In case you slept through most of last week, the Amazon Fire Phone is the new kid on the smartphone block, so I figured I’d pit it against one of the best Android has to offer. Y’know, a bit like making the new kid at school fight the bully.
Its opponent is the LG G3 (no offense, Samsung Galaxy S5), and while neither is actually available o’er here yet (the Amazon Fire Phone in particular will likely take some time to make the trip), let’s see how they compare on paper.
Amazon Fire Phone vs. LG G3: design
It’s probably fair to the say the Amazon Fire Phone isn’t going to win any design awards, though it’s far from a complete ugger, perhaps recalling the iPhone more than anything else.
Meanwhile, the LG G3 pops the volume and power buttons on the back (same as the LG G2), meaning there aren’t any buttons on the side, while the curved back supposedly makes it easier to hold. It also has a brushed metal finish, which doesn't exactly serve to trouble the HTC One M8, but it's more appealing than that perforated nonsense on the back of Samsung's Galaxy S5.
It’s worth noting that despite being smaller, the Amazon Fire Phone is actually heavier than the LG G3 (160g vs. 149g), with the same thickness (8.9mm). Not exactly a deal-breaker, but the LG G3 is clearly the premium handset here.
Amazon Fire Phone vs. LG G3: display
Somewhat disappointingly, the Amazon Fire Phone arrives with – yes – an HD display, but not even 1080p; it’s 720p.
And what timing, too, just as the mobile industry turns its attention to QHD smartphones with eye-melting (and battery-punching) 2560 x 1440 resolutions. And what do you know? The LG G3 is the first big-name smartphone with a QHD display.
In terms of sizes, the Amazon Fire Phone measures 4.7in diagonally, while the LG G3 is fairly colossal at 5.5in.
No contest here, though some might find the LG G3 a little too big – if anything.
Amazon Fire Phone vs. LG G3: camera
On paper – on paper – the Amazon Fire Phone and LG G3 cameras are pretty similar, at 2.1MP front and 13MP rear. Amazon, in particular, reckons its phone can outperform the iPhone 5s and Samsung Galaxy S5.
But this is where the Amazon Fire Phone gets interesting. It has a dedicated “Firefly” camera button, with the Firefly service identifying music, TV shows, movies and even real-world objects. All of which you can then purchase through – you guessed it – Amazon.
And not forgetting those four additional front cameras - one in each corner, which work to provide “Dynamic Perspective”. Content has a pseudo 3D effect, and you can tilt the phone or move your head to view behind it.
Amazon Fire Phone vs. LG G3: processor and RAM
Camera magic aside, the Amazon Fire Phone doesn’t appear to have any illusions of being a truly premium handset, and that’s evidenced again by the presence of a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor (just as the Snapdragon 805 starts popping up) and 2GB of RAM (which is actually fine, admittedly).
The LG G3, on the other hand, opts for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, and the improved power management that comes with it, and either 2 or 3GB of RAM.
Amazon Fire Phone vs. LG G3: storage
The Amazon Fire Phone comes with either 32GB or 64GB internal storage, while the LG G3 is limited to 16GB or 32GB, but the crucial thing here is the presence of a microSD slot on the latter, welcoming up to 128GB. So technically, with a 32GB LG G3, you could be talking 160GB storage.
Amazon Fire Phone vs. LG G3: battery
On paper (there’s that phrase again) the LG G3 wins the battery contest with a 3,000mAh removable battery compared to the 2,400mAh unit in the Amazon Fire Phone.
However, that big old 5.5in QHD display is said to be a bit of a pain as far as battery goes, so we’ll have to wait and see what real-world performance is like for both.
Amazon Fire Phone vs. LG G3: conclusion
The Amazon Fire Phone and LG G3 are clearly two very different phones, with the former focusing more on services and whatnot (buyers get one year of free Amazon Prime, incidentally), while the LG G3 is more concerned with premium design and top-of-the-range specs.