Introduction I've had quite a bit of fun experimenting with the Fire HD 10 and Fire 7. It seems that others enjoyed following my exploits and requested that I do something similar for the Fire HD 8. So for the sake of completeness, I picked up a new HD 8 today because it is currently on sale for $60. Click here for the thread on the Fire HD 10. Click here for the thread on the Fire 7. This time around, I plan on using it for the same purposes as the Fire 7. The HD 8 has 1.5GB RAM and a nicer screen than the 7 so I'm curious to see how it compares. As I mentioned in the Fire 7 thread, Google Services made the 7 very sluggish. I plan on installing Google Services on the HD 8 with a critical eye toward performance. If the HD 8 is sluggish then I'll know it is due to Google Services. reading books (ebooks) reading comics, magazines, catalogs (cbr/cbz) reading news listening to music (locally stored as well as streaming) watching video (local and streaming) light gaming social media (twitter, Facebook) Build Quality Like the other Fire tablets I own, this is a well-made, solid, and attractive (IMO) tablet. The curved edges make holding the device a pleasant experience. Screen Quality The IPS screen is bright. The colors are vibrant. The quality of the display is near that of the HD 10. Nicer than the 7. The side bezels are thinner than the Fire 7. Performance I don't run benchmarks (they don't tell the true and full story) but scrolling and loading websites for testing show that it only slightly lags behind the performance of the Fire HD 10. It'll be interesting to see if this level of performance carries through to other tasks. Stay tuned. As always, if you have any experience with the HD 8, please feel free to share it in this thread. If there are things you'd like me to try out on it, let me know.