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Firefox Flame Review

The Firefox Flame is Mozilla’s newest and in my opinion most exciting phone that is hitting the market this year. The Flame is their new reference standard phone which makes it similar to Google’s Nexus line for Android. The Flame to me is refreshing because it is the first phone that I have personally used that I would consider an every day phone.I have in my arsenal the ZTE Open, Geeksphone KEON and now the Firefox Flame and I have to say the Flame really is going to be a nice reference.

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The Firefox Flame is Mozilla’s newest and in my opinion most exciting phone that is hitting the market this year. The Flame is their new reference standard phone which makes it similar to Google’s Nexus line for Android. The Flame to me is refreshing because it is the first phone that I have personally used that I would consider an every day phone.I have in my arsenal the ZTE Open, Geeksphone KEON and now the Firefox Flame and I have to say the Flame really is going to be a nice reference.

The Firefox Flame is currently on presale (sold out at the time of writing this), which isn’t surprising because a lot of people are looking to upgrade the first generation of Firefox phones.

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Hardware

The phone has some pretty decent specs which when put along side an iPhone 4S and Galaxy S3 it really stacks up. The phone is running a dual core 1.2GHz Qualcomm MSM8210 snapdragon processor with 8GB internal memory and a micro SD card slot. The Flame has 1GB RAM which makes it a lot snappier than the ZTE Open and is running Firefox OS 1.3 out of the box.

The Flame has a 4.5″ FWVGA multitouch display which is responsive, vibrant, and mine didn’t have really any light bleed to be seen. You’re looking at a 1800mAh battery and both a 5MP camera with flash and a 2MP camera front facing. The Firefox Flame is also dual SIM support which is not as common in north america.

Specification:
Basic Information
  • Type: Smart Phone
  • OS: Firefox OS V1.3
  • CPU: MSM8210
  • Cores: 1.2GHz, Dual Core
  • RAM: 1GB
  • ROM: 8GB
  • External memory: Micro SD card up to 32GB (not included)
Network
  • WiFi: 802.11b/g/n wireless internet
  • Network type: GSM+UMTS
  • Frequency: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz UMTS 850/900/1900/2100MHz
  • GPS: Yes
  • Bluetooth: Support Bluetooth 3.0
Display
  • Screen type: Capacitive
  • Screen size: 4.5 inch
  • Screen resolution: 854 x 480 (FWVGA)
Camera
  • Main camera: 5.0MP auto focus, with flash
  • Front camera: 2.0MP
Connectivity
  • SIM Card Slot: Dual Standby, Dual SIM
  • Micro SD card Slot: Yes
  • Micro USB Slot: 2.0 Full Speed
  • Audio Out Port : Yes (3.5mm audio out port)
Media Formats
  • Picture format: BMP, PNG, JPEG, GIF
  • Music format: AMR, MP3, OGG, WAV
  • Video format: OGX, H.264, WEBM, 3GP, MP4, OGG, OGV
Languages
  • Languages: Turkish, German, Portuguese (Brazil), Catalan, Chinese (Traditional), Italian, Polish, Czech, Dutch, Romanian, English, Greek, Portuguese, Slovak, Spanish, Croatian, Bulgarian, Serbian, Russian, Hungarian, Bengali, French
Additional Features
  • Additional Features: Accelerometer sensor, FM, Proximity Sensing, GPS W / A-GPS support, Light Sensing, NFC
Package Contents
  • Cell Phone: 1
  • Battery: 1 x 1800mAh Battery
  • USB Cable: 1
  • Earphones: 1
Dimensions
    • Product size: 132 x 68 x 10 mm / 5.2 x 2.7 x 0.4 inches
    • Package size: 20.0 x 12.0 x 6.0 cm
    • Product weight: 0.12 kg
    • Package weight: 0.8 kg

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Software

The Flame is running Firefox OS 1.3 out of the box. This is just about as new as it gets without getting the 1.4 version which is still in development. If you played around with the emulator or an early phone with 1.1 or 1.2 this is going to be a huge improvement. Not only is the OS smoother, there are many visual tweaks which really improved the look and feel of Firefox OS.

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If you have never used Firefox OS before and are wondering about apps then you can check out the Firefox Marketplace. There are some apps you would expect like Facebook and Twitter and some really cool apps made by cool people like this Peercoin Tracking application (written by me).

Usability

I mentioned earlier that this phone is a lot friendlier to use than previous devices. Although devices like the ZTE Open are cheap, they are sometimes lacking in the usability. The Flame is totally different. When I first booted up the phone I was happy to see that I could type. This might sound silly but on other Firefox phones I found that I really needed to be careful when I was typing on the devices because it was easy for my big fingers to hit multiple buttons at once. The Flame is a lot easier to type quickly on. I was able to pump out a quick text to my girlfriend in no time.

The phone is a lot easier to navigate due to the larger screen size. I have big hands and sometimes the small phones are a good size for my pocket but are hard for me to actually use. The Flame also seems to connect to the internet a lot faster and browsing is greatly improved not only by the screen size but also the additonal RAM and 1.2 GHz snapdragon that is has.

Over all this phone is actually worth your money if you are looking for a cheap ($200 in Canada) cell phone that is new to the market and is running one of the newest operating systems available. If you have any questions for me, pop them in the comments (or just tell me what you think). I will leave you with some pictures of the unboxing and the device it’s self.

Pics

Various unboxing pictures from both my Samsung S3 and my DSLR I borrowed from my brother.