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The best cheap tablets of 2024: Expert tested and reviewed


Amazon’s fire tablets–specifically the Fire HD 8 and HD 8 Plus–are among the most affordable tablets you’ll find, and the Fire HD 8 Plus is the cheapest tablet on our list at $120. The company redesigned the formerly square and hard-edged tablets, adding a more round design that looks and feels fantastic. 

What’s the difference? The HD 8 comes with 2GB of memory, while the HD 8 Plus comes with the same features as well as 3GB of memory, wireless charging support, and a faster-wired charger in the box. Amazon customers praise this affordable tablet for its image quality, mentioning that the display is very crisp, and that the charger is snappy and quick.

Review: Amazon Fire HD 8 Plus (2022) review: Primed for Amazon superfans

Wan also reviewed the Amazon Fire HD 8 Plus, and said that “for $120, you really can’t complain about the performance of the Fire HD 8 Plus.” He recommends the tablet for casual browsing, mobile entertainment, or even for a child.

The Fire HD 8 runs Amazon’s Fire OS. This means it runs Android apps, but you’re limited to apps that are available in Amazon’s own Appstore. Like with most tablets in this price range, performance can be sluggish at times, but you’ll have no issues shopping, browsing Facebook, or checking your email on the Fire HD 8 Plus. And, the battery life of 13 hours means you can go longer without having to charge the tablet.

Amazon Fire HD 8 Plus tech specs: Display: 8-inch, 1280×800 display | Processor: Quad-core 2.0GHz | Storage: 32GB or 64GB | Memory: 3GB | Colors: Black | Cameras: 2MP front and rear | Weight: 0.78 pounds | Dimensions: 8.0 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches | Connections: 3.5mm headphone jack, USB-C | Battery: 13 hours


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