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?

Design and Specifications

Though at first glance it looks like a sober black slab, after a little familiarization the Fire Phone feels in many ways like its been pieced together from aspects of different handsets. The glass back is reminiscent of the Nexus 4, while the micro-drilled speaker holes on the bottom are a little iPhone-esque. In the hand, there’s something of the BlackBerry Z10 to it, though Amazon’s phone is sturdier.

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