Amazon Fire Phone – Will You Really Buy This Phone?

Amazon Fire Phone

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The Amazon Smartphone is out and it’s name is Fire. We told you about a few of the features it needed to succeed and why you would buy one if those feature were on the phone. Now that it is actually available and all the details are public, will you really buy this phone? Most of what Amazon revealed today in their mystery launch event was fairly expected by most people.  Those specs are listed below courtesy of I’ll review a couple specs here and then let you decide.

What’s The Big Deal About 3D?

What is not in the spec sheet is the 3D capability. This phone does some pretty amazing things with it’s 4 head tracking cameras. Each camera is equipped with infrared lighting to track your head even in complete darkness. The Amazon Fire Phone will allow you to navigate menus, see more in games, and even browse the web in a whole new way with 3D.

Amazon Firefly

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Another thing not mentioned in specs but listed all over the Fire website is Firefly technology. It seems evident that Amazon decided to use this technology in lieu of a personal assistant. The Firefly button allows users to press a button and capture information about almost anything in their environment and take action on it. From movies, music, phone numbers, email addresses, and more, Firefly will recognize what you’re showing it and allow you to either search for information, add it to a list, or take some other kind of action on it. Find out more about Firefly here.

It’s No Cortana

Without a personal assistant like Cortana, Siri, or Google Now, Amazon has lost my vote. And even if Amazon Firefly were a personal assistant I would be out of the game for a while because AT&T is the exclusive carrier for now. But don’t count the Amazon Fire Phone out of the running for the most advanced phone out there. It’s got some pretty impressive offerings. My question to you is: “Will you really buy this phone?” Let me know in the comments.


Size5.5″ x 2.6″ x 0.35″ (139.2mm x 66.5mm x 8.9mm)
Weight5.64 ounces (160 grams)
Processor2.2GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU, with Adreno 330 GPU and 2GB of RAM
Display4.7″ HD LCD display, with 1280 x 720 resolution at 315 ppi, 590 cd/m2 brightness (typical), 1000:1 contrast ratio (typical)
Cameras13 MP rear-facing camera, multi-frame HDR, auto focus, optical image stabilization, f/2.0 5-element wide aperture lens, LED flash
2.1 MP front-facing camera
OSFire OS 3.5.0
Storage32 GB or 64 GB
Cloud StorageFree cloud storage for all Amazon content, and photos taken with Fire phone
BatteryBattery size: 2400mAh. Talk time: up to 22 hours; standby time: up to 285 hours. Video playback: up to 11 hours; audio playback: up to 65 hours.
Video recording1080p HD video recording at 30 fps (front- and rear-facing cameras)
Audio playbackDual stereo speakers with Dolby Digital Plus audio processing
TV and VideoSupports screen mirroring and Second Screen
Content formats supportedAudio: Dolby Digital (AC-3), Dolby Digital Plus (E-AC-3), non-DRM AAC, MP3, MIDI, OGG, PCM/WAVE, AAC LC/ELD, HE-AAC (v1 & v2), AMR-NB, AMR-WB, AMR-WB+, Audible Enhanced format (AAX); Video: MPEG4, VP8, H.264/MPEG4/AVC,MPEG4 SP, H.263,AVI,HDCP2.x, PlayReady DRM; Images: JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP, GIF87a,GIF89a; Viewable docs: PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively, DOC, DOCX, Kindle (AZW), KF8, TXT
SensorsDynamic Perspective sensor system with invisible infrared illumination, gyroscope, accelerometer, magnetometer, barometer, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor
LocationGPS, Assisted GPS, GLONASS, Wi-Fi/Cellular location, and Digital compass
CellularUMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz), Quad-band GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), 9 bands of LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 17, 20), supports carrier aggregation
Connectivity802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, up to 300 Mbps with channel bonding; Bluetooth 3.0 wireless technology; NFC enabled
HeadphonesPremium, tangle-free headphones with remote and mic
Rating for hearing aidsM4, T4
SIM CardPre-installed Nano SIM card
PortsMicro USB 2.0
3.5mm headphone
Warranty and Service1-year Limited Warranty included.


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