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.|
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.