I'm not sure you understood the reason behind getting a Kindle Fire at all. I now have a Kindle Fire 2nd Gen, a Kindle Fire HD 7" and a Kindle Fire HD 8.9". A month ago, I didn't have any of them. I do have a Nexus 7.
I have Amazon Prime, so my comment may not work for someone that does not use Prime.
I love getting free deals on Amazon MP3, free credits on Amazon VoD, and have Prime for watching videos. Special deal rentals are not high, and considering I suck at returning BluRays on time at RedBox, renting movies through Amazon VoD is a welcoming experience. It sometimes takes us more than a day to watch a movie if our little ones are not willing to collaborate.
I'll admit the Nexus 7 has better processor and graphics, and, of course, full android, with best updates.
The Kindle Fire is for a different market. Someone that wants a good, cheap tablet for consuming media, most specifically Amazon Media.
I have HBO Go, Netflix on the KFHDs, so you don't really have to get anything from the Amazon store, and my Spotify account works like a charm.
Amazon provides with 1 free app a day. Recently, they've all sucked, but I have piled quite a good collection of apps. Whenever Google has a deal on apps, Amazon tends to go along. You can get free Amazon MP3 coupons here and there often, and, with Prime, you get $1-$3 Amazon VoD credit for selecting slow shipping. You also get books at reduced prices, some deals, even on audiobooks, and some even free. You also get one free "rental" book a month with Prime.
The tablet is thinner than the Nexus 7. I like the feel and touch of the Nexus 7's back, but the one in the KFHD7 is not worse. Screen-wise, I'd give the KFHD7 the point, and furthermore, the KFHD8.9. I haven't used a Nexus 10, though.
The best part is the wifi speed, and the dolby speakers. They're loud, finally, and well positioned. I can hardly hear anything coming out of the Nexus 7 when watching Transformers Dark of the Moon, the movie that came free with it when originally purchased.
Oh, and I left the best for last. Kindle FreeTime Unlimited. Sure, it's another paid service, but my daughter couldn't be happier. Right now we let her use the HD7 as a trial, and she liked it so much we decided to get the KF2 for her. The HD7 goes to my wife, and the HD8.9 to me. We were only planning on buying the HD7, but after the test drive, it was a no-brainer.
Now my daughter gets free apps, books, and shows tailored to her age and likes, and she can't mess anything else in the tablet. We want to provide her with a different app? we can get it (often free) and add it to her freetime account, so she can enjoy it.
My wife uses her HD7 to read at night. Sure, she could use her phone, but the HD7 provides for a much more comfortable tool.
The HD8.9, I'm using it for watching movies. Say I want to share the movie with the family, just plug the HDMI cable from the tablet to the receiver, and now we're watching on HD on the 82" TV. It's not necessary, since we have Amazon VoD Apps built into all our rooms' A/V systems, but still.
I turned on my Nexus 7 last night. It had been a long time since. Poor thing was completely out of battery. Must have left it on. Sadly, all I do on the Nexus 7 is install roms. Don't really have much use for it. Have a lot of paid apps on the Google Play store, but guess what, I can get that into my KF2, KFHD7, KFHD8.9, and now I have the (not really the best) of both worlds.
I should comment that all my tablets were purchased with deals; $129 for KF2, $175 for KFHD7, $250 for KFHD8.9.
I paid $250 for the Nexus 7 16gb 4 months ago. And for the same price now I get an 8.9" tablet with full HD+ display? and has hdmi and dolby sound? again, no-brainer.
But the Kindle Fire tablets are not for everyone, that's for sure. Like I commented, I have the Nexus 7, as well as an HP Touchpad, a Nook Color, a Kindle e-reader, an Asus Transformer TF101...
I've tried them all. The TF101 wins the award for the most useful tablet, with its dock. It's the only one that I've used for RDP. Playing MMO games through the tablet was a blast. Being able to take notes and use it as a laptop at conferences was great. When I got the Nexus 7, much faster and smoother, I passed the TF101 to my wife. The Nexus 7 was my go-to device, always in my pocket, or around the coffee table when watching TV "is that the actor from that one movie?" I'd be on the Nexus 7 in 2 seconds checking on IMDB.
When I got the Galaxy Note 2, I found no need for the Nexus 7. It's just as fast and has all my stuff up to date since I use it constantly, and the screen difference is not that much, just 1.45 inches. The stylus on the Note 2 made me forget the Nexus 7.
Then the Kindle Fires come along. The idea was to use them for reading loaned books at night. You can only read loaned books (Amazon Prime) from a Kindle device, and using a night light for reading on the Kindle e-reader was a pain and bothersome. Amazon VoD doesn't work on any other Android tablet/phone; only on Kindle Fires. And the Music player is embedded, and has all my purchases in the cloud...wow nice. Easy to follow interface that everyone can pick up and go.
Seriously, telling people that they must avoid this product at all cost is childish.
You may defend any other choice you make in this matter, and I may agree with you, but the Kindle Fire tablets serve their purpose, and they serve it really well, and I'm very glad I purchased them.
And yes, I prefer having the entire Google Android experience and not be bound to an ecosystem, but this ecosystem happens to cater all my needs, and is easy to follow for both children and adults. And the Play Store is just a root away...
Just to capitalize, the product is good, the price is over MSRP. Avoid this DEAL at all costs...but don't kiss off this Tablet family so quickly. Do your research, give it a try, and if you don't like it, you can return it. Others have, easy enough.
Sorry, this was completely off topic, and I shouldn't have caused this non-deal to bump. I still thought it was important to pose my opinion on the product over the prior comment stated.
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