In the world of tablets, there are great products and there are cheap products, but very few great, cheap products. For those of you unwilling to shell out $500 for an Apple iPad 2, and who are wary of buying a piece of junk, Amazon.com's $199 Kindle Fire tablet should be at the top of your wish list.
What it is - The Kindle Fire is a tablet with a 7-inch screen, giving it a similar look and feel to the RIM BlackBerry PlayBook or Samsung Galaxy Tab 7. It runs a heavily modified version of Google's Android operating system, includes 8GB of internal memory, and begins shipping to U.S. customers on November 15.
With it, you can read e-books using Amazon's popular Kindle software, download Android apps and games using Amazon's Appstore, purchase music using Amazon's MP3 store, and stream video using Amazon's video on-demand service. The common thread here is that Amazon's suite of digital stores and services are all loaded and ready to go out of the box.