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A rugged, waterproof clamshell with several unique characteristics

Kyocera DuraXE

from Phone Scoop (3 months ago)

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 lif... 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 (3 months ago)

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-s... 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 (11 months ago)

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... 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 (about 1 year ago)

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 bat... 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 (about 1 year ago)

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... 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 (about 1 year ago)

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 resem... 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 (about 1 year ago)

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&rsqu... 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

The only rugged smartphone I'd buy

Kyocera Brigadier

from iTechTriad (about 1 year ago)

Overall the Brigadier is a pretty decent option, if you fit the target demographic. The phone is aimed at those who need a phone that can handle some tough conditions without damage and for that it certainly fits the bill. For the average person, I probably wouldn’t recommend this phone simply... More

Overall the Brigadier is a pretty decent option, if you fit the target demographic. The phone is aimed at those who need a phone that can handle some tough conditions without damage and for that it certainly fits the bill. For the average person, I probably wouldn’t recommend this phone simply because for it’s $99 price with a Verizon contract($399 off contract) , it’s not the best you can get. If you are a construction worker, hiker, or basically anyone who spends most of their time outdoors, than yes this is definitely the phone to get, if you’re a Verizon customer. I give the phone a 7.5/10 because while it loses plenty of points for the mediocre camera, software, and design, it gains plenty back for the speaker, durability, and overall build quality.

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7.5/10

A tough one-trick pony

Kyocera Brigadier

from Phandroid (about 1 year ago)

The question I always ask myself when rating a device is “would I recommend this phone to someone?” The answer to that question is tricky for the Kyocera Brigadier. On one hand it’s an excellent device for people who need something durable. But on the other hand it’s nothing... More

The question I always ask myself when rating a device is “would I recommend this phone to someone?” The answer to that question is tricky for the Kyocera Brigadier. On one hand it’s an excellent device for people who need something durable. But on the other hand it’s nothing more than a decent mid-range device with a killer gimmick. Ultimately I think the people who look for rugged devices like this will be happy with the Brigadier. The sapphire display truly is an amazing piece of technology, but I wish it was connected to a slightly better device. 

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5/10

A rugged smartphone that delivers a good smartphone experience

Kyocera Brigadier

from GottaBeMobile (about 1 year ago)

If you lust after the new iPhone or Galaxy S5 but you want a rugged smartphone you’re better off getting a rugged case, but if you absolutely need a rugged smartphone that can withstand drops, water and more the Brigadier is a good choice.You’ll need to live with a 720P display and camer... More

If you lust after the new iPhone or Galaxy S5 but you want a rugged smartphone you’re better off getting a rugged case, but if you absolutely need a rugged smartphone that can withstand drops, water and more the Brigadier is a good choice.

You’ll need to live with a 720P display and cameras that aren’t the best, but even with those trade-offs you end up with a very capable smartphone at an attractive price. 

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This phone sucks!!

Kyocera Hydro View

(25 days ago)

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

(2 months ago)

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

(3 months ago)

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

(3 months ago)

(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

(4 months ago)

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

(5 months ago)

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

Great phone from Kyocera

Kyocera Hydro Wave

(5 months ago)

Great phone for the price

Great phone for the price

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10/10

It Does As Advertised

Kyocera Hydro Wave

(6 months ago)

Not the greatest phone, but it doesn't claim to be. It's durable, and works in all types of conditions. The battery lasts a long time if you aren't constantly on it... Try the eco mode. It isn't made to take amazing pictures or run a ton of apps, or even hold a lot of memory. There are worse phones... More

Not the greatest phone, but it doesn't claim to be. It's durable, and works in all types of conditions. The battery lasts a long time if you aren't constantly on it... Try the eco mode. It isn't made to take amazing pictures or run a ton of apps, or even hold a lot of memory. There are worse phones out there. Bottom line: this is not the latest iPhone or Galaxy, it is a $100-$150 phone that works. Period.

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8/10

Worst phone I've ever owned

Kyocera Hydro Wave

(7 months ago)

Pros: price Its durable Cons: extremely slow If you have more than 2 apps running it becomes border line useless The touch screen stops working 2 to 3 times daily It decides to stop notifying me about calls and texts often enough to be a problem Trade in value at T-Mobile is literally nothing... More

Pros: price Its durable Cons: extremely slow If you have more than 2 apps running it becomes border line useless The touch screen stops working 2 to 3 times daily It decides to stop notifying me about calls and texts often enough to be a problem Trade in value at T-Mobile is literally nothing I'm sure there's more but that's everything it's done today so far (it's 2pm) Do yourself a favor and do not, under any circumstances, buy this phone

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1/10

Very sorry I purchased this phone!

Kyocera Hydro Wave

(8 months ago)

I thought I was going to love this phone, but I actually hate it! the camera is awful! the battery does not last! picture quality is poor, and internal storage fills up way too fast!

I thought I was going to love this phone, but I actually hate it! the camera is awful! the battery does not last! picture quality is poor, and internal storage fills up way too fast!

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2/10

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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