About a year ago it was decided by one company that one screen per phone was simply not enough. One year later and the Yotaphone is expected to be available globally in time for your Christmas shopping.
It appears that my natural position on many things in life is one of scepticism and I find that this phone definitely brings that side out in me. On hearing about it, I found it hard to think of any use for a screen on the back of the phone – after all, you can only look at one at a time right? Well that is true, but on reading more they have tried hard to make clear the uses of such a screen.
It is important to point out that the second screen is no battery hungry LCD screen. Instead it is an always on, grey-scale electronic paper display. As it is always on, you are less likely to miss notifications – information about your upcoming meetings, emails and messages will be on screen until you dismiss them. Reading should be more comfortable on this screen but when you flip the phone back over then you will be shown the footnotes of the page you are reading on the LCD screen.
Sadly it will run Android 4.2.2 but the specs look good. It has an impressive 13MP camera and half decent RAM and processing power (2GB RAM and Dual Core 1.7 GHz Krait Processor) to run it’s 4.3″ screen.
It seems like a lot of effort has been put into making the screen useful which leaves me wondering, if you have to put that much effort in then is the second screen more a marketing gimmick than a natural progression. There is something in the back of my mind though that tells me this could be awesome. It could be a really well executed stroke of genius. It could solve all of the “problems” that it’s website points to. However it could just be a flash in the pan that never takes off.
If you want to know more about this phone, check out the Yotaphone website.