@BillLehecka I bought my Fire HD 8 last year on the black friday sale. Bought it with the Amazon ads so i could get it cheaper. Thought I would never use it as I never had a tablet. Turns out that it is one of the best things I have ever used. Being a prime member, I love the way it interacts with prime, sending me sweet deals, keeping everything orderly, recommending stuff, etc. Battery life is great, picture is perfect for movies and it has been flawless since i bought it…and I use it every day at work, watching netflix and such for 6 hours at a clip. (i repair vacuums at my shop so it leave it propped up on the workbench). It plays games great as well…Real Racing 3 runs awesome with the perfect tilt controls in the tablet.
I will absolutely buy the next one in the series when they come out with it…
@BillLehecka I own 2 7"? fire Hd’s. They are older, but get the job done. Good storage space for traveling with my kid. One is for the kid (cartoons and movies) to download Prime movies, and one for me. Fire tablets are not bad for what they are and depending on what you want to use them for.
@weirdly Are you sure about the lack of GPS. Almost all of the Qualcomm chipsets include GPS. I have been poking around for information on this and it looks like other devices that use this chipset have GPS/Glonass as well. I haven’t found anything specific eliminating it from the realm of possibility that it doesn’t have GPS though. Just wondering if it wasn’t called out in the product specs
@AySz88 Comparing dissimilar model numbers is a slippery slope. For example, my iPad Pro 12.9” has GPS. It’s the wifi/cellular version. The wifi-only model, identical size and memory capacity, does NOT have GPS.
@AySz88@ruouttaurmind comparing different manufacturers is also a slippery slope. Currently any iPad without cellular doesn’t have GPS because the gps is included in the cellular chip, not in the main processor. With many Android devices built on Qualcomm chips, GPS is built into the main processor and is easily exposed, which is why many Android WiFi only devices have autonomous gps instead of only WiFi only location
Samsung Galaxy TAB A 32GB Tablet with 8-inch Screen
We’re comparing it, price-wise, to a model on Amazon that is NOT exactly the same. Here’s the deal: the Amazon price is for a tablet with 32gb of space, whereas this one is a comparable model built for warehouse clubs that only has 16gb of space
Memory: 16GB internal and 16GB microSD card (included)
So it’s not really a 32GB Tab A then. Be sure to comparison shop accordingly, and remember: 16GB SD cards are dirt cheap, so that only adds a few dollars to the value.
@ruouttaurmind you’re perfectly right. FURTHERMORE, there is a mistake in the Specs page: it says that the tablet has 32GB internal memory. So, what is it? 16 or 32 GB internal? Meh staff: fix the issue
@2many2no@ruouttaurmind@salvatorepoier Yeah, I bought a crap SD card once and it was a bottleneck on video and even audio playback. Constant buffering. Gotta pony up for a decent SD card if I’m going to use the expandable storage like a workhorse.
@ruouttaurmind@salvatorepoier Android 7.1 should support this, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Samsung locked it out. After all, you can charge a lot more for internal storage than the cost of a UHS-1 SD card.
HAHAHAHAHA!! THIS ISN’T EVEN A FUCKING DEAL!! I’D RATHER PAY FOR THE AMAZON ONE!! 32 GB ISN’T EVEN FUCKING ACCEPTABLE WITH CURRENT APP SIZES!! LET ALONE 16!! HELL, A 16GB SD CARD DOES NOTHING!! THAT’S TOO SMALL TO BE ACCEPTABLE FOR ANY MODERN DEVICE!!
@cinoclav@Dizavid problem is a lot of apps won’t let themselves be installed to the external SD card, so you have 16GB internal, probably up to 4 of that being used by the system, so 12GB remaining, and depending on what apps you choose that 12 GB can go quick.
@cinoclav@Dizavid@Stormchaser I appears the SD card isn’t adoptable in this model. So, as @Stormchaser mentioned, many apps don’t take advantage of the external card, and don’t permit relocation to the card.
@Dizavid You can expand the SD storage but you can’t do anything with internal RAM and 2GB simply isn’t enough these days. It’s also a version behind on Android and if Samsung hasn’t updated it yet, they probably won’t.
Beware that MicroSD storage is a second class citizen in Android. A straight up 32GB tablet will be better than a 16GB + 16GB uSD. It’s not quite as horrible as it was in the old days, but it’s still not great. If you’re planning to store movies/songs/books on there that’s fine, apps however can get cranky even though they aren’t supposed to anymore.
It looks like this tablet should be upgradeable to Oreo, so that’s something.
That screen is remarkably low resolution for a 2017 tablet, especially one over $100. It’s honestly probably ok, but just kind of weird to see screen resolutions that low. You will be able to see the pixels.
Christmas 2016, I bought all my nieces and my sister Fire HD8s for $60 a pop. This year picked up a Fire HD10 for $60 and the new HD8 for $30. At this rate, I expect one to be in the next box of cereal I buy.
Still prefer my Ipad though. Anyone know how this compares as far as speed and user experience? I have used several variations of the Amazon tablets and the Nook tablet but I understand they do not have normal Android operating systems.
As mentioned, the 16GB memory gets wasted quickly with core Google and Samsung ROM apps that get any upgrades (gmail, chrome, photo, play store, webkit, contacts, etc). These upgrades have to be stored in the on-board memory since they replace the ROM fsctory versions and can’t be stored on the SD card since they’re core firmware apps and have to be available.
I have a real 32 GB Galaxy Tab A. I got it because my Nexus 7 tablet broke and has actually gone up in price since I bought it. This is the highest end Android tablet I could find that I can hold in one hand and use in the other.
Not high end. Highest end. The screen resolution is worse than the Nexus 7 from 2013. It’s thicker and heavier. I’ve only had it a month or so, and it’s performed as well as I expected. No flakiness.
It has the Samsung crap you’d expect on it. If you want to root it, you need to leave it on for a week to get around a theft-protection feature. If you need more info and can’t find it, reply to this and I’ll hunt it down for you.
If you want a tablet to read books on, do some web browsing, and watch Netflix, this serves pretty well. It fits easily into any bag and into some coat pockets. If you’re a man with average size hands or a woman with longer than average fingers, you can hold it in one hand and use it with the other, which I really like. If you have some high end tablet use case, odds aren’t great that this one will work for you.
I’ve only had it a month or so, and it’s performed as well as I expected. No flakiness.
Also admittedly anecdotal from me - but give it a year - mine is flaky. It randomly restarts even with 40-70% battery left. Never had that with our iPads. And unlike with iPads, there’s no local store with thorough testing and support.
-has 2 GB RAM compared to my current 7 inch tablet which has 1 GB.
-Android 7.1 can use Netflix for offline viewing (thanks, dnh127, for clarifying). My other tablet cannot upgrade to that OS.
-Free MicroSD card (I could use some more).
Only thing holding me back is the 1280 x 800 screen which, to be honest, doesn’t bother me on my 7 inch tablet. But would I have a problem with pixelation on an 8 inch screen? I would not use this for gaming. Only reading and video purposes. I have the same 16 GB memory on my current tablet and I have no issues needing more.
I want to buy this, but I think I’ll sleep on it in case there are any other cons that are enough to make me reconsider.
@JT954 my 1-1/2 year old Tab A 8 has been flaky - the random restarting tends to be when watching video. (40-70% battery left.)
As with many things, once you’re conditioned to the screen rez, it is OK as long as you tell yourself you got a deal on the tablet. Note you’ll tend to watch video from a bit further away as the screen size increases.
In fairness, I think there’s a world of difference between a 7 inch display and an 8 inch display.
It seems to be the breaking point between a large phablet and a real tablet. I wouldn’t even consider a 7 inch tablet at any price.
Very tempting. I need a cheap tablet for my OBD-11 (VW modification/diagnostic tool) since it’s android only and we only have iCrap. I had a cheap Neutab which I used twice before the battery shit the bed and Neutab told me to go fist myself.
@RedOak OBD-11 is unique though. It’s not just an OBD-II scanner… it lets you modify the car as well. Alternative is a Ross-Tech VAG-COM which is way more expensive and requires a laptop. I already have a $10 universal scanner just for pulling codes on any car.
@mexifinn ok, I understand the difference between a basic OBD-II (“OBD two”) scanner that can only read codes/reset the engine trouble light and an OBD-II tool with more control module programmability. And that VWAG vehicles like to go their own way. But hadn’t heard of an OBD-“eleven” tool. How is is different? Is that a proprietary tool model number from a tool manufacturer?
We had a refurb Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids Edition that lasted quite awhile. We had to send it in for warranty repair once. Then I had to take it apart to disconnect the battery when it wouldn’t boot. Eventually it crapped-out after heavy toddler use.
Now the kid has both a kindle fire kid edition and a refurb Samsung SM-T560NZKUXAR Galaxy Tab E 9.6 inch. The year of Unlimited games and such with the fire tablet is nice, but she tends to use the samsung tablet more often for watching videos and playing minecraft. I’m still waiting for an android update on it, however. The Roblox app, for instance, is no longer compatible on the samsung device. Roblox says there is an update, but the play store doesn’t have an update for that version of android. I THINK we’re supposed to get an Android 7 update soon…