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Mar 22, 2011, 8:51 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

Cricket had two flip phones on hand at the CTIA event. The Kyocera S2100 (already being sold by Virgin) and the Samsung Chrono are simple voice phones that cover the basics and not much else.

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Pre-paid provider Cricket was showing off several handsets during the Pepcom event this evening. One of which was the Kyocera S2100, a tiny flip phone that has two displays and a simple feature set.

I sometimes forget how small and light non-smartphones can be. The Kyocera S2100 is a good example of a handset that is easy on the hands, easy on the pocket, and probably easy on the wallet (after all, Cricket is a pre-paid provider). It's very comfortable to grip and has reasonably good materials. Build quality was very good, and the hinge was rock solid. It was tight and didn't have any wiggle room.

The external display is teensy-tiny. It's barely large enough to display the alerts and notifications it is meant to display. The internal display is among the worst I've ever seen. It has such a low pixel density that text was barely legible and icons/graphics looked miserable.

The dialpad and other controls, however, were excellent. The d-pad was nice and spacious, and felt good under the thumb. The number keys themselves were a bit flat but still easy to tell apart from one another.

The user interface had some nice elements to it. The main menu was pretty typical, but there was a nice little dock that you could open up and then slide sideways through it with extended content available as you scroll.

Other than that, it's a pretty basic phone.

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