Major Differences Between The Amazon Fire, Apple iPhone 6 And Samsung Galaxy S5
Amazon unveiled its highly-anticipated Fire smartphone on Wednesday. The Fire comes equipped with four front-facing 3D cameras that help enable its dynamic perspective head-tracking features. Upon seeing how it works, we're impressed.
The applications for this technology should be endless, from 3D product views while shopping to a cool mobile version of the hit game Fez We're at a new apex in mobile where 3D cameras could become the new standard.
That said, we took an closer look at these phones to see how the similarities match up.
Mobile Phone Specs: Amazon Fire Phone, iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy S5
Keep in mind that the information listed for the iPhone 6 is pure speculation from the most reputable sites and questionable images found on the Internet. We start with screen sizes: Fire 4.7", iPhone 6 4.7" & 5.5" and Galaxy S5 5.1". All very similar in size with the largest being the iPhone 6 and S5.
What everyone wants to know is how good their selfies look on their phones, so resolution is important. Fire displays at 1280x720, iPhone 6 is speculated at 1704x960 and the Galaxy S5 at 2560x1440. Fire comes in last, as bigger is always sharper in this category.
How big are these phones from looking at the images? They all look similar in size. Your eyes aren't playing tricks on you, as the difference is minimal; Fire 5.5" x 2.6" x 0.35", iPhone 6 5.43" x 2.63" x 0.275", Galaxy S5 5.59" x 2.85" x 0.31".
No one wants to carry a brick in their pocket. It raises the question if these phones are worth their weight in tech. You'll hardly notice the difference in weight unless your hand is as sensitive as a digital scale. The Fire weighs 5.64 ounces, the iPhone 6 weight is undetermined and the Galaxy S5 is 5.11 ounces.
A smartphone's OS can be a deal breaker for a lot of mobile users, so is there a difference in their ease of use? Fire OS 3.5.0 is a customized Android OS. It features cloud services, a content-forward user interface, built-in media libraries, productivity apps and platform enhancements to integrate Amazon's digital content and improve performance.
We can say with utmost certainty that the iPhone 6 will run on iOS 8. Announced earlier at this year's WWDC, the new OS promises cross device editing and viewing of photos, communication between health and fitness apps with your trainer and even your doctor. In addition, it'll sport new keyboard options, ways to share content via iCloud and new features for Touch ID.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 features Android KitKat (4.4), the sweetest Android OS currently available. KitKat brings a new and lighter color scheme to Android, with flatter icons and a redesigned home screen that incorporates Google Now. An apps notification bar at the top of the screen is transparent. The Immersive mMode hides this bar and any software keys to let you view content full-screen. Improved features include wireless payment support through HCE (host card emulation), support for low-powered sensors such as pedometers and optimizations to help the OS run on devices with as little as 512MB of RAM. On that same token, apps running Kitkat shouldn't break with Fire's 2 GB RAM.
The number of apps you can have open and multitask with is a question best answered by the processor. Amazon's Fire phone sets things ablaze with a 2.2GHz quad-core processor, Apple's iPhone 6 will reportedly utilize a 20-nanometer A8 chip from TSMC that will be both smaller and more energy efficient. Samsung's new Galaxy S5, meanwhile, has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor that sets the bar even higher with the ability to display 4K video content.
Battery Life is a very important in determining which phone is best for you. On average, we spend over three hours a day on our smartphones.
Having a phone that can go the distance is important. Amazon says that the Fire has up to 22 hours of talk time, the iPhone 6 remains undetermined and the Galaxy S5 also includes 22 hours of talk time.
Storage Space is quickly becoming less important with the introduction of the cloud. Fire has two options: 32GB, 64GB. The iPhone 6 remains TBD and Galaxy S5 gives you plenty of varieties, including 16GB and 32GB + microSD slot (up to 128GB).
Cameras are all the rave if you want to capture the moment with the best quality. Fire offers 13MP rear and 2.1MP up front. Apple's iPhone 6 is still undetermined, and Galaxy S5 has 16MP rear and 2MP front cameras.
We saved price for last. You want to make sure you get your money's worth. The Fire sells for $199 (32GB) and $299.99 (64GB) under contract, and $649 (32Gb, unlocked). iPhone 6 is up in the air but we expect similar prices comparable to previously released Apple phones. Finally, the Galaxy S5 is $199.99 (AT&T, US Cellular, Verizon) $648 (Sprint), $660 (T-Mobile), $649 (MetroPCS).
There's a lot to think about when purchasing a new phone. Hopefully we've shed some light on the differences between the three with the information available. We welcome your insight as these are exciting times for smartphones. Join the evolution and leave a comment below.