New Kindle Fire HD 8 2019: Coming up with a great tablet in 2019 isn’t easy task. Moving on using their initial sales boom post-2010, slates have started to coalesce to a volume of discrete segments – using the ‘tablet’ in their purest sense disappearing at the rapid pace.
To the power users who would like a tablet which doubles for a computer, there’s the Microsoft Surface Pro and also other Surface slates. People who are committed to the Apple ecosystem will have a lots of mileage with the likes in the iPad Pro 10.5, and Bing is still trying to work out how to make Android click using the form factor.
In the middle of this, Amazon has carved their own niche by manufacturing and selling bucketloads of lower-specification, bargain-priced slates on the masses.
Some tablets from the Amazon Fire series niche for as little as $30 in sales, and also the new Amazon Fire HD 8 (2019) takes this ethos and runs from it.
The beds base model runs at $79.99 (and also at any time of writing is definitely for sale for $60 within the uk) and provides 1.5GB of RAM, and 800 x 1280 screen, 16GB of storage and a unspecified quad-core 1.3GHz chipset.
They come in lock screen adverts by default (costing $15/10 to remove) and Amazon’s own custom version of Android – which can be a great or even a very bad thing depending both in your outlook and buying habits.
Then there’s the latest ‘Show’ dock, that allows the new tablet to provide like a relatively cut-price Alexa device, if you want to introduce a brilliant speaker to your.
That said, will be the value promised with this budget package really worth hype? Or were so many corners cut in the development?
Amazon Fire HD 8 (2019) price and availability
- Out now in the UK and US
- Base model (16GB costs $79.99
The Amazon Fire HD 8 (2019) is ready now direct from Amazon in the US and UK for $79.99 (around AU$110). Amazon still sells the last generation of tablets, so make sure you check you’re buying the 8th generation which was released in 2019.
That price above is made for a 16GB model, and you may also get a 32GB on for $109.99 (roughly AU$155) or give a ‘Show’ charging dock either to version to get more money still. There is also to pay for an added $15/10 prefer a version without lock screen adverts. Still, whatever version you select that is a cheap tablet.
- 8-inch 800 x 1280 screen
- 16/32GB of storage
- Wide variety of color options
- ‘Show’ dock
What marks the 8th generation on the Fire tablets above all people that have developed before will be the optional inclusion in the ‘Show’ dock.
By having this dock on the slate, that also has Amazon’s Alexa assistant included, what needs been created can be a serious rival to Amazon’s own dedicated Echo Show. There exists other competition on this space too though, just like the Lenovo Smart Display and Google Home Hub for instance.
Anything else that the tablet features have to be taken from the context on the price charged, with Amazon virtually giving these away with the idea of locking consumers into its shopping and content ecosystems.
The screen can be an 800 x 1280 pixel affair which is better than some other tablet with this cost range for resolution and value, using the only real competitor being Amazon’s cheaper Fire 7 (2017), which features a screen completely from the leading edge of 2011.
Two flavors in the Fire HD 8 (2019) can be purchased, 16GB and 32GB, with all the option to give a micro sd card up to 400GB in size (a purchase order which would will cost more compared to tablet). Which means those that want to have a portable slate using them on public transport to view video on the run might be well served.
The Amazon Fire HD 8 (2018) also boasts another small but thoughtful addition that will without doubt please buyers – a number of different color options and also a ‘kids’ version. Yellow, Blue, Black and red all can be had, using the reviewed Canary Yellow version version looking quite dapper and holding attention inspite of the plastic build.
The mentioned ‘kids’ version features a special (functionally indestructible) thick rubber case and special software functions to help helicopter parents.
Not touted nearly as loudly as more features will be the supposed ruggedness with this tablet, with Amazon claiming that is a least even more durable since the glass and metal iPad lineup.
Certainly, seeing an $80 device crash perfectly into a hardwood floor in slow motion can be a different experience to visiting a cherished investment perform the same – though the added durability is appreciated regardless.
- Slightly creaky, but reassuringly weighty
- Yellow option stands out
Tablets in the budget end on the spectrum get in a different list of criteria to get judged by when compared with smartphones. A smartphone is a thing an individual features their hand during the day, looking at a great many people – in other words it is just a prime illustration of conspicuous consumption. Consider it a swish suit, an extra object.
Using this, a low cost tablet will be the equivalent of a set of comfy slippers. It’s a thing that people get home to, currently in use during downtime. It resides in the room between your cushions in the sofa, or in the bottom of the satchel. The Amazon Fire HD 8 (2018) fits directly in for this lifestyle.
Having a sturdy plastic build and also the advertised durability, users can appear comfortable tossing one at your home (though never too enthusiastically) mostly without consequence. That is a device for families, for people who value cash above flash.
Saying this, we did encounter a strange flex in a few sections of the back in the device, however, this could simply often be a quirk in the review unit,
The back of the Fire HD 8 (2018) homes an Amazon logo and the rear-facing camera. Both sides is virtually completely flush, in addition to the top, that contains the volume buttons, a 3.5mm headphone jack (hooray), the capability button and also a micro USB post (boo).
The left side houses two small cutouts with the twin speakers, whilst the right side holds a micro sd card slot.
To the front in the device are available the 8-inch 800 x 1280 screen combined with the 2MP selfie camera.
To all, it is really an unassuming device , which at 363g isn’t a dainty presence from the hand, only one which exudes a specific type of design confidence that will come from precisely knowing one’s niche.
- Gets reasonably bright
- Not very accurate colors
Given that the primary by using many tablets will be the utilization of media, the screen is make or break in virtually every instance. Unfortunately, there is a large number of budget tablets, specially those which are cheaper than $100, that have truly poor screens.
As a result, it truly is somewhat lucky that, whilst the Amazon Fire HD 8 (2018) will never win any awards for the screen, nor does it compete with the kind of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4, that is certainly sufficiently good for watching Netflix on the run, or reading an ebook.
Brightness is probably its strongest suit. While not quite fitted to very sunny days, it could certainly compete well with many indoor light sources and it has a level backlight, without ‘bleed’ issues so far as we will see.
In terms of resolution, that is realistically the minimum that Amazon may get away with to the price. With 189 pixels per inch it’s well below whatever we might think of as ‘retina’ territory, which is in which the naked eye ceases to observe individual pixels.
Text can seem just a little jaggy when reading, an issue which we particularly in contact with websites browser. To the price, it’s forgivable, however only just.
Color reproduction is yet another weakness. This screen is beaten up and lacking the vibrancy which attracts an individual within their content. Again though, no more could realistically are already expected, and with vegetating for the sofa it’s a lot more than adequate overall.