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Philip Berne

Feb 7, 2011, 8:55 PM


I think it's an interesting device. I don't care it's a Kyocera. Sure, they build mostly low-end phones, but so does GM, though every once in a while they put out a new Corvette.

I wouldn't fault Sprint for having an event for this phone, either. I heard some other journalists (okay, just Peter Ha from The Daily) complaining that they didn't want to go because the news was leaked in the WSJ. But this is definitely a phone you'd have to see and hold in your hands to cover properly.

The key is the number of apps that support the feature. They don't need many, just the most important few that people will want to run simultaneously. The SDK is a throw-away. They will not sell enough phones to make the SDK enticing to developers. But as l...
Thank you. Everyone seems to be up in arms because the announcement wasn't what *they* wanted it to be. They're letting their disappointment that it wasn't an iphone (or something equally pointless to hold an event of this magnitude) color their judgm...
I think the problem for Sprint is two fold.

1.) Longevity

This device will serve a very small mobile user segment in my opinion. Dual screens sounds cool but for now its merely a feature. I think customer have spoken already that they don't ...
It is not often that the reporters or moderators of Phone Scoop start their own thread. This says alot. I can only guess that this device was truly a pleasant surprise for you. The current reviews seem to mimic your opinion as well.

I can't help bu...
Exactly and after watching some videos of the phone in action it looks pretty sick and has a cool concept. Haters are gone hate. We will have to see more hands on before we consider this a fail. Smile

Feb 9, 2011, 8:56 PM


Everyone is hating so hard on Kyocera. I know that they are not known for high end phones, but I have had 3 different Kyocera phones and 2 Sanyos and they have all lasted through the drops, bumps, scrapes, and everything else that I have put them through. How many of the people on here dissing them have actually had one of their phones, or are just going off the fact that they knew someone whose cousin's best friend's ex-girlfriend's mother had one and didn't like it?

Feb 8, 2011, 11:54 AM

Sprint haters...

Damn, every single one of the Sprint haters showed up for this article.

I'm 100% certain that if this phone would have been released by Verizon or even ATT, the same people who say the phone sux(with out ever having done more than see a picture of it) would be busting out the knee pads for a long tasty gulp of the gooey goodness that VZW and ATT would gladly dump in your hungry little nuthugging mouths. Smile

Wow.... ATT and VZW DID NOT release a dual screen phone FIRST???!?! Quick release the hate trolls!!!
i think it was more about sprint hyping up this announcement that was supposed to be such a big deal, and its a different concept, but as much as sprint touts "its" 4g network, why would they release such a flagship device for their 3g network? if thi...
I love Sprint. I *Bleeping* HATE Kyocera. As I have previously stated had this been manufactured by anyone else (even Motorola) I would have let it slide. But for Sprint to make a big deal about a *Bleeping* Kyocera and have me licking my chops pon...
pay attention cametrolling, nobody's hatin on your beloved sprint. people are hating on kyocera more than anything, but I feel that's pretty justified considering their track record. sprint is definitely taking a gamble with this, we can all agree on ...

Feb 7, 2011, 8:17 PM


ok so i know this is a shot in the dark but...

if it has a tablet mode could it get 3.0 honeycomb?

or could it be possible that if it can't get it from google can it be rooted? Hmmmmmm...?
I am pretty sure XDA will have a root to 3.0 real soon after launch.

Feb 8, 2011, 6:31 PM

A lot of hate--

--from folks who come to this site because they're supposedly 'phone geeks'.

I think the Echo is innovative & interesting.
I agree. And isn't this what it was all about to begin with?

John B.
muchdrama said:
--from folks who come to this site because they're supposedly 'phone geeks'.

I think the Echo is innovative & interesting.

It is interesting and innovating...
It's the first of it's kind...
yeah kyocera made another sideway flip phone!!!

for me i think they tried to make a phone w/c is like a tablet but more portable??
Exactly! Wtf are people looking for another iphone wannabe? Ppl complain about how all of Htc high end phone look the same and have the same form factor as every other candybar android phone. Finally someone comes along with a new design and ppl wanna...
I'm not a phone geek. I come here because I'm bored and I sold phones for a decade. Its basically habit.

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Feb 8, 2011, 10:07 PM

Where the puck where all these haters

When the continuum dropped on verizon. That phone should have had video chat but verizon decided to put another screen on it instead. Or the motorola backflip from att. Good fobid att or verizon would have drop this cool a$$ phone fanboys and girls would be all over it.
Were those phones given the hype this one was? I know AT&T didn't hype the Backflip. They barely mentioned Android back then until it became apparent they were going to lose iphone exclusivity. I know for a fact Jay bashed the thing though. I have...

Feb 7, 2011, 7:05 PM

No wonder Sprint loses customers....

Unbelievable and no WiMAX either??? Are you f**king kidding me???? They got David Blane to come out for this?? FAIL.
Umm, who the fk is David Blane?
Sprint's position was to announce an "Industry First". Not announce a "Flagship Phone".

I think we should agree that they delivered on that promise.

John B.

Feb 8, 2011, 5:31 PM

FORGET this stupid phone....

...but did david blaine levitate?!?

Feb 7, 2011, 9:37 PM

innovative phone

i think this phone will be great specially if your more on using your for entertainment and multi-tasking!

BTW this one looks like nintendo DS Very Happy just like SE's new experia that looks PSP GO
this spring...

Feb 8, 2011, 11:30 AM

If Apple made this?

If Apple made this phone you haters would be all over it.
not at all, i loathe apple, their products, their services and steve jobs
They wouldn't make this!

Feb 8, 2011, 8:53 AM

Ultimate Fail

I'm sorry, but Sprint has just announced garbage. This is what they announced a Press Event for? C'mon! lol. A form factor that not too many people will care about, from a manufacturer name Kyocera? LOL!!!! It's not even 4G, when they've ha 4G phones since last year. VZW announces the Motorola Bionic, THunderbolt, Xoom, and Iphone 4. AT&T announces the Motorola Atrix, but this is what Sprint tries to hype up? They should be slapped in the face for this. Laughing

Feb 7, 2011, 11:19 PM


I am amused that nearly everyone begins their statement with something to the effect of, "Sure it's a Kyocera, but let's give it a chance..."

Reputation should stand for something. If every time you build a piece of hardware it fails then we as consumers should have the right to glance at a new product you release with a critical eye.
Or not glance at a new product much. I moved on, and am now using an LG Ally. I like the physical buttons conpared to the touch capacitive ones.
TechWorld Observer

Feb 7, 2011, 6:57 PM

...not really what's the real annoucement?

Paranoid Yes we know Sprint owns Virgin Mobile and the want to bring a pretty good line of phone for their prepaid service, so this device makes a great addition to their service, but this evening's event is Sprint's event... so really what's the Sprint announcement worth paying $10 premium data for? you know... 4G Windows Phone 7? 4G iPhone? etc. what would it be???
You got me good Laughing on this one for a second! but really what's the "impossible" "industry first" announcement? ...I won't tell anyone! Paranoid
This can't be it. IT CAN'T BE! Crying or Very sad

No Wi-Max iphone? No bad-assed Blackberry? No Windows Phone Seven? A Kyocera? A *Bleeping* Kyocera???

Get a rope!

Feb 7, 2011, 6:54 PM

Color me unimpressed

Yeah sprint just got a NINTENDO DS oh wait it's a cell phone that is not even equal to the evo or the epic. Damn sprint this is horrible news. I mean verizon iPhone, Motorola Atrix, and sprint releases this crap.
Im with you on this one, freakin LAME kyocera...... REALLY?!
Laughing Laughing Laughing !!!!
Hitur Petar

Feb 7, 2011, 9:23 PM


PC Magazine gives this phone props in their hands on review. Kind of interesting to think that this might be the first of many similar phones to come. Dev Apps could really make this thing a work horse if other 2 dual screen phones come out. This review says EA Sports is already on board to develop for the Echo. Here's the review,2817,2379623,00.asp »
Hitur Petar

Feb 7, 2011, 6:56 PM

Some real possibilities here

Some of the shots of how the 2 screens can be used are pretty cool. Like when the keyboard is on the bottom and still a full screen on the top. And when its side by side and has all the app icons at once. Also the way they showed youtube and the way the photo thumbnails are on the bottom with the full photo on the top.

I could see myself using this and getting very accustomed to it and not wanting to ever go back. It's like at work when I first had 3 monitors, now using one is so tedious. I say more is better, so I hope Kyocera puts together a quality product that functions well and isn't buggy.
So now I can watch two porn flicks on one cell phone?

Feb 7, 2011, 6:41 PM

so thats it?

did sprint announce any thing else or is that it? its an interesting concept, but I'm not sure how it would hold up, it seems like with phones, the less moving parts the lower the risk for breakage. hope it was worth bringing in a magician.

Feb 7, 2011, 6:41 PM


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