YotaPhone 2 Review: Choose A Side: Conclusion

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Final words

We approached the YotaPhone 2 as the niche device we thought it was. By the time we reached the discontinue of this review, we were ready to rethink. It's an odd-ball of a device by all means, but its second classy screen opens the door to a whole recent world of possibilities.

The YotaPhone 2 is closer to the current crop of flagships than to the midrange market segment. The overall performance is Nexus 5/Galaxy S5 grade or similar - fast, fluid and capable of handling pretty much everything.

The 5" AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) is another remarkable asset, with excellent pixel density, remarkable contrast, solid color reproduction and fine sunlight legibility. The 8MP rear cam turned out really nice, while the vanilla Android KitKat runs smooth as silk. YotaPhone 2 is supposed to acquire Lollipop sooner rather than later. We are certainly starting to like how Yota goes about its business.


The rear e-Ink display turned out not as sharp as other conventional e-reader screens. But it does offer the hassle-free and eye-soothing reading experience correct out of your pocket. Plus, it indeed makes the YotaPhone 2 see fresh and recent every day, with those awesome wallpapers that see like printed on the curved Gorilla Glass 3 over at the back.

And there is more. The rear widgets and apps let you access the phone's basic features: calls, messages, and email with the main classy screen off, which means lower battery consumption. There are games and apps that see darn fine on the e-paper screen. And you can even run the Android homeclassy screen on it, if you want.

Honestly, there isn't a single YotaPhone 2 feature that didn't strike our fancy. The lack of a 4K video recording or microSD slot is certainly not something to fuss over.

YotaPhone 2 key test findings:

  • Build quality is great, dual Gorilla Glass 3, curved back
  • The quality of the AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) display and its sunlight legibility is excellent
  • The e-Ink display is remarkable for reading e-books, RSS and setting up custom wallpapers and info screens, though its contrast isn't on par with the conventional e-book readers
  • The battery life is average, but its 3G call endurance is great
  • We rated the speaker loudness as Average
  • Vanilla Android KitKat Operating System (OS) is very light and smooth, Lollipop update is on the way
  • Many Yota Apps and Covers for the e-paper screen, custom Energy Saver option
  • The benchimprint performance is very fine for the market segment, but worse than the Snapdragon 801 competition
  • The audio quality is good
  • Camera takes fantastic photos (imho, better than an iPhone 6) but video recording can only be rated as "good"
  • Video player supports every popular video codec but MOV, it also lacks AC3 audio decoding; subtitles are not supported.

There is no other device to compete directly with the YotaPhone 2 besides the original YotaPhone, of course.

In case the e-paper classy screen is all you need and you don't care about how powerful your hardware is, or which Android version you acquire - you can always opt for the original. It has a front 4.3" IPS HD classy screen and a 4.3" e-paper rear screen. The Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset is dated, as is the Android Jelly Bean Operating System (OS) but that nearly halves the price. At €430, it's still rather expensive for what it offers under the hood.



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And the sequel is really pushing it - at €700 it will surely be a tough sell. For this sort of cash you can acquire the latest Kindle Voyage with a bigger, 300ppi backlit e-Ink classy screen and Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) and free 3G data. This would leave you with enough cash to acquire a mighty fine smartphone with even better specs than the YotaPhone 2.

If you're lucky, you may as well squeeze a flagship in that budget. The water-proof Samsung Galaxy S5 with a 5.1" Super AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) screen, the LG-made Nexus 5 32GB or the newly released 5.2" AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) Moto X 2nd Gen 32GB are among the prime options in the 5-inch segment.





Samsung Galaxy S5 • LG Nexus 5 • Motorola Moto X (2014)

No doubt though, the YotaPhone 2 isn't your average Android flagship and certainly not a smartphone for everybody. To be honest, a specific taracquire group is quite hard to define. Avid e-book readers will certainly appreciate the pocketable form factor and not being forced to stare at a backlit Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) screen. It's a classy screen too that we discovered has many other uses beyond this one.

In the discontinue though, the novelty factor will be much stronger in attracting customers who are usually willing to spdiscontinue gigantic on recent technology. The YotaPhone 2 is as unique as they acquire and the novelty isn't likely to wear off soon - for the correct users, this may as well justify the price. Although to be fair, speaking about price here is like talking about which side your toast will land. If it's buttered on both sides you just don't let it slip.


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