Amazon Fire HD 8 review: cutting the right corners for a decent £90 tablet

With 8in screen, stereo speakers, 16GB of storage and enough performance to handle games, Fire HD 8 is a good budget tablet that won’t infuriate

Amazon’s latest tablet is an 8in media consumption machine that aims to replicate the success of the £50 Fire, but with a larger, better screen. How good can a £90 tablet be?

The company’s tablets have been a bit hit and miss. Last year’s Fire HD 10 cut the wrong corners while costing £170. The £50 Fire, however, was a revelation in how not rubbish a tablet so low cost could be. Everything about the new Fire HD 8 follows similar lines to the Fire.

Pros: cheap, microSD card slot, feels durable, good integration with Amazon services, lots of free apps in the Amazon App Store, Amazon Underground, good parental controls

Cons: average screen, terrible cameras, takes a long time to charge, average performance, no access to the Google Play Store

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