Fire on ice: 6 things that would have made the Amazon Fire a better phone
6 things that could have made the Amazon Fire a better phone
1. Higher screen resolution
This one must be the biggest disappointment for smartphone aficionados with the new Amazon Fire handset. Granted, the 720p resolution on a 4.7" display still returns the respectable 315ppi pixel density, which is more than adequate for most needs, but in this day and age of 1080p and even Quad HD phone displays, it just looks a tad outdaded for the phone's asking price.
Still, the comparatively mundane resolution has its many advantages, like less pixels for the processor to push and more backlight throughput, allowing for a potentially longer battery life and a brighter display, compared to a 1080p panel with the same technology. Moreover, it could turn out that the Dynamic Perspective system, and the resulting 3D-like interface adaptation, might not have been possible with a more pixel-dense display, which would explain why Amazon kept an HD panel on the phone, but made it a quality one, with 590 nits of peak brightness, and a circular polarizer, ensuring excellent outdoor visibility.
2. More affordable pricing
3. More elegant design
4. Larger battery
5. Wider availability
6. Google apps
1. Jason2k13 (Posts: 642; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)
the front looks ugly, just looks messy with all those camera on the side.
14. enthasuium (Posts: 73; Member since: 21 Nov 2013)
this 720p screen looks tad outdaded for the phone's asking price.
but Below HD iphone 5s display never was a problem......
18. joaolx (Posts: 353; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
What? It might be below HD but the ppi is a bit higher although similar to the Amazon Fire phone. Other than that, it was 9 months ago, so the standard changed and people want more than 720p for a 649$ phone right now. Comparing to the iPhone is stupid since it was released 9 months ago.
2. gigaraga (Posts: 917; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)
Well it is a work in progress. It doesn't look too bad but it also doesn't exactly scream premium as well. Maybe their next generation?
3. FingerMyApple (unregistered)
1 thing to make it a bad phone: assembled in US
5. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1195; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
As a Note 3 owner I'm not impressed. Too many negatives in critical spots. From spec's to carrier to ecosystem. Their tablets look better than this and I don't care for it either.
7. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3202; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
Hope Amazon makes a WP version of this, more competition is good for us. :)
15. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 856; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
They wouldn't be able to without paying Microsoft and going by their standards. Android is an open ecosystem that they tweaked for this phone, it wouldn't be possible for them to the same with Windows.
27. Liveitup (Posts: 1206; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)
You do realise WP is license free right?. Right now its cheaper for many manufacturers to produce a WP than an Android.
The hubs on Fire Phone are clearly inspired by WP.
28. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 856; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
Every phone operating system has terms and conditions, To use Google Android you have to meet certain criteria like keeping their Services. However there is a free open source version of it that amazon tweaks. Its their cost of doing business. Much like Nokia did with their Android phone. WP has a licensing cost. That's simply one of their costs of doing business. It's not a about being hurt or hating its just fact.
8. Hyperreal (Posts: 126; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)
"5" 1080p display, for instance, one would notice pixelization only from 7.8” (19.8cm)" - wow i dont know which idiot has written that. Its impossible to see pixelization on 5 inch 1080p display from 20cm!
9. feeth (Posts: 9; Member since: 14 Jun 2014)
either the price should be way, way lower or specs (all of them) way better. imo, for now, its total garbage with its pathetic quality/price ratio.
10. NotAGeek (Posts: 129; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)
Just ditch that gimmick of 3D perspective,slap a 1080p screen,make the phone thinner,and call it a day
16. Bondurant (Posts: 54; Member since: 04 Jun 2014)
Whats the point then ? There are a hundred other such phones, including Chinese ones for 200$ price tag.
11. Bondurant (Posts: 54; Member since: 04 Jun 2014)
It looks better than a samasung S5. if samsung S5 can sell so much, why cant this? And the price is just like any other flagship phone price and this phone is good enough to be a flagship. Sure it may lag on paper specs in terms of resolution and not using the 801,805 chip, on the other hand it does have huge new features and way advanced UI. If real world usage the phone runs fluid and screen looks fine, than the latest chips is needless. While if the 3D on 1080 resolutions was going to cause problem then its a necessary sacrifice. The size also with its short width is perfect for one hand usage and grip. For those wanting gimmick 2k resolutions, 6000mah battery life, and the chip powerful enough to run a 2017 games, will not want this phone. Others who want a phone for its phone usage, its UI experience and feature rich (unlike a heart sensor or finger print sensor, or a dual back fail camera lol), will be happy with this phone. But Amazons attempt to innovate and do different should be promoted rather than have 100 flagship phones with competing over the same old specs (screen resolution and antutu benchmarks).
19. ojdidit84 (Posts: 300; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)
I know that stating whichever phone looks better to who is all subjective but I just can't agree with this looking better than the S5. I'm in now way a big fan of the way the S5 (or any other Samsung looks) but this phone takes the prize in the ugly smartphone category, IMO. It's a black iPhone 5C with more bezel than the M8 and the extra sensors, though they may be used for the UI experience, are just awkward.
Then there's the price point. The Kindle Fire did so well because it was a decent tablet and it helped push that budget price point for tablets that size. This on the other hand, for what you get at that price, I don't see them having anywhere near the success that they did with the Kindle Fire.
13. AfterShock (Posts: 2800; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
Is not how it looks, it's the purpose of the phone, it's an overly expensive shopping cart.
17. jimjam (Posts: 238; Member since: 28 Jun 2011)
Free prime data/voice eg 100mb/10minutes was the only thing that would have swayed me.
20. blackberry_Boy (Posts: 133; Member since: 27 May 2014)
One thing that could of made this phone even better was not to be created this is a pure privacy stealing device why do u need four sensors on the front screen why to snoop in our life's this phone is garbage. Already FB listening to our tv shows etc and other apps helping these ad company's to flood us with things to buy and now a amazon phone knowing dam well people shop on amazon like crazy now there going to throw ads in your phone to go buy more.
21. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 851; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)
Looks like an iPhone. Last time I checked a 16GB iPhone was $199, so no, this isn't over priced in that respect.
22. 0xFFFF (Posts: 2980; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
Don't own any Amazon devices and this phone makes it even more unlikely I ever will. Amazon should offer a free barcode tattoo with the phone, as it is basically for people who want to be property of Amazon.
24. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3540; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
I rather stick with my L1520... Much better device in my opinion...
25. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3202; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
Yeah fanboys always stick to their tiny world.