Amazon just released its first smart phone called
News 8's Martha Koloski has the review from Consumer
Consumer Reports has an early version of the Amazon
and can tell us whether it's worth considering a switch.
That's today's On Your Side.
I've been on this earth for nine years and I've never
seen anything like it." In its commercial for the
Fire, Amazon boasts that the phone comes with free
Amazon Prime for a year, which includes some free
two-day shipping and unlimited streaming music and
But as Consumer Reports starts checking out the Fire
in the labs, its tech geeks are excited about some
of the phone's other features.
Mike Gikas, "Overall, this is really a cool phone
beginning with dynamic perspective which gives the
phone a 3D look.
And Firefly, which helps you identify objects in front
of you by scanning them.
It can even identify music and movies by listening
to them." But how well do all the phone's features
actually work? "I found the hands-free gesture feature
a bit clunky.
It didn't always work.
And Firefly sometimes had trouble identifying movies,
songs and objects in front of it." Another feature
of the Fire is called Mayday, which is free video
tech support with live people.
"Thank you for contacting Amazon, my name is Elaine
" They can access your phone and fix problems or
change settings while you watch.
So, is all this new technology worth switching over?
Mike Gikas, "Bottom line, this is a really fun phone
with a lot of unique features.
But some people won't like the fact that it can't
run popular Google apps like YouTube or Gmail." You
can get more information on Consumer Reports' first
impressions of the Fire phone on our website.
Consumer Reports is beginning its in-depth testing
for features like sound and camera quality, plus battery
I'm Martha Koloski and that's today's on Your Side.