04 Nov What Is The Real Story Behind The Buzz Created by Fire HD 8?
Amazon’s Fire HD 8 had created a lot of hype before its release. It created a whole new class in itself by costing just $89.99. But has Amazon sacrificed its features to make it cheap? It has a 8 inch (diagonally) widescreen and its 0.4 inch thick which is a bit bigger screen than ipad mini 4 which is at 7.9 inch (diagonally). Well at least it’s a winner there. But Fire HD 8 is available only a fraction of cost of iPad mini 4 which is at $399. It’s screen provides crisp HD videos with screen resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. I can’t complain there because of the price. If you again compare with hi end iPad mini 4 they are giving much higher 326 pixels per inch.
Well it seems to the new strategy of Amazon to provide good enough tablet technology at dirt cheap price but also putting them in hands of larger number of people than the high end tablet manufacturers. A true example of economy of scales.
The body is made out of plastic composite. It comes in blue, black, magenta and tangerine
Colours. Its bit rough and uneven to touch. Some common features in it are the volume rockers, micro USB port for charging and data transfer, a microphone, and the 3.5 mm jack.
It comes with in built memory of minimum 16 GB you can extend the memory by using memory card. At least they had the sensibility of having extendable memory.
Finally it has stereo speakers along the opposite edges.
It has a front VGA camera for skype and on the rare its mounted with a 2 MP camera wonder why they had at all put cameras for such low quality videos. Hopefully your friends won’t mind the quality.
It has to be noted that Amazon’s Kindle doesn’t come with wall socket chargers, well there goes a lot of complain to Kindle customer service. But Fire HD 8 comes with wall plug. This comes in as a nice surprise.
What’s really on the inside is a 1.3GHz, 4-core processor which is not at all impressive and it comes with 1.3 GHz RAM which is also pretty average so don’t expect a world out of its performance.
Despite having its own operating system, Amazon Fire HD 8 is an Android device. Amazon put its own OS to give it a unique functionality.
My final word on Fire HD 8 would be, it’s a very basic tablet but with its price tag it’s probably the most cost effective tablet out there. Perhaps It could be your first tablet from where you could upgrade to high end once.
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