With a Mediatek MT8168A chipset running at 2GHz and 2GB of RAM, the tablet turns in unimpressive benchmark performance. It got 4448 on the PCMark Work 2.0 benchmark and 101.32 on the Basemark Web browsing benchmark, both of which can be likened to a low-end smartphone. The Fire HD 10 gets 50% faster results on web benchmarks.
Home is the app grid you expect from any Android device. Library is a stack of carousels of different kinds of content you've downloaded from Amazon: Kindle books, audiobooks, apps, Prime Video, Amazon Music playlists. For You is a slightly annoying algorithm-generated stack of things you've used recently followed by things Amazon would like you to buy based on what you've previously used.
One other reason you might be consider the Fire HD 8 is for a color ebook reader. I don't love reading regular books on a tablet: The glowing LCDs don't have the same restful vibe as an E Ink reader, and the batteries don't last as long. But for children's books, comics, magazines, and the like, you want something with color.
Amazon's store lacks many apps that are in Google's Play store or in other third-party stores like APKPure. Most importantly, there are no Google apps. There's also no Kayak or Expedia for travel booking; no Headspace or Calm; no Marvel Comics or Marvel Unlimited; and more. It's an impoverished app experience compared with any other Android device (and especially compared with an iPad).
But I feel like the value equation has wobbled as Amazon's Appstore continues to lack important apps. That means you're going to have to make the call based on what you want to use your cheap tablet for, and it isn't as clear as it used to be. If you're satisfied by Amazon's content library, plus the streaming services supported here, go for the Fire HD 8. Otherwise you'll sacrifice some battery life, but gain considerable flexibility with Walmart's $64 Onn. 8-inch tablet, which has the standard Google Play store.
Availability is another thing to think about. The Kindle Fire HD 8 is available on Amazon as well as at select retailers like Best Buy and Target. As an in-house Walmart brand, the Onn Pro 8 is available exclusively at Walmart stores and Walmart.com. If you need a tablet now and the closest store is a Walmart or a Target, well, then there you go.
The real difference is actually weight. The Nook HD is significantly lighter at 315g, compared to 395g of the thinner Fire HD. So I guess that makes it kind of like that kid everyone thought was skinny, but when he took off his shirt you realized just how fat he really was.
You can run Show Mode just on the tablet, but it was originally designed to work as a docked solution, so you can convert your tablet into an Echo Show, with the benefit of charging. The latest Fire HD 8 Plus model - as pictured above - offers wireless charging and an optional wireless charging dock, so you can easily drop the tablet onto the charger and use it like an Echo Show as it displays the tablet perfectly.
Show Mode will let your tablet behave like an Echo Show. Using a display very similar to the Echo Show, you'll get screens that show you the weather, news highlights, as well as showing visual information when you ask a question.
As both the Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10 also support handsfree Alexa, that means you can ask questions and see the results - that might be sports results, it could be showing you a connected camera in your house or lyrics when listening to Amazon Music.
With fitness trackers from Halo, you can help measure things like your heart rate, blood oxygen levels, and more in addition to tracking your steps. These trackers can also help you monitor the intensity of your workout and measure things like body fat percentage and sleep quality, making them a helpful product for anyone, regardless of fitness level.
Are your Smart Homes projects really starting to come along but you feel like you are missing something? Want to be able to easily monitor and control all of your smart devices from just one centralized control panel?
Amazon isn't competing with Apple's iPad Pro or a Pixel Slate. This is a basic tablet running a customized version of Android (coined Fire OS). You get Alexa on board, and chances are it'll be used for consuming content like shows from Prime Video or Netflix. Plus, it's great for listening to music, web browsing, and even video chatting.
The Fire HD 8 has a basic plastic design that screams cheap. Unlike other tablets that offer more grip, the HD 8 has a smooth and matte plastic back. You can get it in either black, blue, yellow, or red. I've been testing out the blue version, which is a dark navy. But if you're looking for a pop of color, you should opt for the neon yellow.
If you want an almost bezel-less tablet, you should probably stop reading now. The bezels are the first thing you'll notice when you pick it up. They outline the 8-inch 1,280 x 800 HD display, which feels like an older-generation iPad minus the home button. The bezels are mostly there as a cost saver and to make it easier to hold the device. They also house the 2-megapixel front-facing camera.
While the cameras got an upgrade and new features were added this time around, Amazon didn't opt to update the processor. A 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek still powers the Fire HD 8 2018 with 1.5GB of RAM. Simply put, it can handle the basics, but pushing it even a bit can lead to slowdown. It's lackluster at best when it comes to gaming. (Forget about playing something like Fortnite or PUBG.) On Geekbench it scored a 530 on single core and 1,502 on multicore, which isn't great.
The 8-inch HD display is still pretty basic. I would have liked to see some improvements with brightness and NIT levels, as well as the reflectiveness. For that reason, it can be hard to use outside when the sun is shining, but for watching videos indoors or in bed, you're fine.
However, if you're in the Amazon ecosystem with a Prime membership, you'll get access to plenty of TV shows and movies from the get-go. Add in Kindle Unlimited, and you can do some reading. Just be sure that you're OK with a limited app selection and performance that might be slower than you'd like.
Amazon's in-house streaming platform is Fire TV. The Amazon Fire TV 4K device comes with an Alexa voice remote and supports Dolby Atmos Audio. It allows users to quickly browse live TV offerings as well as shows and movies from the major streaming subscription services.
The super-thin and light Oasis has the most features of any of the current Kindle models. It has a larger screen, auto-adjusting light sensors, page-turn buttons and an automatic, rotating page orientation. Unlike the Paperwhite, it's made of glass and aluminum. The Kindle Oasis is waterproof, too, making it the perfect e-reader for the poolside or beach reading.
Clip into a Peloton Bike for a cycling workout like no other. This small-space-friendly bike features delta-compatible pedals, a resistance knob for manual control, a two-channel, rear-facing stereo speaker system with 16W of total power, 10-point multitouch touchscreen, USB micro port, 3.5mm headphone jack, Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, 5MP front-facing camera, built-in microphone and volume buttons.
Like other smart thermostats, the Google Nest Learning Thermostat is an energy saver. When you're out of the house, the thermostat turns itself down. And like its competitors, the Google Nest Learning Thermostat can be controlled remotely via an app.
Unlike some other smart thermostats, and even unlike some other Google Nest devices, the Google Nest Learning Thermostat doesn't just process the numbers you feed it every day; it uses them to please you. If you allow it, the thermostat will, say, warm the house to 69 degrees by 7 a.m. because it knows you like the house that way when you wake up.
It's pretty rare to find a robot vacuum for less than $100 -- never mind a top-rated, voice-activated one like the Anker Eufy 25c robot vacuum. Head over to the Walmart now to get yours now for less than half its usual price.
To do this, load the application and select the Cast icon in the top-right corner of your display. A menu to select your streaming device will appear in the corner of the app, and you can use your device to select a specific playback device, like a smart TV or a Roku player.
I have purchased a fire table 10.1 (2019 version) and I would REALLY like to know if I am only able to connect it to a tv or my monitor (I am most interested to connect it to my monitor with HDMI) using a fire tv stick. I will be using it pretty much for working so I am not sure if screaming or mirroring will be options for me. I am still waiting for the tablet to be delivered but I want to have everything ready before it arrives.
Amazon's Fire tablet lineup has long been a favorite of ours as good, simple value for the money. Each uses a variant of the Android OS which is tilted heavily toward accessing Amazon services, but also good for streaming video and reading. The particularly important feature here is Show Mode, which makes the tablet act like a hands-free Echo Show smart display, displaying the time and responding to Alexa queries.
As such, the HD 8 Plus's real competition is not the HD 8 tablet, but the Echo Show 8, which costs less ($99) and sounds much better, but isn't portable. The Echo Show 8 is a real smart display/speaker; you're not going to use it for reading or games, but it's a much more pleasant way to listen to music while you cook. Personally, I'd go with the Echo Show 8 in my kitchen, but with the Fire HD 8 Plus as a portable smart home control tablet that I can take around the house. 781b155fdc