CNET First Look
Kyocera Neo E1100 (MetroPCS)The Kyocera Neo E1100 isn't perfect, but it's a perfectly satisfying phone for making calls.
Hi, I'm Kent German, senior editor here at CNET.com. Today, we'll take a first look at the Kyocera Neo. This is also called the E1100. It's available from Metro PCS. I think, overall, the phone is pretty stylish. I did like the shiny exterior. I liked this light pipe that goes up the front of the phone. What it does is it actually blinks when you get a call. It actually encircles the camera lens as well. One thing I didn't like about the exterior was that it does have an external display that's really small and it's also hidden, so it's not visible when the backlighting is on and it's also pretty short so you can actually just flick it on by using the volume rocker. I wish it was just a little bigger. Text can be hard to see, especially in direct light, so one thing I didn't love. Inside, internal display, smaller than I'd like, but it has pretty crisp resolution, pretty bright, colorful, it shows everything you need. Another nice thing Kyocera does and a lot of menu options. They have the option for info and so what that is, if you click on that, it tells you what the feature does or what the option does, so, it's nice to have that. The keypad buttons and navigation area is pretty flat. They are defined just a little bit. There are these ridges between the individual columns and rows so you can dial by feel. Also, there's bright backlighting and these large numbers. Inside the phone, does have a 1.3-megapixel camera, does have organizer features, does have voice activated dialing so that's a nice touch. You also get Bluetooth. Voice quality is fine. It could be a little louder but I didn't have many problems with the clarity. Speakerphone, also could be a little louder and you have to stand really close to the phone if you wanna be heard on the other end when you're using the spearkerphone. But, otherwise, I think the Neo is a very functional phone, user friendly, and makes decent calls. I'm Kent German, this is the Kyocera Neo E1100.