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Very disappointing – this tablet is not worth an update
Reviewed in the United States on June 5, 2020
Once again, a tablet billed as “all-new” is anything but. I suppose if you are buying an 8” tablet for the first time, the new Fire HD models may be worth considering (although there are better deals and features from other manufacturers – see below). However, if you’re thinking of an upgrade over your current Fire 8”, you may want to wait, or look elsewhere.
Yes, the new Fire HD 8 and 8 Plus are somewhat faster than previous models – but previous models work just fine for almost everything we do with a small tablet: email, video, and web browsing. The screen on the new Fire 8 is the same resolution and size as on previous models, even though the body of the new Fire 8 is now wider (which means you’ll need a new case, too).
So what do you get for $89 or (for the Plus) $109? You get a USB-C connection, and a modest speed increase. That’s it. There is nothing here that defines the new Fire 8 as “all new.” This tablet is billed as “allowing you to enjoy your favorite apps,” but you could already do that with previous models. And the heavily-touted battery life of 12 hours? That’s the same claim Amazon made for the Fire 8 in 2018!
A truly useful step would have been an upgraded screen, but we don’t get that feature on the Fire 8.
If you are eager to get a new 8” tablet, you may want to consider other products. For instance, the new Lenovo Smart Tab M8 costs $99, but for the extra $10 you get a tablet with the same size screen, RAM, and processor speed as the Fire 8, but the M8 is physically smaller, lighter, has a metal body (instead of plastic like the Fire), and ships with smart charging dock for no additional cost.
Someday, Amazon will create a tablet that is indeed “all new.” Today is not that day.