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Fire Phone

An Android smartphone from Amazon.com that never took off in the market. Debuting in July 2014, the Fire was no longer available from Amazon a year later, although refurbished units have been available from third parties. A physical Firefly button scans book covers, album covers, QR barcodes and works of art and delivers information about the objects and their availability on Amazon.com. Firefly can also identify music, movies and TV shows and offer up the item for purchase. For novices, Mayday delivers video chat tech support, and the rep can annotate the user's phone in real time.

Also included is unlimited Amazon cloud storage for photos taken with the Fire's 13-megapixel camera. The phone can be autoscrolled by tilting it, and flipping the device renders an auxiliary screen with more menus and functions for the app in use. Like the Kindle Fire tablets, all apps come from Amazon's app store. See Kindle Fire.




3D Dynamic Perspective
The Fire's four front-facing cameras create a 3D perspective as the phone is angled. In this maps app example, the building seems to pop out of the screen. (Image courtesy of Amazon.com)






Kindle Fire

An Android tablet from Amazon.com that includes a built-in portal to Amazon's vast collection of music, videos, e-books and merchandise. It debuted in 2011 with a 7" screen at USD $199; considerably less costly than other tablets at the time. The Fire uses Amazon's Silk Web browser, which shares processing with the server to make page retrieval faster. See Android and AOSP.

Kindle Fire users must download their apps from Amazon, and software publishers must distribute their apps to Amazon separate and apart from their distribution on Google's online store (see Google Play).

Kindle Fire HD and HDX
In 2012, the wider, lighter and thinner Kindle Fire HD increased screen resolution from 1024x600 to 1280x800 pixels. The Fire HD is faster and has dual speakers rather than one.

In 2013, the Fire HDX increased battery life and resolution to 1920x1200 pixels, boosting the pixel density from 216 to 323 ppi.

Kindle Fire Vs. Kindle E-Book Reader
Like all tablet computers, the Fire's battery life is measured in hours, whereas battery life on the Kindle e-book readers is measured in days and weeks due to its monochrome E Ink screen. In addition, the Kindle reader can be viewed in direct sunlight. However, the Fire's color images make it an excellent e-reader for young children, and as long as battery and glare are not issues, the Fire is an all-in-one tablet, e-reader and Amazon shopping portal. See Kindle and Fire TV.




The Kindle Fire
The Fire is a unique Android tablet, because it offers the user a quick way to choose from the vast array of media and products from Amazon.com. (Image courtesy of Amazon.com)






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