Test-Driving Russia’s Dual-Screen YotaPhone: Gimmick or Trendsetter?

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But while much of the phone’s value lies in the unique second screen, the reality is that most interaction will take place on the touch-screen display.

While you can read your messages on the black-and-white screen, you cannot reply to them on that side. And to tell the device what information you want displayed on the backside requires adjusting settings on the front.

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For most people, the phone will take some getting used to. Anyone familiar with Android phones should have little problem managing the front screen. But since the backside isn’t touch sensitive, interaction relies on either tapping or swiping a small area on the chassis below the screen, which can be confusing at first when switching from side-to-side.

Schon beim Lesen wird klar, wie umständlich und auf Dauer nervig die Bedienung  im alltäglichen Gebrauch ist.

Yota Devices charismatic chief executive Vladislav Martynov —a veteran of international software and IT companies including Microsoft Corp. argues the buyer is actually getting two devices in one which outweighs the slightly higher cost of its component parts.

He says the company is starting small—targeting sales of just 500,000 for generation one—by trying to get the phone into the hands of gadget connoisseurs first.

Die Bescheidenheit bestätigt, dass das YotaPhone ein astreines Nischenprodukt ist.

Even if the idea takes off, a likely scenario is the industry’s global giants will come up with their own versions, leaving the small Russian startup in the dust.

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