Firefly FlyPhone Video
Firefly FlyPhone Video Transcript
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>> Hi I'm Kent German, Senior Editor here at CNET.com. Today, we'll take a First Look at the Firefly FlyPhone. This is a new phone from Firefly Mobile, which is a carrier that makes a lot of kid-friendly phones and phones designed for younger users. The previous Firefly phones have been really, really basic in the sense that have an [inaudible] keypad, no features like camera, text messaging, anything like that. This phone is a little different in that it does bring some normal cell phone features into a design that as you can see is really [inaudible] towards younger people. It has a see-through plastic shell. It's blue, so it doesn't look like a traditional phone and the thing that I liked about this phone is it's a good compromise if a parent is looking for a phone for younger kid and wants that level of parental controls since they control call -- who's calling, how they call, and who's texting, and how they text, but it offers the child plenty of features that they'd find on upscale phones. I think this is really a phone for maybe the ten, the kind of 12, maybe the 13 age, but once the kid gets into middle school I don't think this is something they'd really wanna be carrying around. On the whole I like the design. It's not the sturdiest phone in the world. It doesn't feel like it could take a lot of blows, but it does fit nicely in the hand and I like it it's larger than the original Firefly. The display is color and like the original Firefly, which is monochrome and the menu system is actually very reminiscent of other phones. It's just icon-based, it's easy to navigate around. There's two soft keys, the menu button here and the Talk and End keys. I think if you have really small hands this won't be a problem, but definitely for someone, adult like me that have larger hands it is a little hard to get in there and press the button. One thing that's kind of cool about this phone is you look in here you might wonder where the navigation toggle is. Actually it's hidden behind the keypad. You can see the keypad backlight disappears and is replaced by backlighting for a navigation toggles. So there are four arrows with a central OK button. The phone does have a camera. It's back here. It's just VGA. It has a fair number of features. The photo quality was pretty bad though. The phone does have Bluetooth, you can send and receive text messages. The music player is fine, nothing I'd really write home about. The video player was pretty bad actually. The phone does use a miniUSB connector down here to connect to a computer so you can transfer music over easily. Here's a volume rocker on this side and on this side, there's just a 2.5 mm headset jack. Of course we always like 3.5, but at least it's not a proprietary connection. Overall, not a bad phone for the younger set. I think like I said, I think this is a compromise model and call quality was pretty good. Not the greatest I've heard, but definitely passable for short conversations. I'm Kent German and this is the Firefly FlyPhone. ^M00:02:29 [ Music ]
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