Amazon Fire Phone
Amazon's first smartphone comes with two differentiating features. Dynamic Perspective is a 3D-user interface that changes the screen content based on where your face is in relation to the device. The Fire uses four cameras with a 120 degree viewing angle, one in each front corner, to track your eyes. Infrared lights ensure the feature is still working in darkness. Firefly uses the phone's camera to recognize objects and identifies music and TV shows via its microphone. You then get the option to purchase those products on Amazon.
Apart from the four front cameras the hardware is in line with the high-end offerings from other manufacturers. The fire is powered by a quad-core 2.2GHz processor, Adreno 330 graphics and 2GB of RAM. The 4.7-inch IPS LCD display offers a 720p resolution and displays 590 nits of brightness.
The camera specification sounds promising, too. A 13MP sensor is combined with a fast F2.0 lens with five elements and an optical image stabilization system. Mobile photographers will also appreciate the dedicated shutter button and unlimited photo storage on Amazon's cloud drive.
|OS Version||Fire OS 3.5|
|Front camera effective pixels||2 megapixels|
|Rear camera effective pixels||13 megapixels|
|Rear camera aperture||2|
|Camera physical shutter release||Yes (Dedicated shutter button)|
|Camera image stabilization||Optical|
|Video camera recording format||1080p, 30fps|
|Built in memory||2Gb RAM, 32 or 64GB storage|
|Weight||160 g (5.64 oz)|
|Dimensions||139 x 67 x 9 mm (5.48 x 2.62 x 0.35″)|
The Amazon Fire Phone offers solid build quality in a compact package. It delivers very decent image quality with good detail and exposure across the ISO range. The efficient image stabilization reduces camera shake in low light and ensures smooth video footage. If the slightly unusual Fire OS operating system fulfills your mobile device needs and you can live with the bare bones imaging feature set the Amazon Fire Phone makes a very capable mobile photography alternative to the more established rivals from Samsung, Sony, Nokia and Apple.