Amazon Fire Phone

Amazon Fire HD 6 Review

Amazon Fire HD 6 Review

With the Fire HD 6 we see Amazon approach the standard paperback book size device. But this device is not aimed at reading alone, it’s aimed at every kind of Amazon-based media. It is, after all, an Amazon-centric device, and therefor should be purchased only by those willing to work with Amazon’s collection of digital stores.

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Amazon Fire Phone drops to a dollar, goes international

Amazon Fire Phone drops to a dollar, goes international

Is this an "ouch" or a "good for Amazon"? The Fire Phone has been dropped to $0.99 on-contract here in the United States - that’s about $190 less than it launched for way back when it was first released. But that was a long time ago, right? Not so much.

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Amazon’s Fire Phone is a dud, according to research

Amazon’s Fire Phone is a dud, according to research

If you see someone on the street with a Fire Phone, take a picture. According to a new report, those folks are rare, and should be photographed as proof that yes — someone really did buy a Fire Phone. Combining data from comScore and Chitika, we find the Fire Phone may have been a dud, right from the get-go.

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Amazon said to be close to acquiring Twitch, not Google [Update]

Amazon said to be close to acquiring Twitch, not Google [Update]

Amazon gets it: you like gaming. They’ve got a new phone with some really interesting gaming angles (pun intended), and have their own in-house game development studio. A new report suggests Amazon is close to acquiring Twitch, which lets gamers share footage of their play to the world.

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Is AT&T Amazon’s big Fire Phone problem?

Is AT&T Amazon’s big Fire Phone problem?

Amazon's Fire Phone is being stunted by AT&T, new research argues, with the carrier's exclusivity - not the phone's confusing features - blamed for underwhelming sales. Use of the smartphone, which runs a heavily-modified version of Android and includes face-tracking, has proved to grow steadily but slowly, analysts Chitika claim, in the face of more broadly available handsets like LG's G3.

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Amazon, Hachette, collateral damage, and you

Amazon, Hachette, collateral damage, and you

A group of authors published open letter , wherein they detail their objections to the protracted assault Amazon has levied against Hachette. In response, Amazon published their own line of reasoning for the eBook cold war today, suggesting the shop-from-home giant is simply looking out for our best interest as consumers. What neither have done is fully appreciate the author or reader.

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Fire Phone teardown: Extra cameras set Bezos tough challenge

Fire Phone teardown: Extra cameras set Bezos tough challenge

Amazon's Fire Phone could have been a potent mid-range challenger had the retailer opted to leave out the 3D interface gimmicks, teardown analysis suggests, with the polarizing quad-camera system an outlier in what's otherwise an exercise in cost-cutting. The final bill of materials for the Fire Phone, released last week, comes to around $205 in components according to IHS iSuppli's calculations, undercutting what Samsung is believed to spend on each Galaxy S5, but more expensive than an iPhone 5s.

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The Amazon Fire Phone: are you buying?

The Amazon Fire Phone: are you buying?

Is the Amazon Fire Phone gimmick, or genius? That’s the question on everyone’s mind, as Amazon’s long awaited splash into the smartphone market hits AT&T stores. The device is getting mixed reviews, but are they valid?

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Amazon Fire Phone iFixit teardown: expect difficult repairs

Amazon Fire Phone iFixit teardown: expect difficult repairs

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.

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Fire Phone’s problem is Amazon made shopping too easy

Fire Phone’s problem is Amazon made shopping too easy

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.

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Skype for Fire Phone lands with face-tracking graphics

Skype for Fire Phone lands with face-tracking graphics

Microsoft isn't letting any grass grow under Amazon's Fire Phone, pushing out a version of Skype for the face-tracking smartphone in time for its public release. The new app, already available in Amazon's Appstore, has been tweaked to take advantage of the Fire Phone's enhanced carousel as well as its quad-camera Dynamic Perspective system.

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Amazon Fire Phone review: The shopper’s smartphone

Amazon Fire Phone review: The shopper’s smartphone

When Amazon wades into a new segment, competitors take note, and few devices have been so nervously anticipated as the Fire Phone. Amazon's first smartphone doesn't just put Prime in your pocket, it also pushes the limits of UI, with its quartet of Dynamic Perspective cameras, and computational photography, with Firefly. Ambitious, then, but Jeff Bezos & Co. have seldom lacked that. Question is, does the Fire Phone deserve to be the hottest handset in town?

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