The New Amazon Kindle Fire is a compact and pocket-friendly tablet with a 7-inch IPS LCD gorilla glass display with 16 million colors. It runs a modified version of Google's operating system, the android 2.3 Gingerbread. It includes 8GB of internal memory. The unique web browser built by Amazon, Silk is a new type of mobile browser that's able to predict which pages you might want to view and pre-loads them, thereby offering a much quicker browsing experience. Apart from web browsing, all the basic online features are covered, listening to music, watching films, sending emails, reading PDFs, and connecting with your friends on Facebook or Twitter. In terms of system performance, the Kindle Fire includes a dual-core processor, a micro USB 2.0 port, and an estimated 8 hours of battery life, and unlike the iPad 2, this Kindle supports Adobe Flash web content. In my view this is essential for a better browsing experience. Amazon's cloud storage and cloud processing adds an essential element to the Kindle Fire experience. Like Apple, Amazon will back up any digital media you purchase (e-books, apps, music) and serve it back down to you anytime you like. In addition to archiving your purchased content, Amazon's included Cloud Drive service offers another 5GB of storage any additional content you wish to access (photos, music, documents, etc.). Amazon's vast server farms are good for more than just storage. The unique web browser on the Kindle Fire splits the work of loading web pages between the device and Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) system. The end result will result in faster page loads, as well as some predictive loading of content and sites you access often. No other tablet on the market has a feature like this-not even the iPad. The Amazon Kindle Fire can access all the content offered by Amazon. Users will have over 100,000 on demand movies and TV shows to choose from, up to 17 million songs, Kindle eBooks and "hundreds" of magazines and newspapers. There's also access to the most popular Android apps and games via the Amazon Android App store. That includes Angry Birds, Plants vs. Zombies, Cut the Rope and a lot more. Amazon's suite of digital stores and services are all pre-loaded and ready to go right out of the box. Finally, we have to mention the display screen. In our experience, the tell-tale sign of any sub-$300 tablet is poor screen quality. Amazon's tablet seems to buck this trend. This particular device has a 1,024 x 600-pixel resolution display using the same wide-angle IPS screen technology as the iPad. Amazon's Kindle Fire, and the solid suite of existing services they've built for Android, makes the $199 Kindle Fire one of the most successful iPad alternatives yet.