A List Of Pros And Cons Of Amazon Fire Phone To Let You Decice If It’s The Right Phone For You
Fire phone has been around for some time and you probably noticed that there are tons of conflicting opinions about it. Some say it’s a flop while others claim it’s a great success and game changer.
We can say that Fire phone has almost as many lovers as haters. Its average rating on Amazon is 3.5/5, which is…well, average.
I’ve been playing with and testing my Fire phone for 4 months now so it’s high time I grouped together all of my impressions, experiences & opinions.
In this article I will show you 14 pros and cons of Fire phone to help you decide whether Fire is the right choice for you. Let’s begin!
Fire Phone Pros: 9 Best Things About Fire Phone
Let’s start from the positive side because I think (as a Fire phone and technology geek) that Fire phone (even though it has some cons) is certainly not a flop.
It has far more pros than cons. Let’s take a look at some of them.
Fire phone is equipped with 4.7″ HD LCD display (1280 x 720 resolution at 315 ppi, 590 cd/m2 brightness,1000:1 contrast ratio). This is certainly one of the greatest advantages of Fire phone.
Even though its parameters are not the best among mobile phones available on the market, the screen is really amazing (one of the best screens I’ve ever looked upon).
The images on the screen are full of colors, bright and clear. It also has great sunlight legibility (you won’t have any problems texting even in direct sunlight) and is covered with Gorilla Glass (so that it’s scratch-resistant).
Design is another strength of Fire phone. Whether the phone is nice-looking or poor-looking is purely a matter of taste, but you cannot say that Fire phone looks cheap or plastic.
Gorilla Glass on its front and back makes your Fire practically scratch-resistant. Even if you don’t use any protective case, your Fire phone will look like new after months of active use (within reason, of course).
What’s more, its rubber edges prevent you from accidentally dropping your Fire (it’s not slippery). If I were to rate the phone’s design, I would give it 10 out of 10 stars.
Amazon has been known for its excellent customer service and with Fire phone you get most of it.
All you have to do is hit the Mayday button and an Amazon expert will appear to assist you.
They will either tell you how you can solve your problem, show you how to do it step by step or solve it for you.
No other mobile phone manufacturer offers equally good customer service.
In the case of Fire phone, its advanced camera system (13 MP camera with auto focus, optical image stabilization, multi-frame HDR, f/2.0 5 element wide aperture lens and LED flash) is certainly one of its biggest pros.
The camera (as well as video recorder) performs really well in pool light conditions even without a flash.
The movies and photos are practically noise-free.
What’s more, you have a dedicated camera button and (sic!) free and unlimited Cloud Drive storage for all photos taken with your Fire phone.
You don’t have to worry about losing your photos or what to delete if you are running out of space because you will never run out of it).
Music And Headphones Rock
Fire phone together with its (tangle-free) Amazon Premium Headphones indeed takes listening to music to a higher level.
Dolby Digital Plus really delivers its promise to provide an exceptional audio experience.
To cut a long story short Fire phone automatically optimizes the audio profile depending on what you are doing (listening to music or watching a TV show), auto-adjusts volume and provides virtual surround sound.
The quality of sound (especially in headphones) is really amazing.
Fire phone battery performs much better in comparison to most Android phones or an iPhone. Its battery will last up to two days without recharging.
In the case of my Fire phone, it lasts for 2 days with WiFi always turned on (but I don’t use the phone very much). If you use the Internet a lot, watch movies and text a lot, your battery will last for about 13 hours.
This is still quite good for a smar phone.
Read: Fire Phone Battery Saving Tips to make the most of your battery.
You won’t find this fun and unique feature in any other smartphone.
Even though it doesn’t add anything special to the phone or its functionality (you can do without it), it certainly improves user experience a lot. It’s fun to see icons move along on the screen as you move your head or hand.
New, Different And Fresh
The majority of critics of Fire phone complain that it’s not like their old Android phone or iPhone. That’s because Fire phone is a completely different and brand-new phone.
Even though Fire OS is based on Android, it’s not Android, so the phone, its features and interface (like home carousel) vary from any other phone you know.
For me that’s a great advantage.
I’m really satisfied with the performance of my Fire phone.
The phone comes with a 2.2. GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor (with 2 GB of RAM) and an Adreno 330 graphics processor.
App launch times are really short and playing even the most demanding games is a great pleasure.
My Fire phone hasn’t frozen even once since I bought it. 10 stars (out of 10) for the performance!
Fire Phone Cons: 5 Worst Things About Fire Phone
Here are 5 things about Fire phone most of its users complain about.
It’s Locked To AT&T
Unfortunately, it doesn’t matter whether you buy Fire phone with or without service plan because it will still be locked to AT&T. This exclusivity (let’s hope it ends soon) is certainly a serious disadvantage of a Fire phone.
At this moment the only way you can use Fire phone with other network carriers is to buy it for full price ($449) directly from Amazon or AT&T and unlock it (read: How To Unlock Fire Phone).
The only good news here is that there are no AT&T apps preinstalled on Fire phone.
Missing Google Apps
As mentioned earlier, the majority of Fire phone haters say it’s a flop because Google apps don’t work on it.
If you are an Android fan and use Google apps on your phone (like Chrome or Google Maps), then it will certainly come as a great disadvantage for you.
However, remember that Fire phone is a completely different phone with its own OS (even though it’s based on Android).
While Android phones are fully integrated with Google apps, Fire phone is integrated with Amazon services, so if you like Amazon and use it a lot, you will love the phone.
No Back Button
No physical back button is one of the most serious Fire phone cons.
If you are used to Android phones, this may come a shock. At first I had a lot of trouble operating my Fire phone, and I didn’t know how to go back in some app or game without leaving it (by hitting home button).
Fortunately, that’s not the end of the world. Most of the Amazon apps have been especially optimized for Fire phone and when you tap somewhere at the bottom of the screen the back option appears.
Alternatively, swiping up the screen (up from the bottom on the left bottom corner of the screen) also lets you go back from apps.
Many people complain that it’s really hard to find and adjust settings of most of the features in Fire phone. That’s true.
I also had some problems with it at first. In Android phones you can usually access settings from the level of the app (e.g. when you are texting, you can also adjust text messaging app settings).
In the case of Fire phone, it’s a bit different. Practically all of the settings (including settings of apps like text messaging) are under Settings (go to quick notifications and tap Settings).
We’ve all get accustomed to emojis and how they help express our feelings and mood while we are texting.
Unfortunately, if you type „:-)” in Fire phone, it won’t turn into a smiley face. I have no idea why it’s that.
UPDATE: Fire phone now has emojis 🙂
Tell Me What You Think
These are the most important Fire phone pros and cons which will let you decide if Fire phone is right for you.
These are mostly my own impressions and observations but I would love to know your thoughts too.
What are the main pros and cons of Fire phone according to you? Why do you think it’s a flop (if you think so)?
Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment box below.