Amazon Silk Vs. Opera Mini

Prior to its release, the Kindle Fire was much talked about not only because of its price but also for its new browser. Silk is unique as it utilizes Amazon’s Web Services (AWS) to make your browsing experience faster and better. This was possible because the processing of web pages was split between the device and the cloud server. We will compare it to one of the most popular web browser for Android devices, Opera Mini and see where it stands. Here is our Silk Vs. Opera Mini browser matchup.

Both browsers are built with compression technology that reduces the file size of web content as much as possible before you can view them. Opera Mini though has been using this technology for years which can be attested by users who have been enjoying its speed even while in transit. Opera Mini has been long used in Java phones, Symbian, Android, Blackberry, iOS and Windows.


Besides the file compression, another similarity between Silk and Opera mini is the split-browser architecture. But unlike Opera, Silk has the ability to learn from the user’s preferences and behaviors. Each setting and page characteristics are stored on the Amazon server for faster retrieval. Before the user requests for the next page, the server already have issued requests for all the pages.


Since Amazon’s EC2 server hosts most of the sites, the page loading process is within the AWS which significantly boosts the browsing speed. Another advantage for the Silk is its support for Flash content while in the Cloud. You can turn-off the cloud system in the Kindle Fire which is not possible in Opera Mini unless you use a different version such as Opera Mobile.

The compression technology behind the browser may not be new in the market but Amazon Silk is a better version. It has managed to add features like pre-requesting the web pages, storing the page characteristics for faster retrieval and having the page loading process within Amazon infrastructure for the sites hosted on its EC2 server — all leading to the best cloud browsing experience ever. The idea of turning off the cloud mode is much appreciated for people who do not trust Amazon when handling their privacy and security.


Both Opera Mini and Amazon Silk can be faster than any traditional browsers for its compression technology. But Amazon Silk gains the edge when it comes to the use of the split-browsing architecture. For instance, when the internet connectivity is low, both utilize their compression servers but when the connectivity is high, Amazon Silk can utilize its other highlighting features to the maximum which decreases the dependability on the computing ability of the Kindle Fire. As Amazon Silk is designed in such a way to give the users a great cloud browsing experience, it definitely wins over Opera Mini.


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