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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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    Pros & Cons

    Pros

    • One handy device to carry around instead of two
    • Effective integration of phone features into the Palm apps
    • Stylish
    • Supports SMS
    • Wireless internet access is very nifty

    Cons

    • Wireless internet access is very expensive
    • Just like the phone itself (very expensive)
    • Doesn't use the Palm Universal Connector
    • Hard to find decent accessories for (Kyocera's don't count)
    • No GSM support for overseas use

    Conclusion

    This phone (Is it a phone? Or is it a PDA?) is truly a unique and helpful innovation. Its design depicts thoughtfulness to nearly all ends. The screen cover suggestion I made is most likely an oversight on the part of Kyocera - One must give them credit for at least partially solving the problem, though Handspring's Treo line looks to have a completely covered screen using a flip-down lid similar to the Motorola StarTAC phones.

    The concept is a no-brainer - The functionality and customization of a Palm, integrated with the features of a cellular phone. You'd say it was a wonder nobody else has done it already, but they have, and there's one big looming reason why few companies actually *do* build these - The price. The Kyocera's single most awful feature is its expense, placing it out of practical reach of most techies and private individuals, and making it less attractive to many business purchasers. Still, when you combine the pricing of a Palm i705 and a typical cellular phone, this actually is a bargain.

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