- First, Amazon got the pricing wrong with the 2015 Fire HD 8, with most vendors offering tablets with similar specifications at a lower price. The price of the Fire HD 8 has been slashed from £129.99 to £89.99. I think the lower price with the specifications offered now makes the Fire HD 8 a more attractive budget tablet than the Fire 7.
- The anaemic battery of the previous generation (advertised as ‘up to 8 hours’ but in real world use it was less) is upgraded to an estimated ‘up to 12 hours’.
- The glossy back (a fingerprint magnet) is now replaced with a matte finish, similar to the Fire 7.
- The back camera has been reduced from 5MP to 2MP. This is a good compromise, considering many users don’t use their tablet’s camera.
- The processor is slightly bumped down but RAM is increased to 1.5 GB. The previous generation, while not unusable, did suffer from lags and delays when multi-tasking or opening new files or applications. The extra RAM should help with performance.
- The entry-level storage is doubled from 8GB to 16GB. I found 8GB to be manageable on Amazon devices, as they are not bloated with Google apps and services that come with standard Android (Fire OS is based on Android).
- Amazon is further moving forward in the integration of its services, with Fire HD 8 advertised to soon receive Alexa support. This move makes sense in the context of Amazon releasing for the first time, outside the US, updated models of the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot.
Friday, 23 September 2016
Amazon Fire HD 8 is the choice Amazon tablet
Amazon updated the Fire HD 8 and judging from the changes, it seems there is an acknowledgement that they got it wrong with the previous iteration of the device. Below is a summary of the changes: