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article imageAmazon Fire phone gaining popularity slowly but can it compete?

By Milton Este     Aug 3, 2014 in Technology
The Amazon Fire smartphone was up for sale just a week ago and few smartphone users are excited about the release. This isn't very surprising considering Amazon does not have an established customer base for smartphones.
Rather than cutting the price in order to compete with the iPhone 5S or Galaxy S5, the Fire phone carries the same $650 price tag or $200 price tag on a two-year contract with select carriers. However, it does offer some very unique features setting itself apart from the rest.
Before taking a look at these features, the question remains is the Fire phone really a smartphone? The specifications certainly say so.
It packs a 2.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, Adreno 330 GPU, and 2GB of RAM under its 5.5 inch display. A 2,400 mAh battery allows for 22 hours of talk, 11 hours of video playback, 65 hours of audio playback, or 285 hours of standby time.
Let's not forget the 13 megapixel back camera, with HDR and optical image stabilization, and a 5 megapixel front camera megapixels for taking selfies. With 5 front camera sensors, the Fire phone may bring 3D capabilities to smartphones back to life after a flop years earlier with the HTC Evo.
Nevertheless, the Fire phone definitely looks to capture the attention of frequent shoppers. It comes pre-loaded with features making shopping even more convenient.
Combine a free year of Amazon Prime member, which includes free shipping on thousands of items carried by Amazon, with the Firefly feature and you get a full fledged shopping experience. The Firefly uses the device's camera and microphone to detect text, products, movies, TV shows, and music and then calls up the Amazon webpage with these items in the search results for purchase.
Another reason to buy the Amazon Fire phone would be customer service. The MayDay feature may completely revolutionize how consumers approach customer service as Amazon seeks to minimize the wait time while providing real voice assistance.
This will be especially useful if deployed into other fields of tech such as motorized vehicles and navigation utilities. While sales are still slow, they are on the rise signaling more and more adopters. will be selling 3D printed products tomorrow. Hopefully we will seem some integration between the Fire phone and their 3D printing service.
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