Sunday, November 9, 2014


Amazon Fire Phone

Amazon’s fire phone might not be a hit, but it is definitely a decent smart phone. There are a certain unique features that hamper the battery life and performance. The offerings include 3D head-tracking, product scanning and fast help from customer service agents.

The Fire phone is ideal for single-handed use with a manageable 4.7 inches 720p LCD panel and sides that are easy to grip.The front have five lenses – a Kinect-like sensor on each corner and a front cam. The biggest disappointment is the AT&T agreement and that the phone is locked to only AT&T SIM cards. So if you travel internationally occasionally, you might not want the Fire phone.


The Kinect-like sensors detect your head’s position and the distance and automatically adjusts the field of view on your display, the way you’d actually see things in real life. Dynamic perspective is used in games, lock screens and maps and it works well. Another feature is the Firefly that scans the details of anything that is pointed to by the camera. Point the camera at a phone number, email ID, website or a barcode, and the bubbles will congregate over relevant information and a picture is clicked before the scan happens. One brilliant feature is the Mayday that helps you connect with knowledgeable tech advisors in less than 15 seconds.

Since Fire OS is based on Android, you can side load apps as long as you know how to get them. Otherwise, it is all about Amazon. The Fire phone is designed to make it easier to get more stuff from Amazon.


Beautiful Industrial Design & Powerful Hardware

Built using premium materials, including Gorilla Glass 3 for the rear and front, aluminum buttons, stainless steel details and a rubberized polyurethane grip area, Fire phone is optimized for beauty, hand comfort and powerful performance:

  • Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 2.2 GHz processor and 2GB RAM for excellent fluidity and image rendering.

  • 4.7-inch HD display with an ambient light sensor and Dynamic Image Contrast that delivers better outdoor viewing.

  • Global LTE and connectivity with nine bands of LTE, four bands of GSM, five bands of UMTS for better voice coverage and faster data speeds, 802.11ac support, Wi-Fi channel bonding, NFC, and Bluetooth.

  • Dual stereo speakers with Dolby Digital Plus for a virtual surround sound experience.

  • Advanced imaging system with custom-tuned 13MP rear-facing camera with backside illumination, LED flash, 5-element f/2.0 lens, Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), and high dynamic range (HDR) capabilities for beautiful, crisp photos, even in low-light conditions. Fire phone also includes a 2.1MP front-facing camera. Both front and rear-facing cameras record smooth 1080p HD videos.

  • Reliable backup and restore leveraging the experience and operational excellence of Amazon Web Services and its cloud technology. Fire phone customers can automatically back up device settings, notes, bookmarks, messages, and installed applications—no need to manually configure or connect to a computer.

Availability & Exclusive Network Partner

Fire phone ships on July 25 and is available exclusively on AT&T—the nation’s most reliable 4G LTE network. Starting today, customers can pre-order Fire at, and in AT&T retail locations nationwide. Fire phone with 32GB is available for $199with a two-year contract—that’s an extra 16GB of memory for the same price as many other premium smartphones—or zero money down for as little as $27.09 a month from AT&T on Next 18. Fire phone is also available with 64GB for $299 with a two-year contract or starting at$31.25/month from AT&T on Next 18.


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