Amazon Fire Phone Review

Filed under Our Reviews by Jennifer Lambert on June 16, 2015 at 10:48 PM

The Amazon Fire phone is Amazon’s first stab at a smartphone. So let’s see how it stacks up against its competitors.

Since its debut last year, the Amazon Fire phone has dropped in price and now comes unlocked. That’s a vast improvement from the last model. It now retails for $449.00 on Amazon.

There were rumors for years about Amazon unveiling a smartphone, but with the success the iPhone and Android phones like Samsung, HTC, and LG there was not very much hype about it.

Amazon has had great success with its tablets, the Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD, and now Kindle Fire HDX, so Amazon is no stranger to mobile devices. That’s important to note since the Amazon Fire phone has many of the same features as the Kindle tablets. And it’s not just a smaller version of the tablets – it’s loaded with features unique to it.

Amazon Fire Phone is, in some ways, geared towards people with Amazon Prime benefits, or who spend time purchasing Amazon Instant Videos and Amazon Digital Music, but in this day and age, that’s most people in the first world, so it’s not like it targets a small group.

The personalization options are a nice touch – it’s annoying to be forced to buy a phone that’s, say, red or black, if you aren’t a fan of those colors. Not very many smartphones come with this level of customization. Also, switching over from another phone to the Fire Phone is made easy and simple, which is great because it’s a huge headache to do that with lesser phones. The audio and video qualities are great, and given these economic times, the financing options – as low as $15 and change a month – are a huge relief to anyone on a budget. It’s a lot easier to fit in $15 a month than $449 all at once. ($449, by the way, being a really nice price too, considering the HTC is $600+).

The phone has a nice feel in your hands, with its glass front and back and soft plastic sides. However, it just doesn’t feel as quality as the iPhone or the Samsung. The display measures 4.7 inches with a resolution of 1280 x 720. While it’s nowhere near the resolution or pixel density of displays we’re seeing today, it’s not terrible. It’s just not that great.

You’ll have 32GB and 64GB memory options for the Fire Phone, with 2GB RAM all powered by a Snapdragon 800 chipset and 2.2GHz CPU and Adreno 330 GPU. It has a 13MP camera and an LED flash. The camera up front is a 2.1MP shooter, and both cameras are capable of recording 1080p video at 30FPS. There are also cameras on each corner of the phone that enable Dynamic Perspective, a software feature that gives the display a 3D effect when you tilt the phone.

As a downside, it would be the missing Google Apps, as almost everybody uses Google, but it’s not like the phone is without web search, directions or translation functions; they just aren’t Google Apps.

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