Updated to include C-NET comparison link.
The smartphone rumors of Amazon.com’s big announcement are finally answered. They are releasing a smartphone. At present, it is tied to AT&T, but you can buy one with a plan for $649 for the 32 GB version and $749 for the 64 GB version. The plan version starts at $199/299. In addition to the phone, you get one year of Amazon Prime, or an additional year if you already belong to Amazon Prime. Release date is set for July 25th. You can pre-order through Amazon.com at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EOE0WKQ/ref=tsm_1_fb_s_amzn_n7doan (not an affiliate link) or AT&T at www.att.com, type in Amazon or Amazon Fire in the search box.
Here are the technical details for the Fire. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EOE0WKQ/ref=tsm_1_fb_s_amzn_n7doan#tech
A couple of key tech details
OS: Fire OS 3.5.0 (appears to be compatible with Android to an unknown degree)
Cameras: rear-facing 13 MP; front-facing 2.1 MP.
Battery time: up to 22 hours talk time; standby time: up to 285 hours. Video playback: up to 11 hours; audio playback: up to 65 hours.
Storage: free Cloud storage for all content (photos and video) taken with the phone
Video recording: 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps (both front- and rear-facing cameras)
Rating for hearing aids M4, T4
I am curious if it will work with the BillionGraves app, the unofficial Find-A-Grave app, the future official Find-A-Grave Android app, or any of the many genealogy apps on the market.
Update: here is a C-NET comparison of Fire, iPhone 5S, and Galaxy S5.