The K312P has a 500-contact phone book that has room in each contact for six numbers, two e-mail addresses, two URLS, a street address, and notes. You can save callers to groups and you can pair them with a photo and one of 25 polyphonic ringtones. Other essentials include a vibrate mode, text and multimedia messaging, a voice memo, a scheduler, an alarm clock, a tip calculator, a timer, a stopwatch, and a tip calculator. Voice dialing was a nice surprise and MetroPCS manages to throw in a few other goodies as well. You'll find support for the carrier's ChatLink push-to-talk service, mobile instant messaging, e-mail, and the carrier's 411-information service.
Unlike the Cyclops, the K312P's camera tops out a VGA resolution. You can take pictures in three resolutions (640x480, 320x240, and 160x120) and choose from three quality settings. Other features include a multishot mode, three color tones, adjustable white balance and brightness settings, a self-timer, and a night mode. The K312P does not record video. Photo quality was pretty good for a VGA camera though colors were oversaturated.
You can personalize the K312P with a variety of color themes, wallpapers, and screensavers. You can download more options form MetroPCS using the WAP 2.0 Web browser. The K312P includes two games: Brick Attack and Race 21.
We tested the K312P in San Francisco using MetroPCS service. Call quality was very good. Audio was sharp and clear and we had no issues with the volume level. Reception was satisfactory as well, and we encountered no interference. Callers were pleased too; some couldn't even tell we were calling from a cell phone. Speakerphone calls and calls to automated calling systems were satisfactory as well.
The Kyocera K312P has a rated of 3.5 hours talk time and 7.5 days standby time. We had a tested talk time of 3 hours and 4 minutes. According to FCC radiation tests the K312P has a digital SAR rating of 1.42 watts per kilogram.