The Fire (Phone) has gone out…no longer available
Well, I guess I have a collector’s item now.
Don’t get me wrong…I like collector’s items, and have a number of rarities.
However, it makes me a tad uncomfortable that one of the things on which I rely the most, my daily use SmartPhone, the
now says on the Amazon product page
We don’t know when or if this item will be back in stock.”
I mean, I’m sure it was a gas to own a Tucker 48…but I’m guessing it’s a little hard to find spare parts and an authorized repair shop. 😉
I do like my Fire Phone…not as much as I liked my Galaxy, but it has some cool features.
I’m sure Amazon will continue to support it…but no question that they’ll stop developing for it. We already know they laid off a bunch of techies at Lab126 that worked on it. With something like a SmartPhone, you develop new features partially to attract new customers, not just to service the ones you have. Since there won’t be any new customers, there is less of an incentive to innovate.
It is possible this Fire Phone will come back into stock…but it seems a bit unlikely.
It’s also possible (and Jeff Bezos has indicated it will likely happen) that Amazon develops some other phone…but probably not right away.
I can make a gadget last a long time, but I don’t want to be doing a lot of first aid to what is basically my lifeline to the world.
For example, I drove a car…until it literally fell apart. 🙂 The whole muffler exhaust pipe thing (I’m not a car person, as you can tell) dropped. I took a fan belt, tied it up, and drove like that for maybe another two weeks. This was many, many years ago…I wouldn’t do that now.
I’ll keep counting on the phone for now…but it’s not too early to sort of think about other phones.
I wouldn’t get an iPhone…Apple soured me with what they did with e-books, and I have an iPhone for work. I’ve never liked the iPhone as much as I liked my Galaxy.
Part of that is just familiarity, I know.
If I had to get a phone right now, I’d be looking at a Galaxy again…perhaps the Edge.
What went wrong with the Fire Phone for Amazon, and how does this impact EBRs (E-Book Readers)?
That was about it.
If the Fire Phone had been introduced as a cheap phone, I think it would have done well.
People are always impressed when they see the 3-D effect.
The gestural control, while that sounds gimmicky, is helpful. It makes lot more things one-handed. It takes a little bit to get used to flicking the phone this way and that for different functions, but it works.
Then, of course, there is Mayday…Amazon’s on-screen tech support. That’s a remarkable achievement.
This should be a pretty clear lesson to Amazon: don’t try to be the luxury brand.
That should place downwards price pressure on other gadgets…and we’ve been hearing a rumor about a $50 tablet from Amazon, in time for the holidays.
It’s been just about a year since the last big hardware announcement from Amazon (September 17th last year), and the year before that was the end of the September.
We probably won’t hear about a phone in this year’s big announcement…although I could see the Echo getting some sort of phone capability (either tying into your phone through Bluetooth, but controlled by the Echo, or maybe VOIP…Voice Over Internet Protocol).
There is also the possibility, which hasn’t been talked about much lately, that Amazon introduce a wearable (a watch?) with phone calling. I’ve never liked wearing watches (I carried an old fashioned pocket watch for years). Wristwatches would tend to go wacky on me. I couldn’t figure that out for some time, although there were people who thought it had to do with my “magnetic personality”. 😉 Someone finally made a good suggestion to me: since I’m ambidextrous, I probably tended to bump it into things more…I couldn’t put it on a non-dominant hand.
Yeah, I’d rather not get a SmartWatch.
No real reason why a tablet couldn’t make phone calls, I suppose…my Kindle Fire could do it with an app, but it wasn’t that convenient.
Anyway, it’s the end of a (short-lived and largely non-impactful) era. Unless it’s just out of stock…but I think that’s unlikely.
Keep your fingers crossed that my phone hangs in there! If Amazon did bring out another, fairly inexpensive phone before I had to replace this one, I would honestly consider it…owning this one has not been a bad experience…Samsung was just a better experience. 😉
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