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: Two screens or one tablet, the choice is yours! Aaron reviews the Kyocera Echo , the first dual-screen Android device. It sports a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, two 3.5-inch displays, 5-megapixel camera with HD video recording, and a version of Android 2.2 that's optimized for use on both displays. In addition to "tablet" mode, you can open two applications on both screens for maximum multitasking.
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: Two screens or one tablet, the choice is yours! Aaron reviews the Kyocera Echo , the first dual-screen Android device. It offers a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, two 3.5-inch displays, 5-megapixel camera with HD video recording, and a version of Android 2.2 that's optimized for use on both displays.
Kyocera Echo – now there’s a smartphone power users have been waiting for a long time
4 May 2011
Conclusion: Aside from the battery life issue, the Kyocera Echo is an amazing smartphone. Too bad it’s only for CDMA networks right now, as a GSM model would be excellent. Kyocera says that this is only the first model and they’re working on creating a platform out of it – that would be awesome, in my opinion!
Will the dual-screen form factor rise above the Android masses?
21 April 2011
Summary: I used the phone for about two days as my main device, just to get a feel for how the battery would hold up. It’s hard to say how most people will use it, but I couldn’t help but pop it to dual-screen every time I wasn’t just checking the time. The Echo lasted throughout the day each time, from morning onward, though barely getting by towards mid-evening. Expect to take that complementary second battery with you, just in case.
Pros: Fast processor, Simultasking works as advertised, Hinge feels sturdy
Cons: Unpolished Android skin, Hinge is awkward to use
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.
Conclusion: There is a lot to like about the Kyocera Echo , and the phone no doubt suffers from the “first” plague. We applaud Kyocera and Sprint for spurring innovation so we can’t be too hard on the Echo, and with the first dual-display device Kyocera has set the standard and done an admirable job.
Pros: Dual high resolution displays that combine for a 4.7” tablet mode, Mostly vanilla Android experience, Comes with an extra battery and charger
Cons: Lag, lag, lag, You can’t do much with two displays for now, Battery life is awful, Call quality is poor, Build materials and design could be better, Very high price point
Summary: The $199 dual-screen Kyocera Echo is not just an interesting proof of concept or a gimmick; it's a dual-screen dynamo that delivers a truly unique and compelling multitasking experience that you won't find on any other handset today. If you're looking for faster download speeds, we recommend a 4G phone such as the HTC Evo Shift 4G on Sprint or the HTC Thunderbolt on Verizon.