Excerpt from another Kindle Fire perspective
Perhaps the Fire’s biggest advantage is access to Amazon's oodles of digital content, including over 100,000 movies and TV shows, over 17m songs and more than 1m e-books, all held in Amazon’s computing “cloud”. This cloud will also be helpful in other respects. The Fire has just eight gigabytes of memory (which helps keep down costs) because Amazon is assuming that people will keep most of their stuff in its free cloud service. And the Fire will take advantage of a novel technology called Amazon Silk, which uses the power of Amazon’s cloud-computing infrastructure to help make web-browsing faster, by reducing the amount of processing that needs to be done on the device itself. None of this makes the Fire a sure-fire success. But it does make it a credible pretender to the iPad’s throne.