Amazon Fire HD 8 2020 review: Higher price, but upgrades keep it a bargain

With models available in 7-, 8- and 10-inch screen sizes and priced as low as $50 before Prime Day discounts, Amazon’s Fire tablets have long been the go-to option for bargain gadget hunters. But with its 2020 refresh of the 8-inch Fire HD 8 tablet, long the Goldilocks option of its line, Amazon is adding a twist that may leave you wondering which one to buy. There are now two 8-inch models to choose from: a baseline Fire HD 8 starting at $90 (£90), and the $110 (£110) Fire HD 8 Plus, which adds wireless charging and slightly better performance. The tablet isn’t currently available in Australia but the starting price converts to about AU$160.

Like

  • Faster processor than last version
  • Fast USB-C charging
  • Better front camera placement
  • 2GB of RAM (up from 1.5GB)
  • Hands-free Alexa voice assistant
  • Improved battery life

Don’t Like

  • HD 8 Plus offers nice step-ups for just a bit more money
  • Display is HD but not 1080p (could be sharper)
  • Amazon Appstore is limited compared with Google Play and Apple App Store
  • Amazon Prime membership is a must

The two models look identical on the outside. The HD 8 Plus is only available in

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No stimulus check yet? Track a payment with this IRS app to see your status

An online tool can help tell you when your stimulus money is coming.


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The IRS is making millions of economic impact payments, but that isn’t its only role in the story of your stimulus check. The agency can also help you see the current status of your stimulus money with a self-service portal it built specifically for this purpose. Called Get My Payment, the free online tracker isn’t that hard to figure out, but it does have a few wrinkles. For example, it may require you to enter your details in a specific way or it could respond with a message you don’t understand. 

Get My Payment is designed to show you if the IRS is still processing your money or has scheduled it to go out. It will also tell you if your stimulus payment will arrive in the mail as a paper check, prepaid debit card, or through direct deposit to your bank account if you had set that up before May 13. And it can alert you to any problems holding up your payment.

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