6th November 2007

Virgin Mobile Kyocera Wild Card Phone – Review (Page 2)

posted by Doomzilla in Reviews Subpage |

Once the phone is opened up, a whole new setup is available as you have many more keys, but the four hot keys for Account Info, Text Messaging, Call History, and VXL are here as well. The full QWERTY keyboard is one of the best features on this phone. Typing on this tiny keyboard proves to be much faster than typing on the number pad of older phones I have owned. The keys are even raised a bit so finding the key fast while typing with two thumbs took almost no time to get accustomed to. An added extra that I wasn’t expecting is that all of the small keys are backlit to make typing easier in dark environments. There is a considerably large Space bar below the Navigation/Hot Keys, but my only complaint with that is that it is not raised up as much as the other keys. It is not a big deal overall, but I was disappointed in the lack of conformity. The screen inside the phone is slightly larger than the outer screen (160 pixels wide compared to 128). When navigating certain options, or playing games you are required to use this larger screen.

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Web browsing is acceptable, but not quite as full-fledged as using a PDA Smart Phone. The Wild Card’s WAP 2.0 browser disables a lot of the larger images to speed up load times and make browsing simpler. Checking my GMail, reading the Onion News, and browsing Aberrantech proved easy and even though it may not be the prettiest way to view the pages, it proved to be very convenient especially while riding public transportation to work.

The Wild Card comes with games, but the handful of games it comes with turn out to be 90 second demos of popular games that you must pay for like Pac-Man, Bejeweled 2, Tetris, etc.. I was thrown off a bit because I was expecting to have at least one simple full game provided. I did however spend some money and buy Medal of Honor: Airborne and Super Adventure Island. Graphically, they are both very similar to what you would see if you were playing a Super Nintendo and run very smooth. In fact, I was very surprised at how fast MoH:A ran as I was running all over the screen shooting squads of Nazis and grenades exploding. In short, for basic mobile gaming, the Wild Card is plenty powerful enough to keep the newest games running. And even though the screen does seem a bit smaller than it could be, games like Bejeweled 2 and Pac-Man look great and are very clear. The speaker, though small, seemed quite clear while playing games and did a decent job at playing my “Real Music” ringtone “Shadow of the Day” by Linkin Park. Unfortunately, the phone cannot be used directly as an mp3 player as there is no way to download or transfer music to the phone. Your only music options are the Headliner streaming service and the ringtones.

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