YotaPhone 2014 hands-on (Video)

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If anyone ever tells you that smartphones are all the same these days, that every manufacturer is copying everyone else to the point where all our phone are homogeneous, uninspiring slabs, you just point them on over to the YotaPhone, the handset that just has to do things a little differently.

We saw the first YotaPhone debut last year, marrying a rear-mounted electronic ink to a typical full-color smartphone display, offering a persistent output, low power consumption, and great daylight readability. This year’s model delivers a healthy set of improvements, bumping up processing hardware, slimming down the design, and giving that rear e-ink panel a full touch sensor.

Is that going to be enough to raise the YotaPhone from “really neat idea” to “smartphone that has us thinking twice about going with another cookie-cutter model from more well-known brands?” We went hands-on with the handset at MWC this year to learn just what it’s made of; watch on to get our opinions.

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Stephen Schenck
Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!