Amazon's Fire Phone is a lot of things, but easy to repair isn't one of them. So say the folks at iFixit, who have completed their teardown of the handset, which took place live today. Though not everything about the smartphone was a hassle, there were enough issues to give it a low score: 3 out of 10.
Amazon can't be too pleased with the first batch of Fire Phone reviews. The smartphone's more outlandish technology works, certainly - Dynamic Perspective tracks your face; Firefly snaps and searches for your products - but the takeaway nonetheless has been "so what?" Amazon can't complain too loudly, however: it only has itself to blame.
Kindle Unlimited, Amazon's all-you-can-eat ebook subscription service, has officially launched, with more than 600,000 books that Kindle ereader and app users can choose from. Priced at $9.99 per month, the subscription covers both ebooks and a selection of Audible audiobooks of which there are more than 2,000, Amazon says.
Amazon may be late to the game in smartphones, but outspoken chief exec Jeff Bezos isn't concerned that the Fire Phone has missed the boat. "We have a long history of getting started and being patient," Bezos said of Amazon's willingness to give the Fire Phone project time to play out, while also defending its unexpectedly mainstream $199.99 sticker price.
Amazon's Fire Phone is proving divisive, with the 3D smartphone encountering both curiosity and criticism for its unusual interface and underwhelming pricing structure. Rather than shaking up the smartphone industry, Amazon's "little bit different" was an even easier way to shop from the company's own store. Missed the big event? Confused about what makes the Fire Phone special - or worthy of mockery? We've got you covered.
Amazon’s Fire Phone is a pretty cool piece of tech. It’s the right size, has a very respectable spec sheet, and the price is fair (not great). All that adds up to enough reason most people would want to snatch one up when it becomes available. In theory, I’d love to as well; here’s why I wont.
The Amazon Fire Phone has been revealed this afternoon complete with a set of features unique to its hardware and software builds. Starting with a 4.7-inch, 1280 x 720 display with LCD technology and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor under the hood, this device aims to take on the high-end market with specifications that don’t always beat the high end.