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Amazon Fire HD 8 (2020)
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 2 (2017)
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Amazon Fire HD (2020) vs Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 2 (2017)

Analysis:

The Amazon Fire HD 8 (2020) is a great Tablet for its $89 asking price.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 2 (2017), however, is merely passable at its $358 price point. If you're considering buying a Tablet in the $350 range, you might want to check out some of its competitors.

The Amazon Fire HD 8 (2020) has managed to do great in various roundups conducted by reviewers from highly trusted sources that perform objective in-depth testing, like PCmag, Laptop Mag, and Wirecutter (NYTimes) - it was dubbed "Best for Video Playback and Zoom" by PCmag, "The best cheap tablet with Alexa" by Laptop Mag, and "Budget pick" by Wirecutter (NYTimes). Any product that's held in such high regard by some of the most reliable sources should be considered by everyone who's looking for a Tablet at this price.

As for our analysis of the Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 2 (2017) - it's considered to be a great product by two reliable sources that do their own hands-on testing - it earned the "Best Affordable Rugged Tablet" award from Android Central and "The best rugged tablet" from Expert Reviews, which is no small feat.

To get a better idea of how they fare when compared directly to each other, we analyzed review scores of sources that tested both. Expert Reviews, for example, preferred the Amazon Fire HD 8 (2020), while PCmag rated both of them the same.

We also took a look at which sources had the best things to say about them. We learned that the Amazon Fire HD 8 (2020) got reviewed the highest by Expert Reviews - it gave it a rating of 10, while the Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 2 (2017) most impressed reviewers at Notebookcheck.net, which gave it a score of 8.1.

Lastly, we averaged out all of their review ratings and observed that the Amazon Fire HD 8 (2020), with its 7.8 average, performed considerably better than most Tablets - the mean score for the product category being 7.5 out of 10 - while the Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 2 (2017) managed an average of 7.2.

There's one caveat here - it might not be entirely justifiable to do a direct Amazon Fire HD 8 (2020) vs. Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 2 (2017) review average comparison since they aren't priced the same and more expensive products tend to get higher review scores from some sources.

Comparison of expert ratings
Highly Recommended
Recommended
Mentioned
Not Mentioned
PCmag
Wirecutter (NYTimes)
Laptop Mag
Notebookcheck.net
Expert Reviews
Android Central
Tech Advisor
What Hi-Fi?
Techradar
Android Authority
Tech. Specs Comparison
Amazon Fire HD 8 (2020)
$89
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 2 (2017)
$358
Operating System
Fire OS
Android
Screen size
8 (inches)
8 (inches)
Has average expert review score
Has average expert review score
7.6
Overall Avg. for Tablets
7.2
Avg. Review Score
Score
Highly recommended by trusted experts
Laptop Mag
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Runner Up
in “The best cheap tablets in 2021” 
Last updated: a month ago
Wirecutter (NYTimes)
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Runner Up
in “The Best Android Tablets” 
Last updated: 3 Aug 2020
PCmag
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best for Video Playback and Zoom
in “The Best Android Tablets for 2021” 
Last updated: 23 Dec 2020
Android Central
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Overall
in “Best Amazon Fire Tablet 2021” 
Last updated: 10 days ago
Tech Advisor
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Overall
in “Best kids' tablets 2021” 
Last updated: 23 days ago
Expert Reviews
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Runner Up
in “Best tablet 2021: The top tablets from Apple, Amazon, Samsung and more” 
Last updated: 23 days ago
Techradar
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Ranked #4 out of 6
in “The best cheap tablets 2021: the top budget options” 
Last updated: 11 days ago
PCmag
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best for Video Playback and Zoom
in “The Best Tablets for 2021” 
Last updated: 23 Dec 2020
Tech Advisor
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Overall
in “Best Amazon Fire Tablet 2020” 
Last updated: 25 Nov 2020
Expert Reviews
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
The best budget Android tablet
in “Best Android tablet 2021: The best tablets from Samsung, Amazon and everyone else” 
Last updated: 16 days ago
Techradar
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Ranked #8 out of 8
in “Best Android tablets of 2021: which should you buy?” 
Last updated: 11 days ago
PCmag
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best for Video Playback and Zoom
in “The Best Cheap Tablets for 2021” 
Last updated: 23 Dec 2020
PCmag
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best for low cost
in “The Best Kids' Tablets for 2021” 
Last updated: 12 Oct 2020
Wirecutter (NYTimes)
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “The Best Tablets” 
Last updated: 29 Jan 2021
Recommended by trusted experts
Android Central
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Runner Up
in “Best Rugged Tablet 2021” 
Last updated: 20 Jan 2021
Expert Reviews
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
The best rugged tablet
in “Best Android tablet 2021: The best tablets from Samsung, Amazon and everyone else” 
Last updated: 16 days ago
Techradar
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Ranked #7 out of 8
in “Best rugged tablets of 2021: Water resistant, drop-proof and shockproof slates” 
Last updated: 5 Dec 2020
Android Authority
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Ranked #8 out of 8
in “The 8 best Android tablets for kids” 
Last updated: 14 days ago
Expert Reviews
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
The best tablet for outdoor types
in “Best tablet 2021: The top tablets from Apple, Amazon, Samsung and more” 
Last updated: 23 days ago

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