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Amazon Fire 7 vs. Fire HD 8: Which should you buy?

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Amazon Fire HD 8 (2020)

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The Fire HD 8 is just a little bit more than the Fire 7 in almost every way. Its screen is slightly bigger and sharper, it has dual stereo speakers instead of a mono speaker, it has twice the RAM and nearly twice the battery life, and yes, it weighs a little bit more. All that being said, it is almost twice as expensive as the Fire 7.

Amazon Fire HD 8 (2020)

High-definition quality

Higher HD resolution
Dual stereo speakers
Longer battery life than Fire 7
USB-C charging port
Heavier than Fire 7
More expensive than Fire 7
Doesn't have wireless charging feature of more premium HD 8 Plus

Amazon Fire 7 (2019)

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The Amazon Fire 7 tablet is undoubtedly one that will be an excellent gift for someone who's looking for a tablet that isn't too pricey but without it being terrible in the process. Its inclusion of hands-free Alexa will also win over a few individuals. Though, if you're planning to use the tablet for mobile gaming, then RAM and Amazon's app store may be enough to put you off.

Amazon Fire 7 (2019)

Thin, light, and durable

Powerful tablet for a small price
Hands-free Alexa is finally included
Light and thin
Lower resolution screen
Only mono speaker

Which one will suit you best?

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The two Fire tablets are very much alike, but the Fire HD 8 has some significant upgrades for that extra $40 asking price. For starters, there's a higher resolution display, and though not a massive increase in PPI, it looks noticeably better than the 7-inch model. There's also more RAM, a second speaker, and a fairly significant boost in battery life over the smaller one.

For media lovers, the Fire HD 8 is also going to deliver better audio, with stereo speakers and Dolby Atmos support for an all-around better experience watching video content or listening to music. The HD 8, like the HD 10, also supports Show Mode, which, with the optional dock, turns your tablet into essentially an Echo Show you can then take outside with you. However, the HD 8 is not able to utilize the wireless charging dock (opens in new tab) that it's more premium HD 8 Plus (opens in new tab) model can.

Here's the thing, though. The Fire 7 is a better choice for a tablet to give to your young ones. At $50, it's verging on impulse buy territory, and the new model has a better screen and dual-band Wi-Fi support to boast over its predecessor. For someone looking for the cheapest tablet possible that isn't garbage, the Fire 7 is still the one we recommend, especially for young ones.

Fire HD 8 (2020)Fire 7 (2019)
CPUasdfasdffsQuad-core 1.3 GHz
Resolution1280 x 800 (189 ppi)1024 x 600 (171 ppi)
Storage32 or 64 GB (expandable by up to 1 TB)16 or 32 GB (expandable by up to 512 GB)
BatteryUp to 12 hoursUp to 7 hours
PlatformFire OSFire OS
ConnectivityDual-band Wi-FiDual-band Wi-Fi
AudioDual speakers, built-in microphoneMono speaker, built-in microphone
Twilight Blue
Twilight Blue
Alexa EnabledYesYes
Dimensionsadsfasfdasf7.6" x 4.5" x 0.4" (192mm x 115mm x 9.6mm)

As you can see, both of these tablets are excellent low-cost options, and both have their pros and cons. Both are Alexa-enabled, for example, and both have Fire OS as their platform. Heck, both also come in child-friendly Kids Editions.

Yet, if you're looking for a decent, low-cost tablet to consume media, browse the web, check your email, and even play some games on, the Fire HD 8 is the one to get. The $40 difference is small enough that the improvements you get are well worth the extra investment.

Jeramy is proud to help *Keep Austin Weird* and loves hiking in the hill country of central Texas with a breakfast taco in each hand. When he's not writing about smart home gadgets and wearables, he's defending his relationship with his smart voice assistants to his family. You can follow him on Twitter at @jeramyutgw.