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Review: Kyocera Jet for Amp'd

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The clock features four different formats for date and time formats (3/28/2006 2:25pm, 28/3/2006 14:25, etc). The position of the clock on the main screen is fixed, and unfortunately the clock cannot be used as a screen saver. Even with the keyguard on, the screen lights up just long enough to check the time with any button press, but you cannot just glance at the screen to check the time.

Other Features

The music player, which is found within the Amp'd Live's My Stuff heading, worked very well. From the first screen of the music player we were able to select to view music by artist, album, or playlist, plus a shuffle option, which was nice to find in the main music player menu. While playing music the phone maps play, pause, previous, and next functions onto the D-pad buttons, and displays these controls at the bottom of the screen. Above that it displays the song information.

We were able to move standard MP3 files onto the TransFlash card, and while the music player did recognize all of them, it had some trouble playing them consistently. Some tracks would play and others would not, and we could not determine a reason or pattern in this behavior. Also, the phone must find a transflash card present before it will download any music content, though we don't count this against the Jet as the it will almost certainly include a card.

The alarm clock supports a total of four independent alarms, with one of them labeled "wake-up". The phone will not sound any alarms while it is turned off. While this is unfortunate, the Jet did at least warn us when we turned the phone off that these alarms would not be activated.

The Jet also includes a basic calculator and calendar applications. Each of these applications provided simple functions, with no abilities beyond what we've come to expect with any handset.

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