Enterprise Mobility: Sprint Kyocera Echo Creates an Android Smartphone with a Tablet Twist

By Clint Boulton  |  Posted 2011-04-19 Print this article Print
Kyocera Echo Unboxed

Kyocera Echo Unboxed

The device comes in a big gray box, with a smaller box that includes the mini-USB, external battery charger and spare battery. The device measures about 4.5 inches long, 2.2 inches wide and slightly more than half an inch thick.
Sprint's Kyocera Echo is a unique smartphone based on Google's Android 2.2 smartphone and powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. The handset sports not one but two candy bar-style, 3.5-inch touch-screen displays that are stacked until users swing them out side-by-side via the phone's pivot hinge. When side-by-side, these screens provide users with 4.7 inches of screen real estate. While not physically connected, the screens responded surprisingly well when eWEEK switched from side to side to shift among the Echo's 5 customizable home screens. So did the applications, working seamlessly despite the divider in the middle. Alternatively, users may "simultask," or launch a different app on each screen. For example, a user can send an email or watch a video on one screen while surfing the Web on the other. The Echo, shown here at Sprint's February launch event, is available now for $199.99 with a two-year deal from Sprint. eWEEK spent several days using this as a primary phone, and we were surprised at how easy it is to use given the novel design. Take a peek at what we saw and learned about the Kyocera Echo in this slideshow.

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