The YotaPhone 2 is a very unique phone by adding an e-ink screen but still being kept in a very compact form. Many people praised it for its take on the e-ink screen, instead of a gimmick, it has many great uses in real life. It was the phone that Amazon should create instead of a ill-fated gimmicky 3D Fire Phone.
Unfortunately, its high launched price, together with several software bugs leads to its poor sale. The Russian company behind YotaPhone has reportedly transfered everything to a Chinese company. The most recent YotaPhone, the YotaPhone 3 doesn’t bring many things new to the table, and personally I think it is much more blant compared to the YotaPhone 2. Well, at least the YotaPhone 2 has a curved e-ink screen, which is much cooler.
So here are some good things and bad things about the YotaPhone 2
Very unique design, coupled with a curve e-ink screen
The e-ink screen feature is actually useful. Especially the feature to mirror the main screen to the e-ink one.
Could turn into a brick phone and last for weeks.
Flagship price for mid-range specs
Under average battery life.
Device gets hot some time.
Run sluggish most of the time. Feel like the phone is being underclocked.
Terrible back camera. Even the front camera is somewhat more colour accurate.
My YotaPhone restarts itself three times a day. For no reason, at all.
Anyway, here is a quick unboxing video and feature tour of the phone running Android 4.4. I quickly updated the phone to Android 5 after that, and some features is a little different. Most notable is the mirror screen feature, now does some sort of “increasing sharpness” or “edge highlight” or something like that. I am personally not a fan, but may be some people who read a lot may appreciate.