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Amazon Fire Phone - All You Need to Know

Updated on June 24, 2014
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Janine is a published author in Only Trollops Shave Above the Knees, appears on The Huffington Post and at Confessions of A Mommyaholic.

The Smartphone Generation

The smartphone has been around for at least a few years now - over 15 years! The first foray into the smartphone was by Ericsson according to Wikipedia in 1997.

Then, within a few years, PDAs (Palm Pilots and Blackberry) were added to the smartphone market.

But it wasn't until 2007, that the iPhone by Apple was introduced with the multi-touch interface screen.

Then in 2008, the first Android based Smartphone was introduced to be sold on the market.

I, myself, owned a Blackberry, then an iPhone (still an iPhone owner). My husband actually owned an early Palm Pilot in the early 2000s, as well.

But we have truly come a long way and now Amazon, the makers of the Kindle have decided to introduce their version of the Smartphone, called the Kindle Phone.

Amazon Fire Phone, 32GB
Amazon Fire Phone, 32GB | Source

The Amazon Kindle Phone

So, Amazon, who seems to have the corner on the market with the Kindle and pretty much everything else you could want, is now producing for purchase an Amazon Fire phone.

I will admit, I am a tried and true Apple fan. I own a MacBook Pro, an iPad Retina and even an iPhone 4.

My iPhone, sadly, is one of the older ones on the market still and I am due for an upgrade with ATT.

Not going to lie, I have been trying to wait for an announcement from Apple on a new, updated iPhone closer to in size to the Samsung Galaxy.

When I heard the news about Amazon introducing the Kindle Fire Phone, I was seriously intrigued, since I own a Kindle Fire (love it) and also use the Kindle app on my iPad and iPhone, as well, to read Amazon Kindle books.

So, I decided to get the goods on this phone so that I can make an informed decision when I am ready.

I thought I could also share with all who may be interested, too.

Sit back and find out a bit more about this new smartphone.

Rating for the Amazon Kindle Phone

5 out of 5 stars from 1 rating of Amazon Kindle Phone

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What Makes the Amazon Fire Phone a Contender?

There is stiff competition on the market for Smartphones with the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy right now.

For sometime, the iPhone was truly the king, but as of late, the Samsung has gained a fair share of this market since the phone itself is a much larger and impressive phone. The Galaxy size has many looking at the iPhone as inferior just for this reason alone. Not to mention the iPhone's operating system has been seemingly coming up short in recent updates.

I speak from experience, as my iPhone has paled in comparison to my kid brother's brand new Galaxy 5 in both size (5.6 in height) and operating capacity not to mention the camera on the phone being impressive as well with 16 Megapixels, where as my iPhone is definitely dwarfed (4.87 in height) in size and has 8.0 Megapixel camera.

The new Amazon Kindle Fire Phone is definitely a contender though in height being 5.5" and has 13 Megapixel camera. As far as height it is only a tenth of a point smaller then the Galaxy, but the camera is indeed 3 megapixels less.

The Kindle Phone camera would appear to be not as good in quality, but still better the the iPhone.

So, why choose the Kindle Phone over the Samsung Galaxy 5?

Simple, you get way more storage for $199. The Kindle Phone has 32 GB for hundreds less and even if you were to go with the 64 GB storage adding a hundred dollars would still bring you only to $299, which is indeed less then the Samsung Galaxy at $589.80!

Plus, with the Amazon Kindle Phone, you get a year free of Amazon Prime, which normally costs almost $80 annually.

Prime affords you all sorts of amazing rewards, such as free two day shipping on millions of items, unlimited streaming of top TV shows and movies, including entertaining and educational kid's shows, such as Tumble Leaf, new prime music with unlimited streaming and downloading millions of songs, as well as Kindle Owner's Library, where you can borrow a great book - at least one a month from popular titles, current and former best sellers alike.

Seriously, that feature alone is a huge bonus for many that I know, including myself who is a huge book lover.

Comparing Smartphone Storage and Pricing

Smartphone
Storage
Price
Apple iPhone 5s
16 GB
$689.00
Samsung Galaxy S5
16 GB
$589.80
Amazon Fire Phone
32 GB
$199.00
All pricing and info is from Amazon.com.

To Buy or Not!

Are you going to buy the Amazon Fire Phone?

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Love or Hate Amazon Fire Phone - Weigh In Now!

Amazon has many lovers and haters, too.

Which do you consider yourself for the new Amazon Fire phone?

Will you be amongst the first to buy this new smartphone?

Or will you give this a pass?

Or better still are you on the fence right now?

Let me know in the poll on the right hand side now...

Galaxy 5 Vs. Amazon Fire Phone

Showing a comparison of the Samsung Galaxy 5 and the Amazon Fire Phone
Showing a comparison of the Samsung Galaxy 5 and the Amazon Fire Phone | Source

Watch the Amazon Press Conference Introducing the Amazon Fire Phone

Want to see it for yourself?

Get a birds eye view now from founder and CEO of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, who introduced the Amazon Fire Phone in Seattle on June 18, 2014 at the Amazon Press Conference now to learn even more about the Amazon Fire Phone right front he horse's mouth.

Another Look at the Amazon Fire Phone

Screenshot of Amazon Fire Phone Apps
Screenshot of Amazon Fire Phone Apps | Source

Bottom Line on the Amazon Fire Phone

Although this phone, has yet to be released, but will be on July 25, 2014, I will admit once again that I am intrigued and definitely excited. I cannot wait to see what this will mean for the smartphone and cannot wait to see it in person to decide for myself if I am a contender for switching from my trusty iPhone to the Amazon Fire Phone.

Like I said, this phone definitely sounds impressive and the perks are looking better and better to an iPhone/Apple junkie like myself.

Time will still, of course, tell, but I am totally in the market for an upgrade and am an ATT customer, so I will totally be keeping this phone on my short list for upgrades now.

And hope you will, too!

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About the Author

Janine is a freelance writer and mom of two. She is known for being a stay at home mom to two beautiful little girls right now. Life can totally get hectic and has learned to perfect and improvise all day and night too, because of this. You can checkout her profile and more of her family related articles here.

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      Thanks so much Imtil and glad you liked and voted my hub up. Truly happy that this could help you and heading over to follow you back, too now.

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      Imtiaz Ahmed 3 years ago from Dhaka, Bangladesh

      Janine Huldie a very nice and unique hub. Your writings are great and you load it up with lots of informations about smartphones thanks for sharing. I liked your hub so giving you a up vote. And I am going to follow you from now. :D thanks again.

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      Thank you so much Carter06 and will say I too have a slight addiction to all things Apple, but my curiosity got the better of me and needed to know more. And then thought I could at the very least share with all what I found out. So, happy I could do that here and thanks always for your support and kind words, too!

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      Mary 3 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thanks for this review Janine..have to confess I'm an addicted apple girl, mac air, pro, ipad, TV, desk top & iphone 4 about to upgrade to a 5 but have to say the galaxy intrigues me and also love their size..but wow the 16 meg camera sure is something to consider for the avid photographer..

      Me I think I'll stick to my addiction..great article as always..will share..Cheers

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      Thanks so much Dianna and happy to be on Hubpages publishing once again. Also, so happy to do the research and help out. Let me know if you do get up ending the phone when it comes out now and what you think. Happy Sunday!

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Our contract is up and as we seek updates I will keep this in mind. The price alone is a great point in buying one of these. Thanks for doing the research for readers. Good to see you on HP again.

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      Thank you so much Torrilynn and I, too, love the iPhone, but must admit that the Amazon Fire definitely is calling to me now, as well. Just happy I could share here.

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      I totally promised Cyndi and swear you gave me the inspiration to write a new Hub. Love you for that and so much more. But seriously, you know I am obsessed with my Apple products, but still am a bit obsessed with the thought of a new phone by Amazon, so I had to do my research as you can see!

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      torrilynn 3 years ago

      I love smartphones particularly the Iphone which this reminds me of. It was only a matter of time before they made a smartphone mostly because just about everyone has one now. Overall great hub. Thanks. Voted up.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 3 years ago from Western NC

      A hub! A hub! Yippee!

      I admit: hadn't heard of the Amazon Fire Phone right until now. But, I am intrigued. :)

      Great review. Now...I still can't decide: iPhone5 or a Amazon Fire...I do love my apple products...

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      Billy, I was seriously so excited to be writing a Hub again and sat down believe it or not this past Sunday night when it was quiet to get this one down. I missed writing on here and not sure if I can write as much as once did here, but definitely want to write more articles here then I have been. And thank you for coming by. My mom finally got a Smartphone this past Christmas (we bought her one as her Christmas gift from us) and now I can't get her off the thing. So, you never know!! :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wow! I saw a hub by you, and I dropped what I was doing and rushed over. Very nice to see an article from you, Janine.

      I don't own a smartphone....I'm sure eventually I'll break down and get one. Thanks for the review of this one...it might be too technical for me. :)