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How does the new Amazon Fire phone stack up?

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Talking tech with Andy Taylor - 

It seems that almost every time we turn around we find a new ground breaking App for our Smart Phones or a new version of a Smartphone that is packed with features to help us in our daily lives. With the newest smartphone on the market, we get both. The New Amazon Fire, available now exclusively on the AT&T Network, has the features that we would expect and want in a smartphone. A bright 4.7 inch display, lots of storage in the 32GB or 64GB capacity, a 13 megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilization giving you a clearer shot in low light conditions without a flash. A concert lovers dream.


The Amazon Fire also records both 1080p HD video with both the front and rear cameras. If you're worried about storage, even with the large storage capacity of the Amazon Fire, registered accounts with the device can receive free unlimited storage to the Amazon Cloud which can be also set to save automatically when in a service area or Wi-Fi network. 

The Fire itself has some special features but the standout has to be the Firefly service. See a book you like? Press the dedicated Firefly button on the side of the device or Start the Firefly App, point the camera view towards the book cover and within seconds you have options to purchase and download the book to your Kindle App and read it electronically or order the book from Amazon. You won't really have to worry about shipping in many cases. The Smartphone comes with one year of Amazon Prime. This means free or reduced shipping through the Prime service and access to the vast library of Amazon Prime music and video/films. The same Firefly service can be used for music and videos and other household items so you are not limited to just books, music and video. A Dongle device, sold separately, connected to the TV will allow you to stream your content to the television with the Miracast Screen Duplicating application. 

Amazon has also integrated The Mayday feature into the "Fire". Need assistance? Click the Mayday button and a representative will appear on the screen, Don't worry - they can't see you so feel free to use the device in your pajamas.

Another wonderful feature of the Amazon Fire phone is the Dynamic Perspective - On the face of the Amazon Fire is four sensors, cameras that will pick up and respond to your movements. This allows for more immersive game playing or application that can extend the screen size. Rotate the Amazon Fire left and your screen could unveil more landscape. Using the Peek feature, the user can find reviews off a map or contact info of a particular location. The 2.2Ghz processor and the new Fire OS Android based operating system with Cloud features really give the Amazon Fire phone some power. 

The Smartphone has a great feel to it and although the new interface may take a small amount of time getting use to it, most users will pick this up because they were looking for something different in the first place. They were looking for a smartphone that could help them make decisions in online shopping, that was a more immersive experience and could be the entertainment hub. Moving to the Amazon Fire from other devices is easy with a transfer program that can handle most other devices. 

AT&T is offering up the device for $199 with a two-tear but also features a Next program allowing for a year of small payments monthly and then the ability to continue or trade out or up from a new device after a year.  For more information on the Amazon Fire be sure to check out the Amazon.Com website or AT&T.  

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