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The Kyocera Hydro Plus currently has an Informr score of 6 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 1 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Water and dust resistant
  • Easy and comfortable to use for extended periods
  • Decent battery life

What's bad

  • Poor viewing angles
  • Slow internal and 3G speed
  • Poor photo quality

As the fifth in Kyocera's Hydro line, the Hydro Plus boasts the IPx5 and IPx7 dust and waterproof ratings. These ratings mean that when the ports are properly sealed, the phone should last 30 minutes when submerged in up to 1 meter of water. Aside from this feature, the rest of it is purely a budget offering. Not surprisingly, it is made entirely of plastic with a ribbed rubber coating on the plastic cover. The textured back along with the relatively small dimensions of 4.53 x 2.44 x 0.5 inches made it easy for reviewers to grip and use one-handed.

The 3.5-inch HVGA IPS screen has a very low resolution of 480x320 and, unsurprisingly, a low pixel density of 165ppi. As expected, experts di d notice that images looked very coarse and whites appeared speckled and grainy. Viewing angles were also sub-par and critics noticed that it was worse in direct sunlight, washing out colors with even the slightest tilt.

Performance-wise the Hydro Plus only offers the most basic specs: 1 GHz single-core processor, 512MB of RAM and 2GB of internal storage. As expected, it isn't the fastest phone on the market. While reviewers had no issue doing basic tasks like opening the app drawer, they noticed significant delay during other tasks like launching the camera or play games. The major disappointment for them, however, was the slow download speed on the 3G network. It took them over half an hour to download a game over 3G and nearly 30 seconds to load basic web pages. The battery, while relatively small, managed to last experts around a day of moderate usage due mainly to the low resolution screen and weak processor.

In the same vein, the rear 3.2MP camera understandably yielded unimpressive results. Experts experienced a fair amount of digital noise, graininess and blurred edges though they add that objects were easy to make out and sharper in good lighting. Video was equally mediocre as they struggled with focusing issues while recording.

Despite its low price experts still have a hard time recommending it to consumers. It's waterproof feature might attract potential buyers, but CNET states, "its slow internal and data speeds make it a drag to operate…you'll still get a device that performs better than the Hydro Plus and still have money left over."

Operating system
1 GHz
Screen Size
3+ MP

What the Critics Are Saying...


Though the Kyocera Hydro Plus is an inexpensive water-resistant phone with an included music service, skip it for better and even cheaper splash-proof alternatives.

- Lynn La, Cnet

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Common Questions

Kyocera released the Hydro Plus on January 21, 2014.

We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Kyocera Hydro Plus user manual here.

Kyocera backs up the Hydro Plus with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

If your Hydro Plus has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Kyocera support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Kyocera's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.

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Screen Size

The Kyocera Hydro Plus's screen size is 3.5 inches with x pixels resolution.

1 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8655 Single core 1 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

3+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 3+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.


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 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1500 mAh battery. Kyocera's performance ratings are 7.1 days standby time, 309 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Hydro Plus Specs

Release date January 21, 2014
Regions available USA
800/1900 MHz
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8655 Single core 1 GHz
Internal Storage No
RAM 512 MB
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1500 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 309 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 7.1 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.5 x 6.2 x 1.3 cm (4.5 x 2.4 x 0.5 in)
Weight 118 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design Yes
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density 165 pixels
Size 3.5 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
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Swype
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 No
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
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Main Camera
3+ megapixels
Dual lens
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Effects, White balance, Scene mode, Exposure value
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
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
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable ()
Included Software / Apps -
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Inexpensive and waterproof, but glacially slow

from Cnet

For a $139.99 off-contract device, the Kyocera Hydro Plus does have its benefits. On one hand, its waterproof design allows you peace of mind the next time you're at a pool party, and its unique Muve Music feature enables users to search and download tons of music for free (with your phone servic...More

For a $139.99 off-contract device, the Kyocera Hydro Plus does have its benefits. On one hand, its waterproof design allows you peace of mind the next time you're at a pool party, and its unique Muve Music feature enables users to search and download tons of music for free (with your phone service). On the other hand, however, its slow internal and data speeds make it a drag to operate, and the fact that it ships with Android 4.0 means it's behind even before you take it out of the box.

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