The Amazon Fire Phone may not be hot to critics, but if Amazon’s site tells the truth, the Fire Phone’s already a success.
Amazon’s Fire Phone wasn’t considered to be very “hot” when it was first released. Despite what we and others may believe, however, consumers are having their say. According to Amazon.com, the Amazon Fire Phone is #1 in the site’s best-selling smartphones competition, with the 32GB Fire Phone being the memory storage version of choice for Amazon’s newest mobile gadget. Following the 32GB Amazon Fire Phone are Samsung’s Galaxy S5 (black and white models), with even Samsung’s Galaxy S4 (Black Mist) finding greater popularity (#6) than LG’s G3 smartphone (#7).
Amazon’s 64GB Fire Phone comes in at #15, slightly behind HTC’s One M8 (#13) and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 coming in at #16. Rounding out the top 20 are Samsung’s Galaxy Mega (White and Black) and other Samsung Galaxy S4 colors (purple for Sprint).
While this shows some promise for Amazon’s new Fire phone, we don’t have any official numbers regarding Amazon sales within the last two months since the Fire phone was first introduced. What we do know, however, is that the Fire phone ranks 3.3. out of 5 stars at Amazon – so the fact that the Fire Phone is ranked #1 at its own website is more of an indication of how few smartphone sales occur at Amazon rather than a tribute to an assumed sales success of the Fire Phone.
The Fire Phone comes with an on-screen parallax motion (similar to Apple’s parallax motion within iOS 7), as well as a neat FireFly feature that allows users to scan products of interest and purchase them within seconds at Amazon.com. The Fire Phone features a 13MP camera with optical image stabilization (OIS), which Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has used to argue that the Fire Phone is better than the iPhone 5s and the Galaxy S5.
If you want to purchase the phone, you can now get the Fire Phone for free with a free one-year Amazon Prime membership, or pay $199 with a two-year contract in the US by way of AT&T. For those who live outside the US, the Fire Phone can be purchased for $649 unlocked from Amazon.com.