What it is: Great ebook reader and front end to Amazon.
What it isn’t: iPad killer.
It’s a neat little gadget but I don’t know yet if it’s more useful than the $79 e-ink Kindle. It’s ok on the ebook reading, the screen is large enough. It will stream my music stored on Amazon’s Cloud Player but it’s WiFi only and I only really listen to music when I’m driving where the WiFi doesn’t work (and it’s all on my iPhone already). It’s does a good job of streaming movies from Amazon and Netflix but I only watch those at home and I have a large screen I use there.
I’ve already decided that I’ll swap the Fire for the iPad in my EDC bag (the murse). The iPad is superior in almost every way except size which makes carrying around a problem. I’ll leave the iPad at home for a while, where it excels as a living room/bedroom computer and see if the Fire can work as a replacement. At the very least I’ll be a lot less upset about losing the Fire than I would the iPad.
Is the Fire worth the $120 price increase over the $79 E-ink Kindle? Honestly, I’m not sure yet. If all I ever use the Fire for is reading books then no, it’s not. Time will tell.