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Amazon Fire Phone hands-on

0. phoneArena posted on 16 Jul 2014, 23:14

Amazon is embarking on an ambitious quest to break into the highly lucrative smartphone market – one that’s dominated by many top-class contenders that don’t want to face another competitor. Just last month, Amazon officially unveiled its highly anticipated Fire Phone, which not only conveniently brings many of Amazon’s services to the mobile front, but is also offers a neat 3D effect with its display...

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posted on 16 Jul 2014, 23:20 8

1. sriuslywtf (Posts: 297; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)

This phone is more for AMAZON itself rather than the consumers.

I wonder why they opt to price it like that?

posted on 16 Jul 2014, 23:37 1

3. sgodsell (Posts: 4855; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)

You are getting 1 year free amazon prime.

posted on 17 Jul 2014, 00:15 4

5. hurrycanger (Posts: 1625; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)

So are they giving 1 year free or are they trying to force sell that 1 year?
Anyway, the price is still so darn high imo.

posted on 17 Jul 2014, 01:42

8. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)

"You are getting 1 year free amazon prime."

As many potential customers of this Amazon phone already have Amazon Prime, it doesn't even make sense. Why force these customers to buy another year of Prime with the phone?

With such a high price, Amazon kool aid drinkers will have to pay through the ass to be part of Amazon's uber-kool-a-zon phone squad. Maybe that arrangement is just fine for the rest of us non-kool-a-zons :)

posted on 17 Jul 2014, 10:53

12. stuyjcp (Posts: 31; Member since: 29 Apr 2012)

You get an additional year free, whether or not you're already paying for Prime.

posted on 16 Jul 2014, 23:30 8

2. Derekjeter (Posts: 1085; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)

You can get the LG G3 or the S5 or M8 for 99.99 on two year contract. This is another phone DOA.

posted on 17 Jul 2014, 00:05

4. Mrmark (Posts: 303; Member since: 26 Jan 2013)

My only complaint is the Amazon Logo placement ... Just way too big and in the middle of the way on the back of the phone. They should have made it smaller and put in below the FC CE logo stuff. IMOthat would have made the phone more desirable. Its like taking a Maserati and throwing a KIA logo on it. Just My Opinion!

posted on 17 Jul 2014, 01:04 2

6. KangLee (Posts: 15; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)

I just can't see anyone buying this phone. To sell well, it need to be either have really good value for money (e.g. Lumia 520, Motor G, and Nexus 5) or have top of line spec (e.g. SGS5, HTC One, and iPhone) but this phone doesn't have any of above. Kindle fire has really good value proposition and also perfect ebook replacement but this isn't any of that.

posted on 17 Jul 2014, 01:33 1

7. Elfmonster (unregistered)

Oh it will sell, because they're just tapping into Amazon fangirls and shopaholics and AOL moms - casual and clueless phone people who are the same people who stupidly buy the Amazon tablets over better products, because they're the first thing they see when they open Amazon.com. It's the same reason companies sell anything with their logo on it, to try to fully exploit their customer base, squeezing customers' money sponges as hard as they can.

posted on 17 Jul 2014, 05:16

9. Bondurant (Posts: 573; Member since: 04 Jun 2014)

I have been a fan of this phone from day one. Just want them to release it outside US by cutting off those Amazon free service features which wont work outside US anyway (and thereby reduce phone cost), and also by unlocking usage of google play apps.

posted on 17 Jul 2014, 08:38 1

10. cornerofthemoon (Posts: 601; Member since: 20 Apr 2010)

I think the ATT exclusivity will kill any chance of mainstream appeal. Otherwise it coulda been a contenda.

posted on 17 Jul 2014, 09:26

11. tokuzumi (Posts: 1211; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)

I agree with this 100%. The AT&T exclusivity of the iPhone was probably the primary reason Android is one of the top mobile platforms today. Imagine if the iPhone would have been available on all carriers, starting with the 3G (the 2G was a test case, or a soft roll out)? Android might still be around, but it would be a much smaller player.

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