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Kyocera Echo Answers Call for Travel Display

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- If you've got an entrepreneurial Dad or grad in your life -- ideally one unafraid to fly his or her geek flag -- have I got a gift for you: the Kyocera (KYO - Get Report) Echo dual-screen smartphone from Sprint (S) ($99 with 2-year plan).

Released in early April to what amounted to gasps of digital shock and awe, the Echo was the first two-screen, touch-activated Google (GOOG - Get Report) Android-based communications tool I know of. When folded up, only a single screen is visible; the thing behaves like your average Motorola (MOT) Droid or HTC Hero. But pop open the device via its crafty internal hinge and poof, you have a palm-sized desktop computer. The two screens can work as one large display or run as a teenie-weenie Bloomberg terminal with separate programs on each small screen.

The Kyocera Echo is a good tool to consider for simple work stuff such as getting emails, finding information, responding and, most importantly, managing and displaying mobile assets.

Initially, the techno elite dismissed the Echo as too big, 3G-only and lacking enough app oomph to warrant serious business attention. All of which is true.

But Echo haters ignore the pure genius of this device. For small businesses looking for a mobile display that helps explain just about any idea, to any customer, it's tough to beat the Echo.

What you get
The Echo offers just what the sales doctor ordered: a ton of screen real estate still portable enough so you can do and present work anywhere to anyone.

No question, this thing is geek madness incarnate. My test unit is a simply monstrous 5 inches diagonally and a full three-quarters-inch thick when closed. When open, the Echo expands to 4.7 inches square! Personal pizzas are smaller.

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