Leo finally got his Amazon Fire phone, after only receiving the phone's box last weekend from AT&T. If you had ordered it the day it came out, you could have gotten it on Thursday, which is a day earlier than originally scheduled. If you've used the Amazon Fire tablet, then you'll already be familiar with the phone's interface. It's very Amazon specific. It has a few interesting things, like a dedicated camera button. If you press and hold the button, little fireflies will appear on the screen, and will look for things to recognize -- movies, TV shows, objects you may want to buy through Amazon, etc. It works pretty well, and of course the idea behind these features is to bring you back to Amazon for everything.
Another interesting aspect of the Fire phone is 'Dynamic Perspective.' The phone has four cameras on the front of it, which allow it to shift the perspective of what's on the screen depending on how you're looking at it. Leo calls this a gimmick, and it doesn't have any huge value. There are some games designed to use this, however.
The Fire phone has a 4.7 inch display, and its design mimics the iPhone's black rectangular look. It looks like it has a glass back, like the iPhone 4S, but it's actually a plastic back. It's exactly like all of the other high end smartphones, and it's priced the same as well. The disadvantage is that it's AT&T only. It's Android based, but it's heavily modified by Amazon. Leo says it would have been a great phone if they had stuck with Android, and just had some Amazon features on top of it. In fact, it's missing all of Google's apps. There's no Google Play store, either -- you must use Amazon's store, which has roughly an eighth of the apps the regular Play store has. It reminds Leo of Windows Phone, which is cool, but kind of a dead end road off of the mainstream of iOS and Android.
Leo doesn't recommend buying this phone. It's complicated, and it costs just the same as an iPhone or top-of-the-line Android phone.