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Share Tweet. Kinja is in read-only mode. We are working to restore service. Considering one of the best things about this tablet is the ability to download tons of Prime content, this is unfortunate. In order to avoid this, I simply downloaded what I wanted when I wasn't using the tablet. Depending on what type of games you're into, the Amazon Fire HD 8 may or may not be suitable for your needs.
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If you're into high-end games with lots of moving graphics and fast action, you're barking up the wrong tree. If you like simple mobile games that require a lot less horsepower -- think Angry Birds and Candy Crush -- the Fire HD 8 tablet will do you just fine. The games take a long time to load as do the levels and graphics, including screen transitions and moving objects, can further slow things down. The sluggish performance occurred when gameplay exceeded half an hour and when many apps were open or downloading in the background.
Unsurprisingly, this isn't a tablet for heavy gamers. As long as I wasn't downloading any files, gameplay was smooth sailing. When it comes to gaming, the best advice I have is to keep it simple. Most tablets in the same price range as the Fire HD 8 have similar screens, and the one on the Amazon tablet doesn't impress much, but it also doesn't disappoint. It has a wide aspect ratio -- which is great for watching movies -- and a 1,xpixel resolution.
HD video looks fine and colors appear accurate. It's not the best, but it's good enough for enjoying all of your Prime content. The tablet's screen quality is unremarkable, aside from its luminous brightness. At its maximum setting, the Fire HD 8 is brighter than the majority of tablets on the market, including its high-end older brother, the Amazon Fire HDX 8.
This makes the screen more visible outdoors and in bright rooms, however, the HD in-plane-switching IPS screen strengthened with Gorilla Glass still suffers from harsh glare and reflections depending on your environment, though that can be said of most tablets. A tablet's speaker quality is usually dismissed without much thought because many people wear headphones when using a tablet -- and most tablet speakers downright suck. Amazon Fire tablets have been exceptions to the rule from their beginnings. The feature aims to replicate the way sound travels in real life in order to create an immersive audio experience.
With only two small speakers, that's a bit of a tall order, yet sound quality was consistently crisp and the max volume setting is impressively loud. There's a lack of bass and the speakers can be blocked depending on how you're holding the tablet, but even with these flaws, the Fire HD 8's speakers are still some of the most powerful we've seen on a small tablet. The Fire HD 8 houses a pair of cameras.
The front-facing one has a very low resolution and takes grainy photos with a soft focus. It'll do for video chatting with relatives, but you'll want to skip any selfies. The 5-megapixel camera on the back produces photos that look fine on the 8-inch tablet's screen. If you transfer them to your computer, the lack of detail and soft edges becomes more obvious. Overall, the cameras are underwhelming, though for most tablets, this is a familiar story.
Under the duress of heavy use, the tablet's battery drained in about 3. Granted, in this time I downloaded and utilized a ton of apps and games. The Fire HD 8 is an affordable and conveniently portable way to take your favorite Amazon Prime media to go. If the Fire HD 8 sounds up your alley, but you wish it had a bigger screen for better gaming and videos, you're in luck.
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If you're more concerned about how it stacks up against other 8-inch tablets, the most comparable models are the Dell Venue 8 and Lenovo Tab 2 A8. The Dell tablet has a sharper screen than the Fire HD 8, but its speakers are pretty weak. The Lenovo Tab 2 A8 has the same screen resolution as the Amazon tablet and, though it has a pre-loaded Dolby app to beef up the sound of its front-facing speakers, they also fall short of the Fire HD 8's booming pair. If media consumption is the name of your game, the Amazon tablet's better sound quality might be the ace-in-the-hole you need.
The Amazon Fire HD 8 stands out from the competition and outshines its fellow budget tablets. While the Fire HD 8's flaws are the same as most tablets with a price this low it's still one of the best ways to get the most out of your Prime membership. If you pick up the cheaper model, make sure to also buy a microSD card -- or else you'll have a tragically low amount of space to save all of your downloads.
It might even be a better deal. The latest HD 8 isn't much of an upgrade over last year's model, but the "always-ready" Amazon's big inch tablet delivers serious media chops for less than half the cost of The Surface Go from Microsoft is fun and practical, but not as inexpensive as you might The x2 strikes a nearly perfect balance between laptop and tablet -- at a Chromebook price.
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