Amazon Fire HD 8 inch 2015
Average of 8 scores (from 12 reviews)
Reviews for the Amazon Fire HD 8 inch 2015
A flash in the pan. Amazon's Fire HD 8 tablet features an HD screen and the brand new Fire OS 5 Bellini operating system with the familiar software restrictions. The starting price is 160 Euros (~$175) – if the user can live with adware. In this review read why the spark does not kindle a blazing fire.
Poor performance and sub-par screen resolutions leave you questioning the purpose of these affordable tablets.
Comparison, online available, Medium, Date: 11/14/2015
Rating: Total score: 60%
Source: Stuff TV
It doesn’t cost that much and has an 8in screen, which is pretty much the perfect size for a tablet: big enough to dwarf your phone, not so big that you look like a kid playing with an Early Learning Centre toy. A £129 ticket price is sure to get a few people interested, too. However, it’s still not a great choice unless you’re yet to lay eyes on a single ‘good’ tablet.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/12/2015
Rating: Total score: 60%
Source: PC Mag
Amazon really has the market cornered on low-cost tablets. At this price point, there is simply no other competition from a big-name manufacturer. Sure, you can find plenty of third-party bargain bin options while shopping around on, well, Amazon, but I wouldn't count on a reliable hardware or software experience, let alone access to an advanced tech support network. The Fire HD 8 gets you a modest upgrade in terms of screen size, resolution, camera, and processing power, but it costs three times as much as the Fire.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 10/28/2015
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Reg Hardware
After the disaster that was the Fire Phone, it seems the coin has dropped at Amazon. Fire tablets are not, and never will be, direct competition for devices running Android and iOS. Rather they should be cost-effective machines designed primarily to access your Amazon content and for general media consumption. Everything else people are doing on their Android or iPhone mobiles and that’s a party Amazon is never going to gatecrash. Looked at in that light, the HD 8 makes some sense though I’d be happier if £130 got you the 16GB advert-free version.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/13/2015
Source: Trusted Reviews
The Amazon Fire HD 8 is a "family" tablet. That’s a double-edged term, and one that naturally limits expectations about how high-end any part of it will be. Sure enough, the Amazon Fire HD 8 has a fairly low-res screen – and although slim, its build quality is unlikely to impress. It isn't the zippiest tablet either. However, fairly good battery life and its above-average speakers add a likeable edge to a tablet that might otherwise be easy to dismiss.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/12/2015
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 70% performance: 60% features: 70% display: 70% mobility: 80% workmanship: 70%
The low price tag sounds appealing and whilst initial experiences offered up respectable performance, in the long-run it might not be the most logical purchase in the tablet space as the internal hardware will likely age quickly. We’ll have a better idea of whether that’s the case come the full review. Stay tuned.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 10/01/2015
Source: GSM Arena
At the second annual MediaTek Executive forum in London MediaTek gathered journalists and analysts to show them more about the direction their business is going. As part of the event's program we were lucky to get our hands on several products running MediaTek's chipsets.
Comparison, online available, Short, Date: 09/29/2015
Source: Pocket Lint
Both Fire HD tablet is just 7.7mm thick and the HD 10 will be available with a black or white body. The HD 8 will be available in four colours: tangerine, magenta, blue and black. You will also be able to get a keyboard case for the HD 10 that offers a full-size keyboard and trackpad, much like a laptop. It connects through Bluetooth, but will still last for up to four months on a single charge.
Comparison, online available, Very Short, Date: 09/17/2015
Source: Chip.de DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/07/2015
Rating: Total score: 77% price: 86% features: 56% display: 80% mobility: 68% ergonomy: 84%
Source: Mobicroco DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/18/2015
Rating: Total score: 87% features: 80% workmanship: 83% ergonomy: 92%
Source: Netzwelt DE→EN
Comparison, online available, Long, Date: 10/16/2015
Rating: Total score: 70% performance: 60% features: 70% display: 70%
Source: El Androide Libre ES→EN
Positive: Decent display; nice design; long battery life; good price. Negative: Average hardware; plastic case.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/01/2016
Model: The Amazon Fire HD 8 is an entry-level tablet that is both budget and family-friendly. Ideal for media consumption such as movies, videos, music and e-books, this tablet provides sufficiently bright visuals with its 1280 x 800 display and a loud Dolby Atmos sound system. Still, its low-resolution display might not appeal to the elaborate users as it may appear grainy for certain videos. It is designed to mainly work on landscape mode, as issues of mixing up the volume buttons or the tangling of earbuds and charging cables may arise in portrait mode. Besides, its casing is made of glossy plastic, which is not fingerprint and smudge-proof in addition to feeling cheap as compared to a metal finish.
However, if one does not mind the feel of the tablet and is a member of Amazon Prime, this tablet has much to offer. Amazon Prime members have the access to stream or download movies and TV shows from its Prime library as well as certain games which are made exclusively free for the members. Additionally, its storage is microSD expandable up to 128 GB, which would be a delight for heavy media downloads. This tablet runs on the latest Fire OS 5, which is similar to Android OS but it is more customized towards Amazon users. Among the customizations are Mayday Screen Sharing and FreeTime, which allows face-to-face video chats with an Amazon representative for customer service and also parental control on which channels, shows or apps to be made available to the user's children.
Imagination PowerVR G6200: Multi core (2 cluster) graphics card for ARM processors that supports OpenGL 4.x and ES 3.0
Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.
Dual-core Cortex-A15 combined with a dual-core Cortex-A7 "big.LITTLE" SoC that integrates a PowerVR G6200 GPU.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
This display size is a threshold between tablets and smartphones. Most tablets have larger screen diagonals but a lot of smartphones offer such a big screen.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
This weight is somewhat high for a smartphone. Smartphones with a big screen and small tablets weigh as much, usually.
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73%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.
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