The Feb 7 Sprint announcement about the new Kyocera Echo smartphone has techies on the edge of their seats and "Illusionist" David Blaine as a spokesperson. But why does it matter?
Well, according to The Wall Street Journal, the Echo plans to change the game with a whole new design for smartphones:
Sprint Nextel Corp. plans to unveil a smartphone late Monday that includes a twin set of touch screens that give the device a pseudo-tablet design, according to a person familiar with the device. The device, called the Echo and made by the U.S. unit of Japan-based Kyocera Corp., features two 3.5-inch touch screens that can be stacked side by side.
Early reviews of the phone say the dual-screens make it easy to multi-task or drag an item from one screen to the other. They want us to believe that the Echo is "making the impossible possible." Blah, blah, blah. Who cares? I call GIMMICK!
I may not be the earliest of adopters (I waited until the iPhone 3GS was out to get one), but I doubt I'll ever see the merit to this design. I don't want to drag an item from one screen to another. I don't want to carry around a second screen. I don't want a smartphone that turns into a tablet that turns into a pet monkey! Gah!
I just want one phone that works well at everything. That one phone is and always will be the iPhone.
Yeah, I have friends who have Droids. I know people who swear by their Blackberry Torches. But I'm sticking with my iPhone. I recently had to start using a PC for work, and I haven't been on one regularly since I got my first iBook in 2005. Now, I remember why! Apple is the most intuitive software out there for any platform (phone, computer, tablet, whatever). You want to find something, there's a quick and easy keyboard command for that. You want to do something on your phone? There's an app for that. No, really, there is. Apps usually come out first for iPhone, and then for other ripoffs phones.
I've also heard that Droids and other smartphones run like PCs. (Well, it makes sense, since no one can really do Apple like Apple can.) This means that none of the features on the phones run seamlessly. Maybe it's because the operating system and the phone are at odds with one another, as opposed to made by the same manufacturer (as with Mac software/iPhone).
More reasons the only smartphone worth buying is the iPhone: Face Time; its sleek style (everything else looks like clunky crap); and it syncs up perfectly with all of the other gadgets in a Mac-based world. I could go on and on. Clearly, I'm not afraid to admit it -- I'm a Mac girl, and I'm not going back. If I ever decide I want the functionality of a tablet device, I'll be buying an iPad.
That's why, when it comes to the Kyocera Echo, as far as I care, David Blaine can go right ahead and make it disappear.
Would you be interested in a smartphone that doubles as a phone and a tablet?
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