It's definitely to each their own. Of the 9 people I know who got them, 5 sent them back for varying reasons. Perception of weight, they hate the browser, had to root it to get it to do what they wanted, etc. I gave mine away to someone who will never try to do anything other than read on it.
The general consensus is that it just isn't right yet. Now some of that is repeating what the reviewers are saying. It doesn't seem to have the wow factor that the iPad had when it first came out. The iPad set the bar pretty high.
Does it have just a regular web browser on it? I have some discretionary Amazon.com funding -- about $250 in gift cards, and I'm like, what do I need now? So I thought maybe a tablet. I looked at the Kindle Fire, but .... meh. For the price it seems great, but ... I hesitate. I was thinking about something like this one: http://www.amazon.com/HTC-EVO-View-A...dp/B006AZEMR6/ -- I love my Android OS! Especially with the Netflix app.
I have a regular Kindle, one of the older ones .... trying to convince myself I need more technology. LOL