After the introduction of its highly successful tablet and e-reader, the Kindle Fire, Amazon has ventured into the smartphone market. The result of its efforts is the Amazon Fire Phone, which was released in July 2014. In order to determine if the Fire Phone is the best choice for you, the following guide offers a comparison to the iPhone 5s.
Region and Carriers
The Amazon Fire Phone is currently based only in the United States. For international use, this means sacrificing significant features such as Amazon Video Streaming. Amazon told other countries such as Britain and Australia to “stay tuned” for a release in their region. But for now, it seems that the full features of the Amazon Fire Phone are only available in the U.S. Additionally, service for the Amazon Fire Phone is currently only available through American phone carrier AT&T. On the other hand, the iPhone 5s and the features that it offers are available in almost any region, and available through any service provider.
The Fire Phone is larger and brighter than the iPhone 5s display. The Fire Phone has a 120 mm display compared to the iPhone 5s’s 100 mm. At 493 nits, the Fire Phone is also brighter than the iPhone 5s, which is highly convenient for outdoor use. The Fire Phone also offers 3D display through a technology that Amazon refers to as Dynamic Perspective. However, the Fire Phone only offers a 1280 x 720 resolution, which is significantly lacking compared to the 1136 x 640 retina display offered by the iPhone 5s.
Processor, RAM, and Battery Life
- The Fire Phone uses the Snapdragon 800 processor, which offers 2.2 GHz. The iPhone 5s uses Apple’s A7 dual core, which offers 1.3 GHz.
- The Fire Phone offers 2 GB of RAM compared to the iPhone 5s’s 1 GB.
- The Fire Phone’s battery lasts 53 percent longer than that of the iPhone 5s.
On the Fire Phone, apps are available exclusively through Amazon’s Appstore, which only features Amazon and some third-party apps. Apps from Google or Apple are not available. On the other hand, the iPhone 5s offers much more versatility. Like its predecessors, the iPhone 5s contains the Apple App Store. This marketplace includes Apple’s apps, as well as apps from Google, Amazon, and various other third parties. In total, the Apple Apps store offers approximately one million apps, compared to Amazon App Store’s 185,000.
The Fire Phone features a 13-MP camera compared to the iPhone’s 8-MP camera.
Firefly and Mayday
Some unique features offered by the Fire Phone are Firefly and Mayday. Mayday is the phone’s built-in tech support feature; if you encounter any difficulties, press the Mayday button, for a one-way video chat with one of Amazon’s customer service representatives.
Firefly is the Fire Phone’s image recognition feature. Hold down the Firefly button, aim the camera at a product, and Amazon will put the product in question into your shopping cart. While the Fire Phone has some features not available on the iPhone 5s, the fact that some of these are only available in the United States means its edge over the iPhone 5s is much narrower for Australian smartphone users. If you want the Amazon Fire Phone, find it online is your best bet.