Excerpt: The Kyocera Echo represents a first for the entire smartphone industry: it is the first dual-screened phone, which is pretty impressive considering that Kyocera isn’t exactly known for smartphones. It runs on Sprint’s 3G network and is capable of running certain apps in parallel, granting you an experience similar to what you’d get on a desktop computer with dual monitors. But does it make sense to have dual displays on a smartphone, or is this just a novelty?
Pros: + Software that enables dual-screen use is well thought out
Excerpt: Using two monitors helps you breeze through tasks on the computer, so why not bring the principle to the phone? That’s what Kyocera (yeah that budget handset brand) has done with the Echo, which features two 3.5-inch WVGA displays joined together via a nifty “pivot hinge”, enabling the screens to work both in tandem and independently depending on the situation — kind of like Toshiba’s Libretto W100 .
Excerpt: Sprint announced that they would be releasing an industry changing smartphone, and the result was the Kyocera Echo. Featuring dual 3.5 inch LCD screens, the Kyocera Echo is an innovative approach to smartphones in the highly competitive U.S. market.
Excerpt: We've seen a number of hot smartphones hit the market recently, including the HTC Thunderbolt, Droid Charge, and others. Although each phone has its own appeal, there are also a lot of similarities among today's hottest smartphones—most have a 1GHz processor, at least 16GB of storage in one form or another, at least a 4-inch display, etc.
Pros: Two screens that can be used individually or together, Ability to run two apps at the same time, Easily accessible ports, Comes with spare battery
Cons: 8GB microSD card is a tad on the small side, Heavy @ 6.8 ounces, Battery life
Kyocera Echo – now there’s a smartphone power users have been waiting for a long time
4 May 2011
Excerpt: Sprint hasn’t been the most active network in the US in 2010, compared with AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile, but they did have a lot of good offers for their customers. This year, it seems like they’re going to continue the tradition, but among the new smartphones that are coming to the network (including Windows 7 Phone and Android devices from HTC), there is one that has caught a lot of people’s attention: the Kyocera Echo.
Kyocera Echo for Sprint review - multi-screen multi-tasking!
22 April 2011
Summary: Kyocera's Echo for Sprint is the first Android smartphone on the market to feature dual 3.5-inch touchscreen displays. The two can be used in tandem in a couple of ways, and offer a virtual 4.7-inch canvas for viewing apps when joined together. They can even be used to cool effect with special "simul-task" versions of some key Android apps like email and the browser.
Pros: Simul-task apps are awesome, interesting hardware design, huge "virtual" display, ships with spare battery
Cons: Poor call audio, limited simul-task support, awkward design, big and heavy, needs a spare battery
Conclusion: The Kyocera Echo is an interesting and innovative phone that’s received more negative press than it deserves. The smartphone is not only serviceable but more useful than average when “simultasking” with two apps open in two screens. Even spanning screens in tablet mode makes for a more usable experience when viewing spreadsheets, web pages and the like.
Pros: A for innovation, unique design that's funky-steampunk-cool. Two screens are more useful than one., Pro: Innovative design that actually adds utility. Solid build and robust hinge. Kyocera is working with developers to bring more dual-screen apps to Android. Good voice quality. GPS, WiFi and Bluetooth work well.
Cons: We need more apps to simultask. Display quality is just OK., not a fast phone., Con: Displays aren't impressive in terms of brightness and colors, also disappears in sunlight. Hinge is well-made but awkward to operate. We wish the Echo were faster.