Kyocera Echo Phone – It’s Smart too!

For people who love to do multitasking, a Smartphone is their best pal. They can do anything starting from emailing to websurfing, but sometimes all the tasks make the screen appear to small. Now you can look the world through 4.7-inch window using the dual-screen Kyocera Echo Smartphone for Sprint. Sprint has sold the Kyocera Echo as a new Android Smartphone which brings a neat idea to life. You can get the second identical screen simply by sliding over the touch screen.

After the spring this phone will be available for $199.99 with a two-year contract in Sprint, the Kyocera Echo boasts two 3.5-inch WVGA touch screens and a ‘pivot hinge’ that allows you to place the two displays side by side to form a larger 4.7-inch display. The unique hinge of Echo is made out of ‘liquid metal’.  The Android 2.2 device can be operated in four modes – standard, optimized, tablet and simultasking. In terms of its capability optimized and simultask modes are more advanced. The optimized mode supports a single app and gives you the main view on one screen, and the app’s complementary features and functionality on the second screen. In simultask mode, one can do multitasking to a new level as he will be able to use two apps concurrently with each displayed on one of the dual touch screen.

But, the black frame surrounding each 3.5-inch screen creates distraction for the black bar bisecting the two screens when they’re side by side. Thus one gets the hindrances due to the black line while watching the video or photos. While texting or messaging the bottom screen functions as a good virtual keyboard which is supported by the inclusion of Swype’s typing software. In some apps the two screens can be used separately like when playing The Sims, the bottom screen is the control pad, just like on a Nintendo DS.

[ad#ga-cbox-right]The Echo runs a single-core, 1-GHz Qualcomm QSD8255 processor  and it’s also pushing more pixels than any Android Smartphone, even more than the Samsung Galaxy Tab. And also while using both the screens simultaneously battery might not work for a whole day. Thus the sprints are trying to get a second 1370 mAh battery, with its own charger that attaches to the phone’s power cord. Thus, you can charge both the batteries at the same time. The other important feature is a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, a 5-megapixel camera with 720p HD video recording, mobile hot-spot capabilities (up to five devices), and 1GB internal memory and pre-installed 8GB microSD card. And there is no user interface even though; the Echo is running Android 2.2.  As it has a version 2.2 of Google Inc.’s Android software, which is available on plenty of other handsets but isn’t the latest version for Smartphones.

In contrast to other Sprint phones, the Echo does not work on the company’s newer “4G” network, so one will have to make up with 3G or connect to a strong Wi-Fi hotspot for data-intense activities.

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