@TlacItme, The smaller size and weight is what I find attractive, plus the price point (I'm thinking refurbished for $169) is good. And don't think I haven't already thought about the *need* fir a new TB order!
The Fire is smaller than the ipad, which I like because I have enough crap to cart around for myself and the kids and so portability is key, but I don't think it's too small. It's light. Big enough. Seems plenty fast to me. And waaaaaay cheaper than an ipad. I say go for it!....I also have the TB padded KF case...love it! See, if you do get a KF, then you'll HAVE to order a TB case for it, which means you'll HAVE to order a couple of other goodies, y'know, save on shipping and all!