As part of its latest deal of the day, Amazon has discounted the Fire HD 8, pushing the already affordable tablet into impulse purchase territory. At the moment, the usually $80 16GB model is $50, matching its Black Friday price. The 32GB model is also on sale, for $70.
That said, you can get away with the 16GB model since the Fire HD 8 includes a microSD slot, allowing you to add up to 400GB of additional storage to the tablet. One thing to keep in mind is that the $50 tablet includes lock-screen ads. If you don't want to deal with those, you'll need to spend a bit more to get the ad-free version -- tap the "Without Special Offers" button on the product page.
We haven't reviewed the Fire HD 8, but we've been fans of the bigger Fire HD 10 for a couple of years now. Generally speaking, the two tablets many of the same strengths and weaknesses. They're great for binge-watching video content and they can double as a smart speaker when needed, but you can't install any Google apps on them. The Fire HD 8 also trades the Fire HD 10's octa-core processor for a quad-core chip, which should make it less ideal for gaming. You also have to deal with a micro-USB cable for charging instead of USB-C. That said, considering most of us will likely spend a lot of time inside over the next couple of weeks, you could do a lot worse with $50 than a tablet that gives you another screen in your home.