Did you know that you can now buy waterproof handsets that won’t break the bank? Indeed, and one such example is the Android-powered Kyocera Hydro. It ships with Ice Cream Sandwich as the default OS and features a 3.5-inch HVGA touchscreen display for user input. Its compact 13mm body weighs only 120 grams and, as mentioned earlier, is waterproof.
The Hydro uses a dated processor and only has 512MB of RAM, but performs well enough thanks to the default software. And while it has only 2GB of internal storage, this can be expanded easily through microSD cards.
It may never get an upgrade to later versions of the Android software, but it’s already feature-rich as it is. And since it hovers around the $100 mark—without a contract—it’s worth listing as one of the top budget Android handsets based on overall value.
Need to Know: Kyocera Hydro
1. Waterproof casing. (The Good)
2. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich by default. (The Good)
3. Small, low-res touchscreen display. (The Bad)
4. RAM and internal storage are both limited. (The Bad)
The Kyocera Hydro's screen is 3.5 inches with 320 x 480 pixels resolution.
There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8655 1 GHz processor (CPU).
The phone runs on the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system (OS).
Internal memory is No. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.
The phone is powered by a 1500 mAh Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery. Kyocera's performance ratings are: 18.8 days standby time, 504 minutes talk time.