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Hands-On: Kyocera Echo

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Interesting

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...
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toranonekochan

Feb 7, 2011, 9:37 PM
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 judgment of what is, honestly, an innovative and smart concept. I for one can't wait to see this thing in action. Whether or not it's worth the hype is yet to be seen. Either way I think Sprint and Kyocera made history here today.
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Azeron

Feb 7, 2011, 10:00 PM
They should have just released this piece of ish like any other phone. This phone was simply not worthy of the hype. Period.
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toranonekochan

Feb 7, 2011, 10:25 PM
That's your opinion and you're certainly entitled to it. All I'm saying is in *my* opinion, this is not nearly the letdown most people are making it out to be. I think this is a good idea. I can't wait to see it work.
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Jayshmay

Feb 7, 2011, 11:10 PM
Damn your critical!!!
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Azeron

Feb 7, 2011, 11:15 PM
Well...yeah. There is only one manufacturer that I have a lower opinion of than Motorola...yep Kyocera. At least I have owned ONE great Motorola phone. Every Kyocera I ever owned or sold was a POS.
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Jayshmay

Feb 7, 2011, 11:17 PM
Yeah, Motorola was a major, major dissapointment for me! The touchscreens Motorola use are a najor !!POS!!
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Azeron

Feb 7, 2011, 11:21 PM
I told you... No matter how sexy the Droid was I could not forget my experience with the Silver Q.
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misschris

Feb 8, 2011, 5:01 PM
lol... silver moto Q...
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Azeron

Feb 8, 2011, 5:03 PM
*Grumble*
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callcenterrep69

Feb 8, 2011, 1:27 PM
yes...but...this is potentially a POS with two screens!!!! Laughing
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Azeron

Feb 8, 2011, 5:06 PM
No question. Just the idea of dual porn... It would be nice while it lasted at least. We know the phone would not make it six months. I'll never forget how that cute little slid KX2 would come back in pieces. Brrrrrr... I don't envy the sales person who has to explain why a phone which is $200 AFTER rebate is in half.
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callcenterrep69

Feb 14, 2011, 11:27 AM
I wonder if that would place one b00b on each screen? Cool
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pfs2009

Feb 8, 2011, 1:13 PM
I hope so. I work at Sprint. Very Happy
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The_Real_Deal

Feb 7, 2011, 9:52 PM
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 want tricky phones. They don't seem to sell well. I don't feel this device will last long.

2.) Mixed Messages

Sprint is heavily touting its Wimax as next big thing yet they are releasing Flagship phones that run on 3G? I know some of you will say Verizon just released an IPhone that runs on 3G but the IPhone is a proven flagship phone unlike todays announcement.

So in conclusion,

Is the device cool? Yes.

Will people buy it? Sure they will.

Will it be an industry game char...
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Jayshmay

Feb 7, 2011, 11:15 PM
I can see HTC making a similar smartphone. It's a first of it's kind. Give it time to see how the market responds.
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The_Real_Deal

Feb 8, 2011, 8:26 AM
Based on trends over the last several years phones like this do not hold up over time. Customers buy them at first but then realize they just want a standard style phone built around amazing features.

This phone would have sold well 2 years ago based on the type of market out there.

Other phones from different manufacturers and different carries have tried to break the mold and failed.

Good luck to Kyocera but I think they were better making a stellar Wimax phone with some unique features...Not form factor.
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mrcrout

Feb 8, 2011, 8:49 AM
I think that the concept is good but that's too much phone for me no matter who made it or the specs. The phone is already thick and I would imagine that most people would use some type of case adding more bulk. If I needed that much screen I would probably just get a tablet.
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Slammer

Feb 7, 2011, 10:28 PM
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 but think that if it were another manufacturer that came out with this, that nay sayers would be singing a different tune. I applaud Kyocera on this.

John B.
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toranonekochan

Feb 7, 2011, 10:39 PM
I agree with you completely, John. I'm glad to see someone else on this forum approaching this announcement with an open mind.
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Jayshmay

Feb 7, 2011, 11:23 PM
It will be interesting to see how consumers respond to this device.

The only negative comment I have to say is that its a damn shame this isn't a wimax device. Watvhing videos on this would be pretty damn cool.

Another cool application would be the Amazon Kindle app. You could hold it just like a book.
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Azeron

Feb 7, 2011, 10:39 PM
You are absolutely correct. It still would not be worthy of all the hype, but I would not have made one single comment were this not a Kyocera handset. To primp and pucker over a *Bleeping* Kyocera handset is simply outrageous and someone needs to be horse whipped.
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Azeron

Feb 7, 2011, 10:41 PM
This would be akin to Yugo making an announcement that they were launching the Worlds Most Luxurious car and expecting the world to stop.
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Jayshmay

Feb 7, 2011, 11:29 PM
Laughing Laughing Laughing ! ! !
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Azeron

Feb 7, 2011, 11:47 PM
I know. I am showing my age. You young guys probably had to Google 'Yugo'.
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thecleaner62

Feb 8, 2011, 11:16 AM
wasnt that the car they gave dan aykroyd as a replacemnt in dragnet? some of us yonger guys didnt have to google it
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vercetti

Feb 8, 2011, 7:33 AM
Azeron said:
This would be akin to Yugo making an announcement that they were launching the Worlds Most Luxurious car and expecting the world to stop.


Think Hyundai and Kia, use to be the worlds largest pice of junk, not I would by a Hyundia sonata over Toyota and Honda in a heartbeat. Last place companys can make it to 1st place with alot of work.

Step one complete, they hopefully will continue. I have had more problems with samsung than any other company in the provider I work for, 3:1 samsungs gtting returned to any other phone.
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Azeron

Feb 8, 2011, 5:07 PM
They can. But until they do...I will judge THIS manufacturer on the garbage it has put on the table in the past. That's fair. And even if it isn't. I am still going to. That's just me...
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DiamondPro

Feb 8, 2011, 5:09 PM
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
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