X

Kyocera Echo

The Kyocera Echo's design offers some unique advantages, but its appeal is hampered by usability quirks and a lackluster feature set.

Kent German
Kent was a senior managing editor at CNET News. A veteran of CNET since 2003, he reviewed the first iPhone and worked in both the London and San Francisco offices. When not working, he's planning his next vacation, walking his dog or watching planes land at the airport (yes, really).
Kent German
34498252_OVR.png
1 of 8 Josh Miller/CNET
You're not seeing double. The Kyocera Echo has two touch screens that can join together to form one large display. Needless to day, it's fairly unusual.
34498252_FT.png
2 of 8 Josh Miller/CNET
In its closed position, however, the Echo looks like your average Android smartphone.
34498252_PALM.png
3 of 8 Josh Miller/CNET
You also can open the Echo's displays at an angle. Here you can see how the home screen stretches out across both displays.
34498252_DT1.png
4 of 8 Josh Miller/CNET
In "optimized" mode, one display shows an application and the other shows user controls. Though the mode works across most features, it's a particularly comfortable arrangement for typing. Notice how the virtual keyboard takes up the entire bottom screen.
34498252_DT2.png
5 of 8 Josh Miller/CNET
In "simultasking" mode you can open two apps at the same time. Here we're running both the phone dialer and the messaging app.
34498252_DT3.png
6 of 8 Josh Miller/CNET
In tablet mode one app runs on both screens. This was very useful for maps and the Web browser.
34498252_SD.png
7 of 8 Josh Miller/CNET
The dual-screen design gives the Echo a thick profile. Most of the user controls and peripheral ports are located on the left spine.
34498252_BK.png
8 of 8 Josh Miller/CNET
The camera lens, self-portrait mirror, and flash sit on the Echo's rear side.

More Galleries

My Favorite Shots From the Galaxy S24 Ultra's Camera
A houseplant

My Favorite Shots From the Galaxy S24 Ultra's Camera

20 Photos
Honor's Magic V2 Foldable Is Lighter Than Samsung's Galaxy S24 Ultra
magic-v2-2024-foldable-1383

Honor's Magic V2 Foldable Is Lighter Than Samsung's Galaxy S24 Ultra

10 Photos
The Samsung Galaxy S24 and S24 Plus Looks Sweet in Aluminum
Samsung Galaxy S24

The Samsung Galaxy S24 and S24 Plus Looks Sweet in Aluminum

23 Photos
Samsung's Galaxy S24 Ultra Now Has a Titanium Design
The Galaxy S24 Ultra in multiple colors

Samsung's Galaxy S24 Ultra Now Has a Titanium Design

23 Photos
I Took 600+ Photos With the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max. Look at My Favorites
img-0368.jpg

I Took 600+ Photos With the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max. Look at My Favorites

34 Photos
Do You Know About These 17 Hidden iOS 17 Features?
Invitation for the Apple September iPhone 15 event

Do You Know About These 17 Hidden iOS 17 Features?

18 Photos
AI or Not AI: Can You Spot the Real Photos?
img-1599-2.jpg

AI or Not AI: Can You Spot the Real Photos?

17 Photos