Our Site Fire Phone Test: After Price Fall A Tip?

Test verdict: What you should know

The fire phone is handy, well processed and fast. After the fall of the prices, it is an alternative to the iphone 5 C or Galaxy A3. But: It runs only with Telecom or Congstar sims. Android users have to live with an unfamiliar operation and low app selection. (According to the test procedure until October 2014 the test score was 2.25.) Best price on the Internet: 77,14 euro * per order this product at Our site good processing high speed very bright screen of interesting 3D effect contra no Google play store unusual user interface works only with Congstar/Telekom-SIM memory not expandable satisfactory test note of Editor 2.75 users rating (of 4 reviews)

Our site fire phone now also without Netlock

 

The price fall of the Our site fire phone goes further instead of about 500 euros, which were due to the sales launch for the phone, start the prices without contract now at 149 euros. Unlike before, the device now also without a contract through Our site for 149 euro is (32 GB version: 199 euro) have this Our site promises to the customers receive free Entsperrcodes. Thus, the device is an interesting alternative for those looking for a quality smartphone at a low price.

Attention, Netlock.

 

So far, all fire-phone models had a hook: thanks to Netlock worked the equipment only with SIM cards of Deutsche Telekom, the daughter of Congstar and some telecom service plans for MobilCom-Debitel. How Our site image confirmed to COMPUTER, also those in the near future get a free unlock code, who have previously purchased the fire phone without contract directly with Our site. Who bought the phone of fire from other retailers or directly from Telekom, can unlock for a fee once 99.50 EUR (or free after 24 months) of the Telekom.

The design

 

Edgy housing, all in black and scratch-resistant Gorilla glass on front and back: with its 4.7 inch display, the fire phone resembles an enlarged iphone 5S. It is not quite as big as a Samsung Galaxy S5 and is also thanks to the rubberized frame, very nicely in your hand. The processing is good, the housing nothing jiggles. In the test lab, more details of construction revealed themselves: the actual Cabinet is made of a plastic shell, the back side of the glass is only pasted on. The battery can be changed not on their own.

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How cool is the 3D control?

A real wow effect should be the 3D control of fire phone: the mobile phone detects its position in relation to the Viewer (dynamic perspective) four cameras on the front page at any time. On the test device, you could virtually walked the Eiffel Tower by tilting the phone or movement of the head in the maps app or invoke special options in some apps. In addition, some games with 3D are installed. And even the lock screen shows the section of a landscape, where you can by slight movement of the mobile phones the trees look around perfectly, to make an impression on others with the new feature. In practice, the dynamic perspective represents but little more than a nice gimmick. Similar effects can be achieved almost as well by normal position sensors in the phone. Only option by tilting the phone to control the entire user interface is innovative. But even apps that consistently exploit that are missing. Above all, the joy of the 3D effect on the lock screen stays that way. With this, you can, after all, impress friends and acquaintances.

Firefly: The know-it-all has some knowledge gaps

 

One of the innovations of the fire phone is Firefly. This function is to quickly identify objects, TV series, numbers, songs, video sequences, packaging and more and then offered for sale at Our site, much like SHAZAM that does with music. So mutate mobile camera and microphone to a kind of sixth sense, especially for Our site shoppers. In the test that not always perfectly worked with the German version: the music recognition ran smoothly, also films were often recognized. Fascinating: Usually the fire phone even realizes what scene on the TV to see is and displays the names of the actors, which can be seen in this scene. But the Galaxy-S5-mini Smartphone to the beats headphones or an imac the fire phone detected by common products either incorrectly or not at all. After all: A pack of Caro coffee and a bottle of Beck s beer easily detected, the local beer brand Hemelinger, however, does not. According to Our site, 100 million items in the Firefly database are to be stored.

The operation

 

The menu interface of the fire phone differs from other smartphones. The basics are simple: about the main screen shows only the large icon each an application. With the swipe of a finger, turning the menu carousel to the next app. The advantage: The main or latest contents are always immediately listed under each symbol, as the last emails, new appointments or photos recently taken. So, you can delete without opening the mail app for example mail. However, the menu structure is quite different from standard Android smartphones, what initially might irritate experienced users. Sadly, lacks the sophisticated usage control for children, which allows complete control of usage time, duration and content on Kindle fire tablets (Freetime).

 

The operation succeeds in liquid, thanks to fast Snapdragon-800 quad processor (2.2 GHz) with Adreno-330 graphics unit and the fire phone with a pace note of 1.24 just barely behind the Galaxy S5 (1.18) is 2 gigabytes of memory. Other smartphones under $300 can not have so fast processors. Innovative: If times what does not work, real experts via the Internet to help are available: button Our site Mayday service establishes a video connection to the customer service.

Our site services incorporated

 

An important purchase argument: All major Our site’s services are built and at the time of purchase, there is a year of Our site Prime (value: 49 Euro) free of charge, including the Our site film library Prime instant video. You can read Kindle ebooks, listen to music from the Our site Cloud. Big plus: all films are included in the flat rate of Prime can be viewed directly on your Smartphone. And later on other devices such as smart TV or Our site fire TV continue watching. This worked very well in the test. In addition, you can individually buy films via download. Who so often uses Our site services around music, film, and ebooks, finds its perfect companion with the fire phone. However, the functions also on popular ios or Android devices via app can use.

Almost every Android application runs, but…

The fire phone is an Android Smartphone like millions of others in the core, and yet completely different, because the Android software runs hidden in the background. Moreover, Our site puts his own fire OS 3.5. The most important difference: there is also no Google maps and no Google play store any apps from Google, so in the normal way. You can get apps officially only in the Our site app store installed or manually downloaded installation files (APK). This is a disadvantage, because even though the Our site app store is well stocked, not all apps from the Google play store are also there to have. The Snapchat popular with teenagers about missing, although it is in Googles to find normal Android store. Apparently, some developers forget to set their apps also at Our site. In some cases the apps must be also customized to remove Google services such as Google maps. For this, the fire phone is perfectly prepared as for Prime customers free instant video, Our site’s MP3-cloud and Kindle ebooks on Our site services. And of course, there is its own maps app.

Google apps via hack?

 

Although succeeded some software makers, to get the Google app store on fire phone up and running. But to an older firmware version and then a modified firmware with extensive access rights (root) must be played first. Here not only the guarantee will play the flute, but many pre-installed services no longer function.

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And how good is the technology?

 

Good, but not record breaking. So the screen only the small HD resolution (1280 x 720 pixels), while in sharp smartphones already has a full-HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) or are finding even a QHD display (1440 x 2560 pixels) in the LG G3. However, one must admit: the sharpness of 313 ppi completely adequate for the 4.7-inch screen of the phone of fire, is approximately at the level of the iphone 5 S or S5 Galaxy mini. At most the contrast could be better. But more importantly: The display shows great colors and about 610 cd/m2 of one of the brightest mobile screens. This is important especially for buyers of Kindle ebooks: in the Sun you can see also on the fire-phone display slightly although the readability of special ebook readers like the Kindle Paperwhite 2 without colour display is not obtained. The sound test the headphones in the laboratory, there was a shock: it is too loud, exceeds the standard limit of 100 db, which causes hearing damage at maximum volume in the maximum. For fast Internet Wi-Fi-ac and LTE are built-in, so the fastest, what is there currently. The battery life is average with over eleven hours.

The camera in the test

 

Back a 13-megapixel camera is installed, the normal front camera has a resolution of 1.92 megapixels. Practical: When the monitor is switched off, a pressure on the Firefly button enough and a few moments later the camera is ready for the first photo. During daylight hours the fire phone takes pretty good pictures, the photos are however hardly usable in low light. In the lab, there was even more reason to the bleating: the 13-mega pixel camera makes ordinary, but not Super photos in the middle of schaerft, blurred at the edges and very noisy in low light and spotty. After all: The optional HDR function works well, allowing a better illumination of scenes with lens (see Photo Gallery). Special Note: For photos shot with the fire phone and video Our site provides unlimited disk space on its cloud servers via auto backup.

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Worth the purchase?

 

Thanks to the price drop to less than 200 euros, the fire phone the cheapest way is to get a Smartphone with high quality hardware such as the Snapdragon CPU 800. Mini also in comparison to other handy upper-class Smartphones such as around the Galaxy S5 is the Our site fire phone cheaper. However this only applies if you use already a plan at Telekom, Congstar or a Telecom tariff for MobilCom Debitel. A new Telecom contract not worth it, because now even without a discount price is very cheap.

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Conclusion: Our site fire phone
Anyone looking for a handy, well processed and fast Smartphone, you should take a look at the fire phone. After the dramatic price reduction, the fire phone is an interesting alternative to the Samsung Galaxy S5 mini or the iphone 5C. This applies however only has a fare of the Telekom or Congstar or newly bought the device without Netlock at Our site. The test Our site’s debut had no real weaknesses, but also no Highflyers qualities. The fire phone especially for users of Our site Prime services like instant video is interesting. Who has used so far an another Android Smartphone, have to swallow two toads: you must adjust the operation. And there are fewer apps due to lack of Google play store, the popular among teens Snapchat about is missing. And due to the lack of success of the fire phone that might change so rapidly.

Test verdict: What you should know

The fire phone is handy, well processed and fast. After the fall of the prices, it is an alternative to the iphone 5 C or Galaxy A3. But: It runs only with Telecom or Congstar sims. Android users have to live with an unfamiliar operation and low app selection. (According to the test procedure until October 2014 the test score was 2.25.) Best price on the Internet: 77,14 euro * per order this product at Our site good processing high speed very bright screen of interesting 3D effect contra no Google play store unusual user interface works only with Congstar/Telekom-SIM memory not expandable satisfactory test note of Editor 2.75 users rating (of 4 reviews).