Amazon's Fire Phone is a colossal flop, analytics data indicates

By Shawn Knight
Aug 26, 2014
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  1. As Facebook and Microsoft before it have already found out, breaking into the crowded smartphone market is no easy task. Amazon launched its oft-rumored Fire Phone last month but reviews of the device were lukewarm and sales may be even...

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  2. Ultraman1966

    Ultraman1966 TS Enthusiast Posts: 85   +8

    I cannot fathom why anyone would buy the Fire, I am not a specs ***** but they should have foregone the silly camera tracking and put in a 1080 display panel.
  3. slamscaper

    slamscaper TS Booster Posts: 159   +26

    Not surprised at all. It's a mediocre phone hardware wise and it's missing key software that make smartphones so useful in the first place. It really does seem like Amazon just went through the motions to get this device to the market. They are going to have to put in a heck of a lot more effort than this if they want to make their mark in the insanely crowded mobile world.
  4. Dukenukemx

    Dukenukemx TS Member Posts: 71   +16

    I do not buy phones without a SD Card slot.
  5. fredderf81

    fredderf81 TS Enthusiast Posts: 51   +40

    Well DUH! amazon creates a phone that can only be used on ONE network. then they focus on can the device make as much profit for amazon as possible...its really not a phone as much as it is a portable advertisement for amazon. what do they expect to happen?
  6. "Well DUH! amazon creates a phone that can only be used on ONE network."

    How quickly we forget... When Apple introduced their iPhone several years ago, it was only available on one network - AT&T. While I am not an Apple fan (nor an AT&T fan), I seem to remember that the iPhone sales did quite well during this exclusive carrier agreement period of time.
  7. Wagan8r

    Wagan8r TS Evangelist Posts: 594   +50

    But it was also the only smartphone worth having for the first few years of the smartphone market.
  8. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    If the Fire Phone was running stock Android, I bet it would have sold twice as much. But that wouldn't be enough. Too many gimmicks.
  9. Marty LK

    Marty LK TS Rookie

    You can't just launch a phone with a couple notable features and overlook appearance, style and elegance. By now it should be well known how to do it with Apple as an example. People want more than just a few vague features, they want beauty and technical quality.
  10. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,335   +1,937

    Maybe they should rename it 'Ember', it's not as hot as they hoped it would be. :)
  11. thegroveman

    thegroveman TS Rookie

    Amazon finally let their hubris catch up to them. People didn't buy the Kindle Fire because they wanted a vending machine, it was successful because it was a decent tablet at a great price. This phone is a vending matching masquerading as a premium phone, and has the hubris to tie itself to one network and price itself into the same class as established devices.

    Did Amazon even survey it's customers? "Hey guys, would you give up your iPhone or Android device for a full price phone from us? It'll be even easier to buy stuff!" Seriously, I think the Fire Phone would have failed even if Amazon had mailed them to Prime members for free.

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