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7/26/2014
08:06 AM

Amazon's Bruising Week

Second quarter financial struggles combined with poor reviews of the Fire Phone leave Amazon playing defense.

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nasimson
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7/28/2014 | 12:40:00 AM
Re: Several of the investor websites I follow..
Amazon is a great services company. It's not even an OK devices company. So the better option for Amazon is to do device partnerships with likes of Microsoft, Huawei or Leno than to procure and market its own devices. Even Google is playing out smartly despite Motorola's acquisition. It only launches one phone a year and that too in partnerships with LG or Samsung just to demonstrate its capabilities.
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7/27/2014 | 10:48:20 PM
Re: Several of the investor websites I follow..
Yes, investing for the future is a great thing. But, there comes a point in time when investors want to see some profit. it looks like that time has finally arrived for Amazon.
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7/27/2014 | 1:55:59 PM
Re: Several of the investor websites I follow..
Amazon is my go-to when it comes to online shopping. Not their marketplace or third party sellers (unless I have no choice), but I choose Amazon because of their service and they're really already a well-oiled machine at this point. But like you, I won't buy their phone. They should probably just stick to what they're great at and continue building on that. And if they want to expand to these other niches, at least come up with a phone with features that people would actually use or find useful.
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7/27/2014 | 12:33:30 PM
Re: Several of the investor websites I follow..
Most of us who have been in any kind of product development know that this kind of departure from what exists is either very foolish or very smart. Often the former.

So, if we know that Amazon is a smart company, what's the reason from reinventing the wheel, so to speak?

>> More significantly, the Fire Phone doesn't use the standard Android user interface. Amazon has substituted Google Android entirely with its own version. Rather than presenting apps and widgets on home screens, the Fire Phone uses a rotating carousel and something it calls Dynamic Perspective (camera-based 3D UI). Other features include Firefly, which can be used to search for purchasable products, the Amazon Appstore, and gestures for interacting with the software.
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7/26/2014 | 10:16:27 AM
Several of the investor websites I follow..
are starting to show a little concern over Amazon as an investment.  Mainly stemming from Bezos's interests not necessarily putting shareholder value first (described in some circles as even being 'arrogant').  As a consumer I am tied to Amazon at the hip.  No way I am buying their phone though.
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