Amazon Hearth HD eight 2018 evaluation
In the event you already find out about Amazon tablets or have owned one, there’s not a not truly new concerning the “All-New” Hearth HD eight. However that doesn’t imply it’s not price shopping for.
It follows the bigger Hearth HD 10 by including hands-free Alexa to a pill that prices lower than £100. Amazon additionally hopes you’ll purchase a particular stand that turns the pill into a tool extra like its Echo Present.
Right here’s our full evaluation.
Amazon Hearth HD eight 2018: Value and availability
The 2018 Amazon Hearth HD eight prices from £79.99/$79.99. This worth is for a 16GB mannequin with ‘particular presents’, which mainly means you get advertisements on the lock display.
We nonetheless balk at having to pay Amazon £10/$10 extra to get the identical product with out advertisements, however that’s what you’ll must do for those who additionally object. You may as well pay extra for 32GB storage with or with out advertisements.
Essentially the most you’ll be able to spend is £109.99/$124.99 on a 32GB mannequin with out advertisements.
Apart from this gripe, £79.99 is a wonderful worth for an 8in pill with an HD decision show. Let’s not overlook that.
Amazon Hearth HD eight 2018: Design and construct
The 2018 Hearth HD eight is virtually an identical to the 2017 mannequin. On our pink evaluation unit, the amount and energy buttons at the moment are pink too as a substitute of silver like earlier than, however that is the one aesthetic change.
The 8in show has a 16:10 side ratio, making it a noticeably totally different form to the equally sized iPad mini four that has a four:three display. It doesn’t appear to be the display has an oleophobic coating although, that means the display will get fairly smudged up fairly shortly.
Massive black bezels and a wide range of colored plastic backs (Black, Marine Blue, Punch Pink, Canary Yellow) give away the funds nature of the Hearth HD eight nevertheless it’s a stable factor to carry. You won’t love the thought of a cheap-feeling plastic pill however the money you save is a no brainer for those who’re on the fence.
The remainder of the pink physique homes a digital camera, headphone jack, microUSB port, a mic and twin stereo audio system. These audio system are on the left edge when held portrait, indicating that is primarily thought of a video consumption pill for use in panorama.
It’s telling that this pill is cheaper than most Amazon Kindles regardless of the Hearth HD eight having an HD color display, and the compromise is construct high quality.
The pill measures a sturdy 214 x 128 x 9.7 mm and weighs 363g – not mammoth, however we did discover the additional weight in a bag.
Amazon Hearth HD eight 2018: Options and specs
However what you lose in construct high quality in comparison with costlier tablets melts away if you’re shopping for the Hearth HD eight to eat media – Amazon media, Amazon hopes.
The 8in IPS LCD show has a 1280 x 800 decision. This can be a little underneath the Full HD decision you’ll discover on the Hearth HD 10 nevertheless it’s nonetheless fairly good.
Streaming video over Wi-Fi on Prime Video appears to be like good, although pixel peepers will wish to improve to the HD 10 for the total HD impact. Video in HD on the HD eight appears to be like fairly nice contemplating the worth, nevertheless it’s clearly not as razor sharp as different greater decision shows provide.
It has a sure murky high quality to it at occasions although, and except your display is completely clear (which it usually isn’t) you is likely to be straining to see all the things on it except you’re in pitch black. In some scenes on Mr Robotic and The Americas, greys and blacks bled into each other and we discovered it troublesome to see what was occurring.
You may as well learn books on the Hearth through the Kindle app. It’s not preferable to the e-ink screens of Kindle units, nevertheless it’s a nice-to-have. An aggressive studying mode known as blue shade very a lot strips the show of blue mild for studying books although, and the Hearth HD eight an inexpensive means of accessing the big Kindle retailer on a tool that may additionally stream video and surf the online.
The brand new function for the 2018 Hearth HD eight is Present Mode. That is mainly hands-free Alexa – saying Alexa adopted by a question will work now identical to it does on an Echo speaker (earlier than you needed to have the display of the Hearth HD eight turned on or it wouldn’t work).
It’s known as Present mode as a result of it exhibits you data clearly on simple to learn screens, and in addition as a result of it’s so much just like the standalone, wall-plug Echo display machine the Echo Present.
You may manually put the pill into present mode from the notification shade.
Amazon additionally sells a Present Mode charging dock particularly for the Hearth HD eight. If you wish to use it as a Present-style machine then that is important.
This may assist you to use voice instructions to play music, video, take a look at images, watch the information and search the online.
The dock wants mains energy and mainly turns your pill into an Echo Present. There’s a totally adjustable stand and a separate clip-on again cowl for the pill with a microUSB connection that makes all of it work.
It connects with magnets so there’s no cable to unplug every time you set it on and off the stand. When on the dock it robotically enters Present Mode. It’s surprisingly cool.
We examined it out within the kitchen, asking it to indicate us a chilli con carne recipe, which it did efficiently through Amazon-approved and built-in app Recipedia. Utilizing voice instructions to undergo the steps, it was very intuitive.
This can be a genuinely helpful accent for an reasonably priced pill. You may add the dock at level of buy, however it’s an additional £40.
If you understand anybody with the identical arrange or an Amazon Echo with a show then you may as well video name them.
Processor, reminiscence and storage
On a tool just like the Hearth HD eight you is probably not overly involved with the processor, reminiscence and storage. Why? Properly, it’s primarily a streaming machine, so that you’ll solely actually need to storage to quickly obtain movies to observe offline (although if in case you have video information on a PC you’ll be able to transfer them onto the HD eight utilizing a microSD cable).
You may select between 16GB or 32GB storage, although there’s a microSD card slot if you wish to increase as much as 400GB. You’re in all probability not going to fill that up.
1.5GB RAM is a bit stingy, however once more for the worth it’s greater than sufficient. The pill does lag a bit in operation between apps however when all you’re more likely to be doing is loading up a video after which letting it play, it’s not a giant deal.
Connectivity and audio
The twin audio system are enough for watching video by yourself, however they’re by no means room filling (neither is the display large enough for group watching). In addition they assist Dolby Atmos, however we didn’t actually discover this on audio system so low powered.
They aren’t superb, however they’re there. That is all you want to find out about a funds pill’s cameras to be trustworthy, when it comes to pictures.
However the 2Mp entrance going through lens is nice sufficient for video calling whereas in present mode.
We discovered the battery life on the Hearth HD eight to be as marketed by Amazon, getting round 10 hours of use earlier than reaching for the charger. This was barely much less when continuously binging episodes of Man within the Excessive Fort on Prime, however that is additionally to be anticipated.
In the event you’re carrying it round it’ll positively final you two days.
Amazon Hearth HD eight 2018: Software program and apps
The Hearth HD eight runs a model of Android with Amazon’s pores and skin over it, however you’ll be able to’t get Google apps on right here. Amazon doesn’t like Google and that is just about why. In case you are a Prime subscriber then this shouldn’t be an excessive amount of of a difficulty, as you’ll be able to watch Prime Video, take heed to Prime Music and purchase stuff on Amazon.
This isn’t a pill to purchase if you wish to get work carried out on it. It doesn’t have the Google assist, and it isn’t highly effective sufficient. Efficiency is ok for what it’s meant for although – studying Kindle books and watching movies.