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Review: Kyocera DuraPlus for Sprint

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Apps

The DuraPlus can download the simplest applications via Sprint's online portal. The apps available include things such as games, organizers, etc. Discoverability is a mess, and every step requires a page refresh -- which adds agonizing time to any task.

Bluetooth

The DuraPlus supports mono Bluetooth headsets and a few other profiles. Pairing was no problem, and call quality via mono headsets was good. Pairing with other phones to push contact data or photos was also a snap. I had no issues in testing out the Bluetooth at all.

Clock

There's no real lock screen on this device. The display is either on or off. When first woken from sleep, you have to unlock it before anything else. There's no content -- not even a clock -- visible on this unlock screen. The clock that appears on the home screen can be customized in a number of different ways, including large/small digital, large/small analog, world clock, and several different calendar views. It’s just plain dumb that you have to unlock the screen -- which takes three key presses -- to check the time.

GPS

The DuraPlus has GPS on board and Sprint's free mapping and navigation software. It works, but just barely. Maps took ages to load, and using it as a real-time turn-by-turn navigation device could be problematic. I would say that the DuraPlus's GPS capabilities will be best put to use in the great outdoors, where life doesn't travel at you at 60 miles per hour.

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