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Kyocera MARBL review

4.8/10 AVG.
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4.8/10
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The Kyocera MARBL currently has an Informr score of 4.8 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 31 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Custom
Processor
Unknown
Screen Size
Unknown
Camera
No



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Kyocera released the MARBL on March 4, 2007.


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Kyocera backs up the MARBL with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
Unknown

The Kyocera MARBL's screen size is Unknown with 128 x 128 pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown
OS

The phone runs on the Other operating system (OS).

Camera
No

This model has no built-in camera. Sorry, no selfies.

Storage
No

Internal memory is No. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
Unknown

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery. Kyocera's performance ratings are 6.5 days standby time.

Kyocera MARBL Specs

Overview
Release date March 4, 2007
Regions available USA
Networks
CDMA:
800/1900 MHz
Data:
1xRTT
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Other
Processor No
Internal Flash Memory No
RAM No
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Unknown
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity No
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 6.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Flip
Colors Gray with black accents
Dimensions [H x W x D] 8.6 x 4.4 x 2.1 cm (3.4 x 1.7 x 0.8 in)
Weight 93 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Stub
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (STN)
Colors 65k
Resolution 128 x 128 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size Unknown
3D No
Secondary Display No
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Standard / 12-key Numeric
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity 200
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client No
Email Protocols No
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB No
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth No
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption -
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
Expansion Slot Info
PC Synchronization No
TV Out Unknown
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications No
Brew Applications Yes
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Dual lens
No
Zoom
No
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback No
Audio Formats No
Radio No
Video Playback No
Video Playback Formats No
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 2.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable, Pre-installed
Apps No ()
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Kyocera K132, Velvet

Features: Smart volume control, TTY/TDD capable, Hearing Aid Compatibility (HAC)
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Great for occasional user

This is the phone for you if you only need it for special occaions (family coming into town, job hunting, times of sickness when you can't miss a doctor's call) or emergencies. Usually, I keep it turned off unless I want to make an outgoing call. I've purchased an extra battery so I don't run out of...More
This is the phone for you if you only need it for special occaions (family coming into town, job hunting, times of sickness when you can't miss a doctor's call) or emergencies. Usually, I keep it turned off unless I want to make an outgoing call. I've purchased an extra battery so I don't run out of power during the rare periods I'm using it for incoming calls. I've bought the auto recharger and leave it, along with the phone, in the glove compartment. For $60 bucks a year, you can't beat it I give it 10/10. Less
Amazon

Cheap phone, cheap quality, cheap performance.

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I bought this phone when I lost my previous phone in an unfortunate water related accident, and I needed a replacement ASAP despite the fact that I was nearly completely broke at the time. I got this phone for about [...] bucks, so I wasn't expecting it to move mountains. However, I found this phone...More
I bought this phone when I lost my previous phone in an unfortunate water related accident, and I needed a replacement ASAP despite the fact that I was nearly completely broke at the time. I got this phone for about [...] bucks, so I wasn't expecting it to move mountains. However, I found this phone to be nearly unusable. I'll start off by saying that my cellphone needs are very basic - I send a few texts and make a call every now and then. I sometimes use the alarm clock or calendar, but that's about it. The biggest problem with the Marbl, though, is that it's so SLOW it makes the simplest task irritating. When you open the phone, even if you just press the menu button, you have to wait 5-10 seconds for it to open. To scroll through your contacts or any other list is slow and choppy, and it's hard to control where the highlight lands. Texting is slow - even using T9 it just takes a long time for each word you're trying to type to actually show up on the screen. As far as sound goes, it's okay. It sometimes sounds tinny, which was irritating to me, but it was definitely acceptable for the price. The ringtones that came with the phone were few and not very interesting, but you can always purchase better ones. The appearance of the phone is fine. It's small enough, very simple. It's smooth and easy to slip into a pocket, and it's very lightweight. It does, however, have a cheap feel to it. The battery door does stay on securely, which is a plus. The buttons are easy enough to press and they aren't too close together, so you're much less likely to press the wrong one. The interface, however, leaves much to be desired. The screen is small for the size of the phone, which is okay. However, the appearance of the screen is not great. The text looks awkward, the included backgrounds are few and are stupid (cartoon style ants, flies, or ice cream? no thanks). The color theme options are all unattractive. I don't really use mobile web, but I did try it on this phone just to see how it worked, and it was so slow and difficult to use that it is not even worth the trouble or money to attempt. All of this could be forgiven on such a cheap phone if only it were more user friendly, but it's sluggishness just renders it unpleasant to use. So, I guess the bottom line is: If you need a prepaid phone for only a few bucks, this phone is at least basically functional. If you only need to make a few calls and send a few texts, and you don't mind using a very slow interface, you might be okay with this phone. However, if you are able to shell out a few more bucks, I think it would be worth it to upgrade to any of the other available Virgin Mobile phones. Less
Amazon

Cheap, small, simple & OK battery life

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I'm rating this phone from the perspective of it being disposable. I paid $9.99 for mine from Target (sorry Amazon). I expected to use it for a week or so until I got my multifunction Eten M700 - after which I'd discard. However, I really like this phone's small size and use both. I use a simple wi...More
I'm rating this phone from the perspective of it being disposable. I paid $9.99 for mine from Target (sorry Amazon). I expected to use it for a week or so until I got my multifunction Eten M700 - after which I'd discard. However, I really like this phone's small size and use both. I use a simple wired headset (which cost as much as the phone!). I get two hours of talk minimum out of the battery. The battery charges very quickly and it lasts at least two days on standby. I forgot my charger on one trip and bought a second $9.99 Marbl from Target (again sorry Amazon) just to have a second charger and second battery. If you're not a big talker, this is the cheapest cell phone package out there. This is my back up phone - I pay less than $10/month for this service. Nobody pays less for cell service! Less
Amazon

Garbage - and would you still like a 286 processor

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This was my first foray into the wireless phone market. It almost ended my experience prior to beginning. The phone is too...ooo..ooo slow. So, for us beginners who need to find the screens to figure things out ... there is no patience left. Bootup ... SLOW... I ended up buying a used Kyocera Cycl...More
This was my first foray into the wireless phone market. It almost ended my experience prior to beginning. The phone is too...ooo..ooo slow. So, for us beginners who need to find the screens to figure things out ... there is no patience left. Bootup ... SLOW... I ended up buying a used Kyocera Cyclops. Yeah. Now I am in the world of wireless phones. Recently I purchased a Slash as a gift. That is once again quite a step up from the Cyclops. There is no need to put up with junk like the Marbl. Less
Amazon

HORRIBLE phone

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I wouldn't recommend this phone to anyone. I bought this for my little brother and it was awful. First, the charge doesn't even last 24 hours, even with no use. With texting, or limited phone calls you'd be lucky for it to stay charged for a few hours. I bought this for my brother would have someth...More
I wouldn't recommend this phone to anyone. I bought this for my little brother and it was awful. First, the charge doesn't even last 24 hours, even with no use. With texting, or limited phone calls you'd be lucky for it to stay charged for a few hours. I bought this for my brother would have something to call my parents and I in emergency situations, and it already failed him twice because it had lost its charge since unplugging it in the morning (I pay for the minutes so I know he barely uses it). I would bet that 30-45 minutes of talking would run down the battery completely because it seems to go dead while sitting closed in such a short amount of time. When the battery goes dead, you can't just plug it in and turn it on like every other phone I've owned, you have to wait a good 15-20 minutes so it can charge enough to be unplugged and turned on and then replugged into the wall to finish the charging process. Also, when the phone shuts off and you turn it back on, you cannot receive texts for about 30 minutes while it 'searches' for missed messages. Also, this phone is HORRIBLE for texting, there is a 2 second lag every time you hit a key thus making it very frustrating to navigate the menus, let alone type anything. Along with the lag, the phone's menus are awkward compared to other phones I've used, and the phone cannot seem to even handle connecting to "My Account" to add money/minutes/texts. Another thing I've noticed is that the alarm clock feature on the phone sucks, it's default setting doesn't even have a sound, no snooze, and the phone only rings for about 5 seconds before the alarm shuts off, and doesn't sound again. I've had a lot of experience with cell phones, and this is the WORST one I've ever used. I've always gotten the free phones with my cell phone plans, and even had one of those huge ancient Nokia TracPhones about 8 or 9 years ago and that was better than this. If you're going to buy a phone I'd recommend the LG Flare, it's only slightly more money miles better than this one. However, Virgin Mobile isn't the greatest service provider, they're customer service is horrible, and a month after I got the phone for my brother they raised their prices on texts and minutes. Less
Amazon

Phone Ok, Battery & Virgin Cust Service stink

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Battery doesn't last 24 hours w/o charge. phone works, we just use it to make calls, no games, music or other extras, but the battery just drives me bonkers. and replacement batteries cost more than the phone. Virgins customer service is astoudingly bad. the website is so desperate to look hip and...More
Battery doesn't last 24 hours w/o charge. phone works, we just use it to make calls, no games, music or other extras, but the battery just drives me bonkers. and replacement batteries cost more than the phone. Virgins customer service is astoudingly bad. the website is so desperate to look hip and with it, that it is nearly unnavigatable. Calling them 4 different times has resulted in 2 positive contacts with helpful reps, 1 transfer,hold,transfer,hold,disconnect and 1 total stoner "dude" that hung up after listening to the problem. Giving up and getting a differnt phone Less
Amazon

Great cell phone

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A really nice cell phone with out all the extra goodies I'd never use. Alone with Virgin Moblies pay as you go plan, it only costs me $20.00 every 90 days and they will automatically charge you credit card so you don't even have to worry about missing a deadline. I love it.
Amazon

A fine flip phone and plan for people who need a cell phone for occassional use

from Amazon
The Kyocera Marbl is the third phone I've had in six years with VM. The Marbl phone is available for under $15 at the big box discount stores. The VM plan I'm on requires a minimum "top up" of $15 every three months. If you don't use up $15 of talk time in three months, it rolls over. (But in three...More
The Kyocera Marbl is the third phone I've had in six years with VM. The Marbl phone is available for under $15 at the big box discount stores. The VM plan I'm on requires a minimum "top up" of $15 every three months. If you don't use up $15 of talk time in three months, it rolls over. (But in three months you need to "top up" again - regardless of how many minutes you have left.) Right now I have about $300 worth of minutes remaining - so you can see my phone doesn't get a lot of use. The Marbl looks good - it's thin, sleek and lightweight. The features, including screen savers and wallpaper are cartoonish and juvenile. However, I don't use it much and the price is right - I can cope. I was excited when I found VM was at last offering inexpensive flip phones with their plan. (There were always problems tossing the non-closing variety in my bag, since I'm not inclined to set the keyboard lock.) The biggest issue with the Marbl seems to be the battery life. I carry the phone, but rarely make calls. The battery on this brand new phone lasts about 5 days; of course, that time will decrease as the phone ages. But at these prices it's hard not to just think of this as a disposable phone. If I used a cell phone regularly it would certainly be worth investing in a more substantial phone with greater battery life. For an ultra cheap phone on an ultra cheap plan - it's not bad! If you want to have a cell phone, but rarely use it, this is a great deal. Less
Amazon

Worst phone Worse Service ever

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I purchased this phone with minutes on June 12. On June 21, I called Virgin Mobile because phone would not stay charged. Replacement phone received June 26. Activated replacement phone July 1, after 1 week, the exact same problem -- phone does NOT stay charged. Called Virgin Mobile again. Told me nothi...More
I purchased this phone with minutes on June 12. On June 21, I called Virgin Mobile because phone would not stay charged. Replacement phone received June 26. Activated replacement phone July 1, after 1 week, the exact same problem -- phone does NOT stay charged. Called Virgin Mobile again. Told me nothing wrong!! Box states standby charge = 9 days. Phone only stays charged 36 hours without use! Virgin Mobile NOT sympathetic, said nothing they can do, REFUSED to refund money for phone or minutes. Said we can only send you another replacement. Said it was "normal" to charge every night. I said "false advertising?" Virgin mobile: no comment. By the way, the service area for my location is fair to good. NO reason for battery draining all the time except its a piece of pure junk. Overall review is F- don't waste your time Less
Amazon

Not a great phone

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Battery really dies quickly even though there aren't many features to the phone. Easy to use phone and I like it but must be charged daily. I love virgin mobile and bought the Wildcard and love it.

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