Display: 8-inch display | Processor: Quad-core 2.0GHz | Storage: 32GB or 64GB | Memory: 3GB | Colors: Black, plum, white, twilight blue | Cameras: 2MP rear and 2MP front-facing camera | Weight: 12.5 ounces pounds | Dimensions: 8.0 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches | Connections: 3.5mm headphone jack, USB-C port | Battery life: 12 hours
We recommend going with the HD 8 Plus over the standard 8, if it's within your budget. For example, for the higher price, you get 3GB of memory instead of 2GB, and it'll work with a wireless charging pad. The importance of wireless charging is debatable. However, an extra gigabyte of memory means your apps won't reload as often, and overall performance will be slightly improved.
What's more, Amazon sells a wireless charging stand for the HD 8 Plus that, when docked, turns the tablet into an Echo Show. That means you can interact with it like you would the company's smart displays, using voice commands to control smart home devices or watch videos.
The Fire HD 8 Plus boasts most of the same specs as its less expensive sibling, with an 8-inch display and a resolution of 1280x800, 3GB of memory, 32GB of storage, and a quad-core 2.0GHz processor. Battery life should reach 12 hours. The optional charging stand brings the total to $140, but it's worth it.
- Still affordable
- Wireless charging
- More memory equals better performance
- Performance will still be slower than an iPad