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.
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.
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...
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!
Excerpt: There’s not much to the Kyocera Echo’s single-screen mode — in this light, it’s just a bulky Android 2.2 phone with a 3.5-inch, 480 x 800 display and a 1GHz QSD8650 Snapdragon processor. It’s snappy, sure, but the competition is fierce in that form factor.
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.
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 Blue...
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.