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Tony Fitzgerald
Overall
3.4
Tony Fitzgerald

"Kyocera Strobe, a little gem with many gadgets "

The good: Excellent voice quality, qwerty keyboard, plenty of useful features.

The bad: Very small screens (in/out), tiny numeric keys, overall style.

Summary: I bought this phone just a few days ago. I needed a phone I could buy without committing into lenghty contracts so I paid for the phone in full. I did not want to spend for a Blackberry with all the bells and whistles. This Kyocera Strobe is not close to the design and features of a Blackberry but the price and the qwerty keyboard make it easy to get online with a phone without spending a fortune or committing to a contract.

The voice quality (compared to others within the same carrier) is amazing. Even with the speaker phone enabled, people thought I was talking from a landline, the voice quality is one of the best features of this phone. The qwerty keyboard is a gem althought the keys are quite small. It is best used with a pen to push the keys. But it makes it a lot easier when using this phone to browse the internet. The outside screen is way too small so for a sixty year old man in need of reading glasses this may not be the best phone available. Inside where the qwerty keyboard is, that screen is bigger but barely usable to surf the net. I would not have mind a bulkier phone sporting a bigger screen specially considering that surfing the net on this phone is still easy because of the easy to use interface. I could go to Google, eBay, check my Hotmail account and respond to emails, read the news, etc without a problem.
And again, the QWERTY keyboard of this phone although small, it is a blessing and perhaps its major feature. I could not find any cell phone under $200 having a built-in Qwerty keayboard.

Another small drawback of this phone is its design. It tends to look a bit more like a bulky toy rather than a stylish cell phone I can take to business meetings with pride. ;-)

In summary, considering the price, easy of use and features, I would give a solid 8 out of 10 points.

A nice piece of communication with a few minor drawbacks.



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