CTIA Super Mobility Week
Kyocera Zio M6000As Kyocera's first Android handset, and as the manufacturer's first smartphone in six years, the Zio makes the operating system affordable and approachable. Check it out at CTIA 2010 with Kent German.
>> Kent German: Hi I'm Kent German Senior Editor here at CNET.com. I'm here at CTIA 2010 in Las Vegas and I want to show you the Kyocera Zio M6000. It is Kyocera's first Android phone. I remember way back when I started at CNET in 2003 we did have a phone called the Kyocera Z135 so you can see exactly we have come a long way certainly. The phone runs on Android 1.6. It will be upgradeable later to a 2.0 and anything beyond that but right now we are looking at 1.6. Overall it does have a nice design, a very standard Android sort of a candy bar with a full touch screen. Just a few physical controls down below. It does a have a track ball here on the center. It's pretty recessed, it seems pretty large. Typically when I'm on a Smartphone with a touch screen I don't usually use a trackball but it's there if you want it so it's pretty nice. Over on this side there's a volume rocker, a 3.5 mm headset jack and a micro USB port, that's used for the charger and any kind of USB cable. So all the phone manufacturers have been moving towards those standard ports so it's great to see that here. On the front you have 3 home screens of course you can populate these with Android shortcuts, with the widgets, with any kind of features. There's a Facebook application on the phone so you can use the Facebook Widget there. It does have a virtual keyboard. This phone has an accelerometer so it will work in landscape mode. Phone dialer interface is also standard. You can of course you can get to the Android market. It does have a personal organizer, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi. Right now it does not do calendar synching or email. You can get to that through 3rd party applications but right now it's not native but of course when the phone is upgraded you will be able to add that. 3.2 megapixel camera with video recording, full HTML browser. So should be $169 to $219. The phone will launch by the second quarter this year. Cricket is one carrier it will launch on. It might come to other carriers as well but we don't know exactly what or when so we'll just have to watch but should happen later this year. I'm Kent German this is KyoceraZ io N6000.