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Amazon Fire Phone vs Samsung Galaxy S5; specs, price and features compared

Amazon has put all his stake on the new 3D smartphone called Amazon Fire Phone. We have expected a smartphone from the Kindle Fire tablet-maker as well as the Amazon Fire TV set-top box maker. By entering lately to the already boomed smartphone market, Amazon Fire Phone will directly compete with Samsung’s Galaxy S5 along with Apple iPhone 5s. In this article, let’s compare Amazon Fire Phone vs Samsung Galaxy S5, considering the specifications, software, price and many more features.fire-phone-vs-galaxy-s5

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Both the smartphones are running on Google’s Android operating system and Samsung used a fairly original version of Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware with their own user interface, while Amazon has gone one step ahead and highly modified the Android software and renamed it as Fire OS. Fire Phone comes with the latest Fire OS 3.5, which looks more like Apple OS with user-friendly tiles and icons more than Android.

Galaxy S5 vs Fire Phone: Comparison of exclusive features

Samsung Galaxy S5: Samsung’s flagship features S Health fitness tracking feature that works as a pedometer and the in-built sensor tracks the heart rate of the user. Samsung has gone more health conscious and added support to its own fitness band as well as smartwatch; Samsung Gear Fit and Gear 2. Ultra Power Saving Mode introduced by Samsung significantly help users to save battery life by disabling many battery-run features and turning the screen into a monochrome display. This helps the users to keep running the handset in last minutes of the battery draining. With IP67 certificate, Samsung Galaxy S5 has become a water and dust resistant device.

Amazon Fire Phone: Amazon’s first handset runs on Fire OS, same forked version of Android operating system that has been implemented on its latest tablets, except the dedicated UI for smartphone. The e-commerce giant has added some new hardware features as well, like a dedicated side-button for Firefly to recognize songs, phone numbers, websites, TV shows, movies and email addresses just by pointing to it or through voice sensors. Amazon called the glass-less 3D display tech as Dynamic Perspective, which brings out a unique gesture and menu navigation based-on dedicated front cameras and motion-recognition sensors. Amazon inserted its exclusive Mayday button to contact their technical support with a video chat. If you buy an Amazon Fire Phone, you will get a year of Amazon Prime premium membership as well.

Galaxy S5 vs Fire Phone: Specifications comparison

Amazon Fire Phone Samsung Galaxy S5
Dimensions and Weight: 139.2 x 66.5 x 8.9 mm, 160 grams 142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm, 145 grams
Display: 4.7-inch IPS LCD screen with 720×1280 resolution (321ppi density), Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on front and back. 5.1-inch Super AMOLED screen with 1080×1920 resolution (432ppi density), Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on front.
Performance: 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor with 2GB RAM, Adreno 330 GPU. 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor with 2GB RAM, Adreno 330 GPU.
Storage Options: 32GB/64GB without microSD support. 16GB/32GB with microSD support up to 128GB.
Camera: 13 MP primary camera, 2.1MP secondary camera, 4128 x 3096 pixels, optical image stabilization, autofocus, LED flash, 1080p@30fps 16 MP primary camera, 2MP secondary camera , 5312 x 2988 pixels, phase detection autofocus, LED flash, 2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, 720p@120fps, HDR, video stabilization, dual-video recording.
Connectivity: HSPA+, LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, NFC, Bluetooth 3.0, MicroUSB 2.0 HSDPA, 42.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE, Cat4, 50 Mbps UPLINK, 150 Mbps DOWNLINK,  Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, MicroUSB 3.0, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0
Battery: Non-removable 2400mAh battery with 22 hours of talktime. 2800mAh battery with 21 hours of talktime.
Price: 32GB for $199, 64GB for $299 on AT&T contract. Available for $99-$149 with contract$599-699 for unlocked version

Now that Samsung is making some news through its 10 million-mark achievement on Galaxy S5 sales, it might have made enough sales to cover the company’s production and marketing costs with some profit. Samsung Galaxy S5 has better specifications than Amazon Smartphone, but Amazon already has a huge customer-base and marketing knowledge. With the new shopping features and Dynamic Perspective 3D interface, Will Amazon create history in smartphone market. If it sells millions or not, every single phone get sold will help Amazon to sell some stuffs in its online mega store.

You should know that Amazon smartphone can make calls, texts, video chats along with the other unique features. Camera, Processor and other hardware specifications still lags behind many high-end smartphones in the market like HTC One, Apple iPhone 5s and recently launched LG G3.

Well the company launched the phone finally, shall we start counting days for Amazon smartwatch? If it finds a “gateway” to its online store in wearables, then we can see the rumors and speculations, very soon.

About John W Arthur

John is the head of our IT Security team and he writes about Security, IT news on The Next Digit. He was the Employee of the Year 2013 for his selfless support and efficiently setting up the whole security infrastructure. He also occasionally writes on "IT Sec Pro" Print Media of Sweden. All posts by John

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