THE BEST FIRE TABLET
Fire HD 8 ($80 on Amazon)
With a flexible screen size and incredible $80 price, the Fire HD 8 is our favorite all-around Fire tablet (read our Fire HD 8 review). It’s portable enough to take with you anywhere, but it’s screen is also decent enough that your eyes won’t hate you for watching Netflix on it. It’s an ideal size for older kids and for gaming, since you can hold it in landscape orientation and still reach the center.
The HD 8 has most of the benefits of the larger Fire HD 10, including Alexa (though you must press a button to use her) and stereo sound, not to mention the best battery life of almost any tablet at 12 hours. I also recommend you pick up Amazon’s magnetic stand-up case if you plan on watching movies or TV.
Avoid the Fire 7: Amazon’s cheapest tablet has a tantalizing $50 price, but you should probably cough up a little extra and buy an HD 8. Like I said in our Fire 7 review, the 7-inch screen will feel somewhat cramped and its screen resolution is noticeably pixelated. You won’t love the mono speaker, which is easily blocked by a single finger. Its battery also lags behind the other two tablets, and the 8GB of internal storage is pitifully small, mandating a MicroSD card from the get go.
THE BEST FIRE TABLET TO USE AROUND THE HOUSE
Fire HD 10 ($150 on Amazon)
If you mainly use your tablet for watching video, or want to shout commands at Alexa from across the room, the Fire HD 10 is the best Fire tablet for you (read our Fire HD 10 review). It has a far nicer HD screen and the larger 10-inch size is better for streaming at home. On the inside, it has a little more processing power than the smaller Fire tablets and 32GB of internal storage (upgradeable to 64GB), with a MicroSD slot if you need more space. I recommend you pick up the official magnetic standing case to keep it propped up for video binging.
THE BEST FIRE TABLET FOR KIDS
Fire HD 8 Kids Edition ($130 on Amazon)
We compared the Fire 7 Kids Edition and Fire HD 8 Kids Edition, and the HD 8 Kids Edition won handily thanks to its larger, sharper HD screen. Our reviewer Adrienne So called it “the affordable tablet that will provide the maximum amount of enjoyment to the most members in your family.” It will work for kids of varying ages, and won’t make parents eyes burn as much during repeated Zootopia viewings. Older kids will also enjoy the fuller Dolby stereo sound and reduced lagginess when playing games. Then there’s battery life—like the standard HD 8, this gets 12 hours of battery life, far longer than the Fire 7.