Yotaphone 2 review

A phone of two halves, but one is better than the other

Yotaphone 2
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The Yotaphone 2 has a full HD 5-inch display and 32GB of internal storage (of which 25GB is available to you). There's also 4G connectivity, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC, giving you a strong line up of features for media activity.

There's no microSD slot to expand on the storage, but for many the space offered inside will be enough.


There's no dedicated video player application included on the Yotaphone 2, so you'll have to head to the gallery to find your video files.

Tap on a video and the player will launch, offering up just play/pause and scrub controls. There are no further settings here, so if you're after more functionality you'll have to take to Google Play and download a third party offering.

Playback is bright and clear, with the AMOLED screen making viewing movies and TV shows an enjoyable experience.

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The Yotaphone 2 is also comfortable to hold for extended viewing sessions on the train on the way to work.

The internal speakers are located at the bottom of the device, and while they do kick out a relatively decent volume the quality isn't particulary stellar - you'll be better off plugging in a set of headphones.

If you do choose to use the internal speakers then cup your hand over them when watching in landscape to direct the sound towards your face. It does make a difference.

Yotaphone 2 review

Colours don't pop as much as they do on Samsung's Super AMOLED offerings, but the quality provided by the Yotaphone is still very good.

If you really want you can engage mirror mode and play your videos on the rear display - unsurprisingly playback is terrible, but that's not what the rear display is designed for.

As well as transferring your own video files onto the Yotaphone 2, you can also buy and rent a wide variety of movies and TV shows from the Google Play store. The selection is large and prices are in line with similar services on rival handsets.


Google's own Play Music app is where you'll need to head to listen to your tunes. The straight forward interface lets you browse your music by artist, album or title, and the now playing screen has the various controls you'd expect from any player.

Play Music has been overhauled as part of Google's Material redesign for Android Lollipop and the clean, fuss free app is easy on the eye as well as being easy to use.

You can subscribe to Google's pay monthly streaming service (similar to Spotify and co.), which is free for 90 days and then £9.99 per month after the trial period.

Yotaphone 2 review

As I've already mentioned the internal speakers aren't particularly great, so if you want to really enjoy your tunes you'll need to plug into an external system or use a pair of headphones.

I found music playback to be very good, and if you feel like you're missing a vital track or album just head over to Google Play where there's a huge catalogue of songs for you to purchase and download.

As well as getting playback controls on the lockscreen and in the notifications bar, there's also a music player widget for the rear display. This gives you the ability to skip and play/pause tracks without firing up the power intensive front screen.


The Yotaphone 2 has the older Snapdragon 800 processor backed up with 2GB of RAM which is good enough to run pretty much any game.

Load times do take a little longer compared to the latest and greatest flagship handsets, but I couldn't find a game the Yotaphone 2 couldn't play.

It managed to handle the graphically intensive Real Racing 3, and while the graphics weren't as dialled up as on some handsets, it was still perfectly playable.

John McCann
Global Managing Editor

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