Review: Kyocera Kona for Sprint, Boost, Virgin
The Kona is a fine little phone for Sprint, Boost, and Virgin - as long as you don't mind its simplicity. It is a basic flip phone that makes phone calls, sends text messages, and does little else. The hardware is well made and functions perfectly; the screens are decent for this class of device; signal and call performance were OK, though not the best; but the battery life is killer.
The user interface borders on ancient and isn't very flexible. The included apps are minimal, and you have to jump through too many hoops to install anything else. About the only real feature the device has is a camera, but it's pretty rotten.
What's the Kona good for? Sitting in the glove box in case of an emergency. Or, perhaps, it will work for a senior citizen or young child who needs only the ability to make calls and send some messages. If you want your phone to do anything else, pick a different phone.
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