In case you don’t follow tech news and you might be considering buying the relatively new Amazon Fire phone which is now discounted down to $0.99 cents, DON’T DO IT! While this may seem like an incredible bargain for a new phone, there is a big catch – the phone sucks ass.
Sure, it is discounted down to a mere one dollar, but that is only if you sign up for a plan, which will cost you a minimum of $60 per month. You might think even that isn’t too bad, but it is. And if you’re the type of person trying to save money, then avoid this phone at all costs.
Lets take a look at the reasons why the Amazon Fire Phone sucks.
1. Expensive 2 Year Contract
If you want to use the Fire Phone it can only be on the AT&T network using one of their plans. So if you sign-up for a two year contract to get the 99 cent price of the phone, you’re locked into paying a minimum of $60 per month for unlimited talk & text, plus 300MB data… ugh, hardly a frugal option, especially compared to the many cheap mobile phone plans out there.
2. Costs $450 with No Contract
So perhaps you think that you’ll just opt out of the two year contract and buy the phone to avoid the high monthly rate, right? Not so fast sucker, the phone itself without a contract will gouge you of $450 smackers for something that is the equivalent of a third world generic feature phone. You could buy a Motorola Moto E for less than $100 and it’d blow the Fire Phone out of the water.
3. Only Works with AT&T
As mentioned it only works on the AT&T network which we all know is evil, so what’s the point. Forget about trying to use the phone on Sprint or T-Mobile, let alone any kind of MVNO like Republic Wireless or Ting for example.
4. 3D Feature is Useless Gimmick
One of the technologies which was promoted for the Fire Phone was its use of 3D technology in its user interface. However, many customers who did buy the phone reported that the 3D was just an annoying distraction and didn’t actually add to the enjoyment or usefulness of the phone.
5. Amazon App Store is Desolate Wasteland
So basically the Fire Phone runs off the Android operating system, yet it has decided to only make apps available that come exclusively from the Amazon app store. Of course, since this is a relatively new market for them the amount of apps is miniscule in comparison to the Google Play App store or iPhone app store. You would think that since they use the Android operating system, they’d enable the ability to access the Google Play store.
6. Clunky User Interface
Many customers who bought the phone have reported that the user interface was clunky and unresponsive, causing a lot frustration.
7. Amazon Advertising in Your Pocket
Typically if you’re trying to sell something that people actually want, a business needs to provide some kind of value proposition – you know, something that makes a customer’s life better. Well, this product did the opposite of that. Rather than catering to needs of customers, they created a product that catered to the needs of the Amazon business model.
Anyone who has taken a look at this phone can clearly see that its purpose is to get you to buy more crap (on Amazon) that you don’t need, with money you don’t have, to impress people you don’t like.
Hopefully none of my readers have bought into this lemon of a phone, but if you’ve been so unfortunate, please let us know what you think of it in the comments below. Am I off base with these critiques or is it any good at all?