New Amazon Fire HD 8 Tablet Review for 2018 / 2019 – Same Hardware, New Software
This is an 8 inch tablet that has been around for a while, but this is a new iteration that adds some new features, but surprisingly doesn’t add anything new inside of it. So this is really the same tablet from a performance standpoint that Amazon has been offering since 2016, but there are some new features that this one has that we will be covering in this review. Among other things, now I do want to let you know, though, in the interest of full disclosure that I paid for this with my own funds, all the opinions you’re about to hear are my own. Nobody is paying for this review, nor has anyone reviewed or approved what you’re about to see before it was uploaded, so let’s get into it now and see what this tablet is all about. So let’s take a closer look now at the hardware. This runs at about 79, as you see it, but there’s a catch for that low price, and that is advertising you have to put up with ads on the lockscreen Amazon calls them special offers and when you turn the device off and then back on again, you Will see an ad and you can easily just swipe it away and move on, but if you don’t like the ads, you can spend 95 bucks and get the same tablet without the ads on there. It is pretty much the same from a hardware standpoint as last year’s tablet, with one exception, a new camera on the front.
It is now 2 megapixels versus a lower resolution, camera that was on there last year, but otherwise it is the same hardware it’s a mediatek, mt6752 bytes and it also has 16 gigabytes of internal storage, there’s, also a version that offers 32 gigabytes of internal storage. So the hardware is really the same. If you use last year’s tablet, the display is the same as well. It is a nice display, though, at least for the price 1280 by 800 it’s IPs you’ve got really nice viewing angles on it, really not bad. As a reading device or media consumption device decent color on it, but you’ll notice, the screen is very shiny and there’s no anti fingerprint coating on it, like you might see on more expensive devices, so it’s going to pick up fingerprints and grease very very easily. So keep up walk around for it. I don’t like the dress products up here on the channel, so this is what its gon na look like when you get it out of the box and start playing with it. It will very quickly pick up a lot of that grease from your fingers there, so just be ready for that. So, while the hardware is pretty much the same as last year’s version, they did make a pretty significant update to the software inside of this and they’ve added. Now the ability to issue voice commands to the tablet. Much like you would with one of their echo devices using the a word.
So, for example, I could say to the tablet here, while it’s off Amazon tell me the weather in New York City. So you can see here that it’s in always listening mode, and it just turned itself on when it heard the trigger word and was able to execute a command. It will do any of the echo commands you’re familiar with, so you can integrate it right into the rest of your home there and you also get visual feedback from it too, and we’ll be looking at one other neat feature related to in home, use with the Voice commands that you might find interesting, so that’s, probably the biggest change here on their low ends, Hamlet, the only other tablet. Up until now that did this was their 10 inch version. So for 79 you can get a echo device with a screen which I thought was kind of nice. This is running fire OS 6, which is the new version of Amazon’s operating system. Now this is derived from Android, but it doesn’t run stuff from the Google Play Store, and I always like to remind people about this, because if you buy this tablet, even though it’s running Android, you can’t just go and install all the apps that you had on Your Google Play account there’s ways to get it on here, but it’s, not all that consumer friendly I’m. Sure, folks, down in the comments, will tell you how to do it or at least point you in that direction, but generally it’s, not something that a lot of consumers are going to do.
So. If you have apps purchased on another platform, you’ll likely have to buy them again on this one and the tablet weighs twelve point: eight ounces or 363 grams. So not all that heavy you can even hold it with one hand, if your hand is moderately sized. So, if you’re looking for something with a larger screen that you can hold with a single hand comfortably, this might do it for you not much for ports on this. One you’ve got stereos speakers here on this side for watching media. So if you’re watching stuff, you might want to have those speakers pointed downward there on the other side here, you’ve got the built in SD card slot and another little improvement on this one versus last year’s version is that you can put in larger from a capacity Standpoint SD cards on here this will take up to a 400 gigabyte card last year’s version, topped out at around 200 gigabytes. So if you have a lot of media to put in, you can get it in there. You got a camera here on the back. Nothing spectacular on that front same as last year, so not great image quality, but it is a cheap tablet. After all, your power button is right here. This connector is used for charging, but it also works as an on the go USB port, so you could conceivably plug in a game controller or something into that port. It also has bluetooth support too, so you could use wireless devices with it.
So keep that in mind. There is no a version of Netflix and many other popular streaming apps on Amazon devices, but youtube is the holdout due to this feud they’re having with Google, which probably will never end so just bear that in mind. One thing that does run very nicely, of course, are Amazon’s own video services, so we’ve got, for example, here an Amazon video that just loads right up very very quickly here, because it’s so tightly integrated with the device and its operating system. After all, Amazon tablets are designed for you to be purchasing Amazon content and they make that a very smooth process here and it’s noticeably faster than any of the other services that are available on this platform. Now this device is not a gaming powerhouse by any means, but it can run a bulk of the games you’ll find in the Amazon App Store. A lot of these are the same versions that you’ll find on the other Android platforms. This is the Android version of Minecraft, so if you got a kid that’s really into Minecraft and you don’t want to spend a lot of money for him or her to play it on the road you can certainly get by with this it’ll be a little sluggish, But not bad and another type of game that runs very well on here are retro games. You can get emulators to play some of those old games or you can download remakes like this one.
This is the remake of Sonic CD and it works with my Bluetooth game controller, just fine here and it’s, a pretty decent experience for a 79 tablet, so not bad there. One thing to note, though, is that Amazon used to have a lot more free stuff than they do now on their App Store for Prime members. They had something called underground and there was a bunch of stuff that was usually something you’d have to pay for. On the Google Play Store, for example, that was free on Amazon, but they are phasing that program out. So, a lot of that free stuff is no longer there, which I think diminishes the value a little bit of these tablets and on the 3dmark gaming benchmark test called slingshot. We got a score of 2′, which puts it exactly where the 2016 version of this tablet scored on that same test, because it has the same hardware built in so there you go. Not much has changed on the hardware front, but there are some software improvements and speaking of there’s, one last thing to take a look at here and that is show mode. Amazon turn on show mode, and you can see here now the regular fire OS interface has disappeared, and now we have this persistent echo show interface and what they’re saying is that this will actually work exactly like the echo show does so. We could, for example, say Amazon. Show me my video flash briefing and now what it’s going to do is pull up video content and display it on screen here.
Just like, I would see if I had a echo show device. What I’m noticing, though, is that initially, when the video starts up or when you pull the interface up, it gets very dim like this, so there are some kinks that they have to work out on it, but largely it is working like an echo show would and All the things you can do with the show you can do here. In fact, you can even have it look at your security cameras. They sell a dock for about 40 dollars. That will actually let this device work as a show when it’s docked and then will automatically revert back to being a tab when you take it out of the dock. So you have that option or you can just ask it to switch in and out of this mode, so I can say to it now: Amazon turn off show mode, and then it will revert back to that tablet interface. Likewise, you can also do it from up on your pull down control panel there so it’s, pretty cool you’ve got the ability now to kind of use this thing as both a tablet, but also an appliance that works, like other, perhaps more expensive Amazon devices with a Screen so by and large, I think it’s an OK tablet, it’s, not the fastest thing in the world. That feels a little more sluggish to me than the prior editions did just because it’s got the same processor built in the same amount of memory, but it’s doing more.
But for 79 I think it’s a pretty good value, especially if you don’t want to spend as much on an iPad, and I can tell you in my personal experience that these things believe it or not, even though they’re not built as well as an iPad, are Actually more durable, I have two children: I’ve got a five year old in a two year old, the five year olds iPad is smashed to bits. The two year old has the smaller version of the Amazon fire tablet here inside of the kids case, and that thing is still in pristine condition: it’s caked with yogurt and who knows what but it’s still actually working just as good as it was when we got It and the screen hasn’t cracked, yet yet the iPad inside an Otterbox case is smashed to bits and I think it’s a lot less risky to buy one of these for a kid or for a teenager or whatever, then a more expensive iPad, especially given what these Kids put these devices through. I do recommend, though, from a performance standpoint that, if you need something that is more in line with a higher end, tablet go for the 10 inch device, because it does have a faster processor that performs better than what you might see out of this 8 inch Tablet or the smaller 7 inch one, but nonetheless, if you’re looking for a usable tablet that can get at most of your media except YouTube.
I think this is definitely something worth considering at it’s, very reasonable, 79 price tag until next time. This is lon Simon thanks for watching this channel was brought to you by the lon TV supporters, including gold level supporters, Chris Allegretto, the four guys with quarters podcast Tom Albrecht, Gerard Newberg in Cali, an Kumar. If you want to help the channel you can, by contributing as little as a dollar a month, Music head over to land TV, slash support to learn more and don’t forget to subscribe visit.