1. michaels_epp's Avatar
    I am very, very, very close to buying this phone but have some questions.

    1. With apps like SnapChat and Instagram do you get notiications when you receive a snap or somebody likes your picture?
    2. Does Youtube work when you side load it on here? Is there problems with sideloaded apps in general?
    3. Does this thing have a good battery life? What about screen on times? I've heard some places that its great and some say its greatly horrible.
    4. How good is the camera? If any are coming from last year's Moto X is it an improvemnt?
    5. Can anybody post pics of the phone in its leather case?

    Thanks y'all
    11-30-2014 06:32 PM
  2. lancorp's Avatar
    Not much traffic here, right?

    If you haven't already bought it, today is the last day to get the deal at Amazon.

    In any case, you can install the Google Play services easily now and get the full Play Store, and YES, the apps work just like any other phone with regards to notifications. Sideloading is not needed any longer (once you configure with Play Services), so download whatever you want.

    With regards to battery life, I find it is great. Better, as a matter of fact, than my iPhone 6. With constant use and some game playing, it drains slowly, more slowly than my iPhone 6 doing similar things.

    Camera, I have not used yet, so I cannot say. I wanted to say that this phone is almost identical, sizewise, to my iPhone 6. It fits perfectly into a plastic holster made for the iPhone 6 and is identical in dimensions (except a bit thicker than an iPhone 6).
    Juan J Guevara likes this.
    12-03-2014 10:25 AM
  3. Juan J Guevara's Avatar
    Hello Lancorp, regarding your reply of installing Google Play, could you please let me know how to do that in the Fire Phone.
    As you can tell I am not technical at all. Would it be like going to the Amazon App Store and installing "Google Play"?
    Thanks
    12-03-2014 11:42 AM
  4. Jim Timmins's Avatar
    I also am a brand newbie here, and will be a single user (emptynesting...)

    Which is the best carrier deal - both $ and qualitywise,,,,, I would like to avoid a contract too

    Amazon says TMobile ATT Walmart ... maybe Consumer Cellular who is rated high by consumerreports.org

    Thanks
    12-04-2014 10:13 PM
  5. tn_friend's Avatar
    Not much traffic here, right?


    In any case, you can install the Google Play services easily now and get the full Play Store, and YES, the apps work just like any other phone with regards to notifications. Sideloading is not needed any longer (once you configure with Play Services),
    How exactly do you download the Google Play app and configure it?

    Posted via Android Central App
    12-05-2014 11:01 AM
  6. John Longstocking's Avatar
    Jim I posted this below in another thread " Im using straight talk with AT&T sim card and its amazing for $42 a month can get it cheaper from Ebay for $32 a month. My speeds are 29 Mbps down and 12.6 Mbps up and I live where service is terrible. "
    12-05-2014 11:09 AM
  7. John Longstocking's Avatar
    tn_friend Dont think you can download the google Play store without rooting phone. I think the worst part of the phone is the Silk browser im using Chrome. I also download 1Mobile Market for apps.
    12-05-2014 11:11 AM
  8. someguy01234's Avatar
    I also am a brand newbie here, and will be a single user (emptynesting...)

    Which is the best carrier deal - both $ and qualitywise,,,,, I would like to avoid a contract too

    Amazon says TMobile ATT Walmart ... maybe Consumer Cellular who is rated high by consumerreports.org

    Thanks
    There are lots of good Prepaid services out there. If you want to use AT&T network, try Cricket which is owned by AT&T.

    T-Mobile doesn't have contract anymore even if you signup for their post paid plan. You can try their Simple Starter plan for $45 for 2GB of data and all the benefit of post paid: $40 Plans w/ Unlimited Talk & Text | Simple Starter Plans | T-Mobile

    If you don't use a lot of data but need to talk internationally, try "Ultra Mobile" which run on T-Mobile network have some excellent prices. MetroPCS which is also T-Mobile is a good option too.
    12-05-2014 12:57 PM
  9. jrstark's Avatar
    I'm using net10 no contract, although haven't switched it over yet. They sold me the nano sim online for $3.99 with alleged overnight shipping which took a couple days because it didn't ship right away. I have the $50 plan, which drops to $45 with autopay. Unlimited, I think my full speed cap is 3GB. They added a $40 plan at some point, has a lower cap. Very easy to sideload Google Play and services. I also use 1mobile market for a couple apps I haven't been able to get from either Amazon or Google Play. Found two so far that Google says are incompatible, but the 1mobile versions work fine. As far as cases, there are many on Amazon, I am waiting for the clear plastic one that went Prime after I ordered it.

    To sideload Google Play etc., I followed the directions here:
    Amazon Fire Phone unlocked GSM phone for AT&T and Tmobile on sale with 1yr Prime free $199 11-25-2014 - Slickdeals.net

    Scroll to where it says Wiki. You only need the first 4 apks, not all six. Those epubor instructions were originally for tablets. I copied the links into a note in Evernote, which I'd already installed on the phone.
    12-07-2014 12:24 AM
  10. Olga Xde's Avatar
    1. The apps work as long as you correctly install Google framewoek
    2.The same as above
    3. Battery is better than on a standard Android phone
    4. Camera is also above average
    02-12-2015 03:38 AM
  11. Olga Xde's Avatar
    You have very clear pictures of its leather case on Amazon. They look very realistic.
    02-12-2015 03:38 AM

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