Amazon is improving its 8 inch tablet for the first time in two years, but their biggest improvement may be in the software. Company introduced new Fire HD 8 models introduced the “Tap Alexa” feature. Not only can you control the assistant exclusively using touch, but you can also pair it with a Bluetooth-enabled switch or use text-to-speech to read commands to you. This is especially helpful for people with speech and motor disabilities, but can also help if you don’t want to talk (speak to avoid waking your baby).
There are some hardware upgrades that make sense. Amazon claims 30% faster performance through the new six-core processor, and the design is touted as thinner, lighter, and more durable than its predecessor. You can also expect slightly longer battery life at 13 hours. You’re limited to 2GB of RAM and wired charging on the base model, but the upgraded Fire HD 8 Plus (pictured above) has up to 3GB of RAM while also adding wireless charging, faster wired charging, and faster wired charging. higher quality five-megapixel camera.
Don’t expect significant improvements in other areas. The 2022 Fire HD 8 starts at $100 with the same 32GB of memory (which is expandable thankfully) and peaks at 64GB. You’ll have to pay $120 for the 32GB Plus model, which also has a 64GB option. At the very least, you don’t have to buy one to get the Tap into Alexa. Amazon is currently offering this feature for Fire tablets 8th generation or later in the US, UK, Germany, and Japan.
However, parents may appreciate the expanded kid-friendly selection. Fire HD 8 Kids includes the familiar “no worry” two-year warranty, a year-long Kids+ subscription, and a sturdy carrying case for $150, but now in Princess-themed variants Disney and Mickey Mouse for $160. You can also purchase a $150 Kids Pro tablet (shown in the middle) for ages 6-12, which offers parental-controlled store access in addition to other Kids edition perks . As in the past, these may represent the best values - you can give young people a tablet that will hopefully last through years of tough use.
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