"The Fire is an all-around excellent device. A+++++++"4.5 starson by chiefiduna
Pros: Speed ! Size ( For Travel ) !! Content !!! Price/Value !!!!
Cons: I wish it had more storage on board !! But the cloud storage works Great !!!
Summary: I have an iPad and an Original Nook, but the Fire has quickly turned into my favorite tablet / eReader for entertainment activities. The reasons are simple - it makes it incredibly easy to access movies, TV shows, books and magazines from Amazon, many of which are free under Prime. I can hold it for hours without it getting uncomfortable, the screen is great, and the overall look and feel of the operating system is intuitive. Storing and accessing content on the Amazon Cloud is also a seamless, simple process.
I was concerned about the screen size since I've become used to the larger tablet screen sizes of the iPad. I'm finding that the benefits of a smaller screen size (easier to hold in one hand and light weight) outweigh most of the disadvantages. I miss a larger screen the most when I'm reading a magazine or a newspaper, but the copy remains highly readable even on the smaller screen.
Sound quality is decent with the onboard speakers. Nothing spectacular but workable. I find a decent set of headphones/ear buds to be a worthwhile addition.
Is it an "iPad killer" or an "Android tablet killer"? No. But why is that even an issue? I wanted an easy way to avail myself of the benefits of Prime membership (most notably being able to stream shows and movies for free) and the Fire accomplishes this very well. It comes at a price that's a lot easier to handle than the iPad, and a level of ease of use/functionality that's easier to handle than Android tablets.
None of the so-called limitations of the Fire detract from my using it. Yes it has limited onboard storage but with the way the Cloud is integrated, I've not had any difficulty using that as a way of storing content. Plus, when Amazon stores it, they deal with the issue of backup. I also don't miss the 3G connectivity. Sure, I'd love to be able to connect anywhere, but I will not pay the prices charged for data connectivity. I never use the 3G on my iPad for the same reason - just costs too much!
I'll certainly keep and continue to use my iPad since I use that a lot for work. But when I'm done with work and want to have fun, the Fire will be in hand. It's cheap, works well, and provides access to virtually unlimited video and print entertainment. For me it's a perfect fit.