Amazon tends to be generous with deals on its own hardware during blowout sales like Prime Day and Black Friday, so if you’re interested in any of Amazon’s tablet or smart devices, that’s usually the best time of year to shop. However, you can get one of Black Friday’s best tablet deals in today’s Deal of the Day at Amazon, where the Fire HD 8 tablet (16GB) is down to $50. That’s $30 off its usual price of $80, but you’ve got less than 24 hours to claim it (and it may sell out before the day is over).
The Fire HD 8 tablet comes with an 8-inch HD display and is available with 16GB or 32GB of storage. The 32GB option is on sale as well, selling for $70 instead of its usual $110, but you can add up to 400GB with a microSD card. The Fire HD 8 tablet holds up to 10 hours of battery life, features a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor, and, of course, comes with Amazon’s friendly AI, Alexa. The Alexa integration allows you to use the tablet hands-free and can play media, answer questions, and much more.
This tablet was designed for entertainment, so it’s great for watching shows and movies, reading ebooks, listening to music, and playing games. If you’re already an Amazon Prime member, you’ll get unlimited streaming of movies and TV on Prime Video, many of which can also be downloaded for offline viewing, as well as ad-free access to over two million songs on Prime Music.
The tablet earned a solid 8.1/10 in our sister site CNET’s Fire HD 8 review. Critic David Carnoy appreciated the multiple small upgrades to the 2018 version of the Fire HD 8, including the better front-facing camera, expandable microSD storage, bright screen, and loud speakers, but noted its display isn’t as sharp as the iPad’s and the need for a Prime membership to really reap its benefits. “The latest HD 8 isn’t much of an upgrade over last year’s model, but the ‘always-ready’ hands-free Alexa feature is a nice addition to what remains the best tablet value,” he wrote.