"Looks and feels great, but sadly awful"0.5 starson by mister_g60
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.