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Kyocera QCP 6035 Smartphone
By a Guest Reviewer
I picked up one of the Kyocera 6035 Smartphones last Tuesday at my local Verizon store and I love it. The integration and synergy of the phone, Palm, and modem is the key advantage. Technology is supposed to make our lives better and simpler. Having one device is definitely better.
Speakerphone is loud and clear. It also has a voice memo feature. This is great for adding to your ToDo list when manual entry is not convenient.
I performed a hard reset of the device at which point it loaded the PalmOS 3.5.1, the smartphone apps, and returned the default Verizon settings to the device.
The 6035 isn't perfect. There is no USB cable for the cradle. Arrrrgggh! The stylus sits in the cradle pointing away from you. Not very intuitive. The stylus is nice and long but too light for my tastes. I had a stylus/pen combo on my Palm Vx. I wish a similar replacement was available for the 6035.
The IR beaming area on the top of the smartphone is also the backlight and sleep button. This was a great design decision and contributes to the device's simplicity.
Quite frankly I was so stunned/happy when the sales rep told me unlimited Internet access came with the phone that I didn't ask many questions. The sales rep said I could make unlimited data calls and that it would not deduct from my calling plan minutes. They also gave me a POP3 email account @airbridge.net. The phone does place a call via the built-in wireless modem and connects to Verizon's network via PPP. You can not receive voice calls while online but you are alerted of new voicemail and text messages. The phone is tri-mode: digital cellular, digital PCS and analog. The wireless modem uses CDMA not CDPD which is what Novatel uses for their wireless modems(I believe). I am particularly enjoying being on AOL Instant Messenger while on the train ride home.
I am getting consistent 14.4K connections. I use the Internet access while I'm on the train to and from Manhattan. The reception may be slightly better than other phones I've used but it is definitely not any worse. Still too soon to tell for sure.
I was able to sync my Vx and then transfer my data to the smartphone via a second sync without any difficulty. I used a Keyspan USB adapter to connect the cradle to my PowerBook. I haven't tried a IR sync which I would do frequently with my Palm Vx when traveling.
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