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HolidayBuyer's Guide

Meet the Fire HD 8

Smooth and glossy

The simpler, the better

Saving grace

Binge-friendly

Portable and compact

Power button

New search bar

Not bad for a budget buy

Amazon's latest tablet also debuts the company's latest operating system.

Get to know the $150 tablet and Fire OS 5 Bellini by clicking through the slideshow.

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The plastic back feels smooth and it's comfortable when holding.

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The Fire HD 8 runs simple mobile games smoothly, but anything more intense slows down performance.

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If you get the 8GB model of the tablet, don't forget a memory card! You'll really need it.

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With the new ASAP feature, the tablet pre-buffers your videos so you wait less for them to load.

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The 8-inch tablet is small enough to throw in your bag for a commute or travel.

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The power button sits next to the microUSB port and microphone pinhole.

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When you type in a search request, you get results from Bing, the Amazon store, and your library.

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The inexpensive tablet's meek hardware is overshadowed by Amazon's robust library of Prime content. Offering free video, games and apps on the inexpensive tablet, what's not to like?

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