News by Luke Jones on Wednesday August 26, 2015.
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Some Wednesday afternoon advice... you should consider buying an Amazon Fire Phone. Ok, before you laugh we want to say we mean it, you should get this handset, which admittedly was one of the greatest tech flops in history. A disaster of epic proportions, Amazon's first smartphone was not a failure because it sucked, so as it is now only $130 (with some incentives too) we just think it is worth a look a year on from its release.Of course, you would have been utterly mad to pay the flagship money Amazon was charging at the launch of the Fire Phone last year (sorry if you are one of those people). The device was spec'd to rival 2014 high end smartphones and even featured some nifty (if a little gimmicky) features, 3D screen anybody? The Fire Phone slumped instantly because of its bland looks, high price, and the fact it was competing directly with the best handsets on the market. However, today in 2015 at just $130, the Fire Phone is a solid bargain. It is a still a very good mid-range device and is arguably offers bang for your buck these days. It deserved to be a failure, but it is easily good enough to be your second device, a present for someone, or even a daily driver if you have limited money. We have to repeat, this is not a lot of money and to sweeten the deal Amazon is even throwing in a year's subscription to Prime, which costs $99 normally. Really, this is the online retail company clearing its inventory, so stocks will be limited, but while Amazon is screaming "please buy our smartphone" we think it is well worth a look. As for specs, the Fire Phone comes with a 4.7-inch LCD display offering 720 x 1280 resolution. There is a Snapdragon 800 SoC on board, with a quad-core 2.2GHz CPU and the Adreno 330 GPU. 2GB of RAM helps the power, while 64GB of non-expandable storage is available. The 13MP rear camera has an aperture of f/2.0, and includes OIS. A 2.1MP front-facing camera will snap selfies and handle video chats in a modest fashion. The 2400mAh juicer is solid but unspectacular and Amazon's Fire OS serves on the software side... complete with most Android apps these days.
Luke Jones is the Managing Editor at MobileBurn.com and is the person you need to speak to about the content on the site. Luke studied creative writing at degree level before carving out a reputation as a freelance tech writer. He settled here at MobileBurn, where he reviews devices and contributes to the news, as well as overseeing the site's content and direction.