Amazon Fire Phone →

Yesterday the Amazon Fire Phone was announced. As I suggested last October, I think this will be a great way for Amazon to capture Kindle customers who don’t yet have smartphones.

My parents will be doing some traveling this month, and considered transitioning to an iPhone for the convenience of its camera (their old cell phone broke). While I am a huge advocate of the iPhone, I talked them out of it, warning them that it would be a new interface to adjust to, with an entirely different username and log-in system. Now that the Amazon Fire Phone is on its way (scheduled to ship on July 25th), the purchase might make sense.

(And in case you are reading, Mom:  It is $199 for a two year contract, and is only available through AT&T.)