I need to give it consideration, that or the nexus 7.
Well, which screen size do you prefer? I love the 7 inch screen size, personally, but that's because I'm on the go a lot and like something more portable. The iPad mini is nice if you want to go smaller and stay in the Apple ecosystem (full disclosure: I'm an Android guy who left the Apple world but I can see why some people prefer that environment. As I said in my other post, go with what is best FOR YOU). My brother in law got one for hia daughters primarily because it has more kid apps in their store. Again, look at how you plan on using your device before purchasing it.
My wife has a Kindle Fire, and it's great for her. I wouldn't get one because it doesn't do what I need. Of course now she's thinking about getting a Surface, which again would suit her needs going forward, as she can integrate that into her business and use it when she's out with clients. I'm not too keen on the Surface for myself yet, but I haven't played with one yet, either.
Just my inflation adjusted two cents.