Two-faced Russian smartphone




Two-faced Russian smartphone

For the first dual-screen smartphone Russian YotaPhone we put aside everything and other phones and began chasing novelty. Screen two times, and then had two modes: phone and e-books. What the benefits of such innovations, learn from the review.

Solution with two screens can be called very unusual: such phones to Yota and nobody did not know whether to do more. All week testing YotaPhone called, play music, show movies and e-books, communicates via Bluetooth with speakers, headphones and clever clock, worked the game console. So rest assured – YotaPhone knows everything.

“Two-faced smartphone” last week is already on sale. Will it have the domestic producers to recapture market share from foreign competitors?

Design and Ergonomics: business phone with a “twist”

The device turned out unusual. Someone it seems too heavy, someone on the contrary – a graceful one so true – it is very minimalist, no frills and flirting with the user, at least in design. Matte black plastic, frosted glass-top display “electronic paper” and glossy – on top of the main screen. And then, and another – a heavy-duty glass Gorilla Glass.

Device a pleasure to hold in your hand, and looks expensive apparatus. It is quite thick, especially by modern standards – almost a centimeter. But because of this it is very uhvatisty tightly fits in your hand and not trying to jump out of it, as phones with metallic or high gloss finish.

Parties participating in black and white display, has a slight bevel that adds unusual phone. The ends are made of dense matt plastic which, especially in white version, similar to ivory or the material used to make the figures netske.

Testing has shown that YotaPhone really resistant to scratches. It can be carried in a pocket with keys and fines, and ends, and both the display after such a test look like new. The only disadvantage in using: need to wipe fingerprints from the main display, and the extra is not spoiled because of a matte finish.

YotaPhone main screen is very nice, in our opinion: IPS-matrix with a resolution of 1280 × 720 and a diagonal of 4.3 inches, shows a bright clear picture. Its only drawback – small size, it would be particularly annoy those who are accustomed to already entered into the fashion displays huge Asian vehicles.

In the white model YotaPhone striking unusually wide frame around the display, through which, according to the company, provided the heat sink. In the black version, fortunately, this frame is almost invisible. Despite the abundance of images on the Internet white YotaPhone, it is on sale does not appear.

The second screen of the phone – black and white, made on the basis of e-paper e-paper, with a resolution of 360 × 460 pixels. The image is very similar to printed on a sheet of paper – and contrast and viewing angles. The display does not emit light, has no backlight and the image it looks like a finishing element back of the phone.

Read the information on the secondary display only if you have external lighting. This screen uses very little energy, and the picture on it is retained even if fully depleted main battery.

The second screen has a slight bend at the point where it begins narrowing of the phone body, which we mentioned just above. According to the plan, this was done deliberately so that users put up additional screen phone, allegedly curved side it would be worse to lie on the table. In practice, the device perfectly lays on the table by both parties. However, putting it up e-paper, in our opinion, more interesting.

The battery is not removable from YotaPhone, as in most modern devices. In addition, the sides of the phone can not see any screws, so make it out on their own are unlikely to succeed.

Located on top of the headphone jack, one microphone and a slot for the SIM-card, combined with the power button. Side – volume rocker, bottom – the microphone port and microUSB.

Interestingly, the prototype system, which was shown last year at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, ​​for charging and syncing using a special magnetic connector, similar to the charge for computers Apple. Fortunately, the developers decided to get away from such a complex decision, as it led to the users would get in trouble for buying specialized cables for charging. Usually one – that comes complete – is not enough.

Speakers at YotaPhone located on both sides of the unit. In this talk, you can phone to your ear when applying only one of the parties.

The main camera is located at the bottom of the smartphone sub-display, and it’s not very convenient, as in the process of shooting is almost always closed hand. This week with the phone and did not work to get used to intercept it during shooting so as not to obstruct the lens.

It turns funny: aktiviruesh camera and a few seconds looking at a blank screen trying to figure out why nothing is visible. Located next to the camera flash – quite bright, but, as in most smartphones, almost useless when shooting.

Specifications YotaPhone:

Operating System: Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean

Contact: LTE 800/1800/2600 MHz, UMTS 900/1800/2100 MHz, GSM 900/1800/1900 MHz

Processor: 2 core, 1.7 GHz, Qualcomm 8960T

Screen: 4.3” 720 x 1280, LCD; 360 x 460 electronic paper

Camera: 13 MP, 1 MP front camera

Memory: 2 GB RAM, 32 GB ROM

Communications: Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n, BT v4.0, GPS w / A-GPS + Glonass

Battery: 1800 mAh

Dimensions: 133.6 x 67 x 9.9 mm

Weight: 146 grams

Price: 19 990 rubles (according to manufacturer)

Functionality: not all experiments are equally useful

In Yota decided to abandon the hardware control buttons (except volume control, of course) and replace them with a touchpad below the screen. Such panels have under both screens, but they are used a bit differently, especially as the main touch screen phone, and extra – no.

Management principles are the main screen: if you hold on the panel below the main screen from left to right – get on your desktop smartphone, same as pressing the “Home”. If we draw from right to left – back one step back. Double-clicking in the center will open a list of all running applications, long press – activates voice input. Each made a gesture confirmed short vibration.

The idea was with gestures, in our opinion, very successful: you get used to them quickly, and begins a significant shortfall in other phones. However, the management of the additional screen turned out not so clear and comfortable, but more on that later.

On the second – a black and white screen – you can display information from a number of applications, specially prepared for this. Their number is small, but Yota ready to open developer tools, so that the number of programs able to work with an auxiliary display, grew.

On Today, these applications are: “reader” eBook Bookmate, collection of news and social networking Internet Hub, a simple little program that displays maps MapsWithMe version light, dictionary and phrasebook, German, English and Spanish TeachMe, notepad, “Vedomosti” newspaper, an application allows you to install and configure displayed on the second screen wallpaper and organizer. Also on the second screen, you can display a screenshot of the main screen. To do this, on the main screen you need to hold two fingers under the top of the screen down.

In our opinion, the choice of applications strange: for example, maps MapsWithMe presented incomplete version that does not work search. The full version can be downloaded in the store, but for 130 rubles. The application allows you to use the catalog Bookmate books by subscription – 169 rubles per month, or 1,790 rubles per year, which is generally expensive. In the application, you can upload and their books, but only through the Internet and at a very tricky scenario that at some point offers read you bought elsewhere book by subscription, because it is in the program directory.

The application for reading of “Vedomosti” can display on a monochrome screen, only one news, but when you try to read something more serious demands money for a subscription. It is understood that any content is worth the money, and all you need to get used to paying. But, in our opinion, because of the new smartphone could negotiate with developers to provide better access to services. Regarding proper programs do not require additional charges are Internet Hub, which allows to read the news and see the status of social networks, and phrasebook.

Diary allows you to view reminders of upcoming events and a countdown timer to any event. See the calendar for a month or a year already, unfortunately, will not work. With notepad you can hang out on the back display any text on this functionality is exhausted.

With the wallpaper can play a little longer: pick a picture to taste and add to it the widgets: clock, battery status, weather, any inscription. Interestingly behaves second screen while the camera: there appears retro camera picture and the inscription: “smile at the camera.” After the picture was taken, she immediately appears on the screen, so that the subject can immediately enjoy the result.

Also on the rear screen can come and, no doubt, come regularly, every statuses: the activity in social networks, the received messages and letters. Phone is able to analyze incoming SMS and display relevant keywords pictures, such as “love”, “kiss”, “Happy Birthday” and so on.

Number and types of incoming notifications can be adjusted in the settings talefona. Here you can turn off everything and filter contacts for which the notification will be displayed. This is useful, given that the second display generally does not turn off, it works all the time.

Additional screen, repeat, do not touch. Manage them only with the help of a special zone at the bottom, which, incidentally, is the main camera lens. Management is not intuitive, and new users causes some stupor. First all surprised poke at the screen, trying to get a response, and then just throw the case, switching to basic – usual color and touch.

Despite the fact that the phone itself, and additional printed materials have a clue about how it is possible to work with the second display, deal with it on the first try does not work. Abundance of clues suggesting that the producers themselves aware of this problem, but apparently not invented anything better.

Second display long press is responsible for the appearance of the list of available applications and start the selected program. To select menu items and turning the pages need to slide your finger from one end of the touch pad. Double-clicking causes wallpaper or returns to the last running program. Ends with the fact that for new users the easiest way to run the built-in tutorial explaining about how to work with the touch area.

The main drawback of the second screen in low resolution: 360 × 460 points a little in order to create a high quality picture. As a result, the image always want to add definition. This is especially noticeable when viewing screenshots where small text is often impossible to read. The same applies even reading e-books, where all the letters on the page as a little blurred. Read This, of course, possible, but your eyes get tired.

Picture clarity “paper” display YotaPhone loses outright majority of modern e-books, where the picture is much sharper and more contrast. It is hoped that in the following models of smartphones from Yota resolution “electronic paper” older.

Phone camera is very mediocre, though the 13-megapixel. Autofocus is very often does not work as expected, although as a result of color images obtained fresh and natural. Furthermore, the camera unfortunately slow. You can enable the dynamic range expansion, but the same beautiful images, as on the iPhone, of course, will not work. Also available front megapixel camera, but it is particularly telling about nothing.

The phone is “clean» Android without the beautiful backdrops and additions. The only system changes related to the work with a second screen in all other respects the user complete freedom, especially as the “native” shell quite ascetic and she just wanted to put different decorations.

Memory card slot in the device is not, and you have to be content with 32 gigabytes of built-in.

Performance: stuffing, LLC

Phone is equipped with dual-core processor is already outdated Qualcomm 8960T 1.7 GHz and 2 GB of RAM. With today’s processors rhythms become obsolete in six months, is now in vogue already quad solutions.

Difference in speed compared to the flagships you are likely to feel. Telephone copes equally well with heavy gaming and video playback. Another issue is that the new processors are better optimized on energy consumption, and with them the phone could win an hour or two of battery life.

Autonomy: day stand, yes night hold

Alas, despite claims that the additional screen allows much to save the battery, the miracle did not happen. YotaPhone lives on a single charge all day. That is, when his active service should be recharged by the middle of the day, and at the usual – in the evening. Games “planted” it in three hours.

How stretch YotaPhone when reading e-books with a “paper” screen depends on how active you will come a variety of messages. Electronic paper really saves battery power, but if you received a message about the new letter, and you turn on the main screen to write an answer, you will bring to nothing the entire economy. And so it often happens. And even if the main display is turned off, the main consumers of energy are the processor and the radio, which you can not disable.

Conclusion: The first pancake is not lumpy

YotaPhone was interesting and unusual. In a market where most smartphones alike as two drops of water, and differ only in color is often the case, this Russian smartphone really stands out. This – a bold experiment that has already failed, despite some flaws. YotaPhone very convenient to use as a regular smartphone, that is, buying it, be sure that the main task he will cope well. And not only with her.

Most importantly, the company has managed to Yota tell about your device literally everything: on hearing aid, people in metro breathy interested, not this glorified YotaPhone, about which so much talk and ask to hold in their hands. Such attention flattering.

Of course, the price of 20 thousand rubles scare most potential buyers, and the smartphone will be the lot of geeks – a mass product to him, as we think, was not destined to become.

Should clarify that this price is due to the presence of the second screen, unusual design, using non-standard solutions and, of course, a small party. If Yota, like Apple or Samsung sold a million units, it would cost much cheaper. So let’s hope that the company Yota does not stop there, take into account errors and soon will show us something equally interesting, but more affordable.

Ratings *:

Design and ergonomics 95

Functionality 85

Performance 80

Autonomy 70

Overall rating 82.5

* Score from 0 to 49 points is equivalent to “unsatisfactory”

50-69 – Satisfactory

70-79 – good

80-89 – very good

90-100 – excellent

Alexander Eremeyev


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