Kyocera Torino S2300 - black (MetroPCS) review: Kyocera Torino S2300 - black (MetroPCS)

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CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
  • Overall: 6.0
  • Design: 6.0
  • Features: 6.0
  • Performance: 6.0
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The Good The Kyocera Torino has a user-friendly design with a comfortable keyboard. The functional feature set includes a few extras such as voice dialing and Bluetooth.

The Bad The Kyocera Torino's phone book only offers caller ID for groups, and its headset jack is 2.5mm. Call volume was low.

The Bottom Line We'd sharpen a couple of things, but the Kyocera Torino is an accessible and satisfying message phone for MetroPCS.

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Editors' note: As the Torino is almost identical to the Kyocera Loft, we'll focus on the Torino's differences for this review. For a full description of its design and features, please see our Kyocera Loft review .

Kyocera may have launched back into the smartphone arena with its Android-powered Zio earlier this year, but its Torino S2300 messaging handset perfectly exemplifies the manufacturer's image in North America. Though neither flashy nor high-powered, the Torino succeeds as a user-friendly handset for communication. It's just $29 without a contract for MetroPCS.

Design
As we mentioned, the Torino is a near clone of Virgin Mobile's Kyocera Loft . You'll notice the same blocky shape (4.06 inches tall by 2.6 inches wide by 0.59 inch deep) and the tapered edges that give it a slim profile. Again, it's not the most attractive phone in the world, but it works.

The bright display also measures 2.2 inches and supports 262,000 colors. Yet, MetroPCS made some positive changes when translating the Torino to its lineup. The raised navigation array is cleaner thanks to slimmer keys and the QWERTY keyboard has welcome enhancements. Though it's the same size as on the Loft and has the same number of keys, the Torino's keyboard feels less cramped even if the individual buttons are slightly smaller. The backlit keys also had a more solid touch and it was easier to dial by feel. On the downside, we'd still enjoy more shortcut buttons.


The Torino's camera is on its back end.

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Where to Buy

Kyocera Torino S2300 - black (MetroPCS)

Part Number: TORINOS2300BLK

MSRP: $49.00

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Talk Time Up to 240 min
  • Weight 3.49 oz
  • Technology CDMA2000 1X
  • Combined with With digital camera
  • Service Provider MetroPCS
  • Diagonal Size 2.2 in
  • Sensor Resolution 1.3 megapixels
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Senior Managing Editor Kent German leads the CNET Reviews and Download editors in San Francisco. A veteran of CNET since 2003, he still writes about the wireless industry and occasionally his passion for commercial aviation.