Amazon isn't exactly setting the world on fire with its Fire Phone. We didn't think the "gimmicky and overpriced phone" was worth picking up in our review
, and the company is doing away with the second part of that issue now, as it has dropped the off-contract price to US$199.
Amazon is an innovative company. It practically created online shopping, popularized e-books and made the first mainstream budget tablet. Can the company now work its mojo on smartphones? Let's find out, as Gizmag reviews the Amazon Fire Phone.
Apple launched the iPhone seven years ago. The first flagship Android phones hit the scene four and a half years ago. Hell, even Windows Phone has been around for over three years. But now Amazon is launching its first smartphone in mid-2014. Though we aren't yet ready to publish our full review, we have the Amazon Fire Phone
in house and have some early thoughts.
Amazon is pitching its first smartphone as a fully-fledged rival to market big hitters from the likes of HTC
, but it's also taking a slightly different approach to that of its rivals. While LG’s G3 handset ticks all of the high-end boxes, the Fire Phone features solid specs, but relies on its standout features to win over consumers. Read on as Gizmag compares the two flagship devices.
Before Amazon announced the Fire Phone
, many suspected that it would carry budget pricing – a la the Kindle Fire
line of tablets. Well, that wasn't the case. But does Amazon's handset offer anything over one of the best smartphone values around, the Nexus 5
? Let's compare the two phones' features and specs.
The smartphone market is a crowded and cutthroat place. Just look at HTC: the company has arguably made the best handset for two years in a row
, but it's still struggling to stay afloat. So does Amazon even have a chance, jumping into this ultra-competitive market this late in the game? Well, let's see if the features and specs of Amazon's new Fire Phone
stack up to those of the HTC One (M8).
The Fire Phone
is Amazon’s first, long-awaited foray into the already highly-saturated smartphone market. With its 3D display and image recognition tech, the device already has a lot going for it, but given its high-end price point, some of its spec sheet shortfalls might be difficult to overlook. Read on to see how the device fares against Samsung’s mighty flagship Galaxy S5
After finding success with e-readers and tablets, Amazon is now digging its claws into smartphones
. Are the Fire Phone's unique features enough to make it worth a look next to today's most popular handsets? Let's compare its features and specs to those of the iPhone 5s
, and see if we can lend a hand.
After what seems like years of rumors
, Amazon has announced its first foray into the competitive smartphone space, in the form of the Fire Phone. The largely high-end device packs in some interesting features, chief among which is its Dynamic Perspective display tech and product scanning Firefly app.