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Outdoor-friendly phone that can run basic apps, surf the Web, and make calls

Kyocera Hydro Reach

from PC Magazine ( )

For $100, the Kyocera Hydro Reach fits the bill if you need an outdoor-friendly phone that can run basic apps, surf the Web, and make calls. The LG Tribute 5 has a slightly better camera and longer battery life, but it lacks waterproofing and its display doesn't pack as many pixels.

For $100, the Kyocera Hydro Reach fits the bill if you need an outdoor-friendly phone that can run basic apps, surf the Web, and make calls. The LG Tribute 5 has a slightly better camera and longer battery life, but it lacks waterproofing and its display doesn't pack as many pixels.

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A rugged phone that doesn't break the bank

Kyocera DuraForce XD

from Android Community ( )

Unlike with other phones like the Galaxy S7 or LG G5, this phone is likely to appeal to a smaller audience. If you are in need of a rugged phone but don't want to miss out on all the benefits of how far Android has come, this is a great middle grounds. The display is nicer than other rugged phone... More

Unlike with other phones like the Galaxy S7 or LG G5, this phone is likely to appeal to a smaller audience. If you are in need of a rugged phone but don't want to miss out on all the benefits of how far Android has come, this is a great middle grounds. The display is nicer than other rugged phones, and the software doesn't get in the way. Sure, AT&T has loaded it with bloatware, but those things are more likely to anger the nerds than it is to the audience which this phone is meant to appeal to.

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Doesn't quite reach high enough

Kyocera Hydro Reach

from Phone Scoop ( )

Sadly, there's a lot holding the Reach back. The design is plebeian and not executed as well as it could be, voice quality is below average, the screen is average, and battery life is on the edge. The UI works well enough, but the processor doesn't provide enough oomph. The biggest issue is the c... More

Sadly, there's a lot holding the Reach back. The design is plebeian and not executed as well as it could be, voice quality is below average, the screen is average, and battery life is on the edge. The UI works well enough, but the processor doesn't provide enough oomph. The biggest issue is the camera, which is truly bad. If you care about photography at all, stay away from this phone.

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4/10

A rugged, waterproof clamshell with several unique characteristics

Kyocera DuraXE

from Phone Scoop ( )

The Kyocera DuraXE is an enigma. This rugged clamshell is a tough little beast, no question there. It covers all the survivability traits needed by today's outdoor workforce, including resistance to abuse and water damage. Kyocera did a great job nailing the basics, such as call quality, battery... More

The Kyocera DuraXE is an enigma. This rugged clamshell is a tough little beast, no question there. It covers all the survivability traits needed by today's outdoor workforce, including resistance to abuse and water damage. Kyocera did a great job nailing the basics, such as call quality, battery life, and usability. Signal performance was very good.

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7/10

Built like a tank, huge and heavy

Kyocera DuraForce XD

from Phone Scoop ( )

Kyocera has created an interesting smartphone in the DuraForce XD. This massive handset is as tough as they come and lives up to its billing as an ultra-rugged phablet.

The XD survived plenty of abuse while I reviewed it. There's no question it can handle whatever conditions it might e... More

Kyocera has created an interesting smartphone in the DuraForce XD. This massive handset is as tough as they come and lives up to its billing as an ultra-rugged phablet.

The XD survived plenty of abuse while I reviewed it. There's no question it can handle whatever conditions it might encounter. Wet-screen tracking and gloved-hand sensitivity help when the going gets tough (or at least cold and wet). If your needs stop at tough, then the XD could be exactly what you should buy. 

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6/10

Very reliable and virtually indestructible companion

Kyocera Torque

from Notebookcheck ( )

The Torque is a successful debut for Kyocera on the European smartphone market. Of course, the device is primarily designed for use in adverse conditions, but is in no way tied to only that purpose. The loud speakers sound good even for music playback, the extremely bright screen is pleasing duri... More

The Torque is a successful debut for Kyocera on the European smartphone market. Of course, the device is primarily designed for use in adverse conditions, but is in no way tied to only that purpose. The loud speakers sound good even for music playback, the extremely bright screen is pleasing during leisure activities in the sun, and an accidental dip in the bathtub is no problem for the Torque.

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8.5/10

It's worth a look if you need a durable Android smartphone

Kyocera DuraForce

from Phone Scoop ( )

The DuraForce is a great entry from Kyocera. It fills a nice role in the rugged handset lineup at AT&T. It's a really tough device that looks good enough to use anywhere and everywhere without fear.

The device is well designed and made. The screen is good, and so are calls, data speed... More

The DuraForce is a great entry from Kyocera. It fills a nice role in the rugged handset lineup at AT&T. It's a really tough device that looks good enough to use anywhere and everywhere without fear.

The device is well designed and made. The screen is good, and so are calls, data speeds, and battery life. I was pleased with the comfortable size of the phone, which makes it easy to use one-handed. Its ability to handle abuse and a dunking performed flawlessly.

Kyocera's Android skin is light enough that it won't mar the experience at all. All of Google's standard services and apps are present and accounted for, but so is a ridiculous amount of bloatware. Even so, essentials like messaging, browsing, and email are all functional and useful. The camera software is usable and I was surprised at how good the resulting images were. Pair this with the other media apps and you have a solid entertainment device in hand.

If you're in the market for a rugged phone that can pass as a normal phone, the DuraForce is your best option on AT&T's network.

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Is about covering the basics

Kyocera DuraXV

from Phone Scoop ( )

The Kyocera DuraXV is a solid, if somewhat simple, handset for Verizon Wireless customers. The phone delivers the goods if you're looking for a tough feature phone.

The handset is modern looking and made of durable materials that feel good to use. The size and weight are good, and the... More

The Kyocera DuraXV is a solid, if somewhat simple, handset for Verizon Wireless customers. The phone delivers the goods if you're looking for a tough feature phone.

The handset is modern looking and made of durable materials that feel good to use. The size and weight are good, and the various buttons and controls work well for the most part. The DuraXV lives up to its IP68 rating and can survive a lengthy swim in addition to some hard knocks.

Call quality is decent, signal performance is excellent, and battery life is outstanding. Calls are aided by Kyocera's Smart Sonic Receiver technology, the 3G radio delivers acceptable data speeds, and there's no reason to complain about 2+ days of battery life.

The Brew software is dated and clunky, but it gets the job done. I wish the camera software and other apps were a bit more advanced and easier to use, but I understand the limitations of feature phones. The camera is acceptable for those random one-off shots you might take during the day, but won't replace a standalone camera. Then again, if you're considering the DuraXV you probably already know that.

The Kyocera DuraXV doesn't aim to be much, but hits the sweet spot with its feature set.

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7/10

An adventure-ready Android smartphone

Kyocera DuraForce

from PC Magazine ( )

Ruggedized smartphones run the gamut from the flagship-level performance and svelte construction of a phone like the Galaxy S5 Active, to oversized, ultra-rugged devices like the Sonim XP7. The Kyocera DuraForce sits at a nice middle ground, offering extreme durability in a package that mostly re... More

Ruggedized smartphones run the gamut from the flagship-level performance and svelte construction of a phone like the Galaxy S5 Active, to oversized, ultra-rugged devices like the Sonim XP7. The Kyocera DuraForce sits at a nice middle ground, offering extreme durability in a package that mostly resembles and functions like your typical Android smartphone. And at just $50 on contract, it's a better deal than either of those aforementioned phones; the S5 Active goes for $200 on contract, while the Sonim XP7 is only available unlocked for $579. While I would have liked to see the sapphire crystal carry over from the Verizon Brigadier, the Kyocera DuraForce is still a great option for construction workers and adventure junkies alike.

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8/10

Heavy duty

Kyocera Brigadier

from Brighthand ( )

It’s neither the slimmest nor the sexiest device out there, but the Kyocera Brigadier offers lots of extra value for its relatively moderate bulk. It’s not that much larger or heavier than a slightly older phone like the Motorola Droid MAXX, which offers similar battery capacity isn&r... More

It’s neither the slimmest nor the sexiest device out there, but the Kyocera Brigadier offers lots of extra value for its relatively moderate bulk. It’s not that much larger or heavier than a slightly older phone like the Motorola Droid MAXX, which offers similar battery capacity isn’t nearly as durable. Although it’s more expensive than comparable mid-range devices, it gives you the comfort of knowing that you’ll never have to pay for any future damages. All in all, even if you’re not out in the muck every day or working around smartphone-crunching objects, a phone like the Brigadier will keep your stuff safe and sound for years to come.

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7.5/10

I loved this phone for a while, but now that the memory is almost full, it's starting to mess up and download really slowly!! My daughter says "these

Kyocera Hydro Wave

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8/10

NO ALARM

Kyocera DuraXTP

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Can't get alarm clock to work.Set the alarm and no sound.

Can't get alarm clock to work.Set the alarm and no sound.

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6/10

Battery is awful. Slow processing

Kyocera Hydro Reach

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Battery doesn't stay charged while plugged in if you're running an app. Lasts maybe 6 hours fresh out of the box, max.

Battery doesn't stay charged while plugged in if you're running an app. Lasts maybe 6 hours fresh out of the box, max.

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4/10

steer clear, not as advertised

Kyocera DuraForce

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battery life is no were near what they advertise . spec says 24 days on stand by , my actual stand by time was 1 1/2 days . talk time was specked at 21 hours my actual talk time was 45 minute . with white back ground and gray text it was near impossible to read text or contacts out side , the onl... More

battery life is no were near what they advertise . spec says 24 days on stand by , my actual stand by time was 1 1/2 days . talk time was specked at 21 hours my actual talk time was 45 minute . with white back ground and gray text it was near impossible to read text or contacts out side , the only thing i found good was the ringer volume, and the speaker phone . i advise you to steer clear of this phone . i return the phone to telus with in a week of phurchase

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1/10

This phone sucks!!

Kyocera Hydro View

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I've had this phone for two weeks, these two weeks have been hell! This phone keeps dropping calls after 2rings. Internet randomly drops to 2g's and not enough memory space.. My biggest issue is the dropped calls oh and also the no notification when I receive calls or texts,emails....ect...

I've had this phone for two weeks, these two weeks have been hell! This phone keeps dropping calls after 2rings. Internet randomly drops to 2g's and not enough memory space.. My biggest issue is the dropped calls oh and also the no notification when I receive calls or texts,emails....ect...

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1/10

Junk

Kyocera Hydro Wave

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People at metro pcs told me what a great phone this was, bunch of lying jerks. Had this phone a week out of the box and the ringer quit working and the refuse to do anything about it knowing these phones are becoming famous for that. No storage space,constantly freezes,can't play a simple game on it... More

People at metro pcs told me what a great phone this was, bunch of lying jerks. Had this phone a week out of the box and the ringer quit working and the refuse to do anything about it knowing these phones are becoming famous for that. No storage space,constantly freezes,can't play a simple game on it.Well they can keep this damn junk and kiss my ass I will NEVER use metro again and I would encourage you to think twice before you do.

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1/10

Quick for the money and tough

Kyocera Hydro Air

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This phone was cheap. I got it for $40, which is a STEAL for a new Android phone off contract. I was able to successfully disable most system apps I don't want. The only real complaint I have is the usage manager app. It has a notification that constantly stays in the system tray if you don't turn... More

This phone was cheap. I got it for $40, which is a STEAL for a new Android phone off contract. I was able to successfully disable most system apps I don't want. The only real complaint I have is the usage manager app. It has a notification that constantly stays in the system tray if you don't turn off basically everything you're using, like Bluetooth, WiFi, etc. It's battery lasts about 3/4 as long as my Droid MAXX with the extended battery did, which is a very long time. Don't let the battery die ever, and I'd assert you could use it all day (sans gaming) and charge it at night with no battery concerns. It's really tough. I dropped it in the sink the first week I had it and I have dropped it on the floor several times without a case on with no cracks or scratches in the screen. Audio is sub par. Sounds decent; it just doesn't get loud enough for a 20 year old. Does not work with Google cardboard. :/ No gyroscope... But that was expected considering I got it for $40. Currently, there are no ways to root it, or install custom ROMs. Camera is alright.. I wouldn't start a photography company with it, that's for sure. Haven't used speakerphone too much, but it seemed fine when I used it.

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10/10

I don't love this phone

Kyocera Hydro Air

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(Please forgive in advance any confusion between the characteristics of the phone itself versus those of the OS installed- Android 5.1) The Positive: 1. It is waterproof and very durable. 2. The screen is rather large (seen it referred to as a Phablet) making it easier to use as a smartphone. 3.... More

(Please forgive in advance any confusion between the characteristics of the phone itself versus those of the OS installed- Android 5.1) The Positive: 1. It is waterproof and very durable. 2. The screen is rather large (seen it referred to as a Phablet) making it easier to use as a smartphone. 3. The screen stays fairly smudge-free. 4. Screenshot capability. 5. Ability to disable unwanted system apps. 6. Ability to change screen orientation from right to left (though this gets a bit buggy). 7. The square button at bottom of main home screen allows you to access already-opened apps without closing or minimizing what you are currently doing. 8. Camera actually comes with flash. 9. Though marketed as an AT&T Prepaid phone, it does not come with a lot of AT&T bloatware, nor is it physically branded beyond recognition (just a small AT&T logo on the back cover). 10. Low price (~$50-99). The Negative: 1. The battery lasts nowhere NEAR what the specs claim...even on standby, right off the shelf. It lasts 1/2 as long as my old Huawei (with Froyo) currently does, that i've been using for 2+ years. If this phone is at full charge when i go to bed at night and i don't leave it on the charger, it will be dead in the morning. 2. The battery is impossible to remove from the phone. Thus, you cannot do a hard reboot...and this phone, being so weak in the RAM department, will need to be hard rebooted once in a while. No way to replace the battery either, so i guess when the battery goes (as they all do), you're screwed. 3. This phone's small amount of internal space coupled with Android Lollipop's reluctance to allow you to maximize storage via your SD card, as well as Android's ridiculously bloated updates = a very short life span for this phone, ultimately making it worthless within months of use unless you spend an insane amount of time uninstalling unnecessary updates from various disabled and Google apps. 4. Bluetooth does not play well with others. It wont recognize the Huawei or the Kyocera Hydro Edge that i also have. 5. It insists on cropping any wallpaper you try to manually add. 6. The "SD Card" set up in the file system is a nightmare of confusion: >storage>SD1 or >SD2 >SD1=emulated >emulated>0 or >legacy...which are the same damn thing, internal storage, aka SD0 >SD2=SD1=your actual SD card. 7. Last i checked, no way to really root this phone if you wanted to. 8. No alarm clock (though the specs say otherwise). 9. No way to edit your pics (cropping, resizing, effects...) unless you actually TAKE the pics with the camera, and even then if you don't edit them when given the option to right then, you miss out. 10. SLOW to charge (with various cables and adapters). Seriously, it almost takes as long for this phone to charge to 100% as it does to drain to 0%. 11. Touch-screen is hyper-sensitive. Literally, you can hold your finger OVER an icon on the screen and it will click. Needless to say, this comes with tons of accidental click problems, leaving one forced to lock screen when not in use...which is ridiculous when you live alone. Oh, and the Touch Blocker app will not work on this phone either. 12. Captions do not work. You have no real control over the volume as apparently it's fairly easy for some non-downloaded 3rd party advertisement to hijack your volume settings (even though the majority of the apps you've downloaded cannot access your sd card, no matter how hard they try). I had to download a stand-alone volume control app to get around this. Furthermore, I have missed many texts and phone calls (prior to downloading the volume controller) because for some reason i've just had no sound when they came in. 13. No place to access or even view what fonts are installed (for language, unicode, and keyboard mapping purposes). 14. You cannot disable or turn off the "Usage Manager"...which sounds useful but is really just another redundant, nannying, & bloated system app that tells you to turn off your screen (for example) in order to conserve the sorry, welded-in battery. 15. Though you can supposedly limit cellular data access for each app in the settings, including Google's (lol, right...), there is no real way to turn off background data entirely, besides going into airplane mode. 16. Google's speech to text (i use this to return texts while driving) will not work unless you have a wireless connection as well as cellular data enabled...otherwise, it claims to be "offline". What's the point then? 17. AT&T's Visual Voicemail (though installed on this phone) will not work on this phone. 18. PHASE (though installed on this phone) will not work on this phone. 19. You can add folders to the home screen to hold & organize apps, but the phone (or OS?) will consistently remove and reorder them. You cannot add folders to the home screen that hold groups of files. 20. The app button (bottom middle on home screen) does not display ALL of your apps. It seems to not want to display apps that have been successfully moved to your actual SD card. 21. Though a new phone and a fairly recent OS, half the apps i normally use will not work on this phone (Send to SD; any alternative Search apps; Tor or any proxies as well as any Torrent apps; Text browser; Puppy frame; AnyCut; Ninja; online gallery apps; any streaming music apps except Youtube or Spotify...) 22. Contacts are buggy and don't work like they are supposed to. 23. Camera is delayed & WILL NOT focus. Actually, it will...UNTIL you take the picture, at which point it will then quickly blur right after you press the button. Furthermore, the exact moment you snapped the picture is not the moment the picture is actually taken, which is actually about 2 seconds later, exacerbating the focusing issue (which would still be an issue even if the camera will sitting on a table, immobile). As it stands, my phone froze up last night (most likely due to running out of internal space), no matter how hard i tried it would not shut down (hence the REAL NEED to be able to remove the battery for hard reset), so i've been waiting for it, in it's frozen state, to run out of juice in hopes that it will reset itself when it finally DOES shut down. It did, and I've plugged it in, but so far it appears deader than a doornail.

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2/10

This phone sucks

Kyocera Hydro Wave

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It constantly pops up dialier has stopped when I receive a call and will not let me answer extremely slow only have two games on here an one won't even stay in long enough to play an the other cuts off in the middle of the game

It constantly pops up dialier has stopped when I receive a call and will not let me answer extremely slow only have two games on here an one won't even stay in long enough to play an the other cuts off in the middle of the game

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1/10

Great phone I would get an SD card though

Kyocera Hydro Wave

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It works as it says the only thing I didn't like was the screen protector the factory puts on only covers the back lit part of the screen. No big problem though. Great phone!!!

It works as it says the only thing I didn't like was the screen protector the factory puts on only covers the back lit part of the screen. No big problem though. Great phone!!!

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9/10

Info & Contact

About Kyocera

While Kyocera is a 'top dog' in some consumer manufacturing circles, perhaps most notably its copiers, it’s a much quieter player in the cell phone business. Though their offerings may not grab headlines for breakthrough technology, they are certainly a respectable line of well-made and reliable phones.

Kyocera was formed in 1959 and went on to become a very well regarded general consumer electronics manufacturer, but their cell phone business did not begin until early 2000 when they purchased the phone manufacturing unit of American company Qualcomm to form Kyocera Wireless.

With the exception of a handful of clamshell models and one swivel, all of Kyocera’s models are of a candy bar form factor and most are sold to CDMA carriers. Many of the models are entry level and a few offer a slightly more enhanced feature set.

Contact Information

Telephone:
800-349-4478

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