Specs summary

Screen
4.5"

The Kyocera Brigadier's screen is 4.5 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.4 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 Quad core 1.4 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.4 Kitkat operating system (OS).

Camera
8+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 8+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3100mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3100 mAh battery. Kyocera's performance ratings are 15.2 days standby time, 1200 minutes (2G), minutes (3G).



The Kyocera Brigadier is the most impressive ruggedized smartphone around.

- Eugene Kim , PC Magazine 


The Brigadier is for those who want or need a device that kicks butt and takes names at the same time.

- Eric M. Zeman , Phone Scoop 

Reviews summary

6.3/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 12 reviews

What's good

  • 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

What's bad

  • 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.

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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)


Brighthand

Heavy duty

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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iTechTriad

The only rugged smartphone I'd buy

from iTechTriad

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 sim...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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Phandroid

A tough one-trick pony

from Phandroid

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 nothi...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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GottaBeMobile

A rugged smartphone that delivers a good smartphone experience

from GottaBeMobile

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 di...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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PC Magazine

Impregnable durability, high-quality display, and solid midrange performance for the price

from PC Magazine

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 anyt...More

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 introducing the first mainstream sapphire-clad display, and it pays off here.

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PCWorld

An ugly, indestructible mid-range phone

from PCWorld

Like most heavily ruggedized phones, the Brigadier is a hyper-specific smartphone that caters to a small subset of users. Nonetheless, the mid-range phone performs well, has a battery that will easily last you all day, and is very affordable. Plus, you'll get a Sapphire Shield display and Qi-Wireless charging, which are pretty sweet features to have in a mid-range smartphone...

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Like most heavily ruggedized phones, the Brigadier is a hyper-specific smartphone that caters to a small subset of users. Nonetheless, the mid-range phone performs well, has a battery that will easily last you all day, and is very affordable. Plus, you'll get a Sapphire Shield display and Qi-Wireless charging, which are pretty sweet features to have in a mid-range smartphone.

Given that there aren't many rugged smartphones out there, if you're on Verizon Wireless and need a phone that can take a beating, the Brigadier most definitely gets the job done.  

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Computerworld

An Android phone built for abuse

from Computerworld

The Kyocera Brigadier isn't ideal for Android enthusiasts or anyone looking for the best all-around user experience. It is, however, perfect for people who need a durable device that's able to withstand a ridiculous amount of abuse.

The Brigadier was built with a very specific purpose...More

The Kyocera Brigadier isn't ideal for Android enthusiasts or anyone looking for the best all-around user experience. It is, however, perfect for people who need a durable device that's able to withstand a ridiculous amount of abuse.

The Brigadier was built with a very specific purpose in mind and it serves that purpose exceptionally well. The real question is whether you want a sleek phone with all the niceties or a rugged phone that's darn-near indestructible -- and that's a question only you can answer. 

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PhoneArena

Good looks aren’t in its DNA, but its rugged construction gives it some serious protection

from PhoneArena

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...

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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 a 2-year contract through Big Red, it’s a great offering if you’re in the market for a ruggedized smartphone. In contrast, though, its $399.99 outright cost is rather steep. Looking solely at the ruggedized smartphone space, it’s no doubt a cut above the rest, but it doesn’t have the commanding authority to topple some of the generals in the smartphone universe. 

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Phone Scoop

A hearty smartphone for the adventurer and thrill-seeker

from Phone Scoop

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....

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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 of the home screen panels and app menu are manageable.

The Brigadier offers about the same media tools as most other Android phones, with Verizon's branded apps thrown in for good measure. Perhaps the device's biggest weakness is the camera, which takes below average photos.

If you're looking for a tough phone that can take a beating, deliver solid battery life and call quality, yet still offer a range of finer features, the Kyocera Brigadier is worth a look. 

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I hate this phone

I returned the Kyocera Brigadier within 13 days of purchase due to battery issues. It was replaced at the store with a new Phone. That phone lasted 28 days before having the same issue with the battery. At full charge the battery life was 6 hr. Because I was past the 14 day return policy, I had to g...More
I returned the Kyocera Brigadier within 13 days of purchase due to battery issues. It was replaced at the store with a new Phone. That phone lasted 28 days before having the same issue with the battery. At full charge the battery life was 6 hr. Because I was past the 14 day return policy, I had to get another one from the factory. I was shipped a "like new CERTIFIED replacement." What kind of warranty is this? There was no warranty information when I purchased the phone explaining any warranty information past the 14 day trial period. I was told that " all warranty issue are replaced with a "like new Certified phone" Don't be fooled by the warranty issue and or extended warranty thinking the phone would be replaced with a new phone. . I have asked for a written warranty policy explaining full disclosure and have received none. 01/10/2015 Less

Phone didnt last 4 months

Purchased back in Sept, decent phone at first but became very slow and laggy . Phone stopped working from light water exposure and no negligence on my part, phone was never exposed to anything more then a few rain drops on the screen, and all ports were closed with out damage and free of any obstructions.
Purchased back in Sept, decent phone at first but became very slow and laggy . Phone stopped working from light water exposure and no negligence on my part, phone was never exposed to anything more then a few rain drops on the screen, and all ports were closed with out damage and free of any obstructions. Less
contractor

The truth.

If you want the latest name brand or new shiney sleek phone, this isn't it. I love this phone because I'm a contractor and regularly crack screens and break body's. its bullet proof in comparison to the Samsung's models and will outlive any and all apple pieces of crap I see people constantly crying over. It works for work, like its supposed to.
If you want the latest name brand or new shiney sleek phone, this isn't it. I love this phone because I'm a contractor and regularly crack screens and break body's. its bullet proof in comparison to the Samsung's models and will outlive any and all apple pieces of crap I see people constantly crying over. It works for work, like its supposed to. Less


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Full Specs

Overview
Release date July 31, 2014
Regions available USA
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
CDMA:
800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
700 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, 1xRTT, EV-DO Rev. A, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Micro-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.4 Kitkat

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 Quad core 1.4 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 16 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.79 W/kg
Body: 0.72 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Data Cable, Manual, USB Power Adapter
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3100 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging Yes
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time 1200 minutes
3G Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 15.2 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 13.6 x 6.8 x 1.3 cm (5.4 x 2.7 x 0.5 in)
Weight 187 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design Yes
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology Unknown
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel density 326 pixels
Size 4.5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Glove touch, Sapphire Shield
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, AOL
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallett Yes
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Brightness control, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, Image stabilization, HDR, Scene mode, Blink detection
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Self-portrait
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, WMA, WAV, QCP, OGG, AMR-NB
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps -
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