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