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Amazon Firephone: Amazon enters the Smartphone market with its first device

By Paul Carroll - Tuesday November 04 2014

Mobile Review
Overview | Amazon Firephone: Amazon’s first Smartphone off the pace for image quality | Photo Imaging Results in pictures: Best in well-balanced good light | DxOMark Video Sub-scores
DxOMark Mobile
69

Overview

Amazon has dived head-first into the competitive Smartphone market with its first device — the Amazon Firephone. Offering a 4.7in 1280x720 resolution screen, 2GB RAM Snapdragon 800 chipset, and Amazon’s own Fire OS, the Firephone is available in either 32 or 64GB memory options. Featuring a 13Mp front camera with a 2.2Mp version at the rear, LED flash, and 1080p/30fps video, how well will its image quality compare with the well-established competition? We’ll fill you in with the DxOMark Mobile scores and results.

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Ranked in joint 18th place on the DxOMark Mobile database alongside the HTC ONE M8, image quality on Amazon’s Firephone is behind the latest flagship offerings from Apple, Samsung and Sony

Photo

DxOMark Mobile Photo
68
Exposure and contrast
83
Color
73
Autofocus
52
Texture
67
Noise
69
Artifacts
71
Flash
61

Pros

-  Nice exposure in both low and bright lighting conditions

-  Good preservation of detail when shooting with outdoor lighting

-  Fast autofocus in bright light

Cons

-  White balance is yellow/green on sunny pictures shot outdoors

-  Sharpness is different between the center and the edges of the image

-  Strong flare visible in sunny backlit shots

-  Strong color fringing noticeable

-  Unstable and inaccurate autofocus

-  Strong light attenuation in corners when using  flash

-  Inaccurate White Balance when mixing tungsten and flash light sources

Video

DxOMark Mobile Video
72
Exposure and contrast
80
Color
76
Autofocus
58
Texture
78
Noise
81
Artifacts
73
Stabilization
63

Pros

- Good overall exposure when using static lighting conditions

- Good color rendering in both good and low light conditions

- Nice details with low levels of noise under good lighting conditions

- Effective stabilization for hand-held motion when stationary

Cons

- Autofocus is unstable and inaccurate in lowlight - especially at macro distances

- Noticeable step changes in exposure under varying lighting conditions

- Noticeable step changes in White Balance under varying lighting conditions

- Stabilization not perfect for walking motion, with some changes noticeable