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    Update: That Huawei Watch gave us the jeebies all through the program. Well, glad that's all uploaded. One of the nice things about the current monoform world of slab smartphones is that there are very few moving parts to break. Until, that is, you decide to defy common sense and stick your brand new Galaxy Note 5's S Pen into its silo backwards. That's when life stops getting funny ... and starts getting real. Join us for a debate on whether this is an example of terminal user stupidity or inexcusable design flaw, and then stick around for all the news of the week in mobile technology, ...

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    As Amazon's Fire Phone started reaching its one-year birthday, it was clear the manufacturer was looking to unload old inventory. The smartphone's initially reception had been mixed, to put it nicely, and we failed to see the handset catch on with users in quite the way Amazon wanted. That's led to sale after sale, bringing the phone's price down into a whole different league than the $650 level where we saw the 32GB Fire Phone debut. Last month those discounts reached their lowest point yet, with Amazon selling the unlocked phone for just $160. Today it's doing itself one better, giving ...

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    One year ago, Amazon's first foray into the smartphone business was so full of promise. The Fire Phone had yet to debut, and we were curious to see if the retailer could find the same success with phones as it had with tablets. But as we had the opportunity to start interacting with the phone, putting it through its paces, it quickly became clear that the Fire Phone was an interesting concept, but maybe not one that made sense for a lot of users. We took particular issue with the handset's steep price, and so we've been particularly keyed-in to Fire Phone deals ever since. First the phone ...

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    KitKat? In 2015? And it wasn't already on KitKat? At this point, it's hard to look at the Amazon Fire Phone as much more than on overly ambitious misstep. Amazon saw some good success with its Kindle Fire tablets, and last year the company attempted to parlay that fortune into its first smartphone. With some interesting hardware and a software package that gave users something different from standard Android offerings, the Fire Phone took a bold swing at the market – and totally whiffed. Just because shoppers haven't flocked to the Fire Phone doesn't mean Amazon's abandoning it, and ...

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    Amazon's Fire Phone may not be enjoying the success its manufacturer would like it to, but it's by no means an inherently bad phone. As we posited in our full review, the phone actually possesses a few neat tricks under the hood, and the specs are in line with some of 2014's most powerful flagships. The items held the phone back included the price tag and the lack of a tried-and-true ecosystem, and one of those things is fixed for today thanks to an Amazon Fire Phone UK deal. As part of a Daily Deal (meaning, you won't be able to get in on this discounted price after today ends in the ...

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    There are no two ways about it: Amazon screwed up the Fire Phone's launch. Blame the carrier exclusivity, blame the hardware itself, or blame the higher-than-anticipated price tag – whatever the reason, Amazon took a swing and missed. But in the months since, the company has seems like it might have learned a thing or two from its experience, acknowledging pricing problems, broadening carrier support, and delivering a battery-improving software update. Back around Black Friday we saw Amazon make the Fire Phone available for a steal, slashing pricing to an affordable $200. While that deal ...

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    Amazon entered the smartphone market earlier this year with some big dreams, giving its inaugural Fire Phone some hardware and software that wasn't quite like anything else out there. Unfortunately, higher-than-expected pricing, combined with carrier exclusivity and some regrettable battery life, ended up souring many potential users to the idea of the phone. Still, Amazon's done what it can to try and breathe a little life into the Fire Phone, like that very attractive Black Friday pricing we saw. That trend continues this month as the manufacturer starts sending out a big update to the ...

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    Updated with the HQ audio version of the podcast (download and streaming links) as well as timecodes so you can navigate the whirlwind that is our podcast with ease. As always, thanks for listening, and see you next week! An octagonal Android smartphone, a lawsuit over the term "Milk," and a phone camera that flips up like a deranged pancake. Oh, and luxury smartwatches. (Luxury smartwatch faces, anyway. Illegal ones. Or something.) Companies have waited until the end of the year to spring all the nonsense on us, it seems – and we're lapping it up like the grateful tech hounds we are. ...

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    We knew this day was coming. Ever since we heard of the worrying sales numbers, it was pretty certain to us that a discount was on the way for the phone we called "the right phone at the wrong price" in our full review. That deal is finally now official, the Amazon Fire Phone price cut dropping the device to just $199.99 off contract for the 32GB model. The model at this price has no link to AT&T, not in the branding or anywhere else. It's just a pure, GSM, unlocked smartphone that you can take to almost any carrier in the United States save for Verizon and Sprint. As for whether ...

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    Last week, Amazon shared its most recent financial data with investors, reporting a sizable quarterly loss that was in no way helped out by disappointing Fire Phone sales. In fact, unsold Fire Phone inventory was practically piling up in the company's warehouses, a situation that cost Amazon to the tune of $170 million. Now Amazon's Senior Vice President of Devices David Limp is speaking up about what went wrong with the Fire Phone, and he's come to the same realization it seems like we've been shouting all along: the Fire Phone was priced way too high. As Limp describes it, “I think ...

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    We just got done looking at Microsoft's latest earnings statement, and while the mobile side of things didn't reveal any game-changing success stories, we did see some quite solid growth. Not everyone's faring quite so well, and earlier today Amazon reported a quarterly loss of $437 million. Now some new details about just where it lost money are coming in, and to the surprise of essentially no one, the Fire Phone is a big part of what's dragging the company's finances down. Amazon reports taking a $170 million write-down on the smartphone; as opposed to a write-off, where something is ...

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    I'll admit, I wasn't at all interested in the idea of an Amazon-made smartphone from the start. To date, I've owned two Kindle Fire tablets, and 10 times out of 10, I would recommend a Nexus 7 over anything Kindle Fire-branded. No, that's not my affinity for Nexus and stock Android speaking, and I have nothing against Amazon as a company. In fact, before I purchase anything … ever, I check Amazon's price first. I've been a paying Prime subscriber since 2011. And I regularly fire up the Instant Video app on my 360 when looking for something to watch in the evenings. I like Amazon, and its ...

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    All too often, when we're looking at theories concerning an upcoming smartphone, the rumor narrative sort of falls apart once the handset is finally announced. We may hear a number of competing ideas on what to expect, but at that moment when the one correct version is finally confirmed, what happens to all those now-proven-false rumors? More often than not, they're swiftly forgotten, but that doesn't mean that their mystery is over. Today we check in on one of those old tales, as a new report attempts to shed a little light on Amazon's move into the smartphone game. Long before we had the ...

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    Ever since Amazon launched the Fire Phone a few months back, we've been anxious to learn if the company's first smartphone effort would find success. Going in, we were nervous about what effect its flagship-level pricing and carrier exclusivity would have on sales, and based on the projections we've seen, it doesn't really look like Fire Phone sales have been, well, on fire. But now Amazon may finally be ready to start doing something to turn the phone's fate around, and today we get word not just of an expansion of Fire Phone sales, but a godsend of a price drop. Starting today, the Fire ...

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    It wasn't too long following Amazon's launch of its Fire Phone back in June that we started hearing warnings of underwhelming consumer interest. First we saw what appeared to be a precipitous drop in pre-sale figures, and then later we checked out some survey data that showed Fire Phone interest lagging behind even that for Windows Phone or BlackBerry. But for all this nay-saying, one all-important figure continued to elude us: the actual number of Fire Phones Amazon has managed to sell. The company has yet to release official data, but some new estimates place the number pretty darn low. ...

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    The Amazon Fire Phone is a pretty interesting device, but it comes with the Amazon Appstore instead of the Google Play Store. What if you want some other apps? Because the Fire Phone is based on Android, you're in luck! Just like other Android-powered devices, you can sideload applications right onto the device, but the process looks a little different than you may be used to. Here's how you can sideload apps on the Amazon Fire Phone. Enable Sideloading Head into the Settings by pulling down on the top of the screen and tapping the Settings cog. From there, find Applications & Parental ...

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    When we went hands-on, and gave Amazon's Fire Phone the full review treatment earlier this month, we didn't have many nice things to say about its battery life, rating it as "poor to fair". This rating carries with its own measure of irony since Amazon touts "uncompromised battery life" as one of the selling points of its phone. "You'll definitely want to take a charger with you if you're planning on anything close to heavy use. We haven't once reached 4 hours of screen-on time with the Fire Phone's embedded 2600 mAh battery, and charging it every night has been a non-negotiable ...

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    Updated with time codes, new streaming portals, and links to the high-quality version. Skip past the YouTube embed and download your very own copy of this week's podcast. Enjoy! Thanks to our new Blackphone review devices, we're already halfway off the grid ... or at least, halfway buried under Post-It notes littered with passwords, which is almost the same thing. Before we get too stealthy, though, we're hosting us a little show. Some of you might know it as the mobile technology podcast that's gone 108 episodes without missing a single week (accurate). Others might know it as the last ...

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    Amazon's Fire Phone should have a lot going for it: it was created by one of the biggest retailers in the US, giving it fantastic exposure, it's got some solid hardware and well-executed software features, and the OS  itself is refreshingly pleasant to navigate through. But then crap like the bad battery life, forgettable camera, lack of Google apps, and way-too-ambitious price tag managed to turn us away. Even if we weren't digging the phone, would the average consumer find reason to buy this handset? One month back, we looked at some troubling pre-release sales figures, and now a new ...

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    The long-rumored, long-awaited "Amazon Phone" is finally here, and it's a doozy in more ways than one. Over the past week of testing, we’ve shown you its most fun features and run through its camera capabilities, and we've taken your questions live on the air during a special segment of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast. Now it's time to see how our impressions of the Fire Phone have changed since our first hands-on. As Amazon's own site helpfully reminds buyers, Fire is the only smartphone on the market with "Dynamic Perspective, Firefly, Mayday, and more." It's the only phone that gives ...

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    The Fire Phone is many things to many people: a funky 3D screen; a portal to a Prime membership; a refreshing escape from the normalcy of the typical smartphone world; a gimmick to be disregarded until the next generation – the list goes on. But whatever your personal opinion, the fact remains that as Amazon's first-ever smartphone, the newest Fire is indisputably significant. And part of its significance lies in its camera. The Amazon Fire Phone camera is a 13MP sensor backed up by the usual slew of glowing marketing material on the device's purchase page: it's a "custom-tuned camera ...

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    The Amazon Fire Phone is still a newcomer to our labs, but it's already been reviewed in several publications the world over. The verdict thus far: this might not be the phone you bring home to momma – not yet, anyway. Though we offered some initial impressions on the Fire Phone in the latest episode of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast and in the unboxing video embedded below, our minds are still chewing on the question of whether Amazon's first smartphone deserves to exist. The answer will have to wait for our full review coming (very) soon, but in the interim, we thought we'd whip up ...

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    You might buy a Fire Phone for its sweet Amazon Prime bundle, or for the Firefly feature that makes it even easier to add to your vast piles of material wealth. You might buy it to fiddle with its Dynamic Perspective display or to see just what its optically-stabilized camera can do. You might even buy it just to say that you own Amazon's first smartphone. Or, you might decide not to buy it at all, preferring to play the everlasting waiting game we talk about on the Pocketnow Weekly podcast. Whichever way you go, you'll want to know what the Fire Phone looks like. Humans being the vain ...

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    Update: Due to today's difficulties with Hangouts, the below Hangouts video is not the ideal recording of today's Weekly episode. Instead, we highly recommend the Libsyn-hosted version, edited by our own Jules Wang and available for streaming and download at the links below. Thanks for listening! One of the nice things about hosting your own podcast is that you get to decide exactly what qualifies as "news." Not in the mood to pretend the latest wave of iPhone 6 display-glass leaks fit the description? Well, tweak the filter a little, and suddenly you've got just a small handful of ...

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    Those quotes up there in the title do more than apologize for our unoriginal, lame pun: they acknowledge a truth that's gotta be tough for Amazon to swallow. The company's first smartphone, which we laid hands on last week, has seen mixed reviews in its first wave of press. There are good reasons for that. With a dubious exclusivity deal in place, a boatload of extraneous features masking its not-quite-Android OS, and a price point that's all kinds of wacky, the Fire Phone's utility isn't clear outside its role as a portal to easier, faster Amazon purchases. Factor in the ho-hum ...

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