Buy it on Amazon – http://lon.tv/2qo5b (affiliate link) – Amazon’s updated $89 Fire HD 8 tablet is not super powerful but is good for media consumption. See more tablets: http://lon.tv/tablets and subscribe! http://lon.tv/s — INDEX BELOW:
00:33 – Hardware overview
03:03 – Software overview – lack of Google Play store
04:21 – Web browsing performance
05:15 – Gaming : Goat Simulator
05:40 – Gaming : Minecraft
05:53 – Gaming : Benchmarks
06:46 – Multiple user profiles / child interface
08:57 – Conclusion, final thoughts, battery life
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Amazon refreshed their 8 inch tablet, coming in at a price point of $89 with advertisements subsidizing the cost. It has a quad core processor, 1.5 GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage. A 32GB version is also available but the on board SD card slot is enough to augment its on board storage.
It’s important to remember that while Amazon tablets run Android it’s Amazon’s own version of it. As such you will not have access to the Google Play store. Any apps purchased with Google may have to be purchased again on Amazon (although Prime members get many paid Android apps for free).
Performance is decent for the price point. Web browsing is responsive and quick, most popular tablet games like Minecraft run well on it. It works well with Amazon’s movie services and others like Netflix.
The display has nice viewing angles and is relatively sharp. It lacks the super high density pixels that more expensive devices have but it’s comfortable to read with. I found the color temperature to be a bit too much on the cold side, so there is a noticeable blue hue to the screen.
The parental controls are very interesting with many options for controlling the device – you can even restrict games until they’ve had at least 30 minutes of reading time on the device!
The warranty is a very short 90 days, the same as their $49 offering. This is unfortunate but perhaps part of how they get the price to where it is.
But overall this is a good value for a tablet and recommended for those with a lot invested in Amazon’s eco system.
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