The "1-Minute" Review

What's good

  • Solid build quality
  • Responsive keyboard
  • Tactile buttons
  • Good battery life

What's bad

  • Cluttered navigation keys
  • Weak display

The Kyocera Verve proves that there is still room for the classics when it comes to mobile phones. If you’re looking for a phone to text with friends and make calls without the fluff and cost of modern smartphones, it just might be the answer. Let’s take a look to see what the reviews have to say!

As a feature phone, you won’t find the latest apps or even be able to check your Facebook. What you get is everything a basic phone requires: voice call support, an address book, clock and a few other features. The phone’s 2.4-inch display is a low resolution job that will display text and basic pictures but not much else. CNet found that viewing angles were not so great either, stating, “A slight tilt from any angle can wash out the screen entirely.”

There hasn’t been many new slider phones released recently. However, it seems that Kyocera has managed to capture that classic design and offer a sturdy device that is both light and ready for a few drops and tumbles. Phone Scoop noted, “The plastics aren't the cheapest I've encountered on a handset, but they are far from the best.”

The front of the phone features the display, a few basic navigation controls and a dial pad. Slide the back of the phone sideways and a spring-assisted keyboard pops to the side to let you text until your thumbs are sore. CNet put the keyboard through its paces and found that it performed well with two minor caveats. First, it is a bit small, CNet warns, “users with slightly bigger hands might need to look elsewhere.” There was also a few issues with the spacebar not registering presses.

The phone charges via MicroUSB cable to cut down on cord clutter. The same cord can transfer pictures from the device, though with a scant 2MP camera and no flash, you’re probably not going to use it often.

Overall, the phone reviews indicate that it is a fitting tribute to the phones of yesteryear while still providing a useful, affordable device. CNet said, “you can't go wrong with its simple and straightforward interface.” Phone Scoop applauded the phone, saying that it “covers the QWERTY-phone basics in spades.”


Operating system
Brew Mobile Platform
Processor
480 MHz
Screen Size
2.4"
Camera
2+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Cnet

I can almost give Kyocera a pass for the Contact's shoddy Web performance, since a) most buyers probably aren't choosing the device with the goal of high-speed browsing and b) those in Virgin's footprint may experience faster speeds than I did. But, there's no way to turn a blind eye to the subpar c...

- Lynn La, Cnet


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Common Questions


Kyocera released the Verve on April 11, 2014.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Kyocera Verve user manual here.


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


If your Verve has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Kyocera support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Kyocera's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
2.4"

The Kyocera Verve's screen size is 2.4 inches with 240 x 320 pixels resolution.

Processor
480 MHz

There is a Qualcomm QSC6155 480 MHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Brew Mobile Platform 1.0.4 operating system (OS).

Camera
2+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 2+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
512 MB

Internal memory is 512 MB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
1100mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1100 mAh battery. Kyocera's performance ratings are 10.9 days standby time, 1 minutes.

Kyocera Verve Specs

Overview
Release date April 11, 2014
Regions available USA
Networks
CDMA:
800/1900 MHz
Data:
1xRTT, EV-DO Rev. A
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Brew Mobile Platform 1.0.4

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Processor Qualcomm QSC6155 480 MHz
Internal Flash Memory 512 MB
RAM 256 MB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.286 W/kg
Body: 1.257 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1100 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) No
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 1 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 10.9 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Slider
Material Plastic
Colors Gray, Pink, Blue
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.5 x 5.4 x 1.5 cm (4.5 x 2.1 x 0.6 in)
Weight 133 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors Unknown
Resolution 240 x 320 pixels
Pixel density 167 pixels
Size 2.4 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
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, QWERTY
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry XT9
Physical keyboard Yes
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands Yes
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 600
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, MMS
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.1
Bluetooth Profiles OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP, OBEX
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
Expansion Slot Info
PC Synchronization No
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallett No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
12x digital
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
Brightness control, Effects, Frames, Multi-shot, Night mode, Self-timer, White balance
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
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 Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable ()
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Kyocera Contact, S3150

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Critic Reviews


Cnet

Basic QWERTY handset that can't nail down the basics

from Cnet

I can almost give Kyocera a pass for the Contact's shoddy Web performance, since a) most buyers probably aren't choosing the device with the goal of high-speed browsing and b) those in Virgin's footprint may experience faster speeds than I did. But, there's no way to turn a blind eye to the subpar call quality that I experienced in my area, even at the handset's low $39.99 off-contract price...

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I can almost give Kyocera a pass for the Contact's shoddy Web performance, since a) most buyers probably aren't choosing the device with the goal of high-speed browsing and b) those in Virgin's footprint may experience faster speeds than I did. But, there's no way to turn a blind eye to the subpar call quality that I experienced in my area, even at the handset's low $39.99 off-contract price.

Instead, consider Virgin Mobile's Samsung Montage. It costs the same, has a loud call volume, and has a QWERTY keyboard as well. For $10 more, you can get the Samsung Array on the prepaid carrier Boost Mobile. It too has the same design, and "top-notch call quality" according to CNET's Kent German. Both are feature phones just like the Contact, and do a better job of covering the basics. 

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