A few months ago I was given a first generation Kindle Fire, Amazon's tablet version of their popular ebook reader. Since it was a heavily Amazonified build of Android (which by itself is not a bad thing) and their own application store is only available to the USA, I decided to load a custom Android distribution called Jandycane from a developer on the XDA forums.
A few months later and I can confirm that it was a good decision. I can buy and install apps from the Google Play store, I can still read Kindle books via the Kindle app for Android, and overall I have more control over my tablet.
When I first got my Kindle I was a little disappointed with its size, compared to a friend's 10 inch Galaxy Tab, but as I continued to use it I realised how awesome the 7 inch form factor is. I'm writing this blog post on my Kindle, and I can hold it in portrait orientation with my hands on each of the bottom corners leaving my thumbs free to type. With such a large surface (compared to a phone's small screen) swipe does not work well and it is essential to type instead. The size of the tablet means that it is small enough to hold and type, something my friend cannot do with his large tablet.