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Amazon's Fire phone comes with a free one-year membership to Amazon Prime

Today is a big day for Amazon. The company over the years has increased its stake in the hardware game first with its Kindle eReaders, and then later with Kindle Fire tablets and Fire TV streaming device. Now Amazon is entering the cutthroat smartphone market with the
The specs for Amazon’s new smartphone are as follows:
  • Processor: Qualcomm 2.2GHz quad-core Qualcom Snapdragon 800
  • Graphics: Adreno 330 GPU
  • Memory: 2GB
  • Display: 4.7” IPS LCD, 720p
  • Storage: 32GB or 64GB
  • Operating System: Fire OS 3.5.0
  • Rear Camera: 13MP rear-facing, f/2.0 lens with OIS, dedicated shutter button
  • Front Camera: 2.1MP
  • Wireless: 802.11ac, Bluetooth 3.0
  • Battery Size: 2400 mAh
  • Weight: 5.64 ounces
Other features include a rubber frame around the phone, Gorilla Glass 3, stereo speakers, and earbuds with flat cables (to avoid the tangled mess that you get with competitors’ earbuds).

However, the most talked about feature of the Fire phone has to be the four infrared cameras on the front of the device provides a 3D interface that Amazon calls “Dynamic Perspective.” The 3D effect is used to make some pretty swanky lock screen wallpaper that seem to pop out at you, but it can also be useful in, for example, mapping applications (as was shown in the demo) where you can see building pop out of your screen and pivot your head to look “around” them or tilt the phone to see objects that would normally be hidden by the top bezel of the display screen.
You can also use the position of your head along with tilting the phone to scroll through items while shopping on Amazon’s site, and tilt the phone back and forth to scroll through the internet browser (or eBooks).
Overall, it seems like a nifty feature, but nothing that’s really game changing.
Amazon is providing free unlimited photo storage via Amazon Cloud Drive. The Fire phone also obviously includes access to all of Amazon’s other services like Prime movies and TV shows along with the recently announced Prime Music. The Fire phone even supports Amazon’s Mayday video chat/help system that was introduced with the Kindle Fire HDX.
Amazon Firefly service utilizes the Fire phone’s rear camera to recognize different products (books, household objects, DVDs, etc.) so that you can find them for purchase on (hey, Amazon isn’t happy if it isn’t selling you stuff). Of course, the camera can also recognize URLs, and phone numbers. Firefly can even listen and identify music, TV shows, and movies. Firefly can be accessed with a dedicated hardware button.
The Fire phone will be available exclusively on AT&T’s network for $199 (32GB) or $299 (64GB model) with a two-year contract. Each phone will come with a free one-year subscription to Amazon Prime, and Amazon’s pre-order page says that the phone will ship by July 25. However, we doubt that John Legere will be lining up to purchase one.

Sources: Amazon [1], [2]

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No thanks
By zero2dash on 6/18/2014 3:30:00 PM , Rating: 3
After the Kindle Fire HD "pay $15 extra to not have ads" fiasco, you'll never see me purchasing Amazon hardware of any type.

RE: No thanks
By Reflex on 6/18/2014 4:58:58 PM , Rating: 4
Would you have simply preferred them to offer them for $15 more by default, and then let you get $15 back if you don't mind having advertising? At least with Amazon you get the option for a subsidized device, with Google all your devices are subsidized by ads and user info with no opt out price.

RE: No thanks
By TakinYourPoints on 6/19/2014 3:14:06 AM , Rating: 2
The Kindle Paperwhite is IMHO the best e-reader on the market. Nothing comes close. Their other hardware isn't good but Amazon hasn't released all duds either

RE: No thanks
By bigboxes on 6/19/2014 8:04:53 AM , Rating: 2
I read Kindle Paperweight. LOL

RE: No thanks
By marvdmartian on 6/19/2014 7:41:09 AM , Rating: 2
Don't feel bad. I just purchased a replacement Kindle reader, for a relative, and they're wanting $20 to get rid of the ads.

Screw that. Leave the WiFi off, and the ads don't get refreshed. That money was better spent, putting a 3 year SquareTrade warranty on it, with ADC (which would have replaced her old one, had she had the accidental damage coverage).

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