Hands-On With The Amazon Fire Phone

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Hands-On With The Amazon Fire Phone

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Here's one of the lock screens that takes advantage of "Dynamic Perspective." Moving your head lets you see different parts of the 3D scene.

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Here's the home screen. The "Recency Carousel" shows what you've been using, along with suggestions for related apps or a widget with useful info from the app.

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There are tilt-based gestures integrated throughout the Fire Phone's OS. A flick brings up the quick actions menu, which includes Mayday.

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A flick to the left brings shortcuts to common features, mostly focused on content.

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A further tilt shows descriptions.

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A flick to the right brings up contextual items within an app, like your recently received attachments in the email app.

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Firefly has a dedicated button on the side, and detects most products instantly.

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Tapping on the product description brings up all the ways you can pay for it through Amazon or other apps using the Firefly SDK.

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It can even recognize multiple products at once, even when one is partially obscuring another.

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When you scan something that isn't a product, it saves any useful info it can, like phone numbers or addresses.

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Firefly can also listen to music and video content as it plays, with the ability to recognize roughly a quarter of a million movies and millions of songs.

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Everything you scan is saved in a shopping cart-like list. Amazon says this isn't just for shopping, but it mostly is.

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The settings interface isn't the most intuitive. Tapping a setting name shows the description, and tapping the description shows the actual setting.

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A long press on the home button brings up voice commands, which are currently limited to placing calls or sending texts.

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Watching videos from Amazon Prime is just like on the Fire tablets. A tilt brings up X-Ray, showing information from IMDB.

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The Appstore offers what's available on the existing Fire store as well as apps built using the phone's new SDKs.

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Amazon touted the brightness of the screen during its presentation, though we couldn't really tell the difference from an iPhone with both cranked up.

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