When planning my review of the Kindle Fire, I knew I'd need two things: time, and a big list of music, movies, and books I wanted to dive into. I say that because I assumed going into the review that the Fire wasn't about to take the place of my laptop. The Android-powered, 7-inch device didn't exactly strike me as a productivity machine (at least when you look at the specs), and knowing the selection of apps and services I would have access to, I planned on doing some serious consumption of content.

Make no mistake about it — the Fire is a proper tablet, with many (though not all) of the capabilities of something like an iPad. But the focus on this product is most certainly on lean-back experiences, and that's reflected in the price, too. But can a $200 mini-tablet take on Apple's behemoth? Will the Fire derail the plans of other Android tablet-makers? And does the release of this product fundamentally change Amazon's position in the market? I'll attempt to answers those questions — and more — in my review below, so read on!