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    Kyocera SmartPhone QCP-6035
    Author: Drew Lanclos
    Date Posted: April 11th, 2002
    SLRating: SLRating: 8/10
    Bottom Line: Functional, stylish, and very intelligently designed. On the other hand, it's pricey, doesn't play with GSM, and a bit hard to find.

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    Another chief complaint of the pQ was its illogical software integration. Essentially, the pQ was a phone and a PDA stuck in the same box, neither knowing of the other's existence. The Kyocera takes this leaps and bounds further by fully integrating phone features into the OS.

    For instance, let's say that I want to call my friend Matt. I can do this a number of ways. I can manually dial his phone number on the keypad...I can use the shuttle-dial to index the address book and dial his number, either by looking it up in my listings, or by calling him back from my call log...I can also open the flip on the Kyocera, and use the address book program to look him up, then click on his phone number. Finally, I can also use voice dialing. Since the Kyocera has that built-in speakerphone, you can either leave the flip open and talk on vox, or you can close the flip at this point and talk like normal.

    The *big* feature of the Kyocera's integration is the interconnections between the phone book databases and your call records. As I mentioned before, the Kyocera has a built-in Call Log that lets you reference all the incoming, outgoing, and data calls you've made from the phone. You can callback numbers directly from this list, or you can select an entry and plug it into a new Address Book entry for "record completion". Once you've assigned a name to this phone number, the records in the Call Log all reflect the new name, and anytime you receive an incoming call or make an outgoing call, you'll see that person's name on the phone. This is useful for identifying incoming callers (As well as their location, based on phone listings for work, home, mobile, etc.), as well as confirming phone numbers you've manually typed for outgoing calls.

    Furthermore, the Call Log integrates with the Expenses application. While I don't use Expenses, it is pretty nifty to be able to log your phone calls in the Expenses table so that you can log how much airtime your boss used calling you at home, and send him a bill. You could also use it to easily size up your phone usage statistics, in case you decided on a change of usage plan.

    The phone-dialing integration is really neat. Basically, any time you click on a phone number in the Call Log or in the Address Book, you'll automatically dial that number. This also works when you use the record search function. The screen will put an onscreen phone keypad and information on the screen at this point, though the call will remain connected if you exit the application at this point. I only had one small problem with this - I frequently accidentally started the dialer as I was attempting to select records in the Address Book.

    Since the phone is essentially a Palm with a speaker and microphone, it's a relatively trivial matter for the phone to also operate as a voice pad, letting you take audio notes and play them later. Also, with the SDK kit from the Kyocera website, you can also create your own ringtones from any 8-bit 11kHz .wav file - Just run the conversion tool on the file, and then sync it to your phone. Like many cellphone models, you can pick specific ringtones for particular address book categories. Given the popularity of this feature, it'd have been nice if Kyocera made a better application around this for anyone to use, rather than requiring users to discover it for themselves. Also, more customization of ringtone associativity would have been nice - For instance, different ringtones for work or mobile phone numbers, or different ringtones for individual users. You can easily assign individual users to their own Address Book category, but this defeats the point of the categories option in the Address Book.

    The QCP-6035 is a digital phone and primarily designed for PCS-based services. As a matter of fact, only two major carriers offer phone service with the QCP-6035 - Sprint PCS, and Verizon. That isn't to say that you have to be a customer of one or the other, of course. The 6035 is a tri-band phone, so it will operate in PCS and analog networks perfectly fine, supporting 900MHz, 1.8 GHz, and 1.9GHz transmission frequencies. Unfortunately, no GSM in this model...Kyocera doesn't even market this phone overseas. You should check with your carrier before committing to purchasing this phone, however, to make sure that they won't force you through any special charges or caveats for using a phone they don't provide. Programming the phone to change networks is relatively easy to do, once you have the appropriate documentation.

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