Amazon Fire HD 8 (2017) review

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The Amazon Fire HD 8 (2017) currently has an Informr score of 7.9 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 27 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

What's good

  • Price
  • Sturdy design
  • Good audio quality
  • microSD support
  • Great Amazon integration

What's bad

  • Horrible cameras
  • No Google Play support
  • Slow loading times
  • Dull, reflective display

Revamping its lineup, Amazon recently released the Fire HD 8 (2017). While it will not compete with flagship tablets, the low price and tight Amazon integration might make it a tempting purchase for media consumption and casual use.

Reviewers have had time to test out the latest release and they’re posting reviews across the Internet. Let’s see what they’re saying!

While most tablets and phones get slimmer and lighter with each release, the Fire HD 8 put on a sliver of thickness and a few grams of weight between 2015 and 2017. Otherwise, reviewers noted that the tablet looks nearly identical.

The plastic chassis now comes in 4 different colors. The colors are vibrant but reviewers had mixed opinions.

Fortunately, on the quality front, reviews are all positive. TechAdvisor UK said, “While the plastic back is not premium in any way, the device overall is sturdy. There’s barely any give or flex in the plastic, giving the tablet a reassuring heft.”

You won’t find any extra features or buttons on the tablet. You get the standard volume rocker, 3.5mm headphone jack, microUSB charging port and a power button—all along the top. There’s also a flap covering a microSD port on the side for cheap storage expansion.

The front of the tablet features an 8-inch, 1280-by-800 LCD panel. Reviewers found that while the resolution wasn’t high enough to compete with newer offerings from Samsung or Apple that it was clear enough for light reading, video watching or gaming.

Some reviewers had issues with brightness and low contrast. A lack of screen treatment made for plenty of complaints regarding smudges and reflections. But most would recommend the tablet based on the display. The Guardian called the Fire HD 8’s screen “good but not great.”

Performance reviews were a similar mix. The quad-core 1.3GHz MediaTek processor offered enough of power for gaming, streaming video and light web browsing. However, reviewers noted that apps are sluggish to load. With only 1.5GB of RAM, multitasking frequently required reloading apps.

TechRadar summed up performance assessments well, saying, “This isn’t an incredibly quick tablet either. Most games and apps will run just fine, even high-end ones, but the system isn’t as fast to respond as a powerful Android tablet.”

The tablet comes with either 16 or 32GB of internal storage. It runs a modified version of Android 5.0 Lollipop that Amazon calls FireOS. While it takes a different approach to display your tablet’s contents, reviewers found it responsive and easy to use.

The biggest tradeoff is a lack of support for Google Apps. Unless you’re willing to sideload apps and make settings changes, you’re stuck with the Amazon Appstore.

Amazon doesn’t disclose the capacity of the internal battery. However, most reviewers found that the estimate of 8 hours of mixed usage held up. Unfortunately, they also found that recharging the battery took 6 hours. If you use it often, you’ll want to charge it nightly.

Although tablet’s aren’t known for having high-quality cameras, reviews agree that the 2MP rear camera and 0.3MP front-facing lens on the Fire HD 8 are bad. The Guardian summed up findings well, saying, “The cameras are pretty poor, producing blurry shots with little in the way of detail—only to be used in an emergency.”

While the Fire HD 8 is a no-frills experience, it has a price you won’t find from any other major manufacturer. This won over most reviewers. Trusted Reviews offered a great assessment of the real value of the tablet, saying, “If you consider yourself a tech-head and aren't buying for someone else, you may want to consider spending a little more. However, the Fire HD 8 is perfect for those with more modest expectations, and easy to recommend to family buyers that aren't after something as fancy as an iPad.


Operating system
Fire OS
Processor
1.3 GHz
Screen Size
8"
Camera
2+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Laptop Magazine

Amazon took last year's Fire HD 8 and simply rolled out Alexa and a few new colors. And that's not a bad thing, because the previous version was already an excellent value. Overall, the Fire HD 8 is a solid midsized, no-frills tablet.

- Cortney Moore, Laptop Magazine
What Hi-Fi

The Fire HD 8 is far from perfect, but its abilities are far beyond what you might expect for the price. It does a lot, and does it pretty well. If you want razor-sharp video and class-leading audio performance, you know you’re going to spend a lot, lot more. If functionality and price are prioritie...

- What Hi-Fi
Notebookcheck

Its stereo sound was very decent, and so were its battery life, its overall build quality, and its dual-band Wi-Fi. The Kids Edition features a very sturdy and robust protective shell in either blue or pink as well as content appropriate for children. That said, there are some limitations you are go...

- Manuel Masiero, Notebookcheck
Pocket-lint

Whether you're a globetrotter or a looking for an travel tablet or something to entertain your child with loads of controls, the Fire HD 8 is well worth considering, because at this price, there's very little that comes close.

- Chris Hall, Pocket-lint
iPhone in Canada

The Fire HD 8 would make a great first tablet for a kid as a media device, as for $99.99 it’s a bargain (and it may well go cheaper during Black Friday) in 2018. For people who have never used an iPad and need an affordable tablet to access videos and the web, the Fire 8 HD can make it happen at an...

- Gary NG, iPhone in Canada


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Screen Size
8"

The Amazon Fire HD 8 (2017)'s screen size is 8 inches with 800 x 1280 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.3 GHz

There is a MediaTek MT8135 Quad core 1.3 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Fire OS 5 operating system (OS).

Camera
2+ MP
You can take photos with the phone's onboard 2+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
16/32 GB

Internal memory is 16/32 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 400 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
4750mAh

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 4750 mAh battery. Amazon's performance ratings are 12 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

Fire HD 8 (2017) Specs

Overview
Release date June 7, 2017
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kindom
Networks
No cellular data
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Fire OS 5

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Secondary OS No
Processor MediaTek MT8135 Quad core 1.3 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 16/32 GB
RAM 1536 MB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 4750 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 6 hours
Video Playback Time Up to: 12 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 12 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Black, Canary Yellow, Marine Blue, Punch Red
Dimensions [H x W x D] 21.4 x 12.8 x 1 cm (8.4 x 5 x 0.4 in)
Weight 369 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 800 x 1280 pixels
Pixel density 189 pixels
Size 8 inches
3D No
Sensors Ambient Light, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Unknown
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech Yes
Screen Reader Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Unknown
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups Unknown
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support Unknown
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
No
Additional Main Camera Info
Effects, Self-timer
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, MKV
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, MP4, OGG, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MKV, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Unknown
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Unknown
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types JPG, GIF, DOC, DOCX, PDF, TXT, AZW, MOBL, BMP
Weather Yes
Stocks Unknown
Maps Yes
NotePad Unknown
Voice Memos / Recorder Unknown
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Amazon Fire HD 8 (7th Gen)

Specs are updated to the re-released version this September 2018. The previous version has VGA camera and can only support up to 256 GB of microSD.

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Critic Reviews


Laptop Magazine

A great value, offering a long-lasting battery and decent performance for just $80

from Laptop Magazine

Amazon took last year's Fire HD 8 and simply rolled out Alexa and a few new colors. And that's not a bad thing, because the previous version was already an excellent value. Overall, the Fire HD 8 is a solid midsized, no-frills tablet.

Read full review

Amazon took last year's Fire HD 8 and simply rolled out Alexa and a few new colors. And that's not a bad thing, because the previous version was already an excellent value. Overall, the Fire HD 8 is a solid midsized, no-frills tablet.

Read full review

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What Hi-Fi

You’ll have to pay a lot more to do better

The Fire HD 8 is far from perfect, but its abilities are far beyond what you might expect for the price. It does a lot, and does it pretty well. If you want razor-sharp video and class-leading audio performance, you know you’re going to spend a lot, lot more. If functionality and price are priorities, this will do just fine.

Read full review

The Fire HD 8 is far from perfect, but its abilities are far beyond what you might expect for the price. It does a lot, and does it pretty well. If you want razor-sharp video and class-leading audio performance, you know you’re going to spend a lot, lot more. If functionality and price are priorities, this will do just fine.

Read full review

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Notebookcheck

An affordable tablet to browse the web

from Notebookcheck

Its stereo sound was very decent, and so were its battery life, its overall build quality, and its dual-band Wi-Fi. The Kids Edition features a very sturdy and robust protective shell in either blue or pink as well as content appropriate for children. That said, there are some limitations you ar...More

Its stereo sound was very decent, and so were its battery life, its overall build quality, and its dual-band Wi-Fi. The Kids Edition features a very sturdy and robust protective shell in either blue or pink as well as content appropriate for children. That said, there are some limitations you are going to encounter sooner or later, for example the somewhat lethargic MediaTek MT8163 quad-core SoC or the fairly dark low-resolution (1280x800) display.

Read full review

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Pocket-lint

Hitting that 8-inch sweet spot

from Pocket-lint

Whether you're a globetrotter or a looking for an travel tablet or something to entertain your child with loads of controls, the Fire HD 8 is well worth considering, because at this price, there's very little that comes close.

Read full review

Whether you're a globetrotter or a looking for an travel tablet or something to entertain your child with loads of controls, the Fire HD 8 is well worth considering, because at this price, there's very little that comes close.

Read full review

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iPhone in Canada

Bargain tablet but won’t replace an iPad

from iPhone in Canada

The Fire HD 8 would make a great first tablet for a kid as a media device, as for $99.99 it’s a bargain (and it may well go cheaper during Black Friday) in 2018. For people who have never used an iPad and need an affordable tablet to access videos and the web, the Fire 8 HD can make it happen a...More

The Fire HD 8 would make a great first tablet for a kid as a media device, as for $99.99 it’s a bargain (and it may well go cheaper during Black Friday) in 2018. For people who have never used an iPad and need an affordable tablet to access videos and the web, the Fire 8 HD can make it happen at an impulse price. If you don’t have super high expectations, the Fire HD 8 may be worth it.

Read full review

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Laptop Magazine

A solid budget tablet

from Laptop Magazine

The affordable Fire 8 provides decent picture quality and battery life for its price, especially when competitors cost more, with the price increases ranging from $50 (Samsung's Galaxy Tab 4) to $250 (Apple's iPad). Still, though, we're sad to see the Fire HD 8 drop nearly 2 hours in battery life...More

The affordable Fire 8 provides decent picture quality and battery life for its price, especially when competitors cost more, with the price increases ranging from $50 (Samsung's Galaxy Tab 4) to $250 (Apple's iPad). Still, though, we're sad to see the Fire HD 8 drop nearly 2 hours in battery life from last year's model, even if the new slate's selfie cam is better and Alexa is easier to activate.

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Cnet

Small upgrades sweeten the deal just a bit

from Cnet

The latest HD 8 isn't much of an upgrade over last year's model, but the "always-ready" hands-free Alexa feature is a nice addition to what remains the best tablet value.

Read full review

The latest HD 8 isn't much of an upgrade over last year's model, but the "always-ready" hands-free Alexa feature is a nice addition to what remains the best tablet value.

Read full review

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Good E-Reader

More of the same

from Good E-Reader

You should consider buying this tablet if you are looking for something for the kids or leave in in the bathroom. It certainly will not be daily goto tablet because of the paltry resolution and performance issues.

Read full review

You should consider buying this tablet if you are looking for something for the kids or leave in in the bathroom. It certainly will not be daily goto tablet because of the paltry resolution and performance issues.

Read full review

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TechRadar

Sturdy build, decent speakers

from TechRadar

The Amazon Fire HD 8 (2018) bets big on its Alexa skills and low price, and mostly succeeds in making a positive first impression. But with laggy performance, poor software and a mediocre screen, it isn’t an easy recommendation even when this cheap.

Read full review

The Amazon Fire HD 8 (2018) bets big on its Alexa skills and low price, and mostly succeeds in making a positive first impression. But with laggy performance, poor software and a mediocre screen, it isn’t an easy recommendation even when this cheap.

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TrustedReviews

A really good tablet at an impressive price

from TrustedReviews

Its screen is fair, the build quality is fine and there’s plenty of storage. While it doesn’t feel incredibly fast, it has enough power to do justice to some of Android’s most impressive games. Plus having Alexa on a tablet is a nice touch.

Read full review

Its screen is fair, the build quality is fine and there’s plenty of storage. While it doesn’t feel incredibly fast, it has enough power to do justice to some of Android’s most impressive games. Plus having Alexa on a tablet is a nice touch.

Read full review

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