The Amazon Kindle Fire is a tablet computer version of the Kindle e-reader that is giving the Apple iPad 2 and the Barnes & Noble Nook a run for their money. The gadget was released to the U.S. public on November 14, 2011, a day earlier than previously reported and offers users the freedom to read books, newspapers, magazines, and documents, as well as Web browse and play popular games like Angry Birds and Plants vs. Zombies. Despite the Fire’s reviews of being “clunky and slow”, users can’t say enough about the exceptional screen quality and access to more than 18 million movies, songs, documents, magazines, books and TV shows and free storage of Amazon digital content. With an introductory price of $199, total production costs were reported to have run $201.70 a unit. For Kindle Fire competitor comparisons and "don’t miss" applications text 542542 (costs $1.49 plus any standard messaging charges from your carrier).