The Sprint Kyocera Echo is undeniably a neat idea, and though we’re not sure the phone’s implementation quite meets up with its potential, it’s an Android unlike anything else out there, and one that’s sure to draw attention. Sprint will start selling the dual-screen phone on April 17 for around $200 with contract, and has now opened up pre-orders for anyone interested in securing one.
You certainly get more screen space than any other smartphone with the folded-open Echo, but you’re going to have to decide for yourself if that extra real estate adds much more use to the phone. The custom apps that spread across both displays are impressive, but there’s still that gap in the middle to fend with, which we noticed seems a bit larger in person than we got the sense of from press shots. There’s always the “simul-task” mode that keeps one Echo-aware app running on each screen, making the gap less of an issue.
Check out our hands-on with the Echo to see if it’s the right fit for you, then head on over to Sprint’s site if you want to get your pre-order in.