Welcome back to part 2 of my Yotaphone 2 review. Today I am going to take a closer look at the special software and other aspects of the phone.
I was asked if I could provide the AnTuTu and Geekbench 3 scores for the Yotaphone 2. Personally, I don’t like these scores as they can mean nothing in real life. But as a few of you asked for the information, here is the highlights. AnTuTu scored a respectable 39,878. Geekbench 3 produced the following scores 895 for the Single Core and 2661 for the Multi Score. To give you a comparison the Samsung Galaxy S5 is similar to the single core and multi core scores of the Yotaphone 2.
Considering the Yotaphone 2 uses a Snapdragon 801 processor the above scoring is totally in the range I expected.
Anyway back to the Yotaphone 2 and its secondary display. When you first power up the phone for the very first time, you are guided through a tutorial which explains how to use the display. Useful. One feature I really liked was the Yota Mirror function that allowed you to send the display from the front to the rear. This is not simply switching displays but also converting the display to the lower e ink resolution. It is worth noting that the e-ink rear display is slower to use, has much longer refresh rates and ghosting does appear. However, it is totally usable and in many situations really superb to use.
Yota provide 2 extra pieces of software on top of the Yota Mirror. These are YotaCover and YotaPanel which are managed by the YotaHub app. The YotaCover is the lockscreen for the e ink display. Yes a lockscreen to protect your private content if you so wish. It can also have notifications for email etc Here you can have a static or moving image. YotaPanels are up to 5 bespoke screens/panels of information that you can switch between. The recent firmware update increased the panels from 4 to 5 and also provided a white screen theme as shown in the photos. You can use the pre designed panel layouts or create your own. Some of the widgets which come in various sizes include a clock, battery, music player, calendar, appointments, app launcher and notifications. It is really customisable and clearly a lot of thought has gone into this section.
But what else is included. Well lets just step back a moment. The Yotaphone 2 has a near stock android experience which is a good thing as it makes for a snappy device. But Yotaphone did include some apps and games to improve matters. I mentioned yesterday YotaSnap but it also has a powerful battery saving mode called YotaEnergy. You can preselect at what battery percentage you would like this to be activated or turn on manually. This has a number of options to decide whether you want wifi, bluetooth or other options turned off. YotaReader allows you to import books, (you could of course mirror Amazon Kindle app), YotaRSS uses Feedly, games included are Chess, Checkers, Sudoku and 2048, all of which are ideal to be played on the e ink display.
Tomorrow, I will look at the camera and audio/loudspeaker. If you have any questions, please let me know.