Two screens are better than one.
The initial review for the first YotaPhone wasn’t the best, and while it was praised for its e-ink screen many wished it was also touch capable. A year later YotaPhone is releasing its successor, the YotaPhone 2 with improved specifications and a better e-ink screen – but is it worth the 2995 AED price? Let’s find out.
The YotaPhone 2’s hardware is at par with the latest smartphones on the market. The smartphone is easy to hold and unlike the current large Phablets available at the moment, you can also easily use it with one hand. The entire build feels solid, with a smooth front screen and a matte back.
As mentioned, the YotaPhone 2 has two screens: a 5-inch full HD AMOLED screen and at its rear is the 4.7-inch qHD e-ink screen. While the front screen is where all the bulk of usage will be based, the rear screen acts as a secondary display just in case your battery is low – useful for displaying maps and other information.
Speaking of information, the YotaPhone 2’s rear panel can also display other information such as weather and can also double as an e-book reader. The settings for these panels, called the YotaCover and YotaPanel, can easily be configured in the settings menu. Additionally, the rear e-ink display is touch sensitive, so you can basically navigate options on the e-ink display at the back using your fingers.
Specifications-wise, the YotaPhone 2 is powered by a Snapdragon 801 processor along with 2 GB of RAM. 32 GB of internal storage is provided, but that’s all you will get since it lacks a microSD card slot – but 32 GB should suffice for the average user.
Rounding off the specifications is an 8 megapixel camera with a LED flash along with a 2.1 megapixel front facing one. The camera’s pretty basic, and produces subpar shots – but for its price and specifications, we expected the YotaPhone 2 to do better.
The YotaPhone 2 comes with Android 4.4.2 KitKat which can be a deal breaker for some since newer smartphones come with Android 5.0 Lollipop. The maker promised an update will come in the future, though there is no date as to when that will happen.
Aside from the Yota-specific apps found on the YotaPhone 2, the Android interface is pretty much vanilla which can be a good thing for users since you have more room for customization on the smartphone.
As such, the YotaPhone 2 is still a smartphone and performs well as one. Navigating the device is fast and snappy, and calls were clear and yielded no distortion.
With a 2,500 mAh battery, the YotaPhone 2 should be well enough for you to last for a whole day’s worth of usage. There is also an included YotaEnergy power saving app that lets you minimize consumption of the battery for a longer life when you need it.
The YotaPhone 2 is a definite improvement over the first YotaPhone though for its price, it’s noticeably more expensive than other premium branded smartphones like the iPhone or the Samsung Galaxy. Camera isn’t perfect, but the dual screens on the YotaPhone 2 utilize those features properly.