Kyocera Echo is a pretty strange smartphone as it comes with a new design feature. It has dual displays that are hooked together and measure about 4.7 inches. They are both touch screens and they have a built in accelerometer and a proximity sensor. The display delivers bright, colorful images and a crisp text. However, as the two screens are the main attraction of this device, Kyocera should have thought about making them more vibrant and we do not understand why they do not support multitouch. The latter is a big disappointment. The two screens have three modes: tablet, optimized and multitasking. Just to offer you a peek: in the optimized mode you have the virtual QWERTY keyboard displayed on the second screen, while on the first screen you have the text input area. For more details on the dual displays and their usability, click here.
Leaving this aside, Echo’s communication capabilities include a good call quality, text and multimedia messaging, instant messaging, social networking and email. You have personal email via POP3/ IMAP accounts and corporate email through Microsoft Exchange server. As for writing a text, you have two choices: the virtual Android keyboard or the Swype keyboard. You can view attachments in Word/ Excel/ Power Point and PDF format files.
The smartphone has basic features, like: alarm clock, calendar, vibrate mode, polyphonic ringtones, calculator, conference call capability, voice recorder and speakerphone. The higher end features include Wi- Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, voice commands, WebKit browser and 3G speeds.
The multimedia features include a digital player, one game and a 5 megapixels camera that has Flash, editing options, 2x digital zoom, self portrait mirror and video recording capabilities. The picture quality is disappointing: there is obvious image noise, the colors look muted and there is also a pinkish tint around the edges of the pictures. The Echo comes preloaded with several applications, like: YouTube, Gmail, Google Maps, Google Talk, Google Search, Google Latitude, Sprint TV & Movies, Sprint Radio, Sprint Football Live and others. The device can support up to 32 GB of expandable memory, therefore you can download more apps from the Android Market without a problem.