Hands-On: Cricket Flip Phones
The Chrono is a simple flip phone, too, but feels a bit cheaper than the Kyocera S2100. The plastics are not as nice, and the gold coloring actually makes it look cheaper, not glitzier.
It's fairly thin and light, and will easily fit into a picket. It has two displays, and they both are low-end, but at least legible. Brightness was pretty limited, but the icons and graphics looked pretty good.
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The flip mechanism wasn't as strong as that of the Kyocera S2100, but it was still good enough. Samsung took care to design the Chrono so that when open, it forms a nice, unbroken line from tip to tip.
While the display was merely OK, and the color not my style, at least the keypad was awesome. It felt amazing under the my thumbs, and the numbers have a nice curve to the, and offer the perfect amount of travel and feedback. It's really well done.
The user interface wasn't anything to write home about. It has a standard icon grid in the main menu, and the soft keys can be used to access a few limited options for adjusting the behavior of the UI.
You want or need a cheap flip voice phone? The Chrono will do you fine.
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