Review: Kyocera Jet for Amp'd
The Jet is a very well-shaped handset, with rounded edges at all the phone's corners and lengths. The size allows the Jet to fill your hand without feeling too large or unwieldy. Gripping the Jet in either hand is easy and reassuring with the slide both open and shut. However, the same size that makes the phone reassuring in-hand makes it bulge in-pocket - like most low priced sliders, it is fairly thick.
The Jet's slider form factor does an excellent job of allowing for a large display and keypad without being excessively large. The slide action is entirely manual, without a spring or magnetic assist, which requires extra effort to fully open or close the phone. The action is smooth and there is a noticeable click when the slide is opened and closed, which helped to train us to use it effectively.
Holding the Jet while talking produces similar issues with any other slider or swivel form factor. With the phone closed, it feels too short and grows uncomfortable on extended calls. However when the Jet is used open, it becomes significantly more comfortable to hold and talk into. Having the slide act as the keyguard helped encourage us to talk with the phone open, though given this behavior, we would much prefer an assisted slide action.
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The numeric keypad appears small, particularly with the miniscule letters labeling each key, but the keys are very ease to use. While the keys are flat and therefore lack significant tactile feedback, the spacing between the three columns of keys make dialing numbers and writing text messages quick and easy. The navigation buttons on the Jet are simple and well organized. The D-pad ring is raised around the center select button which leads to the Amp'd Live service from the home screen. The navigation keys have an awkward habit of randomly illuminating while the phone sits unused. When they do light up, the blue LEDs inside the phone change the red end call button to purple.
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