Kyocera Milano - black (Sprint) review: Kyocera Milano - black (Sprint)

The Milano has the usual smartphone connectivity features like Bluetooth, GPS, and Wi-Fi. It even has a mobile hot-spot feature that'll work with five Wi-Fi-enabled devices. It also ships with Android's default Webkit browser, which handles full HTML Web pages with aplomb. Aside from Gmail, you can configure the Milano to use your own POP or IMAP e-mail as well. Other pre-installed apps courtesy of Sprint include Sprint Hotspot, Sprint ID, Sprint Mobile Wallet, and Sprint Zone.

The phone also ships with the default Android music player, which isn't the greatest. It doesn't support FLAC or WMA file formats, curiously, and the audio quality was not great. We heard the occasional skip and pop in a few of the songs that we loaded. The video player supports H.264 and MP4 file formats, but audio again was an issue.


The Kyocera Milano doesn't take very good pictures.

The 3.2-megapixel camera on the Milano is predictably poor. Photo quality was average, with OK colors and blurry edges. The lack of an LED flash also means the Milano takes bad low-light photos. The Milano also has a built-in video player that can record 640-by-480-pixel videos. It has 68MB of internal storage and a 2GB preinstalled card. It can support up to 32GB cards if you want additional storage.

Performance
We tested the dual-band (CDMA 800/1900 MHz) Kyocera Milano in San Francisco using Sprint Nextel. Call quality was quite good on our end. Callers had good volume and their voices sounded clear as well. Their voices did sound a little bit hollow at times, however.

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On their end, callers said that the audio quality was excellent. We sounded loud and clear, with a natural sounding voice. They did detect quite a bit of static and environmental noise occasionally, however. Speakerphone quality was decent, and we did not encounter a lot of echo.

As the Kyocera Milano only has EV-DO Rev. 0, we didn't have the greatest data speeds. We loaded the full CNET page in 46 seconds and the mobile CNET site in 24 seconds. Even though the Milano is only powered by an 800MHz Qualcomm MSM7627T processor, we didn't think it was that sluggish. Performance felt on par with a lot of other entry-level smartphones, which is fine since you'll likely only be using the Milano for relatively basic functions.

The Kyocera Milano has a 1,490mAH battery and has a rated battery life of 7.7 hours talk time. According to the FCC, it has a digital SAR of 0.51 watt per kilogram.

Conclusion
There is no question that the Kyocera Milano is a basic entry-level smartphone. Even its curved and compact exterior couldn't save it from its bulky and cheap feel. The biggest sin was its small low-res display, which does not do justice to graphically rich applications. We do like that it ships with Android 2.3 Gingerbread and it does have a surprisingly good physical keyboard. We also commend it for its $29.99 (with contract) price. However, we recommend coughing up the extra $70 or so for the HTC Evo Design 4G or the Samsung Conquer 4G , both of which delivers true bang for the buck.

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Kyocera Milano - black (Sprint)

Part Number: KYC5120BKS

MSRP: $349.99

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Service Provider Sprint Nextel
  • Weight 5.6 oz
  • Diagonal Size 3 in