Specs and Info -
As of 5/3/12 I have thrown a damn fine ICS 4.0 rom
On my fire and it seems to be running not only great but better than the 3.0 ROMS I had.
This is a great tablet and yesterday Amazon was running a refurb deal on them for $139.
Original beyond this:
So here I go. For valentines my girl gave me a Kindle Fire. At first I looked at her cross eyed because I bought her an Ipad 2 for her birthday prior to that and was personally never impressed nor interested in a tablet. I found her Ipad too big to be effective and not generally useful enough for me to show any kind of desire towards. I will say I am not an apple person to begin with but as far as gadgets go the Ipad "is" an amazing device for what it is but just not for me.
Anyway, I told her to bring it back and that the money could be useful elsewhere but she insisted I keep it. I opened it and played, and learned its function and honestly became fairly inspired with how it handled out of the box and its convenient size. Its reaction time is very quick and for what it is for its cost it pulls off being a great piece of hardware for its money at 200$. Now she actually paid 150$ because at the time Walmart was offering a 50$ gift card in return but none the less still worth that extra 50$ either way.
It comes equipped out of the box with the App Store for Amazon (of course) and that in itself only has about 1/3 the apps the Google (play) market has. So I decided to install the Google Market (still market at the time) and was horridly surprised to see I couldn't! I mean it makes sense that amazon wants you to buy apps from their market of course, but 3/4 of my apps I use on my nexus either weren't on there are were not compatible. This took me about an hour to realize and I was surely disgusted.
If you read my prior setup to this article you will read it spent 2 hours in stock form before being rooted and installed with full blown Android. I am running the old CM7 OS since there is no full blown ICS released that is full functioning but with the vast amount of AWESOME Android Devs it is only a matter of time.
All in all if your not a techy person and want a simple tablet that is very comfortable to hold, has AMAZING battery life, has a decent amount of apps, and is surprisingly sleek and fast this is a great tablet for the price, to me even more so then the Ipad. It does not have the perks of a camera (front or back) but seriously your phone has that so don't even try to whine about that it's just not necessary on 2 devices, no it's really NOT. If you MUST have the extra techy scenario like myself and crave full android and the full marketplace then by all means ROOT and install a custom ROM, it's super easy. I have been on 3 now just to try different flavors, the newest being Hellfire's CM7 and each one is great. You wont be sorry with this purchase.
If you happen to have a particular question feel free to comment and I'll answer the best I can.
Already Have it and played with it now but just too lazy to write anything
Really want to get this done so I think this weekend Im just going to do a video review. As a short I will say it lasted 2 hours in its stock form before it was rooted and had full android but in both fashion its a very good piece of hardware for the money.
Will try to do one tonight, if not then tomorrow.... if to drunk then, then you'll get a hung over one Sunday.