onefire wrote:I'm too late on the goldbox deal, I missed it.
I love to read and my ebooks are Kindle, I read them on my kindle app on my phone. So I want to read Kindle on a tablet format, and be able to surf the web a little bit when I'm hooked up to the wifi at home. My needs are pretty basic, I just want to read and go online.
I really like my Kindle Fire, which I use mainly for reading, a little bit of web surfing, and occasionally for video. If you're a Prime customer, it may be the better option for you as you get free streaming video, daily [free] apps, etc.
However, this Vizio is slightly larger than the Kindle Fire, and you could install the Kindle application on it to use it for reading. As has been noted, this also has some features that the Kindle Fire lacks, including the ability to expand the storage (should you want to keep more content on your device, although you can, of course, archive your purchases to Amazon's cloud to free up space on any device to which you can download Amazon content).
I already have a Kindle Fire and a Toshiba Thrive (which is larger than the Vizio and has more horsepower), but if I were trying to decide between this Vizio and a Fire, it would probably be a tough call for me to make. I think I might possibly still lean towards the Fire because of the Prime content and Amazon's support, which is excellent, from everything I've heard. (Haven't needed to use it yet, but it's nice to know that it's there.) I also am more comfortable with apps I download from Amazon than anything I could get from Google Play- there is a metric crapton of malware in their app store.
Darkomandic raised some really good points about the features that aren't in the Fire, however. If nothing else, this is cheaper than a Kindle fire, and it comes with a case, cable, etc. I don't know if any of this is even helpful, but if nothing else, I hope it gave you some points for consideration.
Also, on the Fire, video is GORGEOUS, and the Gorilla Glass is fantastic. So I guess if I had to decide today, I'd probably still go with the Kindle Fire.