Review: Kyocera Koi KX2
Holding down on the D-Pad starts the Message application, but does not start a new message. Kyocera wisely placed New Text Message as the first item in the menu. When starting a new message, you have to address it before composing the message text. The Koi gives you many options for addressing the message including a list of recent contacts you've addressed messages to and custom groups for sending messages to multiple contacts.
Once addressed, composing the message goes quickly once eZiTap has been activated. Like the phone menus, predictive text is blazing fast on the Koi - it will keep up with even the fastest of texters. Unfortunately, since there is no way to feel for keys on the keypad, even the fastest of testers will be reduced to a crawl as they continually glance down to be sure they're hitting the right key.
Composing a picture message uses the same order as text messages. Each media type (text, image, sound) gets its own entry field, making it easy to compose rich messages. Sending messages, either SMS or MMS does not occur in the background, locking up the phone as the data is being sent.