Kyocera G2GO M2000 and Laylo Phones Announced at CTIA

By Michelle Maisto  |  Posted 2009-04-01 Print this article Print

Kyocera, like Motorola and Samsung, is using the opportunity of the 2009 CTIA Wireless conference to introduce new messaging-centric phones for cost-conscious consumers: the G2GO M2000, with a sliding, full qwerty keyboard, and the more straightforward Laylo.

Kyocera has introduced the G2GO M2000 and Laylo - both CDMA phones but intended for different users and states of mind.
The G2GO (pronounced "good to go") is being touted as a low-cost, text-centric device with a full qwerty keypad.
The G2GO features a 2.4-inch QVGA screen that switches from a portrait to landscape orientation when the phone is turned - which users are likely to do when they slide out the three-button-deep qwerty keypad to text, instant message and e-mail. IMAP/POP3 e-mail can be supported.
The G2GO includes Bluetooth and a music player with dedicated keys, playlist management and a microSD card slot for up to 8 GB of additional storage.
A 1.3-megapixel camera is accessible from a dedicated key and includes digital zoom and photo editing. Other features of the G2GO include predictive text-input software, a WAP 2.0 browser, Brew 3.1.5 technology, voice-recognition features - such as voice dialing and voice response - a scheduler and a directory for up to 500 contacts.
A customized version of the G2GO, called the X-tc, will be available from Virgin Mobile on April 6 for $99.99, with no contract to sign.

The Kyocera Laylo, on the other hand, is a little more straightforward. It features a 2.2-inch QVGA screen that slides to reveal a keypad. It's Brew 3.1.5 and Java enabled and includes Bluetooth and a VGA camera with digital zoom.
As with the G2GO, you get the 500-contacts directory, messaging features and voice-recognition. At 9.47 by 4.67 by 1.7 centimeters, and 3.17 grams, it's perfect for an evening bag - along with what Kyocera describes as a "slide-out self portrait vanity mirror on the back."
Pricing and carrier information for both phones have yet to be revealed.
Messaging-centric consumer phones have also recently been released by Motorola and Samsung

Michelle Maisto has been covering the enterprise mobility space for a decade, beginning with Knowledge Management, Field Force Automation and eCRM, and most recently as the editor-in-chief of Mobile Enterprise magazine. She earned an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University, and in her spare time obsesses about food. Her first book, The Gastronomy of Marriage, if forthcoming from Random House in September 2009.

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