CTIA 2010: Live Report
Kyocera has rarely dived into the smartphone realm, but this time around, they intend to make a substantial entrance with their Android-powered Kyocera Zio M6000. No, this isn't the typical Kyocera handset we see grace the lineup of many prepaid wireless providers. Instead, this Android 1.6 smartphone dives straight to the heart of the competition around the mid-range segment with its 3.5” WVGA touchscreen, 3.2-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. Flaunting some decent specs, we had some mixed feelings surrounding its build quality. Just holding the device in our hand, we noticed the plastic nature of the handset – although it does look a bit more streamlined than other comparable phones that sport a rather respectable 3.5” touchscreen. When you think about it more, the Zio's detailed display stands out more than anything else considering that it'll be marketed as a lower-end smart phone. Right now however, there is no info on which carrier will end up siding with the smartphone.
Naturally, the Android 1.6 device still needs some work as there are some performance issues that we noticed. Scrolling through a web page still felt laborious while there was a decent amount of lag encountered just attempting to navigate on the device. Still, we hope the 600 MHz processor inside will be able to deliver smooth performance once the hardware and software are final. After all, it's Kyocera's first crack at the Android platform and it needs to be as polished as possible.
Ultimately, the Kyocera Zio M6000 is a huge leap for the company – which is of course known more for its low- to mid-range handsets. Even though the Zio clearly jumps right into the thick of battle, you can still sense those design elements that attempt to exemplify it as a premium handset. Unfortunately, its choice of materials and workmanship isn't of highest quality. Nonetheless, the Kyocera Zio emphasizes itself as a quality product that will be attached with an inexpensive price tag – which is where it'll undoubtedly make its appeal.
1. Ray (Posts: 62; Member since: 30 Apr 2009)
Come on please say something about the Supersonic!!
4. darthray (Posts: 72; Member since: 04 Nov 2009)
i agree with camjurgz! Today was supposed to be the release day for the nexus one for verizon! damn they are lagging. whats up with that?
5. behold--me (Posts: 650; Member since: 22 Jun 2009)
Haven't you seen all the problems with the nexus one??? You should get something else like he drips eris or something. Verizon might not announce (or later, launch) the nexus one if it's still plagued with problems that google and htc apparently overlooked when designing or building this. nd I think the HTC desire would be better.
6. behold--me (Posts: 650; Member since: 22 Jun 2009)
I feel bad for T-Mobile. They show up with a. Simple HSDPA+ netbook or whatever. The HD2 launches today, and I wonder how many people are going to regret buying it when windows phone 7 or whatever comes out or when they see what andriod and win-mo devices are better. But for now, the HD2 has it's day in glory. I wonder how many people in my city are driving or walking to t-mobile stores today to get this phone, regardless of the fact that there's a foot of snow on the ground in places and cold as hell. BIG SNOWSTORM.
7. VZWuser76 (Posts: 726; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)
This is just sad. 5 new things for AT&T, 3 for Sprint, and Verizon ties with a prepaid for new things coming out. It's starting to feel like years ago when Verizon had half as many handsets as it's competitors. I just read an article talking about why there was no announcement about either the Nexus1 or the Incredible at CITA, and most of the people leaving comments were fed up with how Verizon is so sercretive about what's coming out. If it were really a case of not doing it because their competitors would try to beat them to the punch on their upcoming offerings, then why aren't AT&T and Sprint also being so hush hush. Then to top it all off, when whatever they're keeping under wraps finally comes out, it usually falls flat. Maybe if they got some input from their customers on what they want, Verizon would be able to sell more units and keep them from defecting to their competition. Verizon, this isn't the Manhattan Project, it's cell phones! I'm only ticked because I'm about a month away from my NE2 and I don't want to go down the same road of renewing and then 31 days later they come out with something that is better suited to me. Let's not start to have phone releases end up like the Android 2.1 update. Maybe I'll hold off on getting that smartphone. (Steps off the soap box to go have a beer)
8. rtyecript (unregistered)
I really liked the article, and the very cool blog