Design

The Yotaphone 2 has an elegant design with curved corners and curved back display edges. The handset sits well in the hand and the back feels smooth and looks like a real paper background. The Yotaphone 2 measures 144.9 x 69.4 x 8.96 mm and weighs 145 grams, the handset feels quite thin despite having two screens.

Yotaphone 2 has two speakers at the bottom. Also a 3.5mm headphone port at the top. On/Off button on the left hand side and above it the removable volume rocker covering the micro SIM slot.
You have to choose between aesthetics or safety when it comes to this particular device. If you choose safety and use a pamper case to protect the device, the back display becomes unusable. If you opt for aesthetics of the Yotaphone 2 there is always the risk of dropping the device accidentally, as with any other device. Overall, the Yotaphone 2 has a sophisticated look and feel to it.

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Hardware

The Yotaphone 2 comes with two fully responsive touch screens The front main screen is a 5″ AMOLD full HD 1920 x 1280p display, 442ppi, Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The second screen is a 4.7” Electronic Paper Display (EPD) with 960 x 540 resolution, 16-level gray scale, 235ppi and it is also made with Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

The Yotaphone 2 is powered by 2.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor which can run all demanding tasks with ease. There is also 32GB internal storage with 2GB of RAM under the hood. Unfortunately there is no microSD slot to expand the device memory, should you wish to do so.

The device is powered by non-removable 2500mAh battery. Yotaphone 2 also comes with an average 8MP rear camera with auto-focus & LED flash, the front-facing camera is a 2.1MP.

The device has a good set of built-in speakers at the bottom, micro USB port, audio port at the top and plastic ON/OFF + Volume buttons.

Camera

The main camera is an 8MP camera with auto-focus and LED flash which is okay. When you are taking a picture, the back screen will ask the person/object to smile which is a good touch.

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Software

The Yotaphone 2 comes with pure Android KitKat 4.4.3 and few Yota apps & games; such as YotaRSS, Chess, Checkers, Sudoku, 2048, Yota Reader, and Tutorial app to guide you through the use of the device. Also under the YotaHub you will find the YotaCover which gives you a choice of different backgrounds for the EPD back display. You can download many backgrounds from YotaCast, Facebook or/and Instagram or even use your own photos. There is also YotaPanel, a set of screens you can edit to display the information you are most interested in.

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Performance

Processor
The Yotaphone 2 performed well with all daily tasks such as playing high-end games and playing HD movies, thanks to quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor.

Front Display
The front display is Full HD AMOLD display with vibrant colors and viewing angle, the front screen performed well when watching full HD movies and playing high-end games.

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Back Display
The back display is a good feature, it’s great for quickly checking notifications, reading social media status, making quick calls, responding to messages, reading ebooks or even watching videos in grey. Don’t expect to play high ends games on the back screen, its not designed for that. Also the back screen relies on light, so if you want to read your ebooks at bedtime in a dark room, you may need to put your bedside light on.
The back display is not very responsive and in some cases the screen took a while for status such as, the clock, to refresh. Having said that we still like the back display and we hope Yota make it more responsive and usable in a dark environment.

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Storage
The Yotaphone 2 comes with 32GB internal storage so it should be sufficient for many users. However, if you run out of space there is no microSD slot for expansion, but, you always have the option to use the cloud or delete unwanted files.

Battery
The Yotaphone 2 comes non-removable 2500mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 and supports Wireless charging. The battery could last up to 1 day with normal use. Using the back screen is good for saving the battery life. Also using YotaEnergy option which could save the battery life by up to 2 – 5 days depending of settings. The YotaEnergy option is a great feature which gives you different settings to save power.

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Sound
The speakers in Yotaphone 2 have a good sound quality and in comparison to the Nexus 5 they have out performed the latter. The sound is really good using the headphones or the actually handset speakers.

Picture & Video
Yotaphone has 8MP rear camera & 2.1MP front-facing camera, You can shoot Full HD 1080p 30 frames per second videos using the 8MP camera with no problem at all. The image quality is what you would expect from an 8MP camera, not the best when compared with other high-end devices. With volume rockers you can take a screenshot of the front display by holding Down+Power Button, and Volume Up+Power Button to take a screenshot of the back display.

Connectivity
The handset supports 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, FM and we did not have any issues with the connectivity whilst using the device. We did notice the bluetooth connection to a portable bluetooth speaker drops at about a range of 8 meters.

Conclusion

Yota has made a good device with a novelty back display feature, however, the retail price point put the Yotaphone 2 on the same shelf as Apple, Samsung & other big players. The Yotaphone 2 is a good contender if you want something different. We are almost certain that in the future we will see the arrival of improved Yotaphone devices from this Russian maker.

Pros

Solid Build
Attractive Design
Good Performance
Dual Screen
Back Display Good For Reading & Notifications
Pure Android Experience
Battery Life with Energy Management
Good Speakers

Cons

Price
Average Camera
Non-removable battery
Non-expandable storage, no microSD Slot
Low Resolution e-ink Screen
Back Screen Not Very Responsive & Unusable in the Dark