV episodes, songs, books, apps, games, and more
Audio Mono speaker, Built-in microphone Dual stereo speakers, Built-in microphone Dual stereo speakers, Built-in microphone
Storage 8 or 16 GB (expandable by up to 200 GB) Free unlimited cloud storage for Amazon content 16 or 32 GB (expandable by up to 200 GB) Free unlimited cloud storage for Amazon content 16, 32, or 64 GB (expandable by up to 200 GB) Free unlimited cloud storage for Amazon content
Cameras VGA Front-facing camera + 2 MP rear-facing camera with 720p HD video recording VGA Front-facing camera + 2 MP rear-facing camera with 720p HD video recording 720p HD Front-facing camera + 5 MP rear-facing camera with 1080p HD video recording
Connectivity Single-band Wi-Fi b/g/n Dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n Dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac
Battery Life* Up to 7 hours of reading, surfing the web, watching video, and listening to music Up to 12 hours of reading, surfing the web, watching video, and listening to music Up to 8 hours of reading, surfing the web, watching video, and listening to music
Weight** 11.0 oz (313 g) 12.0 oz (341 g) 15.2 oz (432 g)
Dimensions** 7.5” x 4.5” x 0.4” (191 x 115 x 10.6 mm) 8.4" x 5.0" x 0.4" (214 x 128 x 9.2 mm) 10.3" x 6.3" x 0.3" (262 x 159 x 7.7 mm)
Customer Support Screen Sharing + email, web, and phone Screen Sharing + email, web, and phone Screen Sharing + email, web, and phone

The Amazon Fire HD 8 (2016) is a super-affordable tablet. It's not really meant for people who pine for the latest Android update, or check out every hot new game going.

It's for those who want to spend as little as possible on a tablet, without ending up with trash they'll regret buying when they realize quite how compromised it is.

The new Fire HD 8 isn't a big upgrade over the last Fire HD 8, it's actually worse in some respects. However, it's significantly cheaper too, as it costs $89.99/£89.99 (around AU$120), making it $60/£40 (roughly AU$80) less than the older generation.

Its sheer value is hard to argue with, particularly when the similarly-spec'd Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 retails for $199 (around £160/AU$265). And that's if you can even get it - in the UK you'll only usually find the lesser 7-inch Tab A, at £129 (around $160/AU$210).

The Amazon Fire HD 8 (2016) is far from a perfect tablet, but it's easily the best you can get at the price without rolling the dice on a no-brand Chinese import, which is a dangerous game.

The Good The latest Fire HD 8 delivers faster performance, a bigger battery and more base storage than the previous version for almost half the price. Its 8-inch screen is bright, the speakers are loud and it offers expandable microSD storage and ample parental controls. Amazon Prime members can access gobs of free video, music and other content with their subscription.

The Bad Display isn't as sharp as that of current iPad Mini models; to truly take advantage of what the tablet has to offer, you need an Amazon Prime membership; slow charging (takes 6 hours to fully cap battery).

The Bottom Line Despite some small drawbacks, you just won't find a tablet with these features and performance at this price.

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