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6/18/2014
05:28 PM

Amazon Fire: The Buy Phone

Or should we call it the Prime Phone? Amazon hopes its smartphone will tempt people to ditch Apple and Samsung for dedicated access to Amazon products.

The Fire Phone's Firefly feature, which has its own button on the side of the phone, identifies movies, songs, and products.
The Fire Phone's Firefly feature, which has its own button on the side of the phone, identifies movies, songs, and products.

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Somedude8
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6/23/2014 | 3:43:37 PM
Re: I want to, but...
HOT DIGGITY! Career change time for me! And here I was working from home for a mere 10k/month.
Somedude8
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6/20/2014 | 11:52:27 AM
I want to, but...
My inner geek is incredibly excited. I buy a lot of stuff via Amazon Prime. Also, our phone contracts are up, and my wife's phone has been having an increaing number of problems for the last few months. We are in the phone market. Great timing!

But, there are some issues.

1) The whole 'not really Android so good luck with the apps you use' thing hurts. I would probably adpat over time.

2) Price seems steep for a mid range phone. True, the 1 year of Prime knocks a good chunk off the effective price, but it still seems steep to me.

3) Only AT&T. This is a deal killer for me. I live right by the beach, and our reception is occasionally shaky with Verizon. People with AT&T have it much worse (which doesn't really make sense, and is a subject that could be an entire article). I work from home, so can not take a step down in cell reception quality.

In the end, its a cool gadget, no doubt, but who was it that had the deal on a new S5 right now?
soozyg
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soozyg,
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6/20/2014 | 10:26:10 AM
Play Store
No way this phone succeeds without iTunes or Google Play Store. Junko Yoshida is right: Fire should probably just be an app.
terry50kaufman
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terry50kaufman,
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6/20/2014 | 9:39:56 AM
Fire Phone Fizzle
It's A Fizzler.
PaulS681
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6/20/2014 | 8:00:13 AM
Re: Pricey
"How about $649.00 without a service plan? Do you think it will hurt the sales? (sarcastic question)"

Does anyone really pay that amount? I don't think so. They do tax on that amount though.
mak63
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6/20/2014 | 12:23:04 AM
Re: Pricey

That's little pricey if you ask me. Keeping it around $100 would have been better I think and being exclusive with AT&T is a mistake

How about $649.00 without a service plan? Do you think it will hurt the sales? (sarcastic question)

DDURBIN1
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6/19/2014 | 12:13:00 PM
All day Amazon?
There are many mentally disturbed people that watch QVC all day long.  These are prime prospects for this phone.
Whoopty
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6/19/2014 | 11:27:50 AM
Re: Data usage
Interesting point, though there are a lot of unlimited data packages appearing now. 

That said, I think only the video streaming is going to make that much of a dent in your bandwidth. Looking up products or bar code scanning isn't going to be too problematic I don't think. 
GAProgrammer
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6/19/2014 | 10:43:15 AM
Data usage
I can't believe no one commented on the incredible amount of data this device will use. It's fine if you are at home on WiFi, but using your phone for all these things on the road will jack your usage right past your monthly allowance, raising your mobile bill.

I have to say that if I was at home, I have tablets that do most of those things already.
jastroff
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6/19/2014 | 10:30:23 AM
Re: Not convinced
>> Firefly uses the Fire Phone's main camera to recognize objects and text or language. Think of it as a barcode scanner on steroids


Well, we didn't think they would solve world peace. But we did expect a bit more in terms of functionality
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