• Kyocera Echo
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Based on 10 scores, 15 reviews available
  • Excellent:
    2
  • Good:
    3
  • Average:
    3
  • Bad:
    2

Pros:

  • Dual screens, Extra battery included, Swype keyboard, Multiple operation modes.
  • Dual WVGA Screen that can be used in tablet mode or separately, Collapsible for regular phone calls and to fit conveniently in purse or pocket, Slim in dual screen mode, but bulky folded up, Standard MicroUSB charge/sync cable, extra battery unit.
  • Dual high resolution displays that combine for a 4.7” tablet mode, Mostly vanilla Android experience, Comes with an extra battery and charger

Cons:

  • Awkward to open, No 4G support, Only 500MB builtin memory, Runs older Android 2.2 OS
  • “The line” of the dual screen, Android. 2.2 makes it yesterday’s news, As does it’s single 5MP rear facing camera, Not 4G, Battery life, depending on if you’re a heavy user or not (but at least you get a backup battery)

Expert reviews and ratings

By ConsumerSearch on

The Kyocera Echo is an Android smartphone with dual 3.5-inch screens. From the outside, CNET's Kent German says "the Echo is just a chunky, angular touch-screen handset." But when opened, the smaller screens combine to form a 4.7-inch display that...

By GadgetReview on 70

For me, a full blown tablet is nice real estate wise, but it can be tedious to type on. By contrast, a smartphone is nice and handy for thumb pecking out email and posts to Facebook, but the screen is so darn small. Would there could be something in...

By Mobility Site on

When we first got the Echo, our first thought was that it’s really quite bizarre. Now that we’ve used it for a while, we actually think Kyocera came up with something pretty awesome. The combined resolution of the two screens is great, and...

By HotHardware on

Certainly the Kyocera Echo's dual-screen design is the most unique and attention-grabbing feature of the phone. By using dual displays, the phone is able to offer a user experience that's different from any other phone we've reviewed to...

By Android Central on

I had a lot of fun playing with and reviewing the Echo. I'm a sucker for things that bring something new, and I got my fill with this one. I can deal with active battery management, and I can deal with the little things. I just can't deal...

By MobileWhack on 80

We’ve got a new phone for you today–and it’s pretty new, too; only just emerged. It’s the Kyocera Echo, but will Sprint’s new phone have the goods to compete effectively in a market that’s positively thick with cell...

By Pocketnow on 50

The million dollar question is: Are two screens better than one? The answer, in the form of the Kyocera Echo, is no. While the idea is interesting, and while it's true that studies have been done to prove that in the case of desktop computing, two...

By infoSync World on 85

The world's first dual-screen smartphone is here! Read our full Kyocera Echo review.Kyocera Echo Report The dual-screen Kyocera Echo was not the phone we had originally imagined. We thought Sprint would be unleashing a 4G Android 3.0 powerhouse back...

By Phone Arena on 65

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...

By Engadget on 80

Is the Echo for everyone? Certainly not. But then again, neither is the expansive Thunderbolt, the larger-than-life Streak or the close-minded iPhone 4. What the Echo delivers is an entirely new approach to Android, and somehow, Kyocera has managed to...

By Phone Scoop on

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...

By cnet on 73

The Kyocera Echo's design offers some unique advantages, but its appeal is hampered by usability quirks and a lackluster feature...

By LaptopMag on 80

The $199 dual-screen Kyocera Echo is not just an interesting proof of concept or a gimmick; it's a dual-screen dynamo that delivers a truly unique and compelling multitasking experience that you won't find on any other handset today. If...

By PCWorld on 60

Aside from having a larger area for Web browsing, the Echo doesn't seem to benefit greatly from having two screens. Most of the time, the second screen on the Echo feels like a bit of a gimmick. A physical keyboard might have been a better use of...

By BrightHub on 100

On February 7th, 2011, Sprint unveiled a new smartphone that it was rumored would change the face of the smartphone industry. That particular smartphone was the Kyoecera Echo. Kyocera currently isn't one of the well known brands in the United...