Life on two screens: using the YotaPhone 2 (Video)

The YotaPhone 2 packs a lot of features that set it apart from the typical smartphone. It’s got more curves than we usually see these days, a volume rocker that does double-duty as a SIM card tray, and it comes to us from Russia. Oh, and it’s got a second screen around back.

The YotaPhone 2’s E-Paper Display (EPD) is a 4.7″ 960×540 E-Ink panel that dominates the rear cover of the device. With no backlight, just 16 levels of greyscale and a pixel density of only 235ppi, it’s not all that impressive on paper – but YotaPhone nonetheless manages to squeeze a lot of mileage out of its key differentiator. A full mirroring mode means anything that can be shown on the front-side AMOLED screen can also be shown on the EPD, with significant battery savings in the process. Books, boarding passes, maps and emails are all easier to read on the E-Ink panel than on the AMOLED screen in bright sunlight. And the YotaCover and YotaPanel features make it simple to decorate and operate the phone, respectively, right from the EPD.

The YotaPhone 2 has its share of drawbacks, which we’ll touch on in our full review coming later this week. For now, let’s take a look at all the ways a second screen can make your smartphone life a little easier (or at least more fun). Check out our YotaPhone 2 EPD video below, then see our YotaPhone 2 hands-on and unboxing coverage further down – and be sure to let us know what you’re most curious about concerning the YotaPhone lifestyle! Drop a comment at the bottom.

YotaPhone 2 EPD lesson

YotaPhone 2 unboxing (CES 2015)

YotaPhone 2 hands-on (CES 2015)

 

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Michael Fisher
Michael Fisher has followed the world of mobile technology for over ten years as hobbyist, retailer, and reviewer. A lengthy stint as a Sprint Nextel employee and a long-time devotion to webOS have cemented his love for the underdog platforms of the world. In addition to serving as Pocketnow's Reviews Editor, Michael is a stage, screen, and voice actor, as well as co-founder of a profitable YouTube-based business. He lives in Boston, MA. Read more about Michael Fisher!