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Kyocera Hydro Edge Review

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Kyocera Hydro Edge Review
Call Quality


We’ll admit, its Smart Sonic Receiver tissue conduction technology is pretty neat because it works wonderfully in noisy environments – enabling us to hear our callers perfectly. However, voices through it and the speakerphone tend to exhibit a robotic tone. It’s not terrible though. On the other end of the line, our callers complain that the microphone on the handset picks up everything, which makes it tough on them to make out our conversations.


Battery


Knowing that this is packing a 1600 mAh battery and only features 3G connectivity, we were hoping to get more usage time out of it. Instead, its battery life permits us with a single day of juice with our normal usage – an average result no doubt in the day and age!


Conclusion


Sure, it might be cool that the Kyocera Hydro Edge is dustproof and water resistant, but there are surely many compromises that make it a tough sell for those individuals that simply want to get stuff done in the end. From its sluggish performance to its dated hardware specs, it doesn’t particularly stand above other Android smartphones in the entry-level segment – then again, its free on-contract price point is tough to overlook. Unless you absolutely need a smartphone that’ll survive a full submersion, we recommend checking out some other basic options out there that deliver a more meaningful experience. Plus, you can still get that waterproof aspect by picking up certain cases.

Software version of reviewed unit:
Android version: 4.1.2
Build number: JZ054K
Kernel version: 3.4.0-g0cb1bbe


Pros

  • Waterproof
  • Smart Sonic Receiver tissue conduction technology
  • Inexpensive cost

Cons

  • Outdated specs
  • Low quality display
  • Takes grainy photos
  • Sluggish performance
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posted on 24 Oct 2014, 15:35

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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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