If you want to surf the web and get stuff done, I suggest that you use a regular computer. If you want to enjoy high quality television programming, try watching a HDTV. If you want to listen to great music, play it on a Bose sound system. The point I am trying to make is that as cool as it sounds, it makes no sense to watch television on a mobile phone or surf the web on an iPod Touch unless you simply need to check an address or find a restaurant on the hurry. Similarly, a tablet is not meant to be used as a computer, television or music player. On the contrary, I consider tablets as entertainment devices when you are unable to have access to a laptop or television or music systems. For instance, while traveling. I started to look at owning a tablet to have it while going on short trips (as a content creator, I need my laptop to get real work done) or to have it floating around the family room to easily access the web and maybe put it by my bed to quickly access the web while having coffee in bed.
Since in my opinion, most of us do NOT really need a tablet, I consider them toys. I can read a book, maybe listen to music or even watch a video and definitely stay on top of news almost all the time. Due to the short shelf life of almost all electronic products and their value merely as toys, I never bothered with iPad or Xoom; they are highly overpriced.
Obviously, I was delighted when Amazon decided to launch Kindle Fire at a price point that is just right. You get a fairly high quality product with the support of Amazon behind it but it is still within that price range that if you have to dump it to buy another product a year or two later you won’t feel bad. Those were the reasons I decided to buy the Fire and I love it. It is important to understand that this product is not as sleek as the Apple iPad or other competitive offerings, but for the low price, it does almost everything pretty well. It is small, light, has excellent display and easy to use. Do not expect the same functionality as a laptop or television or music player but if you want to read ebooks, visit your favorite websites, and listen to music, it is awesome. I found that going to search engines and clicking on links and then following the links on websites was a bit cumbersome but then I realized that for doing so, I should simply use a PC. If you have needs like mine, and keep your expectations low for the price you are going to pay, you will love it.