The Kindle Fire arrives with a partially charged battery allowing the user to register the device. The device quickly locates potential wifi hotspots. Once connected to the internet all your stuff – now residing in a Cloud – will appear in a snappy bookcase design. You have the ability at this point to download select items from the Cloud. The registration and download perform seamlessly and as promised the device disappears while you are viewing the contents on your device. Since I have wireless internet, this process was completed in the comfort of my home. If you do not have home wifi access, you will have to find a wifi hotspot elsewhere in order to complete this process.
Navigating around the Kindle Fire using the touch screen is very intuitive and responsive. The bookcase design allows you to scroll through your items – think Rolodex - until you find the item of interest. The screen switches quickly from portrait to landscape as you rotate the device. A navigation bar allows you to quickly access specific categories of content.
The device comes with a web browser developed for Amazon called Silk. This browser lives on the device and in the Cloud. The idea of this sharing is to cut down on load time on the device. This is not a novel idea, the Opera browser has already deployed this type of technology. As you can see in the photo below, there is the ability for tabbed browsing within Silk. As promised by the shared technology, the pages loaded quickly as I explored the web with this browser.