What can the Amazon Fire HD8 do?
Amazon has created tablets for over five years and in doing so, shifted their focus from high end to value-priced offerings. The online retailer with a reputation for low prices just keeps pushing more value into their Fire tablet line with every release. For $79.99 you will not find all of the features you would see on an iPad, but you will still get a lot for your money.
- Access information with the Alexa AI
- Watch millions of movies, TV shows, listen to music, and play games
- Take full advantage of your Amazon Prime membership
- Easily share your device with your child in "FreeTime" mode
- Feel protected knowing the Fire is four times more durable than iPad
|Camera||2MP rear, VGA front|
|Exterior Color||Black, Blue, Red, Yellow|
|Operating System||Amazon Fire OS (based on Android)|
|Processor||Quad-Core 1.3 GHz|
|Memory||1.5GB RAM, 16GB or 32GB internal memory|
The Fire HD8 offers a no-frills Android tablet experience at a price significantly lower than the competition. In fact, the price is one of the main benefits of selecting a Fire. Not only is it four times more durable than the iPad, in the event it would break, it would be less expensive to replace than a competitor. The Fire HD8 operates on the Fire OS (which is really a slightly modified version of Android) and can can use many of the popular apps available on your phone. The storage space (16GB or 32GB), Camera (2MP) and processing power will not stand up to premium tablets, but at the fraction of the cost, the Fire HD8 still offers users a good Android experience.
Amazon chose to offer their own app store for the Fire HD8. This app store, managed by Amazon, allows you to download games and other content from the popular site. While many Android users are likely accustomed to the Google Play appstore, the Amazon appstore is separate and does have a slightly different app offering.
Those who are already subscribed to Amazon’s “Prime” service will be able to get the most out of their subscription with a Fire HD8. As part of the membership (which costs $99 per year) users are able to access thousands of movies, TV episodes, and books as well as over two million songs. All can be streamed for free to any of your supported devices, including the Fire HD8.
Coming over from Amazon’s Echo devices is the Alexa AI. Just like on the Echo devices, you are able to talk to Alexa and find information as well as control the device with voice commands. Unlike the Echo, the Fire HD8 will need to be on and Alexa will have to be physically started before a command can be made.
A budget-priced tablet like this lends itself well to being used by kids, and Amazon took this into consideration when designing the Fire HD8. Using the Amazon FreeTime feature, kids can be given a chance to use a Fire HD8 in their own personalized way. This means when you log a child in with FreeTime the tablet layout changes and blocks certain content so you can keep your kids safe online.
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