Review: Amazon Fire Phone

Amazon Fire Phone

After boosting in online retail, Amazon took a very big step in the electronics hardware business with the release of its first high-end smartphone. Amazon fire phone designed with lots of new features and has the same price to compete with other high-end smartphones. But it is difficult for Amazon fire phone to compete with smartphone giants like Samsung, Apple etc. Previous release of Amazon Kindle Fire in tablet market had major flaws when competed with other popular tablets. So it is hard for the Android and iPhone users to easily switch to Amazon Fire phone.

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amazon_fire_phone

Amazon Fire phone brings a lot of new features like Dynamic Perspective, firefly technology, Mayday etc. But the question is Can Amazon Fire phone cover the users of Android and iPhone?

Answer of this question is easily explained by looking at the features of this smartphone. Here are some of the new and exciting features of Amazon Fire phone.

Hardware and Display

Amazon Fire phone has black Corning Gorilla Glass 3 in front and back to make this smartphone more durable. But glass is not as durable as plastic and metal. I f you scratch or cracks the device, it looks worse. Fingerprints are easily visible on the device which affects on the look of this smartphone.

The 4.7-inch device has IPS LCD Capacitive touchscreen that offers you better viewing angles. The device has screen resolution of 1280 X 720 pixels which is sharp enough and acceptable by users. This device also has hardware home button and shutter button. Shutter button is used to activate Firefly feature and to capture images. The 160g device is not so heavy in weight. There are four LED sensors placed in each corner which is used for Head Tracking. Amazon defined this feature as Dynamic Perspective.

Dynamic Perspective

One of the most amazing feature of Amazon Fire phone is its custom-designed sensor system. The feature is named as Dynamic Perspective that allows you to tilt, auto-scroll and swivel your device very easily. Four sensors are placed at each corner of the phone that track’s the user’s face and adjust the display accordingly. You can access menus and other useful information with tilt and peek feature.

Peek is an interesting feature that provides you useful information when required without revealing other hidden information. You can also scan and access long pages without touching screen with auto scroll feature. Dynamic Perspective make this device different from other smartphones. This feature is quite different and very immense and uses high technology. We can say that this feature will grab the attraction of users towards this device.

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Firefly

Firefly is one of the best feature of this smartphone. Firefly is simply button feature that lets user to instantly identify the phone numbers, mail, music , movies etc. and takes action on them. You can launch Firefly feature by just clicking on its icon on Home screen or by holding the shutter button on the left side of the device. Once the feature is activated it starts scanning the objects. It scans phone numbers from business cards and save them as new contact and also make call.

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Firefly-button

Firefly also scans media content like songs, TV show, movies within a few seconds. Firefly easily recognizes the songs and gives you complete information related to that song, play songs related to it or download albums. It can also identify the artists in the movie or TV show.

One of the best thing of Firefly feature is that it scans the object pointed by your camera. If Firefly recognizes the object it redeems the information using Amazon’s database. I think every smartphone should have this feature.

Mayday

If you stuck somewhere and you need experts help then Mayday feature is best for you. Mayday allows user to ask any queries to Amazon Experts on live video. Just click on Mayday icon in quick actions and an Amazon expert will appear to guide you live. You can ask any queries, any question to these experts and they will guide you by providing useful answers within 15 seconds or in less time. You can see the experts but they can’t see you.

Normal data charges are applied when you are using Mayday with your cellular network.

Fire OS 3.5

Last release of Amazon i.e. Amazon Kindle Fire tablets were powered with Fire OS 3.1. Amazon Fire phone is powered with latest version of Fire OS i.e. Fire OS 3.5 by adding some features in Fire OS 3.1. This Fire phone comes with Android in addition to cloud services which provides you better user-interface. Its home screen features a carousel which displays all the application that are being recently used. You can take action on those applications without opening them.

It provides you long-lasting Outlook e-mail experience. When you swipe in from the left side , you will the apps settings page. When you Swipe in from the right side, you will see a panel with most commonly used tasks.These gestures makes this Fire phone easier in user. It becomes easy for the users to navigate their device.

Camera

Fire Phone features 13 MP rear camera and 2.1 MP of secondary camera that captures beautiful images with perfect resolution. You can shoot any video at the resolution of 1080 pixels from both front facing and rear facing camera. The very interesting feature of this device is that it creates backup of all the captured and saved images automatically. This saves space of your device and you’re free to delete the photos.

You can also capture 100- full images by holding the camera button. This device has amazing HDR feature that helps you to capture a vibrant image. Fire phone provides you unlimited Cloud Storage so that you can store each and every captured image on cloud. When we compare this with Apple, Apple only provides 5 GB of free cloud drive storage.

Performance and Battery life

Fire phone is powered with 2.2 GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 800 processor with 2 GB of RAM that allows you to quickly access the applications. The device uses Adreno 330 graphics processor which provides you fluidity in games, video and many other application. The device supports non-removable Li-Ion 2400 mAh battery and delivers stand-by of 285 hours up to 22 hours of talk time and 65 hours of music play.

Price

Customers can buy this phone at the price of $649 for 32GB and $749 for 64GB without any contract. Or you can buy this phone with 2 year contract from AT&T at the price of $199 for 32GB and $299 for 64 GB.

Advantages and Disadvantages

Pros

  • Battery life is good.
  • Dynamic perspective is very amazing feature in Fire phone.
  • Firefly is very useful feature.
  • Camera is good.

Cons

  • Device is expensive when user buy with two-year of contract.
  • Its front and back glass causes scratches on the device.

Fire phone brings amazing feature with lots of new technology. It brings very cool features like Dynamic Perspective which actually has no practical use but make this device different from others, Firefly which is one of the best feature of this device and many. Amazon did a very good job by bringing interesting and exciting features but this is not it. If user wants to buy this device instead of its competitor device like Apple or Samsung, then users have to think twice before buying Fire phone. It does not have interface like iPhone and other Samsung devices. So what will you choose Amazon Fire Phone or Apples, Android or Windows?

Author: Kriti Jain