Top positive review
A great tablet for younger kids
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on November 1, 2022
We have two previous generations of Fire HD 8 Kids tablets (2017, 2019), my experience has been they tended to get bogged down performance wise with increasing stability issues after roughly a year, so I was initially hesitant getting the newer model (2020, yeah I know it's already 2022). By now, the 2017 was near unusable, and the 2019 was also painfully slow and often requiring restarts to work properly. When this model went on sale again I decided to give it another try and I'm glad I did.
The good: a) The tablet feels much faster compared to the 2019 out of the box. b) I must applaud Amazon for the ease of setting it up - having it already registered to my account likely made a difference. c) Kids are rough on their devices, and the kids edition case really helps protect the tablet and the oversized dimensions and the texture treatment are great for little hands; as a bonus, the 2020 model now comes with a built-in stand, it's not really adjustable but it can be used in two different orientations adding to its flexibility.
The not so good: a) Its built-in storage is only at 32GB and fills up fast so the micro-SD expansion is great - but it seems they never addressed the one annoying issue I'm seeing with all three generations: after rebooting the tablet many of the downloaded apps / videos require a re-download before they can be used again, I suspect this is for the apps that are installed to the micro-SD card. It seems if I wait long enough they eventually show as downloaded again, but you're SOL if you're offline and cannot wait :(.
Final thoughts: This being a 2020 model Amazon may already be preparing an update but all things considered it's still a relatively performant tablet for the kiddos and a good value (great value when it's on sale).