Amazon's Fire Phone has the design quality you might expect from Apple's iPhone, or Samsung's Galaxy S5. It's a strong contender in the Android space, even if it misses a few enterprise targets.
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The Fire Phone has one flagship feature: a display with three-dimensional aspects. Other software elements in the retail giant's debut smartphone are gimmicky at best. This device feels like a work in progress.
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