Summary: The Kyocera Echo's design offers some unique advantages, but its appeal is hampered by usability quirks and a lackluster feature set.
Cons: The Kyocera Echo's design entails some usability quirks and we're concerned about long-term durability. The feature set is pretty average, it lacks 4G, and you'll have to wait for an upgrade beyond Froyo.
Summary: 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. No, Kyocera has placed its hopes on standing out with an altogether unique design.
Pros: Fast processor, Simultasking works as advertised, Hinge feels sturdy
Cons: Unpolished Android skin, Hinge is awkward to use
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
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!