Summary: This has been a great "home" phone for my kids. Personally, the keypad numbers are too small for me and my acrylic nails and I fumble when I text, but I'm thinking if it were my permanent phone I could get used to it. The battery life is phenomenal for our purposes. We are using Kajeet as our service provider, which utilizes Sprint's network. Since I have features limited on the phone because I do not want my kids online with it, I can't rate that part.
Good basic phone, like it a lot. Some issues though.
3 June 2012
Summary: Overall, I like my Brio and would recommend to others if not having video is not a big deal to you.
Pros: Sound quality good, never had a dropped call, Easy to use. Better quality basic(free)phone compared to others. Keys are small but not a problem for most people, few errors when texting or dialing phone number.
Cons: Have to hold phone very still to get clear picture. No video, only camera. Slight delay when you pull up calendar but I don't consider that a big deal.
Summary: For a basic phone, you can't beat the Kyocera Brio. It's easy to use, has great call quality, has a slim size, and you can text without having to slide the keyboard out. I really like it. I have big fingers but still manage the keys ok. It never drops a call and has much better reception than my previous phone.
Excerpt: I had a Palm Centro before and absolutely loved it, I was so sad to see it die. So I was on the lookout for a phone with similar qualities and the Kyocera Brio comes close, at least in the most important areas to me, namely call quality, QWERTY keyboard, threaded messaging, email, and calendar syncing. It's not in the same group as smartphones for sure, but it's not meant to be.