Amazon Fire Phone vs Samsung Galaxy S5 vs LG G3: specs comparison

Amazon Fire Phone vs Samsung Galaxy S5 vs LG G3: specs comparison
A little over a month from now, the first batch of Amazon's first smartphone, the Fire Phone, will start leaving the company's massive warehouses in order to land in the hands of the device's first adopters, and that means you have a fair amount of time to decide if it's a deal worth taking. As with most products out there, it means that you'll spend the majority of that time comparing the Fire Phone with what the competition has on offer. And it's probably not going to be such an easy decision.

Indeed, at a glance, the Fire Phone is an expensive device that doesn't necessarily bring the full flagship stack of hardware, though it's not off by too much, either. What's more, on top of the definitely good specs it sports, the Fire Phone comes with a number of novel/proprietary features and services, and those should be part of the entire equation. For example, you get a free 1-year subscription to Amazon Prime, a super quick and quite effective customer service (Mayday), unlimited photo cloud storage, and Amazon's all-new Firefly service. And the cherry on top? A 3D screen made possible through the constant work of four front-facing cameras that track your face and communicate with the screen in order to shift the perspective as you tilt your head left and right, up and down.

So how does all that compare with two of the year's current hard-hitters, the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the LG G3? Well, while those definitely bring some freebies of their own, it's probably safe to say that neither really has as extensive a mix. That said, they do bring higher-spec'd hardware, and that will inevitably sway some away from the Fire Phone. Check them out.

Amazon Fire Phone vs Samsung Galaxy S5 vs LG G3

Display

Display size

4.7 inches
5.1 inches
5.5 inches

Resolution

720 x 1280 pixels
1080 x 1920 pixels
1440 x 2560 pixels

Pixel density

315 ppi
432 ppi
538 ppi

Technology

IPS LCD
Super AMOLED
IPS LCD

Screen-to-body ratio

64.95 %
69.76 %
75.22 %

Colors

16 777 216
16 777 216
16 777 216

Camera

Rear

Yes
Yes
Yes

Main camera

13 megapixels
16 megapixels
13 megapixels

Hardware Features

Optical image stabilization, Autofocus
Back-illuminated sensor (BSI), Phase detection autofocus
Optical image stabilization, Laser autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)

Specifications

Aperture size: F2.0
Aperture size: F2.2; Focal length: 31 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.6"; Pixel size: 1.12 μm
Aperture size: F2.4; Focal length: 29 mm; Sensor size: 1/3.06"; Pixel size: 1.12 μm

Flash

LED
LED
Dual LED

Software Features

Digital zoom, Burst mode, HDR, Panorama
Digital image stabilization, Touch to focus, Smile detection, Face detection, Voice activation, Self-timer, Digital zoom, Geo tagging, Exposure compensation, ISO control, White balance presets, Burst mode, HDR, Panorama, Night mode, Scenes, Effects
HDR, Panorama, Face detection, Smile detection, Voice activation, Burst mode, Exposure compensation, ISO control, White balance presets, Touch to focus, Geo tagging

Video recording

1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)

Recording format

 
MPEG4, H.264
MPEG4, H.263, H.264

Features

Video sharing
High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Continuous autofocus, Digital image stabilization, Video calling, Video sharing
Optical image stabilization

Front

2.1 megapixels
2.1 megapixels
2.1 megapixels

Video capture

1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD)
1920x1080 (Full HD)

Design

Dimensions

5.5 x 2.6 x 0.35 inches (140 x 66 x 9 mm)
5.59 x 2.85 x 0.32 inches (142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm)
5.76 x 2.94 x 0.35 inches (146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm)

Weight

5.64 oz (160 g)
the average is 6 oz (172 g)
5.11 oz (145 g)
the average is 6 oz (172 g)
5.26 oz (149 g)
the average is 6 oz (172 g)

Materials

 
Back: Plastic
Back: Plastic

Resistance

 
Water, Dust
 

IP certified

 
IP 67
 

Biometrics

 
Fingerprint (swipe)
 

Features

 
Touch sensitive control keys, Interchangeable covers
 

Hardware & Performance

System chip

Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 8974
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974-AC
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 8974-AC

Processor

Quad-core, 2200 MHz, Krait 400
Quad-core, 2500 MHz, Krait 400, 32-bit, 28 nm
Quad-core, 2500 MHz, Krait 400

GPU

Adreno 330
Adreno 330
Adreno 330

RAM

2 GB LPDDR2
2 GB LPDDR3
3 GB LPDDR3

Internal storage

64 GB
32 GB
32 GB

Storage expansion

 
 
 

Slot Type

 
microSDXC, microSDHC, microSD
microSDXC, microSDHC, microSD

OS

Android (4.2.2), Amazon Fire OS UI
Android (6.0 Marshmallow, 5.1 Lollipop, 5.0 Lollipop, 4.4.4, 4.4.2), Samsung TouchWiz UI
Android (6.0 Marshmallow, 5.1 Lollipop, 5.0 Lollipop, 4.4.2)

Battery

Capacity

2400 mAh
2800 mAh
3000 mAh

Talk time

22.00 hours
the average is 21 h (1278 min)
21.00 hours
the average is 21 h (1278 min)
19.00 hours
the average is 21 h (1278 min)

Stand-by time

11.9 days (285 hours)
the average is 21 days (499 h)
16.2 days (390 hours)
the average is 21 days (499 h)
22.8 days (548 hours)
the average is 21 days (499 h)

Talk time (3G)

 
21.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1382 min)
21.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1382 min)

Stand-by time (3G)

 
 
23.0 days (553 hours)
the average is 27 days (659 h)

Stand-by time (4G)

 
 
25.0 days (600 hours)
the average is 27 days (644 h)

Music playback

65.00 hours
67.00 hours
 

Video playback

11.00 hours
13.00 hours
 

Cellular

GSM

850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz

UMTS

850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz
850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz
850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz

LTE (FDD)

Bands 17, 20, 5, 8, 4, 3, 2, 1, 7
Bands 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20
Bands 3, 7, 20

Data

LTE, HSPA, UMTS
LTE Cat 4 (150/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS
LTE, HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS

Multimedia

Screen mirroring

Wireless screen share
MHL
DLNA, Wireless screen share, SlimPort

Shopping information

MSRP price

$ 299
 
 

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7 Comments

1. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Meanwhile, Spain are getting thrashed... again!

2. xq10xa

Posts: 799; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Seriously. What happened to them this time...

4. easymomo

Posts: 91; Member since: Jul 04, 2012

Not sure but it looks like they are trying to rebuild their team with new players...

5. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Absolutely rubbish defending from them.

6. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

What the hell this have to do with Spain?

7. Anonn

Posts: 230; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Because Amazon forest in brazil were Spain is playing!

3. jellmoo

Posts: 2525; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I was enjoying the presentation right up until the end. I like innovative and fun features over the "spec race" and really thought they had something. Then they announced that it was a carrier exclusive and that they weren't tackling the issue of flagship pricing. Ultimately left me rather disappointed.

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