Kyocera Neo E1100 (MetroPCS) review:

Kyocera Neo E1100 (MetroPCS)

Organizer features include a scheduler, an alarm clock, a tip calculator, a timer, a stopwatch, a calculator, a memo pad, and a world clock. And if you need more, the Neo has Bluetooth, speaker-independent voice commands, and a voice memo recorder.

The Neo's camera lens is surrounded by its unique "light pipe" feature.

The 1.3-megapixel camera takes pictures in three resolutions (1,280x1,024 pixels, 640X480 pixels, and 320x240 pixels) and you can choose from three image quality settings. Other options include a brightness meter, 10 frames, a self timer, a multishot mode, three color tones, four white-balance settings, a 5x zoom, and eight shutter sounds. The Zeo does not record video.

The Neo offers decent, but not great, photo quality.

The Neo offers a few applications including Metro Navigator, MetroBackup, Pocket Express, and Metro411. Keep in mind that some require an additional charge. You can access the carrier's MetroWeb service to download additional apps, ringtones, and handset personalization options. The handset comes with one game (Brick Attack), but you can purchase more. Just keep in mind that the Neo uses Brew instead of Java.

We tested the dual-band (CDMA 800/1,900) Kyocera Neo in San Francisco using MetroPCS service. Call quality was enjoyable on the whole. The audio clarity was strong and we didn't have a problem getting a signal outdoors or in buildings. Our friends sounded natural, as well, and we didn't encounter any static or interference. The volume could be somewhat higher, however. It didn't pose a problem in most cases, but we did have some trouble hearing if we were in a particularly noisy place.

On their end, callers said we sounded quite good. Most of our friends mentioned that the Neo picks up some background noise, and they could tell that we were using a cell phone, but the reports were largely positive. Speakerphone calls weren't quite as strong. Though the audio was relatively clear on our end, it wasn't very loud. Also, we had to be close to the phone and annunciate clearly if we wanted to be heard on the other end.

The Kyocera Neo has a rated battery life of 4.2 hours talk time and 8.3 days standby time. It has a tested talk time of 4 hours and 50 minutes. According to FCC radiation testing, the Neo has a digital SAR of 0.479 watt per kilogram.

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