The Good The Kyocera K325 Cyclops has an attractive, user-friendly design and offers Virgin Mobile's first 1.3 megapixel camera.
The Bad The Kyocera K325 Cyclops' speakerphone has variable voice quality and a low-resolution internal display. In addition, it has no analog roaming.
The Bottom Line Though it's not perfect, the Kyocera K325 Cyclops is one of the better Virgin Mobile phones we've seen.
Kyocera K325 Cyclops (Virgin Mobile)
Kyocera K325 Cyclops (Virgin Mobile)
Virgin Mobile gets a little quirky when it comes to naming its phone models. After introducing the Switch Back, the Oystr and the Slice in the past year, the company now brings you the Cyclops. Made by Kyocera and also called the K325, the Cyclops gets its name from the prominent camera lens on its front face. Though it doesn't resemble Odysseus' legendary monster, it does have an, ahem, eye-catching design that should appeal to Virgin Mobile's youth audience. Aside from offering the carrier's first 1.3-megapixel camera, the features are pretty standard and satisfactory, with the exception of the speakerphone's performance. The Cyclops is available for $99 with Virgin Mobile's prepaid service.
Measuring 3.54 by 1.81 by 0.92 inches and weighing 3.4 ounces, the Cyclops is small and light and felt comfortable to hold in the hand. And though the Cyclops' overall form is unremarkable, it certainly has some touches that make it stand out among the flip-phone crowd. For starters, its red and off-white color scheme reminds you that it's a Virgin Mobile phone, while the vertical orientation of its rectangular display is a unique touch that we wish to see more often. The display is monochrome, but it alternates between showing the date and time or the battery life and signal strength. The display's backlighting time can't be altered, but pressing any one of the external controls will activate again.
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