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Kyocera Hydro review

5.4/10 AVG.

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The Kyocera Hydro currently has an Informr score of 5.4 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 5 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

Did you know that you can now buy waterproof handsets that won’t break the bank? Indeed, and one such example is the Android-powered Kyocera Hydro. It ships with Ice Cream Sandwich as the default OS and features a 3.5-inch HVGA touchscreen display for user input. Its compact 13mm body weighs only 120 grams and, as mentioned earlier, is waterproof.

The Hydro uses a dated processor and only has 512MB of RAM, but performs well enough thanks to the default software. And while it has only 2GB of internal storage, this can be expanded easily through microSD cards.

It may never get an upgrade to later versions of the Android software, but it’s already feature-rich as it is. And since it hovers around the $100 mark—without a contract—it’s worth listing as one of the top budget Android handsets based on overall value.

Need to Know: Kyocera Hydro

1. Waterproof casing. (The Good)

2. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich by default. (The Good)

3. Small, low-res touchscreen display. (The Bad)

4. RAM and internal storage are both limited. (The Bad)

Operating system
1 GHz
Screen Size
3+ MP

What the Critics Are Saying...


If you can handle slow CPU and data speeds, the Kyocera Hydro is a solid handset. Not only does it run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but at $129.99, it's reasonably priced and you won't be tied down with a contract. Most important, however, is the fact that it's waterproof. So the next time your p...

- Lynn La, Cnet

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Common Questions

Kyocera released the Hydro on June 17, 2012.

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

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

If your Hydro 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's screen size is 3.5 inches with x pixels resolution.

1 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8655 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 18.8 days standby time.

Kyocera Hydro Specs

Release date June 17, 2012
Regions available USA
800/1700/1900 MHz
1xRTT, EV-DO Rev. A
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8655 1 GHz
Internal Storage No
RAM 512 MB
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.14 W/kg
Body: 0.58 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, 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) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 18.8 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 120 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design Yes
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
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 No
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Swype
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
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
Additional Email Features -
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, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, OBEX
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
Additional Rear Camera Info
Effects, Geotagging, White balance
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
720 x 480 pixels
Front Camera
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, MP4, 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 No
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 -
Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Kyocera C5170

2GB microSD card included
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Critic Reviews


With Android 4.0, solid call quality, and waterproof capabilities, the Kyocera Hydro is a great prepaid device

from Cnet

If you can handle slow CPU and data speeds, the Kyocera Hydro is a solid handset. Not only does it run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but at $129.99, it's reasonably priced and you won't be tied down with a contract. Most important, however, is the fact that it's waterproof. So the next time you...More

If you can handle slow CPU and data speeds, the Kyocera Hydro is a solid handset. Not only does it run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but at $129.99, it's reasonably priced and you won't be tied down with a contract. Most important, however, is the fact that it's waterproof. So the next time your phone accidentally takes a dip in the pool, you'll have the peace of mind of knowing that it could recover without mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Or rice.

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User Reviews


Sucks. Freezes. Went into safe mode and no matter what I tried no luck


Ok phone

I got it because its supposed to be break proof i had it for a year and today when i took it out of my back pack the screen was broken it freezes up a lot and is slow sometimes but its a pretty good first phone
Sarah Vallejo

Too many problems :(

It's a cute little phone and reasonable for the price. But the SD card gets too full quickly, all my apps keep closing and the phone would freeze and then turn on and off on its own. It would happen about 3-4 times a day!
candace thompson

This phone is AWESOME

phone is waterproof the screen is easy to touch and the phone itself is lightweight also sending messages is a blast because the messages send within 1 to 2 secs

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