Review: Kyocera DuraMax for Sprint
The DuraMax can download the simplest applications via Sprint's online portal. The apps available include things such as games, organizers, etc. It's hard to find what you're looking for, and every step requires a page refresh — which takes anywhere from 5 to 10 seconds. It's more infuriating than anything else.
The DuraMax supports mono Bluetooth headsets and a few other profiles. Pairing was no problem, and call quality via mono headsets was good. Pairing with other phones to push contact data or photos was also a snap. I had no issues with the Bluetooth functions at all.
The clock on the external display is great for checking the time. It fills almost the entire display with a large digital clock that's viewable even out in the sun. This clock can't be changed. The clock that appears on the home screen can be customized in a number of different ways, including large/small digital, large/small analog, world clock, and several different calendar views.
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The DuraMax has GPS on board and Sprint's free mapping and navigation software. It works, but just barely. Maps took ages to load, and using it as a real-time turn-by-turn navigation device could be problematic. I often shot past turns because the app was so slow to recognize where I was. I would say that the DuraMax's GPS capabilities will be best put to use in the great outdoors, where life doesn't move at 60 miles per hour.
Hands-On: Kyocera DuraCore & DuraMax for Sprint
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Sprint Enables DirectConnect to Work Over 1xRTT
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