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SlashGear

Very durable and truly waterproof, but design could be better

Kyocera DuraForce Pro

from SlashGear
It’s readily apparent that Kyocera put a lot of thought into this phone — it truly is an ultra-durable unit, but one that, at times, feels premium. You don’t have to sacrifice on the security front, for example, thanks to the fingerprint sensor. The phone is truly waterproof, unlike some competing ‘waterproof’ models, and the screen is crisp, bright, and highly saturated... Full review
PC Magazine

Excellent combination of price, features, and performance

Kyocera DuraForce Pro

from PC Magazine
The Kyocera DuraForce Pro is the best rugged phone on Verizon, with solid specs and unique features for a relatively affordable price... Full review
Tom's Guide

Unbreakable exterior with a blah battery

Kyocera DuraForce Pro

from Tom's Guide
The Kyocera DuraForce Pro is one of the toughest, most durable phones you can get right now, but its camera and battery aren't great... Full review
Phone Scoop

A capable, rugged Android smartphone for outdoor types who demand a lot from their hardware

Kyocera DuraForce Pro

from Phone Scoop
Kyocera assembled a compelling handset in the DuraForce Pro. The phone is fully rugged, yet compact enough that it's easy to use on a day-to-day basis. The design is still chunkier than your average metal-and-glass slab (it's comparable to an iPhone 7 in an OtterBox case), but the extreme protection from water, dust, drops, and heat/cold is well worth the trade-off... Full review
PC Magazine

Heavily dated hardware and software

Kyocera Hydro View

from PC Magazine
For $50, the Kyocera Hydro View is inexpensive enough that you can pick one up and take it on adventures without much worry. But as a daily device, it leaves a lot to be desired. The aging hardware is bogged down by even older software, and internal storage is scarce... Full review
PC Magazine

Outdoor-friendly phone that can run basic apps, surf the Web, and make calls

Kyocera Hydro Reach

from PC Magazine
For $100, the Kyocera Hydro Reach fits the bill if you need an outdoor-friendly phone that can run basic apps, surf the Web, and make calls. The LG Tribute 5 has a slightly better camera and longer battery life, but it lacks waterproofing and its display doesn't pack as many pixels... Full review
Android Community

A rugged phone that doesn't break the bank

Kyocera DuraForce XD

from Android Community
Unlike with other phones like the Galaxy S7 or LG G5, this phone is likely to appeal to a smaller audience. If you are in need of a rugged phone but don't want to miss out on all the benefits of how far Android has come, this is a great middle grounds. The display is nicer than other rugged phones, and the software doesn't get in the way. Sure, AT&T has loaded it with bloatware, but those things are more likely to anger the nerds than it is to the audience which this phone is meant to appeal to... Full review
Phone Scoop

Doesn't quite reach high enough

Kyocera Hydro Reach

from Phone Scoop
Sadly, there's a lot holding the Reach back. The design is plebeian and not executed as well as it could be, voice quality is below average, the screen is average, and battery life is on the edge. The UI works well enough, but the processor doesn't provide enough oomph. The biggest issue is the camera, which is truly bad. If you care about photography at all, stay away from this phone... Full review
Phone Scoop

A rugged, waterproof clamshell with several unique characteristics

Kyocera DuraXE

from Phone Scoop
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... Full review
Phone Scoop

Built like a tank, huge and heavy

Kyocera DuraForce XD

from Phone Scoop
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. .. Full review
Can't put in pocket without touchscreen jumping to another menu 
Can't put in pocket without touchscreen jumping to another menu  Less
Albert

Really good works as good as an iPhone 7s better camera and more space then the new Samsung phones, the price is super low but I'd pay 900$ for this p

Kyocera Hydro Wave

Laura

I loved this phone for a while, but now that the memory is almost full, it's starting to mess up and download really slowly!! My daughter says "these

Kyocera Hydro Wave

Can't get alarm clock to work.Set the alarm and no sound.
Can't get alarm clock to work.Set the alarm and no sound. Less
Nlb

Battery is awful. Slow processing

Kyocera Hydro Reach

Battery doesn't stay charged while plugged in if you're running an app. Lasts maybe 6 hours fresh out of the box, max.
Battery doesn't stay charged while plugged in if you're running an app. Lasts maybe 6 hours fresh out of the box, max. Less

Crinch

Mine lasts 3 days before needing a charge

Ed

steer clear, not as advertised

Kyocera DuraForce

battery life is no were near what they advertise . spec says 24 days on stand by , my actual stand by time was 1 1/2 days . talk time was specked at 21 hours my actual talk time was 45 minute . with white back ground and gray text it was near impossible to read text or contacts out side , the onl... More
battery life is no were near what they advertise . spec says 24 days on stand by , my actual stand by time was 1 1/2 days . talk time was specked at 21 hours my actual talk time was 45 minute . with white back ground and gray text it was near impossible to read text or contacts out side , the only thing i found good was the ringer volume, and the speaker phone . i advise you to steer clear of this phone . i return the phone to telus with in a week of phurchase Less

Jeff

I agree 100% with Ed Big waste if money.

Kyocera hydro sucks

This phone sucks!!

Kyocera Hydro View

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... Less
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. Less

Wolfie

If only I read this review before I bought that phone.

Quick for the money and tough

Kyocera Hydro Air

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. Less
wheresmylaptop

I don't love this phone

Kyocera Hydro Air

(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. Less

Johnny

They told me that the screen would not break but guess what it did


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.

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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.


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