February 24th 2014 8:00 am

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Niche and expensive, but seriously cool

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The YotaPhone 2 is a stark upgrade over its predecessor, with bigger, better displays wrapped in a much sleeker package. Most importantly, the secondary E Ink screen is actually useful this time around. It has its flaws, of course, is very expensive, and won't be everyone's cup of tea. Regardless, though, it's quite simply as cool as they come.

Critic reviews

7.0
4 reviews
  • Reception and call quality
  • Display
    8.0
  • Battery life
    7.0
  • Camera
    5.8
  • Ease of use
    6.0
  • Design and form factor
    9.0
  • Portability (size / weight)
    6.9
  • Media support
  • Durability
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    6.0

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User reviews

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1 review
  • Reception and call quality
    10
  • Display
    10
  • Battery life
    10
  • Camera
    10
  • Ease of use
    10
  • Design and form factor
    10
  • Portability (size / weight)
    10
  • Media support
    10
  • Durability
    10
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    10
8.0
Engadget Dec 3, 2014

It has its flaws, of course, is very expensive, and won't be everyone's cup of tea. Regardless, though, it's quite simply as cool as they come.

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6.0
CNET UK Dec 3, 2014

Although the YotaPhone 2's e-ink display is wonderfully novel, and can result in much better battery life, the phone needs to be considerably cheaper if it's going to be a sensible purchase over other Android phones.

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7.0
The Next Web Dec 3, 2014

The YotaPhone 2 won’t be to everyone’s taste, and you’ll need to spend some time picking your preferences and getting used to the rear display, but if you can force the habit, then the device offers genuinely useful functionality.

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6.0
Stuff Dec 3, 2014

One of this year’s most interesting phones, but a high price and awkward style limit its mainstream appeal

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First Looks

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Engadget Feb 24, 2014

Although we've been hands-on with a very early and fragile prototype, the physical improvements are immediately obvious. When you turn the phone over to its "normal" side, for example to watch video or use the camera, you'll notice that the 720p LCD panel has been upgraded.

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CNET Feb 23, 2014

The new YotaPhone's e-ink, or electronic paper display (EPD), grows to 4.7 inches on back, with a 960x540-pixel resolution. This is leagues more detail-rich than the first phone's 640x360-pixel resolution, which frankly made monochromatic images look fuzzy; a bad combo.

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Pocket-Lint Feb 24, 2014

We like the new design, it certainly looks softer and it feels lovely to hold with the e-paper display on the rear, just like the original model. The YotaPhone 2 sits in your hand better however, as the curved edges feel more natural than the square design.

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Wired UK Feb 24, 2014

It's much slimmer and lighter and generally more attractive than the previous model, and the E-Ink screen looks and functions much better in person. The rounded corners and curved grey back make the phone feel like a perfectly smooth pebble.

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Time Feb 24, 2014

The second-generation YotaPhone should be a vast improvement over the original, adding a full capacitive touchscreen for the e-ink display and new features to go with it.

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Phone Scoop Feb 24, 2014

Where the original YotaPhone was thick, blocky, and unbecoming, the new device is modern and quite attractive. It has pleasant curves and an appealing design. The main screen has been upgraded to a 5-inch HD panel.

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T3 Feb 25, 2014

While the first YotaPhone seemed like a bit of a gimmick, the manufacturer has learnt lessons and applied them to the second-gen handset. And what they've come up with looks like a very cool product.

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