Amazon Fire HD 8 Review – Does Not Spark a Flame

The Amazon Fire HD 8 is the company’s contender to the Tesco Hudl 2 or even the iPad Mini 4. One of the selling points of Amazon’s mobile tech is that they do not cost as much when compared to other big names in the industry. It has an 8-inch screen, which is pretty much the right size for a tablet, but big enough to make your phone look like a dwarf. For the price, it is an “okay” choice, but it won’t give you that “wow” factor.

Amazon Fire HD 8 Review - Does Not Spark a Flame

The Amazon Fire HD 8 is What Bargain Hunters are Looking For

Like other Fire HD tablets, the Amazon Fire HD 8 has a pretty low-resolution screen. This really sticks on to the “bargain” status that the device is aiming for. On its side, it has a slender build. It is just 7.7-millimeters thick and 311-grams in weight. Therefore, this is the sort of tablet that you hold freely with one hand. It is also pretty sturdy as it is quite stiff. There is none of the flexing that can happen that you can get with other tablets that can be found within a similar price range.

Even though the Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet does feel sturdy, it does feel a bit cheap. Well, it is cheap but a “bad” cheap. Under the hood, there is a metal shell. The outer parts that bar the screen covering are made of a budgety plastic. At its rear, there is coated with an ultra-glossy finish, which means that it is an absolute fingerprint magnet. The sides are textures to avoid scratches.

For the display, it has an 8-inch screen that sports 1,280 x 800 pixel display at just a pixel density of 189ppi. Those who are planning to get the Fire HD 8 tablet may find the allocated price tag to be “fair enough.” While this may be true, there are other offerings in the market that are within the same price range but can offer better specs, especially when it comes to the display.

Many would find the screen quality (aside from the price) to become the determining factor if they would purchase a certain tablet or not. With this one, at least relatively, it is a flop. The statement calls for the word “relatively” as not everything about the tablet is bad. The display is an IPS LCD screen which is the right sort at its price. Furthermore, the color reproduction is decent and viewing angles are fine.

With a few software updates for the Amazon Fire HD 8, it should make for a better device; better, but still not great. The tablet’s screen quality means that there are far better options out there for the eyes.


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