Amazon’s Fire HD 8 tablet comes at a temptingly low price. But should you buy Fire HD 8 or Amazon Fire HD 10 tablet instead? Below is a comparison of Amazon Fire HD 8 and 10.
Amazon Fire HD 8 vs HD 10: Comparison
Let’s get started on this Fire HD 8 Vs HD 10 Comparison by looking at the major specs of both tablets from Amazon in an easily understood tabular format.
Fire HD 8 vs Fire HD 10 Specs Comparison
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Let’s get down to the details. We will take a closer look into some of the key specs of Amzon Fire HD 8 Tablets and Fire HD 10 Tablets.
Fire HD 8 vs Fire HD 10 – Size & Weight
- Fire HD 8: 8.4” x 5.0” x 0.4”, 369 grams
- Fire HD 10: 10.3” x 6.3” x 0.4”, 500 grams
Amzon Fire HD 10 is heavier than Fire HD 8 tablet. This makes Fire HD 8 easier to transport and more portable.
Fire HD 8 vs Fire HD 10 – Display
- Fire HD 8: 1280 x 800 (189 ppi)
- Fire HD 10: 1920 x 1200 (224 ppi)
Amazon Fire HD 10 has a full HD display (1080p), while the Fire HD 8 tablet only displays 720p.
Fire HD 8’s resolution is about 15% lower than Fire HD 10. The difference is obvious when you compare the two tablets.
Fire HD 10 is a great display for movies and videos.
Fire HD 8 vs Fire HD 10 – Storage
- Fire HD 8: 16, 32 GB
- Fire HD 10: 32, 64 GB
Both Amzon Fire HD 8 tablets and HD 10 tablets offer ample native storage. Fire HD 8 offers a minimum 16 GB storage while HD 10 has a 32-GB version. Fire HD 10 comes in a 32 GB storage option, but also has a 64-GB version.
MicroSD cards can be used to increase the storage capacity to up to 256GB on both tablets. Amazon offers free cloud storage for videos, apps, music, and books that you buy from Amazon.
Amazon Fire HD 8 Vs Fire HD 10 – Processor & RAM
- Fire HD 8: 1.3 GHZ, 1.5 GB RAM
- Fire HD 10: 1.4 ~ 1.8 GHZ, 2 GB RAM
Amazon Fire HD 8 has a quad core 1.3 GHz processor and 1.5 GB RAM. Amazon Fire HD 10 is powered with a quad core processor with 2 cores that can clock up to 1.8 GHZ speed. The other 2 cores are capable of 1.4GHz speed with 2GB of RAM.
Although the speed difference is not significant, Amazon Fire HD 10 offers smoother and more responsive performance than Fire HD 8.
Amazon Fire HD 8 Vs Fire HD 10 – Camera
- Fire HD 8: VGA Front, 2 MP Rear
- Fire HD 10: 720P Front, 2 MP Rear
As you can see, the front-facing camera on Amazon Fire HD 10 is better than that of Fire HD 8.
The Cameras on Fire HD 8 (and Fire HD 10) are basic, and they can be described as disappointing. The Rear Cameras of both Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10 are very basic.
Amazon Fire HD 8 vs Fire HD10 – Battery Life
- Fire HD 8: 12 Hours
- Fire HD 10: 10 Hours
Amazon claims that the Amazon Fire HD 8 battery can last for 12 hours, while Fire HD 10’s battery is capable of lasting up to 10 hours.
Both tablets received positive feedback regarding their battery life. Fire HD 8 tablet users reported a minimum of 10 hours and Fire HD 10 users reported a minimum of 8 hours.
Amazon Fire HD 8 Vs Fire HD 10 – Alexa
- Fire HD8: Using the Home button
- Fire HD 10: Hands-Free
Amazon Fire HD 8 tablets and Fire HD 10 tablets both have built-in Alexa support. The difference between Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10 is that Fire HD 10 allows hands-free usage. Fire HD 8 tablet requires you to hold the home button down every time you want Alexa to interact.
The hands-free Alexa feature on Amazon Fire HD 10 is very similar to Alexa on Amazon Echo. This basically means that you can control lights and thermostats in your house using voice commands only.
Amazon Fire HD 8 vs Fire HD10 – Warranty
- Fire HD 8: 90-days
- Fire HD 10: 12 Months
The warranty is another key difference that you can’t overlook between the tablets. Amazon Fire HD 10 comes standard with a 1-year warranty, while Fire HD 8 comes standard with a 90-day guarantee.
Amazon Fire HD 8 Vs Fire HD 10 – Connectivity
These tablets offer dual-band WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n connectivity with support for WEP and WPA security using password authentication, or WPS WiFi protected set up.
Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10 both support 5 GHz WiFi bands and 2.4GHz WiFi bands. This should allow you to connect faster to the internet.
Bluetooth 4.1 is supported by both tablets, so connecting Bluetooth headphones or speakers will not be a problem.
Fire HD 8 or Fire HD10: Which should you choose?
Fire HD 10’s larger screen, high pixel density, and faster processor make a big difference. Fire HD 10 is the best option if you have Amazon Prime. You can watch many movies and videos on Fire HD 10.
Another feature that favors Fire HD 10 tablets is Hands-Free Alexa.