This is our Amazon Wireless Review. To get to the official Amazon Wireless site, click below:
Amazon has just rolled out a new website, Amazon Wireless! So of course we need to post an Amazon Wireless Review!
Amazon Wireless offers cell phones, service plans, easy rebate redemption, comparison shopping features, and free two day shipping. Amazon has offered cell phones for a long time, but this is the first time they’ve moved into the space so forcefully.
As of right now, there are three providers integrated with Amazon Wireless: Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T. More, including Sprint, should be added before too long.
“We have taken our eight years’ experience selling cell phones to create a new site that makes a potentially confusing transaction much easier for customers,” said Paul Ryder, vice president of consumer electronics for Amazon.com.
Amazon Wireless Review – Mobile Phones
I figured I would take a minute and review some of the top phones on Amazon Wireless. You may notice some from the commercials. Others you might not have heard of…
Samsung Captivate Android Phone
The Samsung Captivate Android Phone brings a fully integrated entertainment, messaging and social networking experience to your mobile phone, thanks to its open and innovative Android 2.1 platform. You’ll be able to zip through the Web and multitask between a bevy of apps with the Captivate’s 1 GHz processor and ultra-fast 7.2 Mbps 3G connectivity.
With integrated Google technology, the Samsung Captivate brings one-touch access to the popular Google mobile services millions use every day, including Google Search by voice, Google Maps with Street View, GTalk instant messaging (with presence capabilities), YouTube, and Picasa. The Captivate also provides easy access to both personal and corporate e-mail, calendars, and contacts supported by Exchange Server and Gmail. And through Android Market, you’ll get access to thousands of useful applications, widgets and fun games to download and install on your phone, with many more apps being added every day.
Blackberry Torch 9800
The BlackBerry Torch 9800 is the first smartphone to feature the highly anticipated BlackBerry 6 OS, the BlackBerry Torch offers a unique design that features a hi-resolution touchscreen display, slide-down full QWERTY keyboard, and optical trackpad. Packed with business tools as well as socially connected apps, the Torch also provides a desktop-like browsing experience via its 3.2-inch touchscreen, which enables you to navigate quickly through full-page views, multitask with tabbed browsing, and see the details with Pinch to Zoom.
The Blackberry Torch’s intuitive new BlackBerry 6 OS includes a rich graphical interface and new touch menus for quick access to your next action or needed application. It includes a set of pre-loaded apps to get you started, including Bloomberg, ESPN, The Weather Channel, and Slacker Radio content in addition to Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and more. It also includes Universal Search, group messaging for collaboration, and AT&T’s Web Video Search–a unique new app that searches video content from over 70 major Internet video Web sites.
HTC Aria Android Phone
The HTC Aria Android Phone is pocket-sized and packing the power of the Android 2.1 platform, the HTC Aria mobile smartphone for offers a combination of fast 3G speeds, a responsive capacitive touchscreen display and an optical joystick help you stay in touch on Facebook, Google Talk, Flickr, and more while on the go.
Offering an amazingly comfortable design, the HTC Aria weighs less than 4 ounces and measures less than a half-inch thin. The 3.2-inch display is complemented by a seven-panel home screen that provides plenty of screen real estate for apps and widgets.
HTC Droid Incredible Android
The HTC Droid Incredible is a super-sleek phone that’s less than a half-inch thick, yet it packs powerful components such as a 1 GHz processor, 8-megapixel camera, and a large high-resolution screen. Featuring the Android OS by Google, the HTC Droid Incredible provides easy access to all your social networks, websites, and thousands of applications.
The HTC Droid Incredible features a racecar-inspired body design that measures just 4.63 x 2.3 x 0.47 inches, making it easy to slip into your pocket. A large, 3.7-inch HD screen with 480×800 resolution graces the front of the device. The responsive SLCD touch screen features rich colors and easy use.
With a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, 512 MB of RAM, and 8 GB of internal flash memory, the Droid Incredible delivers incredible performance, letting you run multiple applications without hiccups. The phone supports Bluetooth version 2.1 + Enahnced Data Rate (EDR) so you can easily connect a hands-free headset, and a speakerphone feature is available as well.
Samsung Fascinate Android Phone
The Samsung Fascinate brings a fully integrated entertainment, messaging, and social networking experience to your mobile phone, thanks to the increasingly popular Android 2.1 platform. You’ll be able to zip through the Web and multitask between a apps with the Fascinate’s 1 GHz processor and ultra-fast 7.2 Mbps 3G connectivity.
With integrated Google technology, the Samsung Fascinate brings one-touch access to the popular Google mobile services millions use every day, including Google Search by voice, Google Maps with Street View, GTalk instant messaging (with presence capabilities), YouTube, and Picasa.
The Samsung Fascinate also provides easy access to both personal and corporate e-mail, calendars, and contacts supported by Exchange Server and Gmail. And through Android Market, you’ll get access to thousands of useful applications, widgets and fun games to download and install on your phone, with many more apps being added every day.
Amazon Wireless Mobile Phones Review
We’re going to be doing more mobile phone reviews in the coming months, but the three you see above are the ones we like the best, based on personal testing and customer reviews. We’re going to be doing individual mobile phone reviews soon though! So stay tuned!
Amazon Wireless Review – Initial Thoughts
First and foremost, wireless plans are getting increasingly complicated and expensive. It’s not like we use our cell phones to just talk anymore! On most of these new smartphones, there are like 7 ways to communicate – text, voice, pbx based (very advanced), through skype, through chat, etc. Having a site to clear up some of the phone selection process will be a huge help.
I don’t know about you, but with all these features, my family plan has increased from $60 or $70 a month to $230 a month! It’s terribly difficult to make any changes too. If you want to add or delete a feature, it takes a trip to the store and an entire afternoon! The store is always packed…
I personally like the idea of a collective website that will allow me to manage my wireless plans…
Amazon Wireless Review: The Good And The Bad
Right now, Amazon Wireless has about 120 phones with more models to be introduced constantly. They also have all of the newest smartphones for feature shoppers and budget concious folks.
The cool thing is that you can shop by carrier, feauture, color, brand or price. In fact, my girlfriend just used Amazon Wireless to find a red phone – her favorite color. For me, I don’t care what color it is as long as it get’s email!
Like Amazon.com, there are all kinds of suggested products, a pretty easy shopping cart, bestseller lists, good product descriptions and lots of videos for the product and features.
Probably the best thing is the step by step sign up or upgrade process. Amazon Wireless really has done their best to streamline the process and make it as easy as possible for first time customers. They’ve also totally cut out all the technical jargon and frustrating rebate paperwork.
Amazon Wireless Review: Final Thoughts
The best part about Amazon Wireless is the ease of use. It doesn’t matter whether you’re thinking about adding a line or upgrading your Blackberry – you’ll find what your looking for at the new site. I highly recommend it!