Picked up my kindle fire yesterday, but I only had a couple of hours to play with. First impressions are very good. It feels great in my hands, very similar to a playbook, and seems fast and responsive. Maybe not as responsive as my iPad, but very fluid nonetheless. I should note that I am an Amazon prime member, and I also sub to unblockus dns service.
Setup was very easy, it basically asked for the password to my wireless network, did a quick OS updated, and then configured itself and connected to my amazon account automatically. Once connected to my account, it could see my kindle ebooks, my videos, and music. I am an amazon prime member so there was a very good selection of free videos to view. They have a option to choose between device and cloud. Most of my stuff was and will stay in the cloud, however, performance was excellent in both cases.
Apps were a little trickier since I am in Canada. In order to download any apps from the amazon/android app store (even the free apps like netflix/hulu), I had to link my US credit card as the primary card on my account. This is a prepaid mastercard that I get from Walmart in the US. Normally, I just use my Canadian visa when making purchases at Amazon, but until I switched the cards in my account settings, I kept receiving an error that my location does not support apps at this time. Once I got this configured, I was able to download a few games, and most importantly netflix and hulu. I sub to both streaming services and the performance was excellent on the device.
Earlier in the day, I was playing around with a playbook at FS, and while it has a few more bells and whistle's (camera), overall, I felt the Amazon fire is more in line with what I want in a tablet. I am primarily a consumer of entertainment and the Fire has perfectly captured all mediums including books, videos, music, and games. Even with the impending drop (this weekend!!) of the playbooks to $199, I feel the Fire has more to offer for me, especially given the app selection.
Fire off any questions....pun intended