Review: Fire phone, an improvement on the familiar

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 23, 2014 at 10:53 am •  Published: July 23, 2014
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NEW YORK (AP) — Many of the Amazon Fire phone's features are twists on apps and concepts tried in other devices.

But in a number of cases, Amazon's technology is more comprehensive and reliable, showing that innovation is often about rethinking old ideas.

— Beyond the apps.

On iPhones and Android devices, each icon takes you to a different app. The Fire and Windows phones break away from that and offer direct links to content as well. In Amazon's case, that's a book you just read or a video you just watched.

Windows icons also give you a preview of new messages and notifications, so you can decide whether the app's worth opening. The Fire does better in letting you interact with the message and see more of it right from the home screen.

Windows makes you customize the home screen yourself, which gives you more control but takes time. The Fire does all this automatically, based on recent apps and content, though you can choose to pin items you use often.

— Automatic scrolling with a tilt.

Samsung offers this feature on its Galaxy phones. Just tilt your phone or your head to scroll text when you're reading a long article on a Web browser. Samsung uses motion sensors and a small camera to do that.

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