I've just set this up and so far I am impressed!
When you open the box you will find:
* amazon fire TV
* power adapter
* 2 AAA batteries
Make sure that you have an HDMI cable, an HDTV and a good internet connection, and you're good to go.
It is really simple to set up. You connect to the TV, plug in, connect to the internet. On arrival it is registered to the actual amazon account - so things are pretty much done for you. I like technology which is easy to set up - something that's far too rare these days!...
In terms of what it does, it opens up a new world of television viewing, particularly for those without smart tv's. Amazon instant video works really well, and there is access to Netflix and other online TV options. You can view photos, listen to music etc. there is a long list on the product page of what you can get, and certainly everything I've tried so far has worked with no problems.
The remote control is easy to use and isn't packed with buttons you don't need. On the remote, you will find:
* play / pause
* fast forward
* navigation wheel
* select (in centre of wheel)
* voice search
There is also a microphone on the remote to use for voice searches - which incidentally also works really well - I think that's a really good idea - I was dubious before trying it as to how well it would work, but it does!
Overall, so far, it seems to be a fab product. I will update as I use it more and if I encounter any problems.