Kyocera, like other phone manufacturers, are always looking for ways to make their phones appeal to young users. Those are the people with disposable income who must have the latest and greatest phone, which is, of course, great for the manufacturers. The latest attempt by Kyocera is the new Strobe. This phone is clearly targeted at heavy users of text and instant messaging.
It looks pretty plain at first glance, but it is when you open up the curved candy bar design that it really shines. It has a large and very usable landscape-oriented QWERTY keypad. The phone supports SMS, MMS and EMS, as well as several instant messaging services. It has a WAP 2.0 microbrowser. One odd detail is that the camera it has is only 0.3 megapixels. That’s not very impressive.
The Strobe, predictably, isn’t the smallest phone out there. It measures 108 x 52 x 24 mm and weighs 115 grams. The battery will provide three hours of talk time or 150 hours of standby. There is no word yet on price or areas it will be available, but it should be out by the last half of the year.