Review: Kyocera DuraXT for Sprint
The DuraXT can download the simplest applications via Sprint's online portal. The apps available include things such as games, organizers, and ringtones. 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 DuraXT supports mono Bluetooth headsets and a few other profiles. Pairing was no problem, and call quality via mono headsets was very 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, and phone calls in my car sounded great.
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 DuraXT has GPS on board and Sprint's free navigation software. The service works OK for point-to-point navigation, but I found it to be a bit on the slow side. It gets you around town, no doubt, but doesn't compare to the tools offered by today's budget smartphones.
Jun 10, 2012
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Jan 7, 2020
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Feb 25, 2013
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