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TerreStar Genus (photos)

The TerreStar Genus wouldn't be our first choice for a standard smartphone, but the addition of satellite calling will be attractive to some users.

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Kent German

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The Genus is a bit bulky, but it looks like quite a few other smartphones.
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The Genus' touch-screen is rather small, but the navigation controls are user-friendly.
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Some parts of the Genus feel a tad cheap. It comes with a stylus that fits in a slot on its rear side.
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The Genus' keypad was a mixed bag. The keys are raised, but they're also a bit small.
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The speaker, camera lens, and antenna port sit on the Genus' rear side.
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On the handset's rear side you'll find a screen lock key, the microSD card slot, a Micro-USB port, and a 2.5mm headset jack.

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