I’m going to do something that I don’t normally do and that’s let you know about a sale item. The reason I’m doing this is twofold. First, it’s Friday afternoon and I’ve spent most of the day trying to get something up here for the weekend. Secondly, I’ve used this product myself for a year and a half and I strongly believe it’s a good product. The fact that it’s on sale, makes it a great time for you to learn about it.
When I purchased my tablet back in 2015, my expectations were pretty low. I wanted something that I could use for basic mobile/wifi functions, like browsing, Skype and playing music. I found out pretty quick that I set the bar too low. In the last year I’ve used this thing for all sorts of activities including gaming, video streaming, voice control and even as a controller for my Fire TV Stick.
It’s the first thing I turn on in the morning and the last thing I turn off at night.
I stream music all day and leave Skype running in the background for my primary phone service. Another thing I’ve come to love is the integration of Alexa into the Fire OS. I have to admit that I’m one of those sceptical users, quick to pull out the tin foil hat when it comes to voice control, but I’ve quickly warmed to it’s use. Now, it’s routine for me to ask Alexa for the baseball scores, weather forcast and any other random thought I have each morning when I get up.
But the primary application for my Fire Tablet has become the control point for music streaming. I use both Pandora and iHeartRADIO to stream my playlists to a Bluetooth speaker. I’m one of those people who love to have music playing all the time, so it’s important to have something with great sound and also long battery life. The Fire Tablet has both.
To a lesser degree I use the Fire for Streaming video from Youtube, Netflix and Amazon. The screen is a bit small for extended use since my eyes aren’t as sharp as they use to be, but for traveling it works out great. The screen is crisp and clear and plays without stutter.
The things that make this little gem worth buying are this: A 1280×800 pixel display, Dolby sound, Dual-band Wifi and Up to 12 hours of battery life. It’s also completely integrated into the Amazon content universe, so if you have Prime you’re good to go. If you don’t, you might want to look into the benefits of having it with this tablet.
Now, the best part. If you’re reading this on or around April 14, 2017, the Fire HD 8 is on sale for an amazing $69.95 with the “special offers” option. That’s twenty bucks off the regular price. Unless you are bothered by having an advertisement on your lock screen, I’d advise you to go with the special offers edition. That’s the only concession you have to make.
Keep in mind this is the same tablet that came out starting at $169.95. And if you want to upgrade the storage from 16GB to 32GB, then it’s only $30 more. I’ve given you my reasons for buying it, but if you check out the page on Amazon.com they’ll give you a bunch more.
Amazon Fire HD 8 Tablet
- Up to 12 hours of battery life
- 1.5 GB RAM
- 8″ HD display
- 1.3 GHz quad-core processor
- Dolby Audio
- Available in four colors.
- Now with the Alexa cloud-based voice service – just press and ask
- Prime members get unlimited access to a huge selection of songs, books, videos
- 16 or 32 GB of internal storage and a microSD slot for up to 200 GB of expandable storage
The Fire HD 8 is one of the best selling tablets in the world and is even better on sale.
Some customer reviews
This makes my third Kindle Fire tablet (I own the very first version and the newest 7 inch version) and I have to say that this tablet blows away the 7 inch version in every aspect!
Love the 8″ size as opposed to the 7″ . I even find I use it far more than my 8 .9″ because it just seems easier to handle. I do have some eye issues but have not had a problem using this 8″ .
I recently had sold my Fire HD 8 5th generation and decided on buying the 6th generation, which is the one I’m typing on right now. Let me tell you, this new 2016 HD 8 is much faster than the 5th generation!