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  • Sprint Tries to Muscle Up Against Verizon iPhone Launch


    With Sprint obviously feeling left out of the iPhone party, the company is trying to muscle up to the swelling competition from Verizon and AT&T by teasing an exclusive new Android-powered dual-touchscreen smartphone. Dubbed the "Kyocera Echo," the smartphone in question is billed as a first of its kind Android device. It was formally unveiled this week by Sprint, with an estimated launch scheduled for spring.

    The Kyocera Echo will run you $199.99 (two-year contract, of course), after a $100 mail-in rebate. But while the smartphone's critics contend that this smartphone is nothing more than a clever attempt to distract from iPhone-mania, some of the device's specs are worth noting. Most noticeably, of course, are the phone's two 3.5-inch WVGA touchscreen displays. According to the manufacturer, the screens are fused by "pivot hinge." So the screens can either be operated independently of one another, or combined to make a 4.7-inch diagonal display that makes the phone work in "tablet mode."

    Pretty sweet. But will it make a dent in the iPhone market? "Sprint is proud to boast the most powerful Android portfolio available today and Echo adds to that legacy with industry-leading technology that will change the way our customers use smartphones," Sprint CEO Dan Hesse said, trying to drum up hype for the handset. "Today’s busy schedules often demand that we do at least two things at once. Kyocera Echo is the first device that allows us to do a different task on each of two screens while also providing a tablet-like, larger screen experience that easily fits in a pocket when closed."

    Time will only tell if the Kyocera Echo will please consumers, or if it will simply "echo" the failures of other would-be iPhone killers.

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: Sprint Tries to Muscle Up Against Verizon iPhone Launch started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 44 Comments
    1. Hondamaker's Avatar
      Hondamaker -
      That's actually not too bad a phone. Battery life may suck, though, and that pivoting hinge looks like if you try to close it in a hurry you might break it. But it's really interesting.
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      That was pretty sweet! It'd be interesting to see 'if' Apple responds to this idea...
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by gotanmp3 View Post
      Sprint already has an iPhone killer: the Evo. It bests the iPhone on everything except display resolution and battery life (easily fixed with an extended battery). The concept Sprint (and T-Mobile) isn't getting is that people are buying the iPhone for iOS and the app selection, not just the hardware.

      Two screens just means this thing is going to suck battery like there's no tomorrow and it will have limited 3rd party app support. I honestly wonder why Sprint even bothered - they should've just spent the money and effort kissing Apple's behind to get some CDMA iPhone 4s to sell.
      So the iPhone still beats out the Evo...
    1. slbenficaboy's Avatar
      slbenficaboy -
      This highly resembles the concept phone that was posted on engadget a little bit ago, just two screens instead of 3. I like the idea and wouldn't mind the extra bulk if it meant a better battery.
    1. gQstatus05's Avatar
      gQstatus05 -
      [Observation from an Android user]The phone concept is genius but why did it have to be Kyocera? The phone looks really cheap and I'm pretty sure there's going to be a lot of hardware issues with the screens. I would imagine that the 2 screens are connected by one ribbon connector and that will spell out problems.

      I think they should have went to HTC and had them build something. Another thing I don't like is that when the phone is closed the screen is not centered on the device. They could have made the screen bigger so that it will look centered when you're not using the 2 screens. The phone looks retarded when closed. I predict massive fail with this one but I do applaud them because this will get other manufactures making their own rendition of dual screen phones.

      This thread explains our frustrations with this phone:
      Kyocera Echo's afterparty pics - xda-developers
    1. ImStrapped's Avatar
      ImStrapped -
      Hmm, I think I like the idea but it jussss doesn't seem like it'll catch on. Doesn't seem very necessary in my opinion and rather inconvenient unless you're sitting down and working that phone on your lap as if it was your laptop.
    1. gotanmp3's Avatar
      gotanmp3 -
      Quote Originally Posted by steve-z17 View Post
      So the iPhone still beats out the Evo...
      Well, the retina display makes games, video and photos look amazing. But hands down, web browsing and texting is much more enjoyable on a larger screen - once you try it, the iPhone feels cramped.

      Put it this way, if you could put iOS on an Evo, would you still rather have an iPhone? You'd gain a bigger screen, 4G, replaceable battery and SD card storage.
    1. clockworkengine's Avatar
      clockworkengine -
      This is a pretty cool concept, but I'd rather have one high resolution screen (ip4) than two low resolution screens. Hopefully the form factor might catch on and some better manufacturers might try their hand at it.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Not even the Sprint and Android fans are excited for this damn thing. This was the most over-hyped bit of tech in a long while...
    1. anmiller07's Avatar
      anmiller07 -
      hahaha this thread has got me thinking about Sprints first iPhone killer. remember the Instinct? LMFAO. this might be a bigger epic fail than THAT technology feat.

      Quote Originally Posted by gotanmp3 View Post
      Well, the retina display makes games, video and photos look amazing. But hands down, web browsing and texting is much more enjoyable on a larger screen - once you try it, the iPhone feels cramped.

      Put it this way, if you could put iOS on an Evo, would you still rather have an iPhone? You'd gain a bigger screen, 4G, replaceable battery and SD card storage.
      The Evo is too big for me to enjoy it is a phone. I felt the same way about the HD2 which I had for like 2 weeks, albeit the Evo is better because it has Android rather than Windows mobile. As far as 4g, I've used it on my brothers phone and seriously I don't need internet that fast on my phone, plus it's a battery killer, and yes I know about the extended batteries, but frankly they're ugly, and add bulk to an already oversized device. And I don't really care about expandable memory, I haven't filled my 32gigs. And my brother keeps raving about a feature that let's you sepak your text messages to the phone? Seriously, that's the dumbest thing ever. If i was in a position where I could talk, I would CALL. But, with all that said, even if I did agree with all your points the Evo doesn't have iOS so....it's not really an iPhone killer is it? AT BEST its the only worthy adversary.
    1. Kapowman's Avatar
      Kapowman -
      Quote Originally Posted by DJ NiveK View Post
      I think its a very interesting phone, the question is can a DS emulator be made for it? lolz
      I thought the same thing, right when he opened up the 2 screens
    1. DarkoNova's Avatar
      DarkoNova -
      Pretty sweet, but look how laggy the interface is. And a 1Ghz Snapdragon, what is this 2009?
    1. Captinsmooth's Avatar
      Captinsmooth -
      Good for them for being innovative, at least its not another Iphone clone. I could see this taking off. It's almost like a folding tablet phone, good idea.
    1. Waaasobe's Avatar
      Waaasobe -
      Kyocera makes the worst phones in the league, apple has nothing to worry about.
    1. andsoitgoes's Avatar
      andsoitgoes -
      Quote Originally Posted by santacruzlocal View Post
      Or two movies ... if (when) you and your "other" can't agree on one
      Honestly, my first thought was "Damn, 2 different porn movies at the same time!!"

      That said, first... this isn't iOS and I'm reminded as to how much I dislike the Android OS menu system.

      The thing is HUGE. I mean, HUGE. I thought the iPhone was big when I switched to it, but this is like carrying around a Nintendo DS. It's seriously as thick.

      The reaction time on the buttons was seriously questionable, as well. The second you touch a button on a stock iPhone, it is like a race car. Here, he had to hit some of the screen logos 3 or 4 times, and the face hardware buttons about the same.

      So in theory, and on paper, this is a kick *** phone.

      In the real world, I don't think it can compete. Also, I've never, ever, ever liked a Kyocera phone. They've had endless problems whenever I've used them in the past.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by andsoitgoes View Post
      That said, first... this isn't iOS and I'm reminded as to how much I dislike the Android OS menu system.
      LOL what? You can make it look and act exactly like iOS in this sense.
    1. andsoitgoes's Avatar
      andsoitgoes -
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      LOL what? You can make it look and act exactly like iOS in this sense.
      So I can make the *entire" menu system mimic iOS? So how is that solving the problem? The terrible menu system is still there. It's not an iPhone, so the way it handles and lays out the system options are different.

      And that said, I want to make an OS operate just like the iPhone? Why don't I just stick with the iPhone and have a more responsive and useful OS

      I've yet to be really impressed by the Android OS in any way. I guess I'm spoiled by the rock solid (even if limiting) iPhone OS.
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      I would say that this idea is great. If and iPhone had it I would buy it. I would love to run two applications simultaneously and see both at the same time
    1. Venom1234's Avatar
      Venom1234 -
      Quote Originally Posted by i3urger View Post
      nothing can out beat the iphone cuz apple just makes good sh1t. Just like with tablets apple knows wat consumers want. Even without jailbreaking it still is a better product.

      I just finished watching the video and i have to admit the idea of that fone is just wow. Although is seems to be slow as the guy tries to click repeatedly to get it to work faster but i think it has a big chance to compete. At least, until they can get their fone to work faster. But it looks like something i would buy. On the other hand i can't wait until the iphone 5 releases!
      fail!
    1. creasy425's Avatar
      creasy425 -
      Way to go sprint (sarcasm dripping). Outstanding concept coupled with the crappiest phone maker on the planet. You couldn't pay me to own a koycera phone. Hopefully samsung picks up on this. Maybe then it would be interesting. Until a REAL phone maker runs with this concept..........next please.