Kyocera Kona keeps it simple

For Cricket customers looking for a handset that can do just the necessities, the $29.99 Kyocera Kona is worth considering. Available without contract, the device sports a respectable camera, Internet connectivity, and a comfortable dial pad.

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A compact design

The minimalistic clamshell device is simple and compact. It measures 3.94 inches tall, 2.05 inches wide, and 0.69 inch thick, and it has no problem fitting into the front pockets of your jeans.

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Around the edges

On its left are a Micro-USB port and a volume rocker. Here, the right edge houses a 3.5mm headphone jack and two holes to loop a lanyard or charm through.

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That familiar feeling

The hinging mechanism is sturdy, and like most flip phones, there's nothing like that satisfying snap that comes with shutting the Kona closed. The internal display measures 2.4 inches and has a 320x240-pixel resolution.

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Info in a jiffy

On the front is a 1.44-inch LCD color display. Its 128x128-pixel resolution suffices to display pertinent information quickly, such as the date, time, reception, and battery levels.

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Just the basics

Applications include a Web browser, a navigator, a media gallery, a calendar, Bluetooth, a clock with alarm functions, a stopwatch, a countdown timer, a world clock, two voice services, and a games and apps portal. You can view these apps either through a list view or as menu icons.

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Snapping a few pics

The 2-megapixel camera doesn't have a flash and cannot record video. It has very few options, but it does include five picture modes (like night/dark and mirror image); a 12x digital zoom; a self-timer; and the ability to manually or auto-adjust the brightness, sharpness, and contrast.

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What you'll get inside

Powering the device is a 870mAh battery. You'll also get 256MB of ROM and 128MB of RAM.

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