Editor's note: This is Troy's first take on the Amazon Fire smartphone. Check back Friday for the full review.
What: Amazon Fire smartphone
Likes: Firefly feature instantly identifies books, other products, allows users to comparison shop on Amazon; Dynamic Perspective feature allows users to access menus and navigate games without using their fingers; includes a complimentary year of Amazon's Prime discount shipping and streaming video service; "carousel" interface makes it easy to go directly to recently received email or frequently used features within particular apps; glass case feels solid; offers twice as much storage as comparably priced iPhones from Apple; display size is ideal compromise between readability and ability to use with one hand; Mayday features offers speedy connection to live technical support.
Dislikes: Relatively heavy. App store selection small compared to other Android devices and the iPhone and lacks many popular apps, including many of Google's popular apps; except for use in games, Dynamic Perspective often feels like a gimmick; Firefly can identify relatively few everyday objects beyond books, and does little besides connect users to Amazon; only available on AT&T.
Specs: 2.2 GHz quad-core processor; 4.7-inch, 1280 x 720 pixel screen; 2.1-megapixel front and 13-megapixel rear cameras.
Price: $200 for 32-gigabyte model, $300 for 64-gigabyte model, both with a two-year contract.