The Fire Phone by Amazon has plans of taking the users to a world of 3-D wherein touch is not required for making things happen. This phone which costs $199 comes with various clever whistles and technological bells.
Worthwhile steps have been taken by Amazon for simplification of the Android operating system. However, when it comes to the basics of the smartphone, Fire fails.
- The battery of the Fire phone wouldn’t even last for a day.
- You will not get the apps you need. Even though it runs on Android, applications like YouTube, Drive and Maps are locked.
- Controlling the phone by moving your head is not predictable as touching the screen with fingers.
The main problem is the over-size ambitions of Amazon for its phone. Earlier, a 32GB memory and then added other features for competing with devices like Samsung Galaxy S5 and iPhone 5S. although the comparison isn’t fair, Amazon wants to make. The size of the screen is 4.7 inches and it is a good size for balancing grip and thumb reach. The headphones have magnetic buds for preventing tangles and have a flat cable. The user interface is easy and simple to use.
All owners of the Firephone get an year of Prime Shipping and media-streaming service of Amazon, worth Rs. $99 free. MayDay is a service which connects the users instantly with live tech support. Although the camera is good, the images taken at night don’t contain the natural color and detailing. When the Wi-Fi or video calling is used, the battery of the phone lasts only for 6 hours. As of now it is available only in United States on AT&T network.
Since Amazon has its own Android version, the Google Play App store is missing and so all applications have to be purchased from Amazon. Although Instagram, Whatsapp and Uber are added, apps like Snapchat, LinkedIn and Starbucks are missing.