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Kyocera Torque Review

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Software

The Torque runs on Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwitch, but Sprint was quick to point out that they are working on bring Jelly Bean to the device. Currently, the Direct Connect service is not compatible with the newer version of Android, so the technical kinks must be ironed out first but it is good to see the carrier proactively addressing the situation.

The Kyocera Torque runs on Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwitch - Kyocera Torque Review
The Kyocera Torque runs on Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwitch - Kyocera Torque Review
The Kyocera Torque runs on Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwitch - Kyocera Torque Review

The Kyocera Torque runs on Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwitch


As a Sprint ID device the Kyocera Torque runs a mostly vanilla build of Ice Cream Sandwich, just as we saw with the Kyocera Rise. You can of course download more ID packs, although in general the service has proven fairly niche with little actual benefit. Pre-installed apps are light too, with only 5 apps joining the standard Sprint and Google apps on the Torque.

Dialer - Kyocera Torque Review
Phonebook - Kyocera Torque Review
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Kyocera Torque Review

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Processor and Memory

Paired with a dual core 1.2GHz Snapdragon S4 Plus processor, 1GB of RAM and 4GB of memory the Torque moves along fluidly.


Quadrant Standard AnTuTu NenaMark 2
Kyocera Torque 4193 10526 60
Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro 4855 6730 60,5
Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2 2956 6965 39

Connectivity

The Torque is Kyocera’s first 4G LTE device, and Sprint’s first LTE device with Direct Connect. However, we discovered that the phone is set to CDMA only by default, and when we enabled LTE the phone warned us that Direct Connect was not available while in LTE mode, even if LTE coverage isn’t available. We’ve contacted Kyocera and will update the review with their explanation. It packs all the connectivity options you’d expect from a modern Android device, including Wi-Fi, GPS, NFC and Bluetooth 4.0.

Web browser of the Kyocera Torque - Kyocera Torque Review
Web browser of the Kyocera Torque - Kyocera Torque Review
Web browser of the Kyocera Torque - Kyocera Torque Review

Web browser of the Kyocera Torque



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posted on 18 Mar 2013, 08:19 1

1. PunyPoop (Posts: 624; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)


What the hell is wrong with you PA!!?? This has the same rating as XPERIA Z???

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 09:00 9

4. Evil.Bunny (Posts: 41; Member since: 29 Feb 2012)


because both have different uses...ratings are relative to their usefulness.
what good will an Xperia Z do when you need to use it at a construction site and accidentally drop it

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 10:11 3

6. taikucing (unregistered)


Because sony XZ has TFT display while this phone already uses IPS. If Sony has IPS display, it could be probably rated at 9.0.. Even many cheap chinese entry level phones already use IPS display nowadays.

posted on 08 Apr 2013, 01:46

10. javorr (Posts: 14; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)


PA hates Sony. Sony's displays are good enough. Most of the people do think that cheap IPS displays are better, but they are better only in viewing angles and there are other parameters also. Reports from the owners show that for most of the people is very rear to work with their phones looking them under strange angles. The biggest advantage of Super AMOLED displays is that they save energy.

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 05:17

11. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


*Fanboys.....

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 08:22

2. samsunggalaxylover (Posts: 37; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)


PH are simply a**holes

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 08:43

3. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2964; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


"Smart Sonic Receiver" sounds cool...but i get a tingly feeling that the phone is going to use my tissues instead of the ear-piece.

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 09:53

5. loken (Posts: 462; Member since: 09 May 2012)


kyocera has put alot of thought into this

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 20:04

7. downphoenix (Posts: 2232; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


Other than the camera being pretty poor (even for midrange) and the lack of doing direct connect and LTE simultaneously, it looks like Kyocera finally put out a good android device, and its got rock solid build and a low price. Hopefully this means no more Echos or Milanos or Zios for them, LOL. I think the 8.5 is a fair score, it may not be the best out there, but the rugged features will beat out any case you can purchase separate for a phone, and the specs are pretty good.

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Display4.0 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (233 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960, Dual core, 1200 MHz, Krait processor
1024 MB RAM
Size4.44 x 2.38 x 0.56 inches
(113 x 60 x 14 mm)
5.5 oz  (156 g)
Battery2500 mAh, 18 hours talk time

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