Review: Amazon Fire HD 8 (7th generation)

FULL DISCLOSURE: This is not a paid/sponsored content. The opinions expressed are completely my own based on my experience. Written with all honesty, but not to promote nor to defame the brand.

The husband and I mostly watch news on this every morning over breakfast. Just set it up on a stand and we have a mini TV right on our dining table since our TV isn’t placed in a way that we can comfortably view it from the dining area. Here’s what I think about it after using it for almost a year.

amazon fire hd 8 review
Amazon Fire HD 8 (7th generation), 16 GB, ¥ 11,980 on Amazon Japan


by Amazon

  • The next generation of our best-reviewed Fire tablet, with up to 12 hours of battery life, a vibrant 8″ HD display, a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor, 1.5 GB of RAM, and Dolby Audio. More durable than the latest iPad.
  • 16 or 32 GB of internal storage and a microSD slot for up to 256 GB of expandable storage
  • Now with Alexa, for quick access to the information and entertainment you want. Ask questions, play music, check your calendar, get the news, weather, and more – just press the home button and ask.
  • Enjoy millions of movies, TV shows, songs, Kindle eBooks, apps and games – including Netflix, Facebook, HBO, Spotify, and more
  • Prime members get unlimited access to over a thousand books and magazines, millions of songs, and thousands of movies and TV episodes – at no additional cost
  • Watch downloaded videos anywhere with a Prime membership, Netflix plan, or Showtime subscription
  • Enhance your entertainment experience with features you only get from Amazon, including ASAP, X-Ray, On Deck, Blue Shade, and FreeTime Parental Controls


  • Definitely cheaper than the latest iPad.
  • Battery lasts up to 12 hours or even a day or so if not used excessively.
  • lightweight
  • The size isn’t too big nor too small.
  • Good audio quality.
  • clear display
  • Not a bothersome to carry when traveling.
  • Available in 4 colors.
  • Camera works just fine.
  • Easy to navigate.
  • Shopping on Amazon is just a tap away.
  • I haven’t experienced any crashing so far. It’s been fast and responsive especially when watching videos on Youtube or reading books via Kindle.
  • Probably (because I’m not a parent) safe for the kids to use with the FreeTime Parental Controls. 


  • The Alexa feature isn’t available in Japan.


This is clearly an alternative to an iPad if you’re only looking for something basic. By basic, I mean without the smart pen or the likes of it.  You can use it both for entertainment and personal stuff.

Author: Sheryl Gim

1990 | Filipino living in Japan | Believer in love | Bitten by the travel bug | Caffeine intolerant

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