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Kyocera Echo Review

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Kyocera has given the Echo the hardware to compete with Sprint’s other flagship devices, namely the EVO 4G and Epic 4G, but one notable exception is the lack of 4G.  Instead the Echo relies on Sprint’s 3G network (and actually gets a 3G icon, instead of the familiar Ev) and of course has Wi-Fi (a/b/g) as well.  aGPS is built in, as is Bluetooth 2.1+EDR with support for the HFP, HSP, OPP, A2DP and PBA profiles.

As noted earlier the stock browser does not support multitouch, but others like Dolphin Browser HD and Firefox mobile restore the pinch to zoom we all know and love.  Speeds were comparable to the EVO and EVO Shift on 3G and Wi-Fi networks, and in tablet mode browsing was pretty awesome.  We said earlier that we got used to the bar separating the displays, but you still notice it and we look forward to a more elegant solution to this problem (in some other phone, maybe).

Web surfing with the Kyocera Echo - Kyocera Echo Review
Web surfing with the Kyocera Echo - Kyocera Echo Review
Web surfing with the Kyocera Echo - Kyocera Echo Review
Web surfing with the Kyocera Echo - Kyocera Echo Review

Web surfing with the Kyocera Echo



Camera and Multimedia:

Being a stock Android device you get a stock Android multimedia experience.  There is no optimization for the dual screen in the music or video players, with the exception of VueQue which only plays YouTube videos.  In tablet mode the bar is very noticeable while watching videos, and since the display in tablet mode is close to square and most videos these days are widescreen there isn’t a huge advantage to watching in tablet versus regular mode.

The music player - Kyocera Echo Review
The music player - Kyocera Echo Review

The music player


If the Echo were priced at $99 we’d say the camera did pretty well, but since it’s priced at the same level as the EVO and Epic 4G we’re a bit more critical and it does not stack up.  The first issue is the long capture time, nearly 3s.  Combine that with 3s to load the camera and you’re not only prone to miss the image, but as you can see from our high light sample you’re likely to end up with blurry results.  We left that one in on purpose, but there were at least 5 other samples that had to be retaken because of blur from the long shutter time.  When you do get a clear image results aren’t bad, but again they are not on par with the 5MP camera found in the Epic.  Colors were reproduced very naturally with good saturation, but fine details were often muddled.  The 720p camcorder had some issues of its own.  As you can see from our sample video the video froze up, but it did give any indication while we were filming so you don’t know until watching it.  Impromptu videos may be hit and miss with the echo, but hopefully this will also be addressed in a software update.

Sample images taken with the Kyocera Echo - Kyocera Echo Review
Sample images taken with the Kyocera Echo - Kyocera Echo Review
Sample images taken with the Kyocera Echo - Kyocera Echo Review
Sample images taken with the Kyocera Echo - Kyocera Echo Review
Sample images taken with the Kyocera Echo - Kyocera Echo Review
Sample images taken with the Kyocera Echo - Kyocera Echo Review
Sample images taken with the Kyocera Echo - Kyocera Echo Review
Sample images taken with the Kyocera Echo - Kyocera Echo Review

Sample images taken with the Kyocera Echo


Strong - Indoor samples - Kyocera Echo Review
Medium - Indoor samples - Kyocera Echo Review
Low light - Indoor samples - Kyocera Echo Review
Darkness with flash - Indoor samples - Kyocera Echo Review

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posted on 18 Apr 2011, 10:55 3

1. Richard (unregistered)


I bought the ECHO yesterday and absolutely love it!! The best part of the device is the email experience. You get a preview pane on the top and your inbox messages on the bottom. All you have to do is tap a new message and it is diaplayed on the top screen. This will save me a lot of time. I also like the ability to keep my email on one screen and browse the web on the other. I had email running on top screen last night with gamecast on the bottom. Like the review said, not bad for the first version but some room for improvment. I have always loved Sanyo and it's been a while since I've had one.

posted on 18 Apr 2011, 11:54 1

4. SprintJunk (unregistered)


Don't count on Sprint to update the software, I have the Samsung Moment that they said would get updated to 2.2 and it did not.

Your review of this phone is exactly what I was expecting:
Hinge system will break in matter of weeks.
Slow

posted on 18 Apr 2011, 13:51 3

6. user139 (unregistered)


Come on, the moment? The moment will never be updated to 2.2 the hardware wont support it. BUY A NEW PHONE. "Dont count on sprint to update the software"? Really? Dont count on customers to be educated. Buy a good device in the first place, do your research and dont think the technology is perfect. Try that first and then complain about your carrier. If your still using a moment, you shouldent even own a smart phone.

posted on 05 May 2011, 22:43

15. tomy2011 (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 May 2011)


Hey, I agree with you about Sprint getting a 2.2 froyo for Samsung Moment. However, the phone is able to support 2.2 froyo. You can see that on XDA website. Thank you for your comment

posted on 18 Apr 2011, 13:54

7. user139 (unregistered)


Furthermore, Have you had this device in your hands? No? Then dont comment on the hinge. Ive used this for about a week and it actually impressed me. Its not without its flaws, but far from junk. The last thing to break on this will be the hinge. Dont be ignorant.

posted on 18 Apr 2011, 14:03

9. Allday28 (Posts: 274; Member since: 19 Nov 2010)


Ummm i did go see it today and its straight junk and ugly at that!!

posted on 20 Apr 2011, 17:33

14. downphoenix (Posts: 2379; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


lies, Sprint never said it was gonna get 2.2, in fact, they were on the record and said no androids released before 2010 were gonna get 2.2, but all androids released in 2010 would get it, and they kept their word, as all android devices in 2010 either had 2.2 built in or got updated... eventually.

posted on 18 Apr 2011, 12:23 2

5. jovy121 (Posts: 14; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)


If this phone said VERIZON on it instead of Sprint it would no doubt have a 9 out of 10 or possibly a 10 on it. Hey phonearena how much does verizon pay??? It looks like a good phone, It's not meant for everyone. It looks like its meant for teenagers. Not those super techy people.

posted on 18 Apr 2011, 13:54 3

8. remixfa (Posts: 14077; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


lol really jovy? Everyone knows that PA is paid by apple to lick the crome clean on the logo every day.
Honestly, the phone got a higher review than i thought it would.

My only thing with the article is that they called a 1ghz snapdragon "top tier" when its lower mid tier now (my how fast things change..lol) when you put it beside a Hummingbird or anything dual core which is the new top tier.

posted on 18 Apr 2011, 19:42

10. Dre (unregistered)


This review just sounds wrong to me, Cnet and Phonedog gave much better reviews and scores. This one seemed to just pick at any and everything.....kinda like every review PA has ever given to a android phone.

posted on 19 Apr 2011, 06:58

11. nick (unregistered)


wait...what? 3.5+3.5=7. x_X

posted on 19 Apr 2011, 07:53

12. egraves (unregistered)


The width of the phone is 3.5 for each screen so when opened you only get the 5. whatever

posted on 19 Apr 2011, 21:37

13. Boti95 (Posts: 162; Member since: 05 Sep 2010)


Does this have an autofocus camera???

posted on 17 May 2011, 01:47 3

16. Ben (unregistered)


the phone is awesome. the battery life sucks but i drive for a living so i am able to charge whenever. i have 30 days to decide if its for me or if i want the nexus s. im leaning towards keeping the echo. i read a few reviews that werent so nice before i bought it but i like to make my own choices. if i shaped my life from reviews id be watching the kardashians and listening to lady gaga. no thank you. read books, listen to real musicians, and dont believe everything they tell you. lol

posted on 26 May 2011, 11:23

19. bsanders18 (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 May 2011)


I agree with everything you said lol

posted on 18 May 2011, 20:01

17. saw22 (unregistered)


hey my dad says that its not the hing that will break its the springs what do u guys think

posted on 18 May 2011, 20:06

18. saw22 (unregistered)


o and how long does the battery last

posted on 12 Aug 2011, 12:59

21. MarkJ (unregistered)


I've had the Echo from the very beginning (in fact 3 days prior to the official launch as a Sprint Premier customer). The phone has been fantastic!

It's now been 4 months of heavy use. The hinge is rock-solid still. I've also dropped the phone numerous times as well as had friends try to force close it thinking the hinge worked like a book. Nothing so far has phased the build on this phone. It looks like a brick and it's built like a brick. For me, that's good.

The only negative really is the lag. This I blame on RAM, processor, and internal memory. When the phone isn't loaded down with apps (after a fresh reinstall of the OS) it flies. (This is true for most any Android device.) After being loaded up with apps it lags quite a bit (also true of most any Android device). A dual core cpu and more RAM, not to mention on-board memory would go a long way in making the lag issue less of a problem.

The battery life is fine. I've had several Android phones with large screens (EVO 4G) and several webOS phones (which I loved and hated parting with) which all had similar battery life to the Echo. Calling the battery life abysmal is an exaggeration for sure! It's on par with every device I've owned, making the extra battery a major bonus! The two batteries combined get me through an entire day of regular use easily.

Now, for what's awesome about this phone. The two-in-one aspect of this phone is so, so great! It's a perfect sized ereader with a near 5" display one second, and seconds later, it's an iphone sized handset. Web browsing, games and books have never been more awesome. Throw in the 32gb card I've got and this is far and away the best all around device I've had in years!

posted on 21 Aug 2011, 13:23

22. micahbzrk (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


I want this phone...i just wished it had a ffc

posted on 14 Sep 2011, 08:22

23. madcowmilau (unregistered)


Phone arena is great. CNET is the one who is bias.
Keep up the good work guys.

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 12:31

24. marcel123 (unregistered)


Can someone tell me how to send picture mail on this phone..because i can send pictures but people dont recieve them.. i can recieve pictures but my picture say it is sent but the person does not recieve them someone help....

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Kyocera Echo

Kyocera Echo

OS: Android 2.3 2.2
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Display3.5 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (267 ppi) LCD
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 QSD8650, Single core, 1000 MHz, Scorpion processor
512 MB RAM
Size4.53 x 2.22 x 0.68 inches
(115.0 x 56.5 x 17.2 mm)
6.80 oz  (193 g)
Battery1370 mAh, 7 hours talk time

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