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Cricket's Kyocera Kona

A good fit in the hand

Info on the external display

A user-friendly interface

Comfortable dialpad

Some deets on the goods

Camera included, but no flash

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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