The Good The Kyocera X-tc has a compact design and slide-out full QWERTY keyboard. The phone supports stereo Bluetooth and comes with e-mail, instant messaging, and social networking apps.
The Bad Some of the navigation controls are hard to use. Call volume was a bit problematic.
The Bottom Line The Kyocera X-tc brings a fresh update to Virgin Mobile's line of basic messaging cell phones, but there are some minor design and navigation issues.
Kyocera X-tc - G2Go (Virgin Mobile)
Editors' note: We incorrectly reported on how to bring up the onscreen dialpad in our original review, which has now been updated. We apologize for the error.
While the other carriers have completely embraced full QWERTY handsets, Virgin Mobile's been lacking in that department. Up until now, there have only been two choices: the Helio Ocean 2, which might be too fancy for some, and the outdated Kyocera Wild Card, which debuted back in 2007. Fortunately, there is now the Kyocera X-tc to bring a fresh face to the mix. The handset brings an updated design and better keyboard to complement its e-mail and instant messaging capabilities. The X-tc also now includes Facebook and MySpace mobile apps, which should please the carrier's younger audience. There are some issues with the phone's navigation and call volume, but overall, we'd have to say the X-tc is a good choice for Virgin America customers in need of a basic messaging phone. The Kyocera X-tc, aka the Kyocera G2Go, is available for $99.99.
The Kyocera X-tc features a simple but attractive design with a standard black chassis and rounded edges; it is certainly a more stylish option than the older Kyocera Wild Card. The slider phone is fairly compact at 4.3 inches high by 2 inches wide by 0.6 inch thick and 4.8 ounces and has a solid construction. It's comfortable to hold while on a call or typing messages.
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