SPRINT ECHO

SPRINT ECHO

Kyocera’s The Echo is manufactured exclusively for Sprint.  Similar to an Android smartphone, it instead features a hinge that allows it to morph quickly from a single to dual-screen device.  Two batteries are included.

Available for purchase at $199, with a two-year plan the phone will get you a $100 rebate.  The 3.5-inch touch displays can be used in either portrait or landscape and either separately or in tandem (ie. read email and search Google simultaneously).  The problem is it’s a 3G phone so therefore cannot use the superfast 4G network recently launched by Sprint.  On the upside you can link it to your notebook and use it as a Wi-Fi hotspot.  You can also run games on the device.

The phone comes with Android version 2.2, a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, an 8GB removable memory card (it can support up to 32GB), Bluetooth 2.1 support, and a 5-megapixel camera with support for 720p HD video.  Compensating for the power demands of dual screens, the unit is supplied with two batteries and an external charger that can be connected to the phone allowing you to charge both batteries simultaneously.  (Hint: keep the charger with you at all times.)