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CTIA 2008 - Live Report

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Kyocera Wireless, now the 6th largest cell phone manufacturer in the World (after the Sanyo acquisition was just finalized), announced a total of seven new devices – three CDMA and four GSMs for the Latin America market.

Starting with the most interesting one, Neo E1100, which offers a quite unique design. The whole front surface is very glossy with a hidden OLED display at the lower right corner. As it is quite small, it only provides the most basic information. A really cool feature is the blue LED light, which runs through the whole front from top to bottom. The left side features the volume rocket and the camera button. Both are very close to each other and have very small relief, so are somewhat hard to find by touch. The back, in contrast to the shinny front, has a soft feel, which helps for a better grip.

Opening the shell reveals the flush keypad, which still has slightly raised key separators. The keypad offers good tactile feedback.

The 2.2" QVGA display was great, but beyond the main menu, the actual UI of the device was not working. Overall, it seems like a great low-mid tier device with a very eye-catching design!

Kyocera Neo E1100
Kyocera Neo E1100
Kyocera Neo E1100
Kyocera Neo E1100
Kyocera Neo E1100
Kyocera Neo E1100
Kyocera Neo E1100
Kyocera Neo E1100
Kyocera Neo E1100

Kyocera Neo E1100



Kyocera Mako S4000

The phone falls in between the Neo and the low end Adreno. The glossy finish of the Neo is gone, and instead of it the whole front and back surfaces have a soft, rubber like feel. The display is now color with not very great brightness. The side buttons are the same as on the Neo, but especially on the left side, are quite hard to press.

Opening the shell reveals a very small relative to the whole body display, with low 128x160 resolution. The keypad offers OK tactile feedback, but the SEND and END keys are just way too small for our taste.

Kyocera Mako S4000
Kyocera Mako S4000
Kyocera Mako S4000
Kyocera Mako S4000
Kyocera Mako S4000
Kyocera Mako S4000

Kyocera Mako S4000


Kyocera Mako S4000 Interface
Kyocera Mako S4000 Interface
Kyocera Mako S4000 Interface
Kyocera Mako S4000 Interface

Kyocera Mako S4000 Interface



Kyocera Adreno S2400

The lowest end of the line is the Adreno S2400. The whole device looks and feels like a kid's toy. Just because Kyocera has used again material, which has rubber-like feel, the target market is supposed to be the sport fans (there is no sports related functionality whatsoever).

The front has a small, one line display like on the Mako, while the internal one is still 1.8" but it is not even TFT.

Kyocera Adreno S2400
Kyocera Adreno S2400
Kyocera Adreno S2400
Kyocera Adreno S2400
Kyocera Adreno S2400
Kyocera Adreno S2400

Kyocera Adreno S2400


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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:41

1. The Zune Lune (unregistered)


I have read in several places that the unit's GPS will be unlocked and that the device will have VZ Navigator. Any ideas of the GPS will be locked to Navigator?

posted on 03 Apr 2008, 04:14

2. WHY?!?! (unregistered)


How come verizon never gets phones such as the lg shine and other cool phones...with metal bodies all we ever get are cheap crappy plastic bodied phones someone get to me on this ASAP YEAH BOY

posted on 03 Apr 2008, 12:00

3. dan (unregistered)


metal phones can be heavy..plastic can be just as durable in most cases...are you asking verizon to cater to you personally?

posted on 03 Apr 2008, 12:48

4. (unregistered)


They do have a metal body phone the same as the lg shine just flip not slide.

posted on 03 Apr 2008, 13:40

5. (unregistered)


It would have been nice if the Glyde or VX9700 was on display.

posted on 04 Apr 2008, 01:38

6. DMBrazil (unregistered)


April When!?!?

posted on 04 Apr 2008, 06:25

7. DeeMan (unregistered)


VZW has the LG-VX8700. The LG Shine is a slide version of the 8700 and the Shine got released way AFTER the 8700.

posted on 06 Apr 2008, 09:25

8. Shannon (unregistered)


I have this bluetooth headset and absolutely love it. It is extremely lightweight, very comfortable, and not to mention affordable at 79.99. It has noice reduction and it also has stereo bluetooth capability so you can listen to music and no one knows that you are. It fits in your ear in a new evolutionary way. The back peice holds the bluetooth headset in your ear, unlike other kinds that just fall off. It is by far the best headset I've owned (and I've owned a lot of 'em).

posted on 06 Apr 2008, 17:55

9. George (unregistered)


Verizon better start announcing cooler phones like the Glyde, Dare, VX8560, Decoy...etc. So far, the only phone that really matters that they hae announced is the enV2.

posted on 07 Apr 2008, 16:51

10. elgee02 (unregistered)


This article states the enV2 is not thinner than the original enV when in fact it is .14" thinner or roughly 18% thinner.

posted on 09 Apr 2008, 06:28

11. shapshal (unregistered)


Ya Ya Me like PLAYBOY PHONE Ya Ya

posted on 11 Apr 2008, 05:27

12. OMG! (unregistered)


Do you find something horribly masculine in those weirdly large mouthed Alcatel models?

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