Yesterday I posted a review of the new Fire HD 10 so I figured I’d post a quick comparison between it and the Fire HD 8 today.
Both tablets are the new models for 2017, officially 7th gen Fires, and both share most of the same features, but the HD 10 has a nicer higher-resolution display and a faster processor with more RAM. The HD 10 also adds hands-free Alexa support, which is pretty cool.
The HD 8 comes with the option for 16GB and 32GB of storage space.
The HD 10 has the option of 32GB or 64GB of storage space. Both have a microSD card slot for cards up to 256GB.
Also here’s the Fire HD 8 vs Fire 7 comparison review for a look at the two smaller models.
Here’s a table with a list of detailed specs for Fire tablets, also shown in the video, so I won’t repeat all that here.
Screen: The biggest difference between the Fire HD 10 and HD 8 is the size and quality of the screens. The HD 8 supports HD (720p) and the Fire HD 10 supports full HD (1080p). The HD 8 has an 8-inch screen with a resolution of 1280 x 800 (189ppi) and the HD 10 has a 10.1-inch screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 (224ppi). Text and details are sharper on the HD 10, the screen is brighter, and it looks better overall.
Alexa: Both tablets have Alexa support built-in, but only the HD 10 supports hands-free use, whereas the HD 8 you have to hold the home button to activate Alexa.
Warranty: Another difference that’s easy to overlook is the warranty. The Fire HD 10 comes with a full 1-year warranty and the Fire HD 8 only has a 90-day warranty.
Size: Obviously the Fire HD 10 is quite a bit larger than the HD 8. Measurements: 262 mm x 159 mm x 9.8mm vs 214 mm x 128 mm x 9.7 mm. They weigh in at 13.0 ounces (369 grams) and 17.7 ounces (500 grams).
Processor and RAM: The HD 8 has a quad-core 1.3GHz processor with 1.5GB of RAM and the HD 10 has a quad-core processor with 2 cores at 1.8GHz and 2 at 1.4GHz, with 2GB of RAM. This helps give the HD 10 a speed advantage. As shown in the video the difference isn’t huge, but when you sit down and use them both for awhile it just seems like the HD 10 offers a smoother and faster experience.
Battery: The Fire HD 8’s battery is rated at up to 12 hours per charge and the Fire HD 10 is rated at up to 10 hours.
Sound: Both tablets have two speakers on the edge of the device, but the speakers on the HD 10 are louder and they don’t crackle at higher volumes like the HD 8 speakers. However, neither set of speakers sound very good; Bluetooth speakers or headphones are recommended.
The overall build quality and features are largely the same between the two models, aside from the addition of hands-free Alexa support on the HD 10.
The higher resolution screen on the HD 10 is a big advantage in my book because it makes everything sharper and clearer, especially small text. Another advantage for the HD 10 is the faster, more reliable performance. I have issues with the HD 8 bogging down and freezing up at times.
The HD 8 has the advantage of portability with the smaller size, and its battery life is rated at 2 hours longer. It’s also a lot more affordable with the 16GB model being nearly half the price as the HD 10.
Personally I like the Fire HD 10 better and plan on keeping it and using it as my main tablet, but I’ve always liked 10-inch tablets better. The Fire HD 8 isn’t a bad tablet for $79, although it can be slow at times and it’s on the heavy side for an 8-inch tablet, but it’s still a considerable step-up from the $49 7-inch Fire. After further testing these new Fire tablets for 2017, I wouldn’t recommend the 7-inch model at all—it’s just too darn slow. The HD 8 is usable, but the HD 10 is the best of the lot.