Browsing on Your Fire Tablet with Amazon Silk

By Nancy C. Muir

Silk is the Internet browser for Fire tablets. Silk is simple to use, but the real benefits of Amazon Silk are all about browsing performance.

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Amazon Silk is touted as a “Cloud-accelerated split browser.” In plain English, this means that the browser can use the power of Amazon’s servers to load the pages of a website quickly. Because parts of the process of loading web pages are handled not on your Fire tablet but on servers in the Cloud, your pages should display faster.

In addition, you get what’s called a persistent connection, which means that your tablet is always connected to the Amazon Internet backbone (the routes that data travels to move among networks online) whenever it has access to a Wi-Fi connection.

Silk comes with a Reading View, which removes from your browser view all but the written content in certain online articles, which gets rid of distracting ads. In addition, you get easy-to-use navigation tools and content pages that let you view web content by categories, such as Most Visited and Bookmarks.

The Fire tablet 6- and 7-inch models can connect only via Wi-Fi; the 8.9-inch Fire tablet 4G LTE Wireless models have both Wi-Fi access and 4G LTE access, so they can connect to a cellular network just as your mobile phone does.

Another touted capability of Silk is the way it filters content to deliver it faster. Say you open a news site, such as MSN or CNN. Obviously, millions of others are accessing these pages on the same day. If most of those folks choose to open the Entertainment page after reading the home page of the site, Silk essentially predicts what page you might open next and preloads it. If you choose to go to that page, too, it appears instantly.