With the wait almost over, millions of us are prepared to receive Amazon’s Kindle Fire, their first tablet computer. However, like many of you, I have several concerns about the usefulness of a device that has minimal storage capacity built in. Another of my concerns revolves around its new browser, Silk, and how well it will function in everyday use. Apparently, the Kindle Fire, using Silk, will depend on the cloud to insure that you have a successful Web surfing experience.
So why do I have these concerns? First, Amazon’s Kindle Fire is manufactured with only 8 GB of storage space, out of which 2 GB is required to operate the system’s OS and other applications, thus leaving a mere 6 GB for additional on-board applications. The user must also be aware that this space will need to be accessed and shared with other software, video, music, and/or whatever else one chooses to store on their system. However, since Amazon’s Kindle Fire will depend on the cloud for storage, I really can’t see an immediate problem for the user.
I say this because I already use two devices that basically rely on the cloud to function. This point struck home when I fired up Amazon’s Kindle Cloud Reader on my Cr-48 to access books I have already stored on Amazon’s cloud system. As always, I was surprised at the speed with which I was able to access the books I have sitting in the cloud and the speed at which book pages changed. For me, Amazon’s cloud has delivered a dependable performance, even with my smart phone, which uses 3G.
So, after using my smart phone and Google Cr-48 Chrome computer, I realized that there is currently not a real problem that can be anticipated unless Amazon’s cloud cannot handle the influx of an anticipated five million people by year’s end. This is the predicted number of new users who are expected to purchase or who will purchase an Amazon Kindle Fire by the end of 2011. With this in mind, I cannot foretell if my experience will remain the same, however, Amazon has opened a new data center in anticipation of this additional load on its servers. Just how well this additional space will perform will not be known until we Kindle Fire buyers jump on board and give the new servers a workout.
Amazon’s response to consumers, however, has always proved to be exemplary, giving me a secure belief that Amazon will satisfy the needs of all new users and that we will experience the same level of performance that we have come to expect on its retail website.