Amazon Fire HD 8 Tablet Review

Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet Review Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals
Written by zeeshan

Hi I’m Sasha Sagan from PC Mag comm and this is Amazon’s new Fire HD 8 a blade this is a low cost tablet that’s good for consuming Amazon content some web browsing and some limited games but not really much else but if what you want is a tablet to do a little bit of zoom on and watch video this is a good $89 device so the first thing to notice about this $89 tablet is of course it comes with ads onboard the lock screen has ads on it you can spend a little bit of money extra to get the ads removed when you open it up you get to Amazon’s custom interface over Android 9 now this is not Google Android this is Amazon’s own Android based OS which does not have the Google App Store in it this is really important Amazon’s App Store has a lot fewer apps than Google’s app store does and it’s hard to install apps that aren’t on Amazon’s App Store so what you’re mostly doing with this is consuming Amazon content Alexa show me a recipe for dry fried string beans alexxa choose number one you can ask me to add the ingredients to your shopping list or start recipe and I’ll walk you through the recipe step by step this tablet basically works as an echo show a screen enabled device that’s a voice-activated can show you videos play music do timers act as a alarm clock all the stuff that they use that you’re used to from an Amazon echo.


Amazon Fire HD 8 Tablet

So now if you want to play Amazon music if you want to watch Amazon video or Netflix or Hulu but less so if you want to read Amazon books this tablet is also fine here’s what a book looks like the screen isn’t great it’s an 8-inch 1280 by 800 screen but it’s fine it’s definitely fine for reading books that are like this now if you’re tending to read comics for instance you’ll find that the screen is fine for standard one page layouts but it’s not quite high res enough for two page sprints let’s take a look at some of the other things here now there’s a two megapixel camera on the front there’s a two megapixel camera on the back standard headphone jack USB C port for charging it’s the first Amazon fire tablet to have USB C which can make it easier if you have a lot of other USB C devices around your house the tablet has a mediatek processor running at two gigahertz and honestly it’s not fast it’s not awful but you can definitely feel some sluggishness when you’re scrolling now let me get to the weakest point of this tablet and that is when you are trying to use apps that are not the built-in apps that are not Amazon apps if you want to use apps you’re dependent on Amazon’s App Store and Amazon App Store lacks many popular apps for instance if your school or workplace uses Microsoft teams you’re not going to find that in Amazon’s app store now you can sideload third-party apps and you can download other app stores like apk pure but there’s no effective way to get Google Play onto this and there’s no official way to get any of the Google apps including YouTube onto this tablet now Amazon has a lot of great subscription services that you can use with this tablet for instance there’s Kindle reading subscriptions and there’s Amazon free time for kids free time is great use for these kinds of tablets it loads up the tablet with a lot of video a lot of kids apps like apps from toca Boca that are very popular with kids really turns this into a back seat or couch side entertainment station for smaller kids because this is a very plastic tablet it’s relatively durable it’s not waterproof but it’s not going to crack as easily or as dangerously as say an iPad will so the value that this tablet really comes down to what you want to do with it at $89 you really can’t expect too much here if you’re mostly going through Amazon content or watching Netflix it’s a great easy to use tablet but if you’re looking for something more general-purpose you need to find a tablet would be Playstore on.

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