Amazon Fire HD 8 (2020)

Amazon Fire HD 8 (2020)
$89.99
Brand: Amazon
Category: Fire Tablet
  • Display: 8.0 inches, 800 x 1280 pixels, IPS LCD, Ambient light sensor
  • Chipset: Mediatek MT8168 (12 nm)
  • RAM: 2GB
  • OS: Android 9.0 (Pie), Fire OS 7
  • Battery: 4850mAh
  • Released Date: 03-06-2020

Specifications

General

Device Type Fire Tablet
Model Amazon Fire HD 8 (2020)
Released June, 2020
Status Available

Design

Dimensions 202 x 137 x 9.7 mm
Weight 355 g
Colors White, Black, Twilight Blue, Plum

Display

Display Type Display Technology => A number of display technologies and types used in mobile phones => TFT (Thin Film Transistor), IPS (In-Place Switching), OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode), AMOLED (Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode), Super AMOLED (an even advanced version of AMOLED), Resistive Touchscreen (Resistive touchscreens contain two layer of conductive material with a very small gap between them which acts as a resistance), Capacitive Touchsceen (Capacitive touchscreen technology consists of a layer of glass coated with a transparent conductor) IPS LCD
Size 8.0 inches
Resolution 800 x 1280 pixels
Pixel Density Pixel Density (PPI) is refers to the concentration of pixels on a particular display, measured in pixels per inch (ppi). Pixel density is calculated by dividing the diagonal pixel resolution of a display by its diagonal size, higher pixel density better display quality. ~189 ppi density
Features Ambient light sensor

Platform

Operating System OS => Every computer system run on a base software called Operating System (OS). Operating System controls all basic operations of the computer (such as smartphone, PDAs, tablet computers and other handheld devices). The Operating System allows the user to install and run third party applications (apps), apps are used to add new functionality to the device. Android 9.0 (Pie), Fire OS 7
SIM SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) is a small card that contains mobile network subscriber's account information. This allows the phone using the card to attach to a mobile network. The SIM card is most commonly associated with GSM and UMTS mobile networks. Moving a SIM card from one phone to another allows a subscriber to switch mobile phones without having to contact their mobile network carrier. SIM cards can also be used by a phone to store limited amounts of data, such as phone numbers and text messages. No

Hardware

Chipset Chipset is a group of integrated circuits designed to perform one or a more dedicated functions, often with real time computing constraints, Popular smartphones are equipped with more advanced embedded chipsets that can do many different tasks depending on their programming. Mediatek MT8168 (12 nm)
CPU Quad-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53
GPU GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) is a single-chip processor designed to rapidly manipulate and alter memory to accelerate the creation of images in a frame buffer intended for output to a display, This includes things such as lighting effects, object transformations, and 3D motion. Mali-G52 MC1
RAM RAM (Random Access Memory) is a type of computer memory that can be accessed randomly, any byte of memory can be accessed without touching the preceding bytes that allows information to be stored and accessed quickly from random locations. RAM is the most common type of memory found in computer systems, smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices. 2GB
Internal Storage Internal Storage is a data storage space (flash memory) mostly used in smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices where operating system, apps, music, photos, videos, files and other user data Is stored. 32GB/64GB
Memory Card Slot Memory Card Slot is a special slot for inserting a memory card. Memory cards allow you to expand the phone's built-in memory, A memory card (sometimes called a flash memory card or a storage card) is a small storage medium used to store data such as text, pictures, audio, and video, for use on small, portable or remote computing devices such as mobile phones, mp3 players, digital cameras. Yes
Sensors Sensors are electronic components that detects and responds to some type of input from the physical environment. The specific input could be light, heat, motion, moisture, pressure and location, The output is generally a signal that is converted to use in computing systems, a location sensor, such as a GPS receiver is able to detect current location of your electronic device. Accelerometer
3.5mm jack Yes
Loudspeaker Yes, with stereo speakers
Audio Technology Dolby Atmos

Battery

Capacity Battery Capacity is a measure (typically in Amp-hr) of the charge stored by the battery, and is determined by the mass of active material contained in the battery. The battery capacity represents the maximum amount of energy that can be extracted from the battery under certain conditions. 4,850mAh
Battery Life Up to 12 hours
Charging USB Type-C for fast charging

Camera

Rear Camera Camera is able to capture photographs and usually videos, The most important characteristics of a camera are the resolution (measured in megapixels), lens focus type (fixed or automatic), higher megapixel cameras are known to capture higher quality photos, but not always a good measurement of the photos quality. Single 2 MP
Front Camera Single 2 MP
Video 1280x720 (HD)
Flash Flash Light => There is commonly two types of flash lights are used in camera mobile phones, LED Flash (LED flash offers lower power consumption with drive circuitry that takes up very little room, LEDs can be strobed faster than any other light source), Xenon Flash (xenon flash produces an extremely intense full-spectrum white light for a very short duration) No

Connectivity

Bluetooth Bluetooth is a wireless communications technology for exchanging data between mobile phones, headsets, computers and other network devices over short distances without wires, Bluetooth technology was primarily designed to support simple wireless networking of personal consumer devices. 5.0
Wi-fi Wi-Fi is a popular wireless networking technology using radio waves to provide high-speed network connections that allows devices to communicate without cords or cables, Wi-Fi is increasingly becoming the preferred mode of internet connectivity all over the world. Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
USB USB Type-C
GPS GPS The Global Positioning System is a satellite-based radio navigation system, GPS permits users to determine their position, velocity and the time 24 hours a day, in all weather, anywhere in the world, In order to locate your position, your device or GPS receiver must have a clear view of the sky. No
NFC NFC (Near field communication) is a set of standards for smartphones and similar devices to establish peer-to-peer radio communications with each other by touching them together or bringing them into proximity, usually no more than a few inches.
Wireless Charging Wireless Charging (Inductive Charging) uses an electromagnetic field to transfer energy between two objects. This is usually done with a charging station. Energy is sent through an inductive coupling to an electrical device, which can then use that energy to charge batteries or run the device. No

Reviews

User Reviews 1 User Reviews I found it surprisingly versatile for the low price. I like that it was compact, light, and easy to set up and use. The screen and audio quality were fine for most people. I am happy with the variety of apps available and that she could make video calls over Zoom.
However, some key Alexa features still don't work in Canada after years, like voice commands, Show Mode, and Audible integration. You may be waiting years for these features. So if you need them now, you may want a different tablet despite the higher cost.
- Erin Lawrence
User Reviews 2 The most impressive aspects to me were the microSD card slot for up to 1TB of storage, which is huge, and the low $60-90 price tag. However, I warned the build quality and components are basic for what you pay.
In the end, I would only recommend the Fire HD 8 if you want an extra, affordable supplementary tablet. I advise checking his full written review first on the Goodereader website if you want more details before buying.
- Good e-Reader
User Reviews 3 On the positive side, the Alexa integration, making the tablet work like an Echo Show. I think the plastic build makes it fairly durable and kid-friendly. Additionally, Amazon subscription services like FreeTime unlimited provide good entertainment options for children.
However, a big downsides like the lack of Google Play Store access, limiting your app options.
- PCMag
Tabletmonkeys Reviews Tabletmonkeys Reviews Pros:
- Compact, lightweight, and easy to set up
- Good screen and audio quality for most people
- Variety of apps available
- Can make video calls over Zoom
- Inexpensive price point ($60-90)
Cons:
- Some key Alexa features don't work in Canada yet (voice commands, Show - - - - Mode, Audible integration)
- Build quality and components are basic for the price
- Lacks access to full Google Play Store, limiting app options

Our Rating

The overall rating is based on review by our dedicated team and users.

7
  • Performance 6 / 10
  • Display 7 / 10
  • Battery 8 / 10
  • Design 7 / 10

June 03, 2020 – Amazon shakes up the tablet market with the release of its Fire HD 8, a device that promises versatility at an unbeatable price point. Let’s dissect the specifications and reviews to see if it lives up to the hype.

The Good

At just $89, the Fire HD 8 is highly affordable. It sports a compact, durable plastic body that weighs under 12 ounces. The tablet feels snappy flipping through Amazon books, Prime Video shows, and music. Battery life is solid at up to 12 hours of mixed use.

Alexa integration stands out too. Talk to Amazon’s voice assistant just like an Echo device. The HD 8 also makes clear Zoom video calls thanks to dual speakers and built-in mics.

Parents appreciate Amazon’s FreeTime Unlimited service on the Fire HD 8. It provides ad-free access to over 20,000 kid-friendly books, movies, TV shows, educational apps, and games. Purchase it monthly for one child or the whole family.

The Not So Good

While capable for consuming Amazon content, the Fire HD 8 falters when users want to venture further. It lacks full access to the Google Play Store and its millions of apps. And don’t expect buttery smooth performance beyond basic tasks.

The tablet’s 2MP front and rear cameras capture blurry, pixelated images. Don’t rely on the HD 8 to snap photos worth sharing or scanning documents. Its 12.5-ounce plastic body looks and feels basic as well.

Worth It For Light Use

In the end, the latest Amazon Fire HD 8 works well enough for reading ebooks, watching Prime Video, and quick web searches. Parents will appreciate ease of use plus kid-friendly entertainment. But demanding users need to look elsewhere.

The Amazon Fire HD 8 (2020) emerges as a strong contender in the budget tablet arena, offering a compelling mix of features and affordability. While it may not cater to every need, it proves to be a reliable choice for users looking for a supplementary, versatile tablet without breaking the bank.

Prospective buyers are encouraged to explore detailed reviews to make an informed decision based on their specific requirements.

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