Kyocera shows off G2Go (X-tc) and Laylo phones

The phone maker offers two new cell phones at CTIA. The G2GO, aka the X-tc for Virgin Mobile, has a keyboard, while the Laylo centers on making calls.

The G2GO is a 3G messaging phone. Kyocera
The Laylo offers simpler features. Kyocera

Kyocera introduced two new cell phones Wednesday, as CTIA opened. Both offer slider designs but will appeal to different user groups. Check out our Kyocera CTIA photo gallery to see them in all their glory.

In keeping with the rush of messaging phones we've seen thus far in Las Vegas, the Kyocera G2GO M2000 hides a full alphabetic keyboard behind the 2.4-inch display. The overall design is a bit angular, and we're worried that the combined keypad and keyboard will be cramped, but the phone offers a fair number of features to compensate.

Inside, you'll find messaging and e-mail, a speakerphone, a 500-contact phone book, a 1.3-megapixel camera, a personal organizer, Bluetooth with stereo and object exchange profiles, a microSD card slot, 3G support, a music player, voice dialing, and a WAP browser. The G2GO will soon be coming to Virgin Mobile as the Kyocera X-tc . Our Kyocera G2GO hands-on video gives you a closer look.

The Kyocera Laylo M1400 is more geared toward making calls. It sports a 2.2-inch display and a standard numeric keypad behind the sliding face. Features include a VGA camera, text and multimedia messaging, Bluetooth, a 500-contact phone book, a speakerphone, a personal organizer, a voice memo recorder, speaker-independent voice recognition, instant messaging, and a WAP browser. Our Laylo video hands-on gives you a closer look.

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