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Amazon Fire Phone Preview: Cool New Peripherals

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So now that Amazon's first ever mobile device is blazing across the, er, internet, and shaking the corridors of Samsung and Apple, you just might want to know what the ado all about. The Fire Phone is a feature-packed so-called "Fire OS" device that's being touted widely as the mobile market game-changer. (Read about the phone's two new tech pieces in it, and full specs here

What makes it special? In one sentence: It is for the shopper and the tech geek alike. For starters, Amazon promises you a powerful performance-phone that can do an "ultra-fast launch" and load times, fast, fluid graphics, high-speed data, and voice support from its 2.2GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU, with Adreno 330 GPU and 2GB of RAM
The Dynamic Perspective tech that's in the Amazon phone 
The Fire Phone features nine bands of LTE, four bands of GSM, five bands of UMTS for better voice coverage, faster data speeds, and international roaming, plus 802.11ac support, Wi-Fi channel bonding, NFC and Bluetooth support.

Amazon will sell the device exclusively on AT&T’s network, starting July 25. A 32GB version of the phone will go for $199, while a 64 GB version of the device will sell for $299, with contracts. The two versions cost $649 and $749 without a contract, respectively. Amazon’s new phone boasts a 13-megapixel camera, unlimited photo storage (because, cloud storage!) and four camera sensors that give its screen an unusual 3D effect.


Experience interactions not possible on other smartphones such as "immersive tilt" (take on a character's viewpoint to see around corners and obstacles in games!), auto-scroll, swivel, and peek to  navigate menus and access shortcuts with one hand are some of its visual functionality.   

Aside from the new, advanced "immersive" technology, super camera, and visual functionality (read full specs and preview here), let's focus on the things that makes the Fire Phone totally a "game-changer" as being touted.

So what's Interesting? 

Fire OS 3.5.0

Fire OS: Android meets could, is what it is. The Fire phone is powered by the latest version of Fire OS, 3.5.0 which is base Android that has cloud functionality. Amazon has integrated Amazon's digital content from Kindle books to movies. 

Fire OS uses a customized user interface designed to prominently promote content available through Amazon services, such as Amazon AppstoreAmazon Instant Video,Amazon MP3, and Kindle Store. Its home screen features a carousel of recently accessed content and apps, with a "favorites shelf" of pinned apps directly below it. Sections are provided for different types of content, such as apps, games, music, audiobooks, and video among others. A search function allows users to search through their local content library or Amazon's stores. Similarly to Android, sliding from the top of the screen exposes quick settings and notifications. 

Your Personal 'Phone Customer' Service!

This is the only smartphone with, hold your phone, customer care, Mayday. Access free, live, on-device tech support in "15 seconds or less." You can even get free, live, on-device video support with an Amazon expert, 24x7, 365 days a year at the touch of a button. You do not have to make appointments. Simply hit the Mayday button in quick actions and an Amazon expert will appear to help you via live video. 

"The tech experts can co-pilot you through any feature by drawing on your screen, walking you through how to do something yourself, or doing it for you—whatever works best. Throughout the process, you’ll be able to see the Amazon expert live on your screen, but they won't see you," says Amazon. 

Amazon Prime

For a limited time, you will get a full year of Prime when you buy a Fire phone. You can "enjoy unlimited streaming and downloads of tens of thousands of popular movies and TV episodes with Prime Instant Video, over one million songs and hundreds of playlists with the all-new Prime Music, over 500,000 books to borrow for free with the Kindle Owners' Lending Library, and FREE Two-Day Shipping on millions of items. 


You can join Amazon Prime by going to Amazone Prime's signup if you're interested. The program offers special benefits for just $99 per year. You can Instantly watch over 40,000 movies and TV episodes, borrow Kindle books, and even get unlimited free two-day shipping (no minimum order size). You can the 30-day free trial offer too, and hey, opt out of you don't like it. 

Interested? You can buy the Fire phone from Amazon here if you think your iPhone needs an upgrade.