1. Funkpod's Avatar
    Samsung Galaxy Tab A 7"; 8 GB Wifi Tablet (Black) SM-T280NZKAXAR https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01AZ8ERHI...cUvbUpU5582006

    All-New Fire HD 8 Tablet, 8" HD Display, Wi-Fi, 16 GB - Includes Special Offers, Blue https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01AHBBG04...cUvbUpU5582006

    For my middle son. My older son has a fire 7, so I basically know how it works.

    Solid performance, limited games.

    My middle son is gonna get a tablet, but not sure. The Fire HD8 looks great, only $60 now, and I know it'll be solid in performance and no hassles. And I feel like better supported, I can call Amazon if need be. And good parent controls.

    But, no Google play store.

    Samsung Tab A 7 seems on par, has the Google play store, but smaller, less memory, and doesn't have like... The support from Amazon. I feel like collecting Samsung would be a lot more difficult than contacting Amazon. And is $95.

    So what do you think? I don't feel like rooting the Fire, just cuz I don't want anything to go wrong, not my device, etc.

    Thanks for any help!
    11-27-2016 09:43 AM
  2. dianehelen's Avatar
    Just fyi, you don't have to root to get Google play on a fire tablet.

    [HOW-TO] Install Google Play Store (Fire OS … | Amazon Fire

    Im waiting on a delivery of one any time now. My biggest challenge will be to see if there is any way to cast netflix via chromecast on it. But for kids this may not be an issue.
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    11-27-2016 10:18 AM
  3. PapaGary's Avatar
    "Special Offers" = ads.

    Get the Tab. My Galaxy Tab S2 has been rock solid.
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    11-27-2016 10:18 AM
  4. Funkpod's Avatar
    Thanks, I'll investigate. You think the hd8 is a better value?
    11-27-2016 04:09 PM
  5. Funkpod's Avatar
    Yeah, the ads are a pain, but not too bad. How many GB you have?
    11-27-2016 04:10 PM
  6. dianehelen's Avatar
    I went the cheapest route, 8 gb. Not quite convinced yet to keep it. But getting Google play set up was really very easy. If casting to a chromecast is not an issue I'd say it was a great little tablet. The screen looks very nice and bright. The onscreen buttons are a little funky if used to regular buttons.
    11-27-2016 04:46 PM
  7. dianehelen's Avatar
    Starting to like this little dickens. Ok now that I found a nice easy trick/hack to use my nova launcher which I'm more comfortable with than the stock amazon launcher, it feels more Android than Amazon. Here is my homescreen now with my wallpaper and nova launcher

    Kindle Fire HD 8 or Samsung Tab A 7?-screenshot_2016-11-28-10-41-55.png

    Here is the really easy hack to get it done

    How to Make the $50 Amazon Fire Tablet More Like Stock Android (Without Rooting)
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    11-28-2016 09:50 AM
  8. Funkpod's Avatar
    The fire is just pretty compelling at that price! And 8 inch is nice. 16gb. $60. I want to get the tab a, not too much more, but... I dunno.
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    11-28-2016 11:20 AM
  9. Funkpod's Avatar
    do you ever find yourself running out of storage space? That's a big concern for me.
    12-05-2016 11:54 AM
  10. Funkpod's Avatar
    "Special Offers" = ads.

    Get the Tab. My Galaxy Tab S2 has been rock solid.
    do you find yourself ever running out of space? that's a big concern for me.
    12-05-2016 11:55 AM
  11. Funkpod's Avatar
    You got the Fire, not the "all-new: fire hd 8?"
    12-05-2016 12:31 PM
  12. PapaGary's Avatar
    do you find yourself ever running out of space? that's a big concern for me.
    Uh, no. That's what high capacity SD cards are for.
    12-05-2016 02:41 PM
  13. dianehelen's Avatar
    You got the Fire, not the "all-new: fire hd 8?"
    No I have 2 galaxy note 10.1 2014 tablets for regular use. But for 33 bucks less my 5 courtesy credit the fire 7" was too good to pass up for a small device to keep by my bed for music, quick web or email, and just a cute lil device to carry around to use while waiting for dr appts etc.

    I also keep a 126gb sd card for other stuff I like to carry around
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    12-05-2016 03:47 PM
  14. Funkpod's Avatar
    Uh, no. That's what high capacity SD cards are for.
    Does your Tab A have the Marshmallow update? Does it have adoptable storage where the SD card becomes integrated memory, or are you using Apps2SD? I know that not every app moves over to SD card, so I might be able to store movies or music on the sd card, but not huge apps.
    12-06-2016 06:39 AM
  15. bjs188's Avatar
    @Funkpod, did you get the Fire HD8? If so, do you recommend signing in with YOUR Amazon Account? Or make a new account for your kid?
    12-25-2016 11:46 AM
  16. Funkpod's Avatar
    Hey, what's up! Literally, I was just trying to figure this all out. What I finally ended up doing was creating a Gmail for myself that my son can use, then creating a new Amazon account, then signed in using that new Amazon account.

    I had mine set up at first, but I felt it was kinda difficult, I guess it really didn't matter in the end.

    Thanks for the advice, all!
    12-25-2016 01:01 PM

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