- Eugene Kim , PC Magazine
The Kyocera Brigadier is the most impressive ruggedized smartphone around.
- Eric M. Zeman , Phone Scoop
The Brigadier is for those who want or need a device that kicks butt and takes names at the same time.
- Water, dust, temperature, solar radiation, shock and vibration proof
- Sapphire screen protector makes display virtually scratch proof
- Touchscreen usable with gloves and when wet
- Good battery life
- Mediocre camera life
- Performance issues playing graphics-intensive games
- Chunky and heavy
The Kyocera Brigadier takes the term rugged seriously. Like other devices in this category, the Brigadier is IP68 certified, which means it is dust proof and can waterproof for up to 30 minutes in up to 6 feet of water. It ups the ante, however, as it also meets the US Department of Defense Military Standard 810G to protect against shock, vibration, temperature and weather extremes and solar radiation. Phone Scoop describes the Brigadier as, "One tough mother of a phone…that kicks butt and takes names…" As a rugged phone, the Brigadier is not dainty by any means. It measures 5.37 x 2.69 x 0.52 inches and weighs a hefty 187 grams. While on the thicker side, experts point out that the variety of textures and materials making up the chassis create a very nice phone to grip, even with wet hands.
If that doesn't impress you then perhaps the sapphire coating on the display will. Kyocera touts the Sapphire Shield screen as virtually scratchproof and reviewers fully back this claim after failed attempts to scratch the display with rocks. Behind the sapphire is a less than awe-inspiring 4.5-inch, 720p LCD display. Although experts weren't wowed by the screen quality, they didn't find any issues with it. They note that it is relatively sharp thanks to the 326ppi pixel density, offers good viewing angles and decent bright light legibility. What really won critics over was its Glove and Wet Touchscreen Operation feature. As the name suggests, users can operate the phone even if they are wearing gloves (up to 3mm thick) or the screen or their hands are wet.
Although the phone's 1.4 GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM can't compete with iPhone 5S, it performed well enough for reviewers that they could have perform day-to-day tasks without any lag issues though there was stuttering during graphically intensive games. In order to keep all the components damage and weather proof, there are no removable parts including the battery. Still, critics found the 3,100mAh battery perfectly adequate as it lasted a full day of moderate use. The Brigadier also comes with 16GB of internal storage and a microSD expansion slot. The 8MP rear camera failed to impress critics due to its grainy low-light images and inaccurate colors. Gotta Be Mobile notes, "…the cameras are not the best you'll find on a smartphone, but they may be the best you'll get on a rugged smartphone."
Despite a less than stellar rear-camera and average hardware, reviewers still approve of the Kyocera Brigadier. PC Mag gave it the Editor's Choice award for rugged smartphones due to its "impregnable durability, high-quality display and solid midrange performance for the price…"
Reviews (6.3/10 Avg. rating)
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 object... Full review
The only rugged smartphone I'd buy
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... Full review
A tough one-trick pony
A rugged smartphone that delivers a good smartphone experience
Impregnable durability, high-quality display, and solid midrange performance for the price
Despite ho-hum specs and a rather disappointing camera, I'm still enamored by the Kyocera Brigadier. It's a rare worry-free piece of kit, and that alone can be quite liberating for something as essential as a smartphone. The Brigadier is a beast in the best way possible, nearly impervious to anything you can throw its way and far more durable than the ruggedized Samsung Galaxy S5 Active (an AT&T exclusive). And aside from the aforementioned Galaxy, most rugged devices, like the Casio G'zOne Commando, have even more modest specs than the Brigadier. Kyocera pulled off quite a coup by intr... Full review
An ugly, indestructible mid-range phone
An Android phone built for abuse
Good looks aren’t in its DNA, but its rugged construction gives it some serious protection
Not surprisingly, Kyocera excels at what it does best – making ruggedized phones that are meant to withstand all that life has to throw at us. With the Kyocera Brigadier, they’ve made the proper enhancements to make its offering suitable for the hardened user. Indeed, it’s one solid phone that’s nearly indestructible, enhanced further with the addition of Sapphire Shield glass to protect its display. Still, at the end of the day, it’s still a phone that largely targets one specific demographic, due to its rugged look.
Flaunting a price of $49.99 with... Full review
A hearty smartphone for the adventurer and thrill-seeker
The Brigadier mostly delivers on the promises made by Kyocera. It’s good-looking, tough, water-resistant to a degree, and has one of the strongest displays I've ever seen. The Brigadier offers good battery life, excellent network performance, and solid call performance. The downside to its rugged design are the size and weight, which are both considerable.
The Android user interface functions just fine and Kyocera's customizations aren't over-the-top or annoying. The added widgets from Kyocera make controlling some aspects of the phone a breeze, and the basic configuration... Full review
I hate this phone
Phone didnt last 4 months
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- Kyocera Brigadier Manual (PDF)
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