Review Roundup: Amazon Fire Phone

Submitted by lalit on July 23, 2014 - 2:22pm.

Last month Amazon announced their highly anticipated first smartphone the Fire Phone, featuring Dynamic perspective and Firefly two new technologies. The phone comes with quad-core Snapdragon 2.2GHz processor, 2 GB RAM, 4.7-inch HD display, 13-megapixel camera, LTE and dual dolby speakers. The hype around the launch of the Fire Phone was so much that many analysts and tech journalists believed that it will be the biggest announcement since iPhone launch in 2007.

However, reviews are in and the adjective used most to describe the new phone is gimmicky. Wall Street Journal headline says, “ Full of gimmicks, lacking basics.” Engadget concluded their review by saying:

"The Fire's defining features are fun, but I can't help but feel as though they're merely gimmicks designed by Amazon to demonstrate the company's brilliance -- and at the expense of battery life, to boot.

Not only is the Fire lacking in useful new features, but its high price and exclusivity to AT&T guarantee its irrelevance. The company owes its success to millions of loyal online shoppers and bookworms who use Amazon for its convenience and aggressive pricing, so why come out with a smartphone that isn't particularly convenient, and isn't particularly cheap? By no means is the Fire a horrible phone, but it's a forgettable one."

The Fire Phone will ship on July 25 and is exclusive to AT&T for $199 with two year contract. Check out some well written reviews below.

Wall Street Journal - Review By: Geoffrey Fowler

Engadget - Review By: Brad Molen

The Verge - Review By: David Pierce

Ars Technica - Review By: Andrew Cunningham

Gizmodo - Review By: Eric Limer

SlashGear - Review By: Chris Davies