Fire HD 8 (2018) vs Fire HD 10 (2019)

Thinking about an HD Fire and can’t decide? You could buy both the Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10 like I did. Or, check out this article and our reviews. Sorry about the lead-in sentences; It’s for SEO purposes.

Down-and-dirty conclusion, the 10 is slightly better than the 8 in almost every category. It’s also big. Like a little silly big.

Ok, let’s break it down (insert music of your choice in your head). Being sister products, here are the features they both share.

Fire HD 8 vs Fire HD 10 Tablet

Model
Fire HD 8
VS
Fire HD 10
Hands-Free Alexa
VS
Front Camera - 2 MP720p HD Video
VS
Rear Camera - 2 MP
VS
Dual-Bank Wi-Fi
VS
Dual Speakers
VS
Dolby Atmos
VS
Show Mode(full screen Alexa experience)
VS

Now, let’s take a look at what makes them different, other than cost.

Model
Fire 7
VS
Fire HD 8
Display
8`` HD
VS
10.1`` 1080p full HD
Resolution
1280 X 800 (189 ppi)
VS
1920 X 1200 (224 ppi)
Storage
16 or 32 GB
VS
32 or 64 GB
Storage - Expandable
Up to 400 GB
VS
Up to 512 GB
CPU
Quad-Core 1.3 GHz
VS
Octa-Core 2.0 GHz
RAM
1.5 GB
VS
2 GB
Battery LifeSubject to usage
Up to 10 hours
VS
Up to 12 hours
Colors
Black, Marine Blue, Punch Red, Canary Yellow
VS
Black, Twilight Blue, Plum, White
Weight
12.8 oz (363 g)
VS
17.8 oz (504 g)
Dimensions
8.4`` x 5.0`` x 0.4``
VS
10.3`` x 6.3`` x 0.4``

I felt the 10 is a little clumsy to handle. I am still struggling with a comfortable way to hold it. It seems like these tablets are best for one-hand operations. I could see a child using it with two hands to play games, or maybe on a stand, which is where mine is.

Conclusion

Our overall conclusion is the Fire HD 8 over the Fire HD 10, only due to the large size of the 10. The 8 seems like the perfect combination of size and performance with the 10 a close second. I am keeping both.

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