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Keeping keen on the Kyocera Kona (pictures)

Though the Kona from Cricket is a simple feature phone, it also sports a comfortable keypad and a 2-megapixel camera, and can carry out your basic texting and calling needs.

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Cricket's Kyocera Kona

True, it won't impress any of your hard-core tech friends, but the Kyocera Kona is Cricket Wireless' newest feature phone offering, and can carry out all the basic functions you look for in a simple handset. It will be available April 21 for $59.99.

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A good fit in the hand

The clamshell device measures 3.94 inches tall, 2.05 inches wide, and 0.68 inch thick. When I held it in my hand, I noticed it was quite light, and at just 3.7 ounces, it'll have no problem fitting into the front pockets of your jeans or slipping into a small bag or clutch.

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Info on the external display

When closed, you'll see a 1.44-inch LCD color display. Its 128x128-pixel resolution suffices to display pertinent information quickly, such as the date, time, reception, and battery levels.

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A user-friendly interface

The internal display measures 2.4 inches and has a 320x240-pixel resolution. The main home screen includes two options: menu and contacts. When you select the former, you'll see several icons for such things like Bluetooth, settings, a navigator, a few games and apps, a calendar, messages, and tools.

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Comfortable dialpad

Beneath the display is a numerical keypad. The handset's buttons are generously sized and spaced, and are easy to press. It also includes shortcut keys for the camera and audio speaker, as well as a circular navigation button and center select key.

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Some deets on the goods

It's powered by an 870mAh lithium ion battery. As for memory, you'll get 256MB of ROM and 128MB of RAM. Other features include Bluetooth 2.1, and a WAP 2.0 Web browser that will be able to connect to Cricket's 2G network.

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Camera included, but no flash

It includes a 2-megapixel camera, though there is no flash. Though it's not shown above, on its left are a Micro-USB port and a volume rocker, and on the right there's a 3.5mm headphone jack.

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