Amazon knew from the start that smart-phone enthusiasts weren’t going to leave their iPhones or Galaxies to buy their new device if it didn’t offer something completely unique. Instead of making it cheap, Amazon decided to add some features that people might gravitate towards in the future. At the moment, the smart-phone has the same price as an iPhone 5S, or Galaxy S5: 650$ or 200$ on a two-year contract.
The Amazon Fire phone hit the stores approximately one week ago, and people weren’t very excited about it. This is probably because they prefer already established smart-phone brands, and also because this device falls short on apps. We have read several reviews for it online, and the general opinion is that the smart-phone is no iPhone or Galaxy S5 killer.
The good news is that it does come with a set of nifty perks. First of all it comes in a bundle with a free year of Amazon Prime (free shipping for thousands of items, and a growing selection of free movies, music and books). Also, its most notable features are actually fascinating. Thanks to the dynamic perspective, the smart-phone reacts to how it is held. With Firefly it is possible to scan over 100 million objects which can be later purchased on Amazon.
There are two ways of purchasing the phone (even if it is only available on the AT&T carrier). You can either get it from Amazon for 200$ on a 2-year-contract, or you can pick it up at the AT&T stores in the country.
Amazon Fire Phone Popularity on the Rise
The start of the week may have been rough for the device, but it is slowly growing in popularity. While 3D features for it have received strong criticism, its ecosystem was praised. Apple was the first company to offer a unique ecosystem for its phones (includes iTunes, App Store, iCloud etc.). The Amazon smart-phone completes Amazon”s ecosystem (includes Amazon Prime – for music and video streaming, an app store and cloud storage).
If there is one thing that the Fire phone has over Android and iOS, it is the integrated shopping experience from the largest retailer in the world.
In addition to this, the Amazon device has all the specs required of a high-end smart-phone (2.2Ghz quad-core Snapdragon CPU, 2GB of RAM, 22 hours of battery life during calls – 285 hours of standby time, 13 megapixel camera with HDR and optical image stabilization and many more).
The front of the phone actually has 5 front-facing cameras (one for selfies, and four for the dynamic perspective system and 3D features).
Ultimately, the device looks very promising, and it makes online shopping extremely simple thanks to its Firefly feature (it doesn’t have a 100% success rate, but it is the first of its kind, which means that it will get better).
What are your thoughts on the Amazon Fire Phone?