Review: Kyocera Koi KX2
As a phone, the Koi is quite nice. Although it looks and acts like a spinner, it really is more like a clamshell phone - you need to open it to talk, it only opens in one direction, and since only the screen is on the top half, it is easy to open.
The dull screen and the somewhat soft volume hold the Koi back a little, but the phone is still quite usable. Neither shortcomings are exactly deal breakers. Although the ringer is soft, the phone is loud enough during calls, especially in speakerphone mode. The menus are also well designed and easy to use even on the less than brilliant screen.
As a phone it succeeds, but as a camera the Koi fails. Other than a simple, well-lit snapshot, the Koi will not replace even the most basic of digital cameras. If Kyocera had devoted half the attention to the camera hardware (and the phone hardware design when using the Koi as a camera) that they did to the camera software, the Koi could probably rival some of the best cameraphones.
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Between the antenna jabbing you in the hand, the poorly placed lens, the dull screen and the disappointing image quality, Kyocera should have considered leaving the camera off this model.
AT CTIA, Kyocera showed they learned from their mistakes, improving the screen, changing the form factor and significantly improving the camera experience on their new flagship, the Slider Remix.
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