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Kyocera Hydro Elite Review

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Kyocera Hydro Elite Review

Introduction


Over the years, we’ve seen various rugged and water resistant phones come out of Verizon Wireless. Recently we reviewed the Casio G’zOne Commando 4G LTE and were quite impressed with its design, but now there’s a new player on the field, the Kyocera Hydro Elite, which comes in at $50 with a 2-year contract. There are actually several other models in the Kyocera Hydro line, which include the Hydro Edge (from Sprint and Boost), and Hydro XTRM (from US Cellular), though they are all variations of the same phone. The Hydro Elite is the newest of these and touts some better specs, including a larger 4.3” 720x1280 display, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, and an 8MP camera. Let’s take a closer look and see if the Hydro Elite has what it takes.

Included in the retail package is the Kyocera Hydro Elite C6750 smartphone, 2000mAh battery, wall charger, microUSB cable, and user guides.


Design


The appearance of the Kyocera Hydro Elite is simplistic and minimalistic, with an all-black plastic construction throughout. The device is noticeably smaller than the Casio G’zOne Commando 4G LTE, and is also lighter in weight, which allows it to fit better in the hand and is easier to use for longer periods of time, while the rubberized backing provides for a firm grip.
The appearance of the Kyocera Hydro Elite is simplistic and minimalistic, with an all-black plastic construction - Kyocera Hydro Elite Review
The appearance of the Kyocera Hydro Elite is simplistic and minimalistic, with an all-black plastic construction - Kyocera Hydro Elite Review
The appearance of the Kyocera Hydro Elite is simplistic and minimalistic, with an all-black plastic construction - Kyocera Hydro Elite Review

The appearance of the Kyocera Hydro Elite is simplistic and minimalistic, with an all-black plastic construction


Kyocera Hydro Elite
4.82 x 2.38 x 0.43 inches
122 x 60 x 11 mm
4.51 oz (128 g)

Kyocera Hydro Elite

Casio G'zOne Commando 4G LTE
5.1 x 2.7 x 0.5 inches
130 x 69 x 13 mm
6.17 oz (175 g)

Casio G'zOne Commando 4G LTE

Motorola DROID Ultra
5.41 x 2.8 x 0.28 inches
137.5 x 71.2 x 7.18 mm
4.83 oz (137 g)

Motorola DROID Ultra

Samsung Galaxy S4
5.38 x 2.75 x 0.31 inches
136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm
4.59 oz (130 g)

Samsung Galaxy S4

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.


Located above the display is a 1.3MP camera for self-pics and video chatting, while on the left side is the volume rocker, with the power/lock key and 3.5mm headset jack on top, and the microUSB port on the right side. Around on the back is the 8MP camera with LED flash. Both the SIM card slot and microSD memory card slot is accessible by removing the battery cover.

Front - Kyocera Hydro Elite Review
Front camera - Kyocera Hydro Elite Review
On-screen Android buttons - Kyocera Hydro Elite Review

Front

Front camera

On-screen Android buttons


Kyocera states that the Hydro Elite has waterproof protection from blowing rain (IPX5 certification) and can withstand water immersion up to 1 meter (3.28 feet) for up to 30 minutes (IPX7 certification), though this is limited to fresh water only, and says to avoid salt water and chlorinated water – which means don’t take it in the ocean or the pool. When removing the battery cover, you can clearly see the orange rubber o-ring that surrounds the compartment, but our concern here is that the cover simply flips on and off, instead of being locked securely in-place like on the Casio G’zOne Commando 4G LTE. Furthermore, both the headset jack and microUSB port do not have sealed plugs, though Kyocera says it is not needed and that they are waterproof. With this in mind, we can see that the Kyocera Hydro Elite is designed more for the occasional “oops” moment, when it may get wet or fall in water – as it’s clearly not up to the same military specs and ruggedness that is the hallmark of the Casio Commando series.

Volume rocker (left) - The sides of the Kyocera Hydro Elite - Kyocera Hydro Elite Review
3.5mm jack and power key (top) - The sides of the Kyocera Hydro Elite - Kyocera Hydro Elite Review
microUSB port (right) - The sides of the Kyocera Hydro Elite - Kyocera Hydro Elite Review
Bottom edge - The sides of the Kyocera Hydro Elite - Kyocera Hydro Elite Review

Volume rocker (left)

3.5mm jack and power key (top)

microUSB port (right)

Bottom edge

The sides of the Kyocera Hydro Elite


Back - Kyocera Hydro Elite Review
Rear camera - Kyocera Hydro Elite Review
Battery compartment - Kyocera Hydro Elite Review

Back

Rear camera

Battery compartment




Display


We are pleased to see that Kyocera has equipped the Hydro Elite with a 4.3” LCD display with 720x1280 pixel resolution, as this is pretty much the norm for mid-range smartphones. Images and text are sharp and clear, thanks to the 342 pixel-per-inch-count, and it is plenty bright to view while outside. Colors are natural and uniform, but only when viewed straight-on, as off-axis viewing does alter the colors and contrast some. Kyocera has also elected to use the standard on-screen Android softkeys along the bottom of the display for back, home and recent apps, instead of using separate capacitive buttons.

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posted on 05 Sep 2013, 12:43

1. xmusicianguy (Posts: 96; Member since: 13 Jul 2011)


Well seeing this. I'm getting the Commando 4g. Plus I see no FM Radio listed like the Commando 4G has.

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 09:10

2. NIK01 (Posts: 18; Member since: 29 Apr 2013)


I am excited about it.
what about its brightness compared to for example the HTC one mini or the Xperia V?

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Display4.3 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (342 ppi)
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960, Dual core, 1500 MHz, Krait processor
1536 MB RAM
Size4.82 x 2.38 x 0.43 inches
(122 x 60 x 11 mm)
4.51 oz  (128 g)
Battery2100 mAh, 13 hours talk time

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