The Amazon Fire HD 8 and HD 10 both comes with 720P HD screen, MediaTek 1.5Ghz quad-core processor, 5MP back camera and HD front camera. Both come with a microSD card slot so you can easily expand storage and the latest Amazon Fire OS, which is a modified version of Android. Both of the tablets are much thinner than its predecessors and build quality is fairly solid although the glossy plastic back does pick up a lot of fingerprints.
The Fire HD 8 is an 8-inch tablet with 8GB of storage while the HD 10 is a 10-inch tablet with 16GB of storage. As for price, the Fire HD 8 sells for just $149.99 while the Fire HD 10 sells at $229.99.
As far as display goes, the Amazon Fire tablets are very bright if using indoors but I wouldn’t recommend for outdoor use. The MediaTek 1.5Ghz processor is decent enough to run all of the latest apps but you will encounter lags when switching between apps. For $150, the Fire HD 8 is still a bargain, but it’s certainly not for power users who want to use it for productivity.
The heart of Amazon Fire tablets is that you can enjoy your Amazon Prime membership benefits through its Prime videos and music, which are baked into the tablets. Plus, you will be able to download your Prime videos for offline viewing, which is an added bonus if you tend to fly often.
Overall, the Amazon Fire HD 8 and HD 10 are not going to give you beyond 720P HD experience but for the price you pay, it may not be a bad deal. Personally, I really like the Amazon Fire HD 8 for the fact that you can get an 8-inch tablet for under $150 while the HD 10 seems to be mismatched with 720P HD resolution but it may still work out for specific things like viewing the tablet from longer than normal distance.
While Fire HD tablets aren’t going to win the best tablet of the year award, they are great budget tablets that may be better than cheap Chinese knock-off tablets with good build quality. If you are in store for some cheap tablets, check them out here: