June 18, 2014 Jeff Bezos introduced the Amazon Fire phone to the world.
After four years of research, Amazon has produced not only a cellphone but also a device that will help you recognize the details of products and purchase them. The Firefly recognition feature allows you to scan a product or listen to a song and then be directly linked to an Amazon Web site page that provides you the ability to purchase the product.
Farhad Manjoo declares the “new gadget is less a phone than a pocketable cash register hooked directly into the retailer’s intelligent warehouses.” Whether the Firefly shopping and information feature is successful or not, it will directly affect the way the world shops. The future of cellphones will likely revolve around similar Firefly software; our phones will take on more duties that affect every aspect of life.
Available July 25, the Amazon Fire phone sells for $199 with a two-year AT&T contract, which is comparable to the later models of Apple and Samsung phones. A free one-year subscription to Amazon’s Prime membership is offered with the purchase of the phone.
Point the phone at an object and the image-recognition, Firefly feature will identify the object and provide you the ability to purchase it from Amazon. If you point the camera at something that is not a product, Firefly will direct you to information on the object including a link to Wikipedia. Amazon claims it can recognize over a 100 million items.
The Amazon Fire has 3-D display and the ability to call up a customer service representative with a press of a finger using the Mayday video that was introduced to Kindle users in 2013.
Photos taken on the Amazon Fire are automatically backed up on Amazon’s servers. There is no charge for the backup and no limit to the pictures. The Fire provides you with multiple cameras with powerful features.
The Amazon Fire phone is equipped with a 13-megapixel camera, five-element wide aperture f/2.0 lens, and optical image stabilization. The video camera shoots HD in 1080p at 30 fps from the front and back of the phone. The still camera provides panoramic shots as well as the capability to capture a set of shots of fast-moving objects.
In a world where phones are dominated by Apple and Samsung, the Fire is banking on offering a powerful cellphone with the ability to provide a user a hand-held shopping device. Bezos is relying on his huge shopping base (250 million shoppers) for success as well as the fact that phones will be increasingly used to make purchases. Purchases made through phones will jump 25% in 2014 to a staggering $18 billion.
Size: 5.5″ x 2.6″ x 0.35″ (139.2mm x 66.5mm x 8.9mm)
Weight: 5.64 ounces (160 grams)
Processor : 2.2GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU, with Adreno 330 GPU and 2GB of
RAM Display: 4.7″ HD LCD display, with 1280 x 720 resolution at 315 ppi, 590 cd/m2 brightness (typical), 1000:1 contrast ratio (typical)
Cameras: 13 MP rear-facing camera, multi-frame HDR, auto focus, optical image stabilization, f/2.0 5-element wide aperture lens, LED flash 2.1 MP front-facing camera
OS: Fire OS 3.5.0
Storage: 32 GB or 64 GB
Cloud Storage: Free cloud storage for all Amazon content, and photos taken with Fire phone
Battery Battery size: 2400mAh. Talk time: up to 22 hours; standby time: up to 285 hours. Video playback: up to 11 hours; audio playback: up to 65 hours.
Video recording: 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps (front- and rear-facing cameras)
Audio playback: Dual stereo speakers with Dolby Digital Plus audio processing
TV and Video: Supports screen mirroring and Second Screen
Content formats supported: Audio: Dolby Digital (AC-3), Dolby Digital Plus (E-AC-3), non-DRM AAC, MP3, MIDI, OGG, PCM/WAVE, AAC LC/ELD, HE-AAC (v1 & v2), AMR-NB, AMR-WB, AMR-WB+, Audible Enhanced format (AAX); Video: MPEG4, VP8, H.264/MPEG4/AVC,MPEG4 SP, H.263,AVI,HDCP2.x, PlayReady DRM; Images: JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP, GIF87a,GIF89a; Viewable docs: PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively, DOC, DOCX, Kindle (AZW), KF8, TXT
Sensors: Dynamic Perspective sensor system with invisible infrared illumination, gyroscope, accelerometer, magnetometer, barometer, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor
Location: GPS, Assisted GPS, GLONASS, Wi-Fi/Cellular location, and Digital compass
Cellular: UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz), Quad-band GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), 9 bands of LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 17, 20), supports carrier aggregation
Connectivity : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, up to 300 Mbps with channel bonding; Bluetooth 3.0 wireless technology; NFC enabled
Headphones: Premium, tangle-free headphones with remote and mic
Rating for hearing aids: M4, T4
SIM Card: Pre-installed Nano SIM card
Ports: Micro USB 2.0, 3.5mm headphone
Warranty and Service 1-year Limited Warranty included.
Digital Trends: http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/amazon-fire-phone-news-features/#ixzz356SjRzZY
Manjoo, Farhad. Missed Opportunities in Aiming for the Stars, New York Times, June 19, 2014.
Streitfeld, David. A Direct Line to the Goliath of Online Sales, New York Times, June 19, 2014.