The Kyocera Echo was never going to be one of those phones that we fell in love with from the start; the reason for this was because it was different. This can be a good thing for some brands, such as Apple and Motorola, but not when you are a for a smaller phone maker. With rumors of an Echo 2 coming we have been looking at a few design ideas, and there seems to be a consensus.
The current design looks a little dated in our eyes, as it has squared edges, and we know how much consumer’s love rounded edges now. It was a shock that Sprint took Kyocera up on the phone, but it did show that they were willing to offer their customers something a little different. Some will say that they love the form factor, whereas others believe that it needs to be changed. However, they must be on to something with a dual-screen, because Sony is to use it for their S2 device, which is AT&T bound.
It is of no surprise to us that sales have been a little lack lustier for the Echo, but we need to point out just how tough the handset is. First impressions would suggest that the phone would break easily, but you would be wrong, as the video explains below. We were shocked at just how much abuse this phone can take; we just hope that this robust design passes on to its predecessor?
Some Engadget readers say that the phone should never have been made in the first place, and that Kyocera shouldn’t even think of a new model. The carrier is another issue, saying that the handset might have better success if it was released on A&T or Verizon — well this not help the ill-fated Microsoft Kin One and Two did it? However, having a GSM version would have been a great advantage.
Kyocera needs to offer a next-gen Snapdragon processor, along with Gingerbread and an EVO style design. Both screens will need to be increased to make them worthwhile. By reducing the bezel and case you could have larger screens without making the phone larger itself — maybe even reducing it a little. However, by doing so you may lose some of that toughness.
The biggest issue is with the hinge, because the way it works you cannot maintain a constant touch from one screen to another, this will need to be rectified in the Kyocera Echo 2 — if it ever gets made. What would you change?