Another grim Echo review
Given the huge success of Apple Inc.’s iPad, it’s no surprise that everybody with a circuit board and a soldering iron has started building their own tablet computers. They’ve served up a variety of alternative designs, but nobody’s gone wilder than the engineers at Japan’s Kyocera Corp., creators of a tablet computer that fits easily in a shirt pocket — because it folds in two.
In all, the Echo is a decent smartphone and a lousy tablet, bound together by a host of clever engineering gimmicks. As a lover of gimmicks, I found it delightful. But I couldn’t imagine buying one.