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Amazon Fire Phone

Specifications

Amazon Fire PhoneNotebook: Amazon Fire Phone
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974
Graphics Adapter: Qualcomm Adreno 330
Display: 4.7 inch, 16:9, 1280x720 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 0.16kg
Price: 149 euro
Average Score: 66.68% - average
Average of 22 scores (from 32 reviews)
price: 47%, performance: 68%, features: 59%, display: 77% mobility: 73%, workmanship: 69%, ergonomy: 83%, emissions: 94%

Reviews for the Amazon Fire Phone

84% Amazon Fire Phone Smartphone Review | Notebookcheck
Four eyes see 3D. Amazon's Fire Phone aims to offer innovative features for a small price, but the online retailer has not got a lot of praise so far. Our review shows why we are not convinced, either.
Amazon Fire Phone Review
Source: Under KG English
video review
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 01/20/2015
Amazon Fire Phone vs iPhone 6 comparison: Cheaper Fire Phone is great for watching and shopping, but not much else
Source: PC Advisor English
Amazon Fire Phone and the iPhone 6 are both well-made handsets that offer decent performance. The iPhone is the better performer, as you might expect with the price difference. Beyond that we would recommend the iPhone if you want a phone that can be a productivity tool as well as a consumption and communication device. Go for the Fire Phone if you want to shop, shop, shop. (See also: best smartphones: The best phone you can buy in 2014.)
Comparison, online available, Very Short, Date: 11/26/2014
40% Amazon Fire Phone
Source: It Pro English
Much like the Kindle Fire tablets, the Fire Phone’s primary function is to act as a gateway to Amazon’s ecosystem. At times the device feels like a shopping basket masquerading as a smartphone - and one that's not built for enterprise usage. While there are plenty of software and hardware differences between the Fire Phone and its high-end Android rivals, none really offer the meat to compensate for the usability issues.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/24/2014
Rating: Total score: 40%
40% Amazon Fire review
Source: Recombu English
Amazon has had plenty of time to bring out a decent smartphone and certainly deep enough pockets to do its research. In many ways, the Fire phone is likable. The camera and hardware are solid and there are elements of the OS we started to appreciate. Android could do with a bit of streamlining in places.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 10/08/2014
Rating: Total score: 40%
Amazon Fire Phone review - a so-sweet gateway drug to Amazon Prime
Source: PC Advisor English
Even though you can get it free on contract, the Fire phone isn't as cheap as we had expected. For a similar contract price, or even when bought SIM-free, you could have a flagship Android phone such as the LG G3. If you're comparing specifications, the Fire phone looks distinctly mid-range.
video review
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 10/02/2014
60% Amazon Fire Phone review
Source: Stuff TV English
It just doesn’t make a great deal of sense for most people. Its key feature, that array of front cameras, is spectacularly pointless after the first five minutes. And while some may claim it’s a simpler and more accessible alternative to other Androids, we found it a good deal trickier to get on with. It’s not that simple, it’s not intuitive, and the alternatives it offers for Google’s app suite just aren’t as good.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/02/2014
Rating: Total score: 60% performance: 80% display: 70% workmanship: 60%
60% Amazon Fire phone review: 2014's quirkiest smartphone
Source: PC Advisor English
For roughly the same money, you could have a flagship Android smartphone or for a little more per month on contract, a brand new iPhone. If you're looking purely as specs, the Fire phone is fairly mid-range. The deal is sweetened by a year of free Amazon Prime, though, which would otherwise cost you £79 and includes next-day delivery and the Instant Video streaming service. So the Fire phone has a few things going for it, but asking people to get to grips with a new operating system, deal with the limited app store and still pay top dollar for it is a bold move indeed. Ultimately, the safe option is to plump for an Android device such as the LG G3.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/01/2014
Rating: Total score: 60% price: 50% performance: 70% features: 70% workmanship: 60%
60% Amazon Fire Phone
Source: Gadget Show English
Amazon would have you think the Fire Phone is a mobile revolution, a complete rethink of how an Android smartphone should be made. It’s not: it’s just another phone with a so-so build that seems to do things differently just to spite Google rather than to help customers. Nor is it the affordable option the company would have you believe, at £399 on Pay As You Go. Unless you really need Mayday, the similar-sized Motorola Moto G represents much better value, and still lets you use Kindle and the Amazon Appstore on the go.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 10/01/2014
Rating: Total score: 60%
40% Amazon Fire Phone review
Source: Expert Reviews English
Ultimately, the Amazon Fire Phone is a deeply frustrating and woefully misconceived handset. Apart from being a cynical money-making machine for Amazon, its clunky OS is difficult to use and offers no benefit over Android or iOS. The Dynamic Perspective display is a needless gimmick and its Firefly camera isn't good enough to rival services elsewhere. It's also expensive, even if you do get a free year of Amazon Prime thrown in as a vague sweetener. It's not broken per se, but you should avoid this at all costs.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/01/2014
Rating: Total score: 40%
50% Is Amazon's foray into the smartphone space a success?
Source: Techradar English
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. If you're looking for flexibility in an operating system (customization, great apps, etc.) and you want top-end specs to boot, consider an Android flagship smartphone or older iPhone. They cost the same as the Fire Phone.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 09/26/2014
Rating: Total score: 50% price: 40% performance: 60% features: 50% workmanship: 60%
A Dynamic Perspective
Source: Hot Hardware English
From a design standpoint, it’s a sharp smartphone. It’s understated and classy, with minimal branding and a solid feel. The 4.7-inch display should’ve been a 1080p panel (as it stands, the native resolution is pegged at 1280 x 720), but at least Amazon is including a full 32GB of internal storage on its base model. Unfortunately, the phone is only available through AT&T, which complicates things further.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/26/2014
Tested In-Depth: Amazon Fire Phone
Source: Tested English
We were curious when Amazon announced their Fire phone, and intrigued by the Dynamic Perspective and Firefly features that Amazon claims sets its handset apart from other flagship smartphones. So we bought a Fire phone to test and show you how those features work--or rather, how they don't really work well. Here's why we couldn't wait to return this phone for a refund after testing.
video review
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 08/26/2014
60% Amazon Fire Phone review
Source: Trusted Reviews English
Amazon takes this to an entirely new level with the Fire Phone, to the point that if you're shopping and content consumption habits do not revolve around Amazon.com Kindle, Prime Video, Amazon MP3, and you have no intentions of that becoming the case, it’s very difficult to recommend the Fire Phone. At times the device appears like a handheld personal shopping tool that just happens to have cellular capabilities.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/21/2014
Rating: Total score: 60% price: 40% performance: 80% display: 70% mobility: 80% workmanship: 70%
Amazon Fire Phone deep-dive review: Two weeks with a weird device
Source: Computerworld.com English
I could go on and talk about all the standard smartphone measures -- the Fire Phone's performance is somewhat choppy, its battery life is on the lower end of average, its call quality is fine and its camera is pretty decent -- but at this point, all of that seems rather inconsequential. There are just so many fundamental things wrong with this device that, for most people, it's impossible to recommend. The Fire Phone is ultimately a collection of random ideas that don't come together to create any type of cohesive or compelling user experience. Its operating system is confusing and difficult to use, its Dynamic Perspective feature is gimmicky and counterproductive and its prominent integration with Amazon makes it feel more like a pushy salesperson than a user-focused tool.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/06/2014
60% Amazon Fire Phone Review
Source: Ubergizmo English
Dynamic Perspective and Firefly are interesting features that will only get better with more supported apps and when more products are added into Amazon’s analysis database. I expect those features to improve greatly by the time Fire Phone 2 and 3 roll around. But right now, the rest of Fire OS 3.5 drags the Fire Phone down.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 08/01/2014
Rating: Total score: 60%
70% Amazon Fire Phone review: the right phone at the wrong price
Source: Pocketnow English
That said, there’s certainly a lot to like here. Those who value fresh ideas, those not bullied into demanding conformity by the overwhelming cynicism of the jaded tech world, will appreciate the freshness the Fire Phone brings to a slowly stagnating space. For reading, for shopping, for existing within Amazon’s special corner of the internet, it literally doesn’t get any better than this. And for everything else … well, there’s always version two.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/01/2014
Rating: Total score: 70% performance: 60% features: 73% mobility: 40%
60% Amazon Fire Phone review
Source: Pocket Lint English
If you have never played with an Amazon device before, the Fire Phone will take you a while to master. It's an average looking phone with a couple nifty tricks either meant to sell you things or dazzle your eyes, but other than that, it's nothing worth bragging about. Keep in mind Amazon has an agenda: it wants to sell more goods and push Prime. And the Fire Phone is the company's latest way of achieving that goal. Despite a gazillion sensors and Dynamic Display to get you all excited about the idea of using the Fire Phone as your everyday device, Amazon only really cares about whether you use the Firefly app to buy stuff on Amazon.com.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/30/2014
Rating: Total score: 60%
Amazon Fire Phone review: Give this Fire time to grow
Source: Greenbot English
This is a phone for Amazon’s whales, the very top customers. Just like how you had to be an Apple die-hard to pay $600 for the first-gen iPhone, this first Fire Phone will be the most tempting for people all-in with Amazon for everything from shopping to ebooks to TV shows. Even though this is a respectable first showing, I think Amazon will keep improving both the design and the software polish, and hopefully the Appstore will mature at the same time. Then the Fire Phone has the potential to go from a phone to delight Prime customers to a delightful phone that will make new Prime customers.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 07/29/2014
Review: Amazon Fire Phone
Source: Gizmag English
If you want a new smartphone, do yourself a favor and browse the handsets in our latest Smartphone Comparison Guide and Phablet Comparison Guide. Very few of them cost more than the Fire Phone, and many cost less. I'd recommend every single one of them ahead of this head-scratching debut from Amazon.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 07/26/2014
Can the Amazon Fire Phone Take on iPhone and Samsung?
Source: Recode English
The Amazon Fire phone is perfectly suited for people heavily invested in the company’s ecosystem, and who like to use their smartphones one-handed, as long as they like AT&T. But to top Apple and Samsung, Amazon needs to do better.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/22/2014
60% Amazon Fire Phone
Source: Wired Magazine English
You buy iPhones for the ease-of-use, the app ecosystem, and the design language. You buy Android phones for the freedom of choice and the tinkerability. You’d buy this phone for the free Amazon Prime and a quick fix for shoppin’ fever. It’s not a bad phone, it just isn’t in the same league as a top-tier Android phone or iPhone. When you look past its purchasing powers and its fringe benefits—which can’t be ignored—what you have left is a relatively unexciting handset.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/22/2014
Rating: Total score: 60%
Amazon Fire Phone review: The shopper’s smartphone
Source: Slashgear English
Instead, it's left to features like Dynamic Perspective and Firefly to sell the Fire Phone, and while they're clever, they're not yet convincing must-haves. In a way, it feels like Amazon tried to make its smartphone too many things: both a smaller gateway to its virtual aisles for your pocket, and a feature-pushing flagship differentiated on more than just software and services. The Amazon Fire Phone is good, but it's neither the home-run nor the game-changer that many were expecting.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/22/2014
60% Amazon Fire Phone
Source: Laptop Mag English
When is Amazon coming out with a phone? That question has been answered, but after having tested the phone, I have a new one: Why? The Fire phone has some clever innovations and a nice design, but at the moment, there's not much that would compel me to switch from either Android or iOS.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/22/2014
Rating: Total score: 60%

Foreign Reviews

85% Amazon Fire Phone (32 GB)
Source: Stiftung Warentest - Heft 3/2015 German
Single Review, , Very Short, Date: 02/01/2015
Rating: Total score: 85% mobility: 81% ergonomy: 85%
48% 3D-Smartphone für experimentierfreudige Nutzer
Source: Netzwelt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/30/2015
Rating: Total score: 48% features: 30% mobility: 50% workmanship: 70%
78% Amazon Fire Phone (32 GB)
Source: Android Magazin - Heft 1/2015 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 12/01/2014
Rating: Total score: 78%
Amazon Fire Phone
Source: Stiftung Warentest - Heft 12/2014 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 11/01/2014
97% Amazon-Smartphone im Test: Fire Phone mit 3D-Display enttäuscht im Alltag
Source: Mobicroco German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/16/2014
Rating: Total score: 97% features: 80% workmanship: 90% ergonomy: 87%
78% Amazon Fire Phone
Source: Tecchannel - Heft 21/2014 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 10/16/2014
Rating: Total score: 78%
89% Strohfeuer oder Smartphone-Feuerwerk?
Source: Chip.de German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/02/2014
Rating: Total score: 89% price: 56% mobility: 94%
100% Amazon Fire Phone
Source: Connect - Heft 11/2014 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 10/01/2014
Rating: Total score: 100%
88% Amazon Fire Phone (32 GB)
Source: Computerbild - Heft 18/2014 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 09/01/2014
Rating: Total score: 88%

Comment

Model:

The Amazon Fire Android phone differs from many devices of other manufacturers. While it still runs Android, it has a lot of Amazon flavor and features not found in any other phone make it unique.

Its 4.7-inch screen only has a 1280 x 720 resolution, which is rather standard. In view of the display size, it look too grainy. There are four motion tracking cameras to track your head movement. It uses infrared which triggers some visual effects like elements popping in and out of the screen. Its a cool feature but rather a gimmick, which you won't need.

As expected, there are a lot of Amazon-specific functions. The Google Play Store has been replaced by the Amazon app store. The Fire Phone OS is not compatible with Google Play Services like Google Now, but these were replaced by its own voice assistant. The Firefly scanner scans items and searches for it on the Amazon store, while the real-time Mayday chat puts you in front of an Amazon customer service rep.

The 13 MP rear camera is very bareboned and gets the job done, but it is unspectacular. Only get this phone if you are deeply embedded in Amazon's ecosystem and do a lot of shopping on Amazon.

Qualcomm Adreno 330: Integrated graphics card in some Qualcomm Snapdragon SoCs, supports OpenGL ES 3.0

Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


800 MSM8974:

High-end ARM SoC with 4 CPU cores up to 2.3 GHz and an Adreno 330 GPU up to 450 MHz. Based on Qualcomm's Krait 400 architecture and is manufactured in a 28nm HPM process.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


4.7":

This is a typical smartphone diagonal.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


0.16 kg:

Only few smartphones are more lightweight than this.


Amazon: The US online shop markets its own tablet computers


66.68%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.


» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

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Author: Stefan Hinum (Update: 2014-07-24)