Review: Kyocera Echo
The Kyocera Echo is certainly one of most intriguing handsets to come along in recent memory. Do two screens make for a better handset? That really depends on your point of view.
First, the Kyocera fails the basics in my book. The two screens necessitate the need for two batteries. Swapping out batteries day in and day out, and remembering to charge them both, will be painful over the long haul from my perspective. Even with both batteries, I was unable to get through an entire day of what I consider to be average use for this device. Let's not forget how inconsistently the Echo connects to Sprint's network and how cruddy call quality is.
Second, the industrial design will surely turn people off. There's absolutely nothing appealing about the hardware in terms of looks or how it feels in the hand or the pocket. While we need to cut Kyocera some slack because the form factor played a large role in the design and engineering of the Echo, I wish it were much more refined.
However, the ability to use different apps on the two different screens is an eye-opening step forward. The Echo is the first handset that can honestly and truly multitask, as far as I am concerned. The four modes of operation offer a wide range of ways to use the Echo that will certainly appeal to some folks out there. As more applications are developed to support the Optimized and Simul-Task modes, the Echo will only grow in is multitasking powers.
Our hands-on impressions of the innovative new Kyocera Echo Android smartphone for Sprint. See what dual screens can do for you.
Feb 7, 2011
Sprint and Kyocera today announced the Echo, a new Android 2.2 smartphone that has a unique, two-display design. The device has dual 3.5-inch displays that are attached to a pivoting hinge, allowing one display to be hidden behind the other or both displays placed next to one another.
Aug 1, 2011
Kyocera has confirmed to Phone Scoop that a software update will be distributed to the Echo smartphone starting today. The device brings most features of Android 2.3 Gingerbread to the Echo.
Mar 21, 2011
Kyocera today launched the Kyocera Android Developer Program, which it hopes will entice developers to target its Android devices, such as the dual-display Echo. The program contains the tools developers need, such as a software developers kits, so that developers may create applications optimized for the Echo and its two displays.
Mar 14, 2011
Sprint today announced that it will offer the Kyocera Echo dual-screened Android device for sale starting April 17 for the price of $199.99. It will be available on all Sprint retail channels on that date.