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Kyocera Echo Review

Kyocera Echo

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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


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

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

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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Kyocera Echo

Kyocera Echo

OS: Android 2.3 2.2
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PhoneArena rating:
6.5Good
Display3.5 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (267 ppi) LCD
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1, Single core, 1000 MHz, Scorpion processor
0.5 GB 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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