Holiday Gift Guide 2017 – 2018 Highlight: Amazon Fire HD 8 (2017)

Tablet sales have been shrinking for quite some time now, and today’s smartphones are probably the reason why. Smartphones these days come with rather large displays, manufacturers have been increasing display sizes, and decreasing bezels, though if you really want a large display to kick back and read a book, watch some videos on YouTube, or something of the sort, it’s always nice to have a tablet at hand, as tablet displays still trump smartphones displays. That being said, if you’re looking for a new tablet to add to your collection or give it away as a gift to a loved one, well, the Amazon Fire HD 8 might be just the tablet for you. This tablet is quite affordable, as it now costs $79.99 (16GB storage model, 32GB storage variant is priced at $105), and it’s more than powerful enough for media consumption and similar activities, though it’s not really made for graphically intensive games or anything of the sort.

This is clearly a budget tablet, so you cannot really expect to get the latest and greatest specifications, but the Amazon Fire HD 8 sure has its strong sides. For one, this tablet comes with stereo speakers, which is not a common thing when it comes to such affordable tablets. Dolby Atmos sound is a part of this offering, which should result in a finely tuned audio output, and that makes this tablet ideal for media consumption, no matter if you’re planning to watch YouTube videos, TV shows or movies. Now, in addition to having really solid audio output, the Amazon Fire HD 8 also comes with free cloud storage for all Amazon content, and it has Alexa built-in, which gives you a number of possibilities when it comes to voice actions, of course, and it can be especially useful if you have any other smart gadgets installed in your house, like smart bulbs, for example. These are just some examples, of course, Amazon’s Alexa is quite a capable voice assistant, and the company is constantly adding new features to it.

Now, in addition to a really solid sound output, and having Alexa by your side at all times, the Amazon Fire HD 8 also sports a rather solid display, though, once again, it’s nowhere near top-of-the-line displays that you’ll find in much more expensive devices. The Amazon Fire HD 8’s 8-inch panel comes with a resolution of 1280 x 800, and despite the fact this resolution is not even fullHD, the Amazon Fire HD 8’s display is quite vibrant, it’s not underwhelming in any way, which is a good thing considering this tablet’s price point. The Amazon Fire HD 8 comes in Black, Canary Yellow, Marine Blue and Punch Red color variants, so you have plenty of options to choose from. If you’re interested in getting the Amazon Fire HD 8, you can find all the purchase links down below, though keep in mind that its price may vary from one seller to the other, but the tablet is currently priced at $79.99 on Amazon.

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