Amazon Fire

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  1. JD666

    JD666 RAID Leader Staff Member

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    And it's out finally. Running Android, the phone is quite impressive with the packed specs -

    5.5" x 2.6" x 0.35" (139.2mm x 66.5mm x 8.9mm)
    5.64 ounces (160 grams)
    2.2GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU, with Adreno 330 GPU and 2GB of RAM
    4.7" HD LCD display, with 1280 x 720 resolution at 315 ppi, 590 cd/m2 brightness (typical), 1000:1 contrast ratio (typical)
    13 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

    Fire OS 3.5.0
    32 GB or 64 GB
    Cloud Storage
    Free cloud storage for all Amazon content, and photos taken with Fire phone
    Battery 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 recording
    1080p HD video recording at 30 fps (front- and rear-facing cameras)
    Audio playback
    Dual stereo speakers with Dolby Digital Plus audio processing
    TV and Video
    Supports screen mirroring and Second Screen
    Content formats supported
    Audio: 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
    Dynamic Perspective sensor system with invisible infrared illumination, gyroscope, accelerometer, magnetometer, barometer, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor
    GPS, Assisted GPS, GLONASS, Wi-Fi/Cellular location, and Digital compass
    UMTS/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
    802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, up to 300 Mbps with channel bonding; Bluetooth 3.0 wireless technology; NFC enabled
    Premium, tangle-free headphones with remote and mic
    Rating for hearing aids
    M4, T4
    SIM Card
    Pre-installed Nano SIM card
    Micro USB 2.0
    3.5mm headphone

    Warranty and Service
    1-year Limited Warranty included. Use of Fire phone is subject to these terms
    Included in the Box
    Amazon Fire Phone with Fire OS 3.5.0
    Premium headphones with remote and mic
    Micro USB to USB charging cable
    USB power adapter (5W)
    Quick Start Guide


    Some bits that stand out are -

    1) Dynamic Perspective sensor - No clear idea what it does :p

    2) Camera/Firefly button - Which allows you to wake up the camera instantly (You don't say!) and take pictures. Firefly is the unique bit that allows you to identify an item using the camera and provides more details about it online (Read Amazon's store). Definitely more relevant in the US where they rule the roost.

    3) Access to Amazon store for songs, books and videos

    4) unlimited cloud storage for images taken from the device.



    This phone apparently has 4 cameras + 4 infra-red LEDs that allow capture, sensing and imaging. And the processing power is strong enough to do all this at 60FPS.

    Batman hunting joker using cellphones - is what comes to mind :D

    Using Android as the base OS helps them tap into the vast application market that already exists. Integrating this with their services and online store allows them to have a more committed customer than before.

    Though I wont be surprised if items are priced higher when viewed thru this device than thru a regular browser ;)

    Pricing - 200-650$ with a plan. Ouch. But then their timing is right. Apple is still 2 months away from the new iPhone. Samsung didn't really create waves with the S5. And there's nothing else that's as gimmicky as this one. Nice move!
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    BANHAMMER Teh Almighty BanHammer Staff Member

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    Nice stuff
  3. dbg

    dbg RAID Staff Staff Member

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    650$ off contract and being an AT&T exclusive had pretty much killed this phone even before it could the shelves of Amazon Warehouses.

    The phone has nothing exciting to offer in terms of real consumer value. It late a gimmick party of which Samsung is the host.

    Amazon should just have partnered up with the likes of HTC and released a phone, maybe then they'd have a chance.
  4. JD666

    JD666 RAID Leader Staff Member

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    The idea is along the lines of Google. You make a customer buy the phone and then you make him buy everything else for the phone and his life from your store.

    Even if they manage a million customers, they know that they have a million buyers who will order anything and everything online, from em.
  5. dbg

    dbg RAID Staff Staff Member

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    They already have people who buy all sorts of digital and physical goods from them,

    Google managed to create a market by making an free & open source OS and then the ultra cheap Nexus line up ..

    Right now everything that the FIRE phone is offering could be bundled up into a few Android apps, there is nothing special that the phone delivers on - The market already has its fixed expectations when it comes to smart phones - Amazon didnt do anything ground breaking

    Companies like the One Plus are doing that by releasing a flag ship phone with a mid range price tag -- now that would have been a gud move.

    Amazon shot itself in the foot by pricing it at the level of market leading phones. Thats a tough crowd to break.

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