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Kyocera Hydro Edge Review

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On one hand, it’s wonderful we can instantly run the camera app by long pressing the shutter key, even if it’s under water, but it’s extremely slow when it comes to snapping a shot. Heck, not only do we have to deal with the slow auto-focus, but we have to remind ourselves to stay still throughout the process to reduce blurring. Well, at least the camera UI boasts some manual controls and a diverse set of shooting modes to appease us.

Sadly, image quality from its 5-megapixel camera is a miss – a far swing and a miss to be exact! Honestly, the results are pretty scary to look at, since it’s super grainy with its details and its colors are devoid of any vibrant tones. To a certain extent, it appears as though it snaps photos in black and white. Indoor shots with low lighting don’t fare any better, as the excessive evidence of noise soften the shots to the point of making them ugly messes.


Yeah, we can say the same thing about its 720p video recording quality. Again, the same distracting elements persist here – like its indistinct details and washed out color reproduction. Furthermore, artifacing elements become apparent as we move even in a steady manner! And finally, it doesn’t look like it features continuous auto-focus.



Multimedia


Boasting the usual Google Play Music app, there’s nothing new to be found here. Cranking its volume to its maximum setting, the speaker sounds rather weak with its tone, which doesn’t help with its pronounced crackling.

When it comes to video playback, it handles 720p videos with minimal fluff – so its performance is pretty steady throughout its playback. However, seeing that our eyes have to deal with its low quality display, it doesn’t necessarily make it the most ideal thing for watching videos on the go.

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Display4.0 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (233 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon, Dual core, 1000 MHz
1024 MB RAM
Size4.90 x 2.5 x 0.39 inches
(124 x 64 x 10 mm)
4.5 oz  (128 g)
Battery1600 mAh, 13 hours talk time

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