Yota YotaPhone

69
Engadget
Score
It has some redeeming qualities, but you could still do better.
69

It has some redeeming qualities, but you could still do better.

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Engadget Summary

The YotaPhone isn't yet ready to deliver on its dual-screen promise due to various issues ranging from poor build quality to short battery life and, most importantly, an inability to make use of its rear E Ink panel except in a very limited selection of pre-installed apps. Without support for our favorite e-book and magazine platforms, or for Spotify and other streaming apps, or transport updates and Google Now (which we're told is coming soon), there just isn't much reason for us to flip the phone over.

What's needed is a big push on the software front. Not just in terms of stimulating third-party app developers to take the YotaPhone seriously, but also by reducing the phone's reliance on those developers in the first place. This might happen through better mirroring of the LCD onto the E Ink side, rather than the stagnant screengrab-mirroring we have now, alongside some kind of mapping from swipe gestures to standard navigation functions (forwards, backwards, play, pause, et cetera).

This lack of support could potentially be solved within this generation of the product, through some major software updates, but we wouldn't rush out to buy the YotaPhone unless and until that happens. The other option is to wait for a complete hardware revision, in the hope that it'll bring a full touch-sensitive E Ink panel or some other solution. Either way, with all the expertise Yota Devices has gained in putting this type of display into a phone, there's a much better chance that this type of hybrid handset will one day be successful.
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Model

Key Specs

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Talk time
2G, 3G
Camera
yes
Internal memory
32 GB
Screen size
4.3 inches

General

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Power

Talk time
2G, 3G

Camera

Camera
yes (12 megapixels) (yes)

Storage

Internal memory
32 GB

Connectivity

WiFi
yes
Bluetooth
Yes (unspecified version)

Media

Media playback
yes

Messaging

SMS
yes
MMS
yes

Browser and email

Browser
HTML
Email
yes (Push email)

Carriers

Regions offered
Europe

Radio type

Comm standard
LTE
Subscriber identity
SIM card

Display

Screen size
4.3 inches
Screen resolution
1280 x 720
Screen type
LCD

Alternate display

Secondary screen
yes (4.3 inches) (E Ink)

Audio and voice

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm

Hardware

CPU
1.5 GHz
RAM
2 GB

Other features

Flight mode
yes
FM tuner
no
FM transmitter
no
Infrared port
no
Kickstand
no
NFC or RFID payment
yes
PictBridge
no
Ruggedized
no
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