Fire Phoneby Amazon

  • Fire Phone
  • Fire Phone
  • Fire Phone
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
Don't buy. Few products get rated this low.
55%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • Amazon's Fire Phone has tight, elegant integration with Amazon's retail and digital content services.
  • The Mayday technical help feature, just as on the Fire tablet series, provides interactive video calls with tech support that can ease the transition to this smartphone.
  • The phone's Fire OS is easy to navigate.

CONS

  • The phone is locked to Amazon's ecosystem, which means you won't be able to download or access Google apps.
  • Battery life is passable, but not as good as the competition.
  • The Fire phone is only offered with AT&T service, so if you have another carrier, this phone requires a switch--and there's little here to warrant changing carriers.
The Amazon Fire Phone is the online retail giant's first foray into phones. Amazon draws heavily on its experience with the Fire tablet to bring its customer experience to a mobile phone, complete with the company's unique operating system and features such as Mayday, a help system that connects you directly with a human being by video chat to answer your questions with a personal touch.
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70%

Not only is the Fire lacking in useful new features, but its high price and exclusivity to AT&T guarantee its irrelevance. By no means is th…

Not only is the Fire lacking in useful new features, but its high price and exclusivity to AT&T guarantee its irrelevance. By no means is the Fire a horrible phone, but it's a forgettable one.

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60%

We like the innovative user interface, the Dynamic Perspective gestures work very well and, once you’re become accustomed with the OS, life …

We like the innovative user interface, the Dynamic Perspective gestures work very well and, once you’re become accustomed with the OS, life is a breeze. Amazon should be commended for thinking outside the box and what Amazon is trying to achieve has been executed very well. Read more at http://www.trustedreviews.com/amazon-fire-phone-review-battery-life-verdict-page-4#I6SOmcX2dpLkDx82.99

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60%

Despite its daring aspirations and 3D-like party tricks, the brave, new Fire Phone's lack of Google services will alienate anyone who expect…

Despite its daring aspirations and 3D-like party tricks, the brave, new Fire Phone's lack of Google services will alienate anyone who expects the flexibility of a modern Android phone.

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60%

The Fire phone has a few things going for it, but far too many against it. The choice of apps is more limited than Android or iOS, and the h…

The Fire phone has a few things going for it, but far too many against it. The choice of apps is more limited than Android or iOS, and the hardware itself isn't exactly a bargain, even at the new lower prices.

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51%

Amazon’s consumption-first approach works on tablets, for watching and reading and shopping. But tablets are for fun. Smartphones are for wo…

Amazon’s consumption-first approach works on tablets, for watching and reading and shopping. But tablets are for fun. Smartphones are for work, for life. They’re not toys, they’re tools. Amazon doesn’t understand that, and the Fire Phone doesn’t reflect it. Amazon’s first smartphone is a series of interesting ideas in a package that is somehow much less than the sum of its parts.

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50%

Amazon's Fire Phone is a decent attempt at selling more Amazon goods and services, but it's hardly a smartphone worth considering if you're …

Amazon's Fire Phone is a decent attempt at selling more Amazon goods and services, but it's hardly a smartphone worth considering if you're not already invested in Amazon's ecosystem.

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45%

It's no wonder Amazon is all but giving the phone away, offering it for $0.99 and a two-year AT&T contract. Unless you're already neck-deep …

It's no wonder Amazon is all but giving the phone away, offering it for $0.99 and a two-year AT&T contract. Unless you're already neck-deep in the company's ecosystem, there's little reason to pay much more.

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40%

The Amazon Fire Phone is not a wholly terrible smartphone, but it feels like a phone from 2010, not 2014. Its limited apps, rough build, bul…

The Amazon Fire Phone is not a wholly terrible smartphone, but it feels like a phone from 2010, not 2014. Its limited apps, rough build, bulky design and inconsistent software are not up to scratch with Google’s Android, Apple’s iOS, Microsoft’s Windows Phone or BlackBerry’s BB10. Amazon loyalists will like the integration with every Amazon service, but most can be accessed via any other Android smartphone.

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What really sets the Fire Phone apart from most smartphones is its software. Amazon's Fire OS uses the open-source version of Android as its…

What really sets the Fire Phone apart from most smartphones is its software. Amazon's Fire OS uses the open-source version of Android as its foundation, but you'd never know it from using the device.

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None of the Fire Phone's flaws are totally insufferable, but there's just no reason to suffer them at all. Fire OS is workable but mediocre …

None of the Fire Phone's flaws are totally insufferable, but there's just no reason to suffer them at all. Fire OS is workable but mediocre as a smartphone operating system, and the hardware doesn't bring anything to the table that counteracts that.

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There is absolutely nothing wrong with Amazon's Fire Phone. You have a basic design that is built solidly out of good materials, software th…

There is absolutely nothing wrong with Amazon's Fire Phone. You have a basic design that is built solidly out of good materials, software that's speedy and well-optimized for the device, and interesting new features that don't seem to affect the operation of the phone in any negative way.

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Negative Reviews
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Commercialism at its worst!
This phone is a disaster. The standout features, such as dynamic perspective, do nothing to add to the phone's functionality other than draining its already average battery life. Everything on this phone is designed to get you to buy more Amazon products. The Firefly feature, which lets you scan real life items to purchase on amazon, is frequently inaccurate. The biggest drawback has to be the lack of Google Play services and store, which means you won't have access to any of Google's application and the ones you do have access to you'll have to pay for again.

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