Consider what the device is built as. And know what you want to use it for. I own the Fire, Playbook, iPad2, iPhone 4S…and tried the Android.
The Fire is built as an eReader. It’s great for reading books…all tied into Amazon. You can’t get away from it. If you don’t like Apples proprietary ways…you’ll hate Amazon more.
If you’re always searching and browsing for apps, nothing compares to Apple. Android has a good selection, Kindle has less…and Blackberry has waaaaayyy less - though you can get by with what they offer - keep in mind, the Playbook and the Fire have no integrated Contacts or eMail services.
Between the Playbook and Fire. The Fire is great, my fiancee uses it. She likes it to play games on, read books at night and check her email. But the internet browser locks up on certain pages, such as her school’s email service - it’s like Outlook, with too many frames. She can read and edit documents on the fire, but there is no camera and other business related tools aren’t available in the app market. The Fire also supports some Android apps in their market…or something, I’m not quite sure about that. The PB works great, flawless. It can run flash sites, compose documents and has amazing sound with stereo FRONT FACING SPEAKERS! - you never see that. It has dual cameras and a snappy interface.
Software - Amazon is growing and booming. BB is not. You’ll see constant updates and features added to the fire and amazon tablets, but BB just slashed their prices at a feeble attempt to get their products in peoples hands. BB is constantly delaying their OS updates and [I]say[/I] they’ll be updating their software in February to possibly support Android apps.
As far as other tabs…
Apple’s devices are solid and the newer models support all levels of iOS. You won’t see that in Android. Android tabs all have the same software (like Windows), but not all Android devices (like computers) perform the same. The way their software interacts with the tablet changes for each device and the device’s components (different cameras, chips, and other hardware).
Tablets don’t make for the best internet browsing experience. They work, but if you’re typing, clicking and hunting around the internet it’s not very efficient and the computer works well for that. …In case you were wondering. Just know what you’re looking for and understand the purpose of each tablet. If you’re wanting the iPad and hope anything else will be it, they won’t and you’ll be disappointed.