Kyocera Xcursion KX160

Over time, Kyocera has restructured the American operations to bring more innovative phones to the US market, as well as create a few more carrier variants of popular models like they have successfully done with the Slider Remix phones. One of the newer phones that are leading the charge is the Kyocera Xcursion KX160. Not to be confused with the much larger Excursion of the SUV variety, this unassuming clamshell design phone comes with quite a number of features that can easily set it apart from the competition.

This next generation to the KX16 adds Bluetooth capability, a larger main display, and a vibrant color outer display. This CDMA phone also includes a VGA camera complete with a LED flash, speaker phone, voice dialing and of course easy to use voice memo pad. The 128 x 160 pixel internal display supports 65k in color, and allows for fairly easy viewing, even in somewhat direct sunlight.

The phone itself measures 3.5 x 1.9 x 0.9 inches, and weighs just over 4 ounces, making it very comparable with other flip phones on the market today. However, unlike some of the simpler flip phone models on the market today, the Xcursion KX160 offers quite a few other options. For example, this phone offers the ability to support photo caller IDs, text and multimedia messaging, voice dialing, and BREW 2.1 for gaming, and a wireless web browser. To top it off, the phone comes equipped with a small flashlight.

The on board VGA camera can produce images up to a 640 by 480 pixel resolution, and can get the picture you want through 5 time zoom, a self timer, multishot feature, or even the ability to add certain color effects to the finished product. The built in memory offers nearly 14 MB of usable flash memory, which allows for a few detailed pictures to be taken and stored until you can get to a place to download the images.

In addition to the in phone camera, the Xcursion X160 also offers a number of features that are quickly becoming standard on most of the Kyocera phones. These include a standard 500 contact phone book, GPS locating capabilities, the ability to support multiple languages like English, Portuguese and French, as well as the ability to easily sync with any personal computer with a USB portal.

With a standard lithium battery, the average talk time was found to be just over 3.5 hours, which is fairly respectable considering the number of added features drawing from the battery on a regular basis. The standby time for the phone was recorded to be a little over seven days, but with regular prolonged use, the average standby time for the phone was found to be somewhat less at roughly 6 days of battery life. Overall sound quality was found to be fairly good with only some minor sound distortions heard when using the Bluetooth headset. It should be noted, however, that these distortions can be attributed to the wind affecting the earpiece and microphone of the Bluetooth headset. The Xcursion KX160 also supports polyphonic ringtones as well as a vibration alert for those times when a ringing phone is out of place.

Available accessories for the Xcursion K160 include the standard fare. These include car chargers; wall mounted home charger, Version 1.2 Bluetooth headset and accessories, as well as quite a few protective casing and belt clips. Other available accessories include the K500 game pad, which was developed in partnership with Alienware (r), offers the user an eight drectional keypad that can give you diagonal control capabilities while playing your favorite game.

This phone is currently offered with network plans with Cricket and US Cellular. Sound quality, although somewhat dependant on the network was found to be impressive, with the majority of the voice calls placed in a number of different cities completely understandable by the users. Most customers found the phones to be easy to use, although each use of the camera drained the battery life a disappointingly large amount. Overall, though, the Xcursion KX160 is a well built, durable phone with a number of popular features designed to please just about anyone.

Eugenia Lacombe has over a decade of experience in advanced telephone systems, with a particular interest in interactive voice response software.

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