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Kyocera Echo Review Part 1

Kyocera-Echo-frontThis week I received the Sprint Kyocera Echo to review.

Upon opening the box that I received I found the Echo, extra battery, external charging unit, instructions, memory card, cables.  The Echo comes stock with Android 2.2.1.  There are no rumors if Gingerbread will be available in the future.   Gingerbread could probably help the eminent battery life issue, but that is something that I’m sure Kyocera is looking at.

The dual touchscreen flip is a little challenging to get used to.  The screens are made of Corning Gorilla Glass.  I am sure that there is still a break issue if the phone is dropped, but I am not sure.  Even though the Echo doesn’t have a dual core processor the phone is very snappy.

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Kyocera was smart with this unit.  Thinking ahead for possible battery use issues they included an external charging unit, and battery.  The charging unit can be used for charging the extra battery, or can actually be switched to charge the phone.  This was very convenient to have.

With all of the features that this phone does have I am amazed that they cut out some of the more important features that are in a good portion of phones that are coming out.  The features I refer to include: 4G connectivity, Front facing camera.

I find that the speaker on the Echo is slightly weaker than expected.  The dual screen capability is nice, but more apps should have been designed to use the dual screen capability to its fullest.  The phone is a bit more square than I originally expected.  It is slightly smaller than the Epic that I own.

Check back next week for Part 2 of my review of the Kyocera Echo.

Sprint Epic Official Froyo Is Finally Here

Hot off the presses!  This is better than diamonds, gold, and tanzanite jewelry.  FROYO is here.

Ok… I know that we have been waiting for like… a long time, but the long awaited Froyo Update for the Epic 4G is finally here.  You can choose to wait for the OTA update that will be sent out between February 21 and February 25.  This is according to information that was sent out by Sprint.

If you choose to want Froyo now, then you can download the file from the Samsung Download Center by Clicking Here.

NOTE: You need to have DI18 on your phone in order to do this.

Now you ask what to do with it.  Well, after downloading the file follow these steps:

  1. Rename the update.zip.zip to update.zip.(This may not apply to you.  Certain computers will add .zip the end of the file.)
  2. Connect your phone to your computer and go to Mass Storage.
  3. Copy the update.zip file to the SD Card of the phone.
  4. Power off the phone.
  5. While holding “Volume Down” + “Camera” turn the phone on.
  6. Keep holding this sequence until you are at the recovery screen.
  7. Move up and down with “Volume”.
  8. Select “Apply SD Card Update.zip”
  9. Click the “Home” button.
  10. Let it do its thing.

You now have Froyo… EB13 on your phone, and didn’t have to wait for the OTA update.