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Top message:  Sprint Dura XT by jrfdsf   Nov 16, 2012, 6:08 AM

Replying to:  Re: Sprint Dura XT by jrfdsf   Nov 18, 2012, 5:26 PM

Dura XT Full Review

by jrfdsf    Nov 19, 2012, 12:18 PM

Please read my full review: ... »

I ran out of characters to type, so here are the items not included:

1. The most recent software update allows picure sending directly from photos. According to Eric's review, his model would was not capable of doing this without opening the messaging client first. It is also unnecessary to first choose the messaging mode as it was with previous Sprint phones. Attaching media automatically converts an SMS message into an MMS, with 1000 characters of type available.
2. As I mentioned in a previous post, Kyocera fixed the two touch issue of earlier DC phones. The unit can now be set to instantly connect you without a preliminary touch to awaken it out of sleep mode first.
3. One huge con- You must first highlight a DC entry within a multiple number contact prior to engaging DC. If you don't, the device attempts to Direct Connect whatever number it currently is displaying. This can be overcome by choosing the DC contact as the main number for each entry. This would only be a minor workaround if not for the fact that most of us have large contact lists to transfer from our old devices to our new. None of my DC numbers flagged the Kyocera unit as the main entry. That meant I had to go in and manually classify each number as such. My Renegade knew that engaging the DC button meant that I wanted to choose that number from a multiple entry contact. I could see the entry dilemma if it were a contact utilizing single number for mobile and DC, but this problem happens regardless. I hope Kyocera fixes this.
4. The unit maintains battery consumption at a minimum because it is no longer travailing in constant search of a 3G signal. The data indicator is usually dormant, unlike my old Renegade. One big dislike here is the same data icon is used for 1X or 3G. Not sure why this is.
5. Still No Group Connect to Nextelians- Sprint probably isn't changing this either since iDEN is going away shortly. It still would be a nice capability while we're all waiting.
6. No Directalk Feature- I will sorely miss this one. There are just some places where no network operates. The nice thing about Directalk was it turned your cellphone into a short range Walkie-talkie. I don't see why a slightly different version of this couldn't be included since these devices support the SMR bandwidths.

Again, overall good and seemingly headed in the right direction--finally!

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