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Review: Kyocera DuraMax for Sprint

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Browser

The DuraMax has EV-DO Rev. A connectivity, but you wouldn't know it based on the browser's performance. It has a WAP browser on board that takes its sweet time to load pretty much any web site that you might wish to view. The default home page is Sprint's portal, which is a disaster of links to content that costs you money. Beware this minefield. You can choose to visit other web sites, but it's a serious pain with the 12-key keypad.

The browser will render HTML pages when asked, but it does a poor job of it. HTML web sites are so slow to load, you may as well forget it and stick with WAP pages. We're talking minutes for HTML pages to load, not seconds. Scrolling through content-rich web sites is beyond painful, as the web page stutters its way across the display.

The one thing I really like is a toolbar that the web browser has. Press the right soft key, and you get a small little control bar. It lets you jump back and forward, as well as to your home page, a Google search page, a list of your recently visited pages and some very limited options.

 

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Customize

The DuraMax only allows you to customize some of the really basic things, such as ringtones, ringer IDs, screen savers, etc. As noted, you can alter the main menu between grid and list views, but you can’t customize to the way apps and folders are organized.

You can also change the input font between normal and large. The size increase is just enough to make a difference, but it doesn't go far enough for those who need very large fonts.

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