Unlimited media subscriptions are all the rage these days, so it was probably inevitable that Amazon would eventually attempt to broaden its grip on the market. Expanding beyond movies and TV shows, the company today announced Kindle Unlimited, a $9.99 a month service which gives customers unlimited access to over 600,000 eBooks. (more…)
On the day that Amazon announced the Fire Phone, we opened up a thread for you all to weigh in with your immediate thoughts. Some of the shorter reactions included “Junk!” and “Hot garbage,” “Overpriced,” “Poop,” and “D.O.A.” Another said “It’s basically an Android phone with everything we love about Android removed and replaced with gimmicky garbage.” Others dropped lists of issues they had with the phone like, “overpriced, over customized, and shouldn’t be restricted to one carrier.”
We, of course, pointed out what we consider to be the biggest flaw pulled straight from the Fire Phone’s Amazon listing, which showed that zero Google apps are included or available to it. I think it is safe to say that the DL community is not exactly excited about Amazon’s first phone. (more…)
In comparison to other platforms, Android has a lot of apps – over 1 million, in fact – but the catalog is far from complete. A few high-profile omissions have made the parity gap painfully perceptible, small as it is. However, according to one report, partial assuagement may be just around the corner. Amazon Marketing Director Russell Morris reportedly told PC Advisor that Amazon Instant Video, a long-awaited app, is due for “imminent” arrival on Android. (more…)
For today and tomorrow only, Amazon is hosting a massive app sale (more like app giveaway) through the Amazon Appstore. As of right now, the value of the free apps totals a little over $100, with a few of the titles being pretty popular.
To list only a few games, since there is a serious list of apps available for free, Amazon currently has Sonic the Hedgehog 2, The Room Two (Kindle edition), Root Explorer, Ravensword: Shadowland, Loco Motors, Splashtop Remote Desktop, Plex, and many others all listed as free. (more…)
Amazon is hosting one of their regular flash memory sales today, where they have slashed prices on micro SD cards, regular SD cards, and flash drives by up to 70% off. Sony is featured in today’s deal, which is a little different than normal, since we typically just see SanDisk and Samsung.
So you can grab 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB Class 10 UHS-1 cards $8.99, $15.99, and $32.99, respectively. Those are insanely low prices.
The Amazon Fire Phone will be talked about for the rest of the day ad nauseam. From “top 5 features” lists to people referring to it as the “world’s most exciting phone,” there will be plenty to take in with regard to Amazon’s first attempt at a smartphone. There are things to like and loathe, others to debate about, but one thing is clear – this is an Amazon product through and through. (more…)
Amazon has officially unveiled its first phone, the Fire Phone. The device sports decent specs (4.7-inch HD display, 2.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm processor, 2GB RAM, 13MP OIS camera, etc.) and runs $199 or $299 on-contract with AT&T (exclusively) depending on how much storage you jump at. It launches July 25 and can be pre-ordered already.
The Fire Phone relies on features like “Dynamic Perspective” to stand out from the crowd, which is a 3D-like experience that utilizes front facing cameras to follow your every head-move. There is a feature called Firefly that can take text, audio, or video and present you with results for it on the phone, in hopes that you will buy them, more than likely. It uses Mayday for live support like Amazon’s tablets do, forces you into Amazon’s ecosystem, and even includes 12 months of Prime for free should you buy one.
But is it all just one giant gimmick to get you to buy more stuff from Amazon? The phone doesn’t scream “high-end” by today’s standards if you look at the specs, unless you consider a 4-camera 3D trick to be high-end. The price is insanely high if you compare it to what true Android or iOS devices have to offer (like the HTC One (M8), Galaxy S5, or iPhone 5s). The Amazon ecosystem isn’t great by any means in terms of apps or music. So what’s the play here? Why would you want one?
It’s time to sound off in the comments. (more…)
If you are interested in Amazon’s new Fire Phone, you can pre-order starting right now.
You can buy the phone with 32GB or 64GB of storage. The 32GB model runs $199 on 2-year contract or $649 at full retail. The 64GB model is $299 on 2-year contract or $749 at full retail. Keep in mind that the phone is an exclusive to AT&T.