Amazon Fire HD 8 Tablet Review (Now 50% Faster)

Amazon Fire HD 8 offers 50% more RAM than Fire 7 for faster performance.

As measured in tumble tests, this tablet more durable than the latest iPad and 2x more durable than iPad mini 4 (and costs a lot less too).

In our list of Top 10 Best Tablets, it ranked at #1.

Amazon Fire HD 8 comes with a bright and clear 8-inch screen with wide viewing angles. The left and right of the screen provide enough space to fit your thumb.

The plastics feel solid enough with ample texture to provide grip. Amazon even placed a tiny lip around the edge of the screen to help prevent cracking or scratching if you drop it.

Most of the buttons and connectors are on the top, if you hold it vertically, like a book. The power button and volume control also lie on one end, leaving the microSD card slot on the side, neatly covered by a flap.

A headphone jack on the top of the tablet allows you to listen to music and movies privately, and a microSD reader on the right of the slate lets you expand the device's memory by up to 400GB.

The tablet comes in four colors — Black, Canary Yellow, Marine Blue, and Punch Red.

Amazon Fire HD 8 adds a 2-megapixel front-facing camera with 720p video, support for up to 400GB additional storage via its microSD slot and hands-free Alexa support even when your screen is in standby mode.

Like the HD 10, the new HD 8 has access to the always-ready Alexa feature and Show Mode without being plugged in.

Thanks to hands-free Alexa, you can now talk to Amazon's digital assistant from across the room, or put the tablet in Show Mode to turn it into an Echo Show-type device.

Alexa worked well on the tablet, clearly interpreting and correctly answering any questions while the speakers can play music decently loud.

• Responsive.
• Great sound.
• Excellent Show Mode.
• Alexa voice assistant.
• Simple user interface.
• Durable plastic design.
• Great Prime integration.
• Parental control options.
• Good battery life & speakers.
• Show Mode is a nice addition.
• The OS is simple, responsive, and beautifully done.

• Lock screen ads.
• Very slow charging.
• Plastic build feels cheap.
• No auto brightness setting.
• Basic navigation a little slow.
• The screen still tends to attract fingerprint.
• You're forced to download all apps from Amazon own store.
• The charge port is sticky and doesn't seem as high quality.

Amazon Fire HD 8 Video Review

What Other Users Have Said
When this article published Amazon Fire HD 8 has been reviewed by 5.976 verified buyers – 4.1 out of 5 stars - READ USER REVIEWS

• Price when reviewed $79.99 [ Check Current Price ]
• 8" HD tablet with Alexa
• Up to 12 hours of battery life, a vibrant 8" HD display, a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor, 1.5 GB of RAM, and Dolby Audio. More durable than the latest iPad.
• 16 or 32 GB of internal storage and a microSD slot for up to 256 GB of expandable storage
• Just ask Alexa for quick access to the information and entertainment you want. Ask questions, play music, check your calendar, get the news, weather, and more.
• Ask Alexa to call or message almost anyone, or make video calls to family and friends with a Fire tablet, Echo Spot, Echo Show, or the Alexa App. Instantly connect to enabled Echo devices.
• Enjoy millions of movies, TV shows, songs, Kindle eBooks, apps and games - including Netflix, Facebook, HBO, Spotify, and more
Prime members (start your 30-day free trial) get unlimited access to over a thousand books and magazines, millions of songs, and thousands of movies and TV episodes - at no additional cost
• Watch downloaded videos anywhere with a Prime membership, Netflix plan, or Showtime subscription
• With Show Mode you can transform your tablet to an immersive, full-screen Alexa experience optimized for visibility across the room
• Also available in assorted colors
• Dimensions: 8.4” x 5.0” x 0.4”; 13 ounces

Should You Buy It?


Amazon Fire HD 8 one of the cheapest tablets you can buy from a recognisable brand.

It’s a great way to binge on some Prime content, and the addition of hands-free Alexa finally gives it something other tablets simply don’t have.


Amazon Fire HD 8 Tablet Review (Now 50% Faster) Amazon Fire HD 8 Tablet Review (Now 50% Faster) Reviewed by TechCinema on 1/14/2019 Rating: 5