February 8, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka
So you’ve had a night to sleep on it. Does the Kyocera Echo still seem as cool as it did when you first saw it, or do you think it’s gimmicky and doomed to fail? We heard a range of opinions from people last night, but most folks were disappointed that Sprint’s hyped event wasn’t for a device that will advance smartphones the way that the HTC EVO or Samsung Epic did last year. The Echo has last-generation specs in a new package.
But it’s not all doom and gloom. Some people have been intrigued by the Echo’s unique dual-screen hinge that enables them to do two things at once. Others look forward to having a Nintendo DSi-like device running Android. Whichever side of the fence you’re on, here are a couple of videos from last night’s Sprint event.
Below is a video showing a portion of the on-stage presentation of Kyocera’s “simultasking” for dual-screen communication, having a large virtual keyboard that doesn’t obstruct the main screen, and even accessing options while playing a game. We’ll see how enticing this device proves to be later this spring.
This video was contributed by Vizziato for Androinica. Follow him on Twitter.