The Kyocera Laylo has a 500-entry phone book with room in each contact for six numbers, two e-mail addresses, an instant messenger handle, two Web site URLs, two street addresses, and a note. You can add a contact to a caller group, and assign a photo for caller ID, plus one of nine sound files for either ringtones or message alert tones.
Basic features of the phone include a vibrate mode, a speakerphone, text and multimedia messaging, an alarm clock, a world clock, a calculator, a tip calculator, a scheduler, a timer, a stopwatch, and a memo pad. You also get voice command support, a voice memo recorder, a wireless web browser, Bluetooth, an instant messenger, Web-based e-mail, an online backup service, and GPS.
Because the Laylo is a low-end device, we don't begrudge the VGA camera. You can take photos in three resolutions (1,280x1,024, 640x480, and 320x240) and three quality settings. Other camera settings include a self-timer, a multishot mode, white balance, color tone, brightness, fun frames, and one of eight shutter sounds plus a silent mode. For a VGA camera, the picture quality is not bad. It's not quite as crisp and sharp as ones from a megapixel camera, but the colors look decent and it's bright enough for us. The Laylo does not shoot video.
Personalization options for the Laylo are limited to wallpaper, screensavers, and a variety of ring tones. You only get one game--Brick Attack--but you can get more if you want from the MetroPCS Web browser.
We tested the Kyocera Laylo in San Francisco using the MetroPCS service. Call quality was quite impressive. We had no problems hearing our callers--the voice quality was natural, and the volume was at a decent level. There was hardly any static, either, and we enjoyed good, solid signal strength.
Callers also said we sounded good. In fact, they said it was almost that of landline quality. They could hardly hear any background noise at all. They did say there was harshness to the voice quality but it wasn't that bad. Speakerphone calls did not fare as well though--they said there was a lot more echo and environmental sound. On our end we could hear them just fine but they did sound tinnier and softer.
The Laylo has a rated battery life of 3.3 hours talk time and 8.3 days standby time. It has a talk time of 3 hours and 34 minutes in our tests. According to the FCC, it has a digital SAR of 1.31 watts per kilogram.