Pros Large screen
Cons Slow, poor quality, poor battery life, tiny keypad
Summary Three weeks after I purchased this phone, the earpiece stopped working. I didn't drop the phone, I'm an adult who rarely uses my phone; when I am using it, it's for text messaging. Now to make calls or answer the phone I have to use the speakerphone, which I hate, or use a bluetooth headset, which I am not walking around wearing, not to mention the fact it drains the battery even MORE to use bluetooth. I don't even care that the keys are so small that I sometimes smash them all at once, even though I have ridiculously small fingers. My husband couldn't begin to text message on this phone. I don't care that I have to wait and count the seconds when I try to open my inbox or reply to a text or, heaven forbid, I accidentally press the directional pad side that opens the internet. I don't care that the numbers are smooshed into the keypad vertically so I have to spin the phone if I'm adding numbers to a text, or trying to use the calculator. I only care that the phone ceased to fully function after three weeks of gentle use.
Pros Pay as you go, no contract service for both voice and Web. Full keyboard. Nice appearance and form factor (fits in pocket well).
Cons Keys are small but usable. Menu system is a bit slow although Opera browser is relatively quick. Included ringtones are very basic, and mostly annoying.
Summary Virgin does not yet offer Opera Mini through its own site for the X-TC (they probably will soon), but you can use the included WAP browser to surf to mini.opera.com, which will recognize the phone explicitly as the Kyocera M2000 X-tc, and will download the browser directly onto the phone. This free Opera browser is ten times better than the WAP browser included by Virgin.
This is a very reasonable phone for someone who wants to occasionally access the Web. I bought a 20MB one month data pack for $10 to get started but for my purposes after this month the $5/month 5MB data pack will be plenty, as the Opera browser is very parsimonious in its use of bandwidth. If you don't buy the data pack at all you pay $1.50 each day that you use the phone, for up to 1MB, which isn't bad for an occasional user. I was able to surf the NY Times and a blog site there (Paul Krugman's) and also explore what films are available at the local multiplex and that entire process consumed less than half a MB. So, if you just want to be able to check fiilms or restaurants once in a while, while away from your home PC, this is a very economical phone and service.
The keys are small, but usable with care. The volume is not very loud, but I would never use a cel without a headset - specifically, one with a hollow air tube to prevent the headset cord from becoming a waveguide for the cel radiation. And, you can always turn on the speakerphone for more volume. The menu system is a little slow.
Overall, I'm pretty happy with this phone and service as a package. This kind of cel service gets you off the treadmill of monthly payments so that you only use the phone as much as you need to, and only pay for what you use. That reduces both distraction and radiation exposure, freeing your mind for better things, like living in the real world.
Pros Apparent build quality
QWERTY keyboard (it's a pro and a con because it's cramped)
Cons Unreliable in the end - locked up and had the reboot-when-you-close-it problem
OS/menus (to an extent)
QWERTY keyboard (see above)
Summary I really wanted to like this phone, and I did - more or less - for the six weeks I had it. Once I heard it was coming I held out and picked it up once a certain big yellow-signed electronics retailer, who I just returned it to yesterday.
No the battery wasn't the best, and yes, the keyboard is cramped, but I was willing to live with that. I'll admit that after only six weeks I had the itch to jump ship on Virgin because their phones really are just so basic and often lousy. Good value if you have basic needs and/or just like to text. But after a year, I needed a real man's phone - my one serious weakness, but I digress ...
You may have read that some people report that the phone will reboot itself if you close the keyboard too hard. I'd never experienced that until yesterday. I'm VERY good to my stuff, electronics especially, and I didn't drop or otherwise abuse my phone to the point where it may have had an excuse to freak out the way it did yesterday. Every time I closed the keyboard, almost regardless of how gently, it would reboot. Add to that the fact that the keys ALL froze up, and I was done. I had to leave all the data, phone numbers, whatever in the phone when I returned it, but at least I got my money back.
So, I do NOT recommend this phone. I really do hope that Kyocera works out the bugs, because I do think this could be a great phone, considering what it is. But as-is, I definitely cannot recommend it to anyone. Instead, I'd suggest buying the Virgin Arc, it's a really great phone! I had that one before the X-TC, and it was very solid.
Pros The REVIEWER IS WRONG. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO OPEN THE PHONE EVEN ONCE TO DIAL A NUMBER. All you have to do is press the center key and the screen's number selection menu pops up! It's the CENTER key, not the TALK button.
This phone NEVER freezes.
Cons The slider thing will break and make it slide unevenly if you slide it fast.
The screen will crack if u accidentally drop the phone even once and stupid kyocera doesnt sell face plates. idiots.
Summary This phone is good but even tho it is a 3g phone, stupid virgin mobile doesnt enable the 3g on this phone. idiots!
Pros Very solid construction. 1 touch access to facebook, im, myspace, ect. mp3 player. The volume on this is the loudest i've ever heard! fun camera functions. huge phonebook. MiniSD slot, Mini USB slotBeautiful color screen. Unique from other phones
Cons Virgin mobile's interface is kinda bla. No video on the camera.. Keyboard takes some getting use to.
Summary I just got this phone yesterday, and it is by far the best virgin mobile phone out there. Even though the camera is only 1.3 megapixels, there are features that let you touch up all your pics, along with different frames, negatives, sepia, and it will let u save them right to your SD card for quick transfer to ur PC. I was suprised to see that when i loaded pictures taken with my 8 megapixel camera on to my phone, they still held their quality and it would let me set them as my backround even though i didnt take them with the phone. The 3 buttons on the top of the phone for your music is a nice touch, and the media player works fine. One touch access to facebook is a great feature (although you have to go into settings and set up where you want each button to take you). The phone itself is sexy looking. People with much more expensive phones are askin to play with mine when they see it. Unfortunately, virgin mobiles interface is still bland and boring =( it definately needs some updating (can anybody say icons?) or at least an option to rearrange the lil menues you have. So far, the battery has held pretty true. (ive been playing with it nonstop for hours, using the camera, listening to music, not giving the thing a rest, and not one bar is missing from the battery.) I really wish you could take videos from the camera, that feature probably would have made me give it a five star rating. Bottom line: If you like texting, and dont necessarily care to spend $90 a month on some data package that you really dont even use, than this is a good phone for you! Its durable, sleek, and gets the job done.