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First Look: Kyocera K312P

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First Look: Kyocera K312P

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If you're looking for a simple, dependable cell phone for MetroPCS, you can't go wrong with the Kyocera K312P.

[ Music ] ^M00:00:03 >> Hi, I'm Kent German [phonetic], senior editor here www.cnet.com. >> Today [inaudible] take our first look at the Kyocera K312P. As you can see [inaudible] have pretty basic phones. This phone is kind of mid range. Has a simple camera, has messaging functions, can make calls. So it's not quite as simple, you might be used to with MetroPCS. It has a basic black color. It is pretty attractive. Also, it's kind of a bit of a soft touch rubbery feel. So it has a nice feeling in the hands, like the way I could grasp the phone, really lightweight as well. Slipped easily in the pocket, so it's pretty compacted. Here in the front, kind of an interesting design. We just have the camera lens right here, down below is a tiny flash, surrounded in silver, so you can really see the camera lens. You can use that a little bit as a self-portrait mirror. It doesn't work that well. But still, it's better then having nothing. The external display is vertical. We've seen this on a few phones, the design [inaudible] that [inaudible], a couple years ago, it really started a couple years ago. The only thing is, of course, the display doesn't show photo color ID, just a little small as well. But it shows all the information you need. Down here is just a small speaker. Here on this side, just a volume rocker. Dedicated camera button, and a headset jack, that is smaller headset jacks if you want them [inaudible] later. Open up, display is a littler smaller then I'd like it to be for the phone size. Also, the resolution isn't that great. It is color, and it is easy to see the display. What I did like is Kyocera uses a wheel menu system. And so it's kind of interesting, better then just the icons, and certainly more interesting then a list. Navigation controls and keypad buttons were pretty good. You can see they have a couple of soft keys, dedicated speakerphone buttons, which is always a plus. And nice toggle, it's very big; you can really get in there. OK button in the center, which is just a little bit smaller then I'd like it to be. Talk and End buttons, they were very large. Keypad buttons are pretty flat with the surface of the phone, but I found that they were spaced evenly apart. Pretty large numbers on the keys, and the keys themselves pretty easy to use as far as just being large. They were the tiniest bit slick. But you get use to it, even if you're a rapid texter, or frequent dialer, so overall I found the keypad pretty easy to use. Phone does have a camera. It does have basic messaging functions, web browser, not a whole lot beyond that. But definitely a good phone for anyone that doesn't need to make a lot of calls, use the phone occasionally, but still wants a camera, maybe send the occasional text message. >> I'm Kent German, and this is Kyocera K312P. ^M00:02:08 [ Music ]

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