Kyocera Torque Review
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.
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.
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|
|Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro||4855||6730||60,5|
|Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2||2956||6965||39|
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.
1. PunyPoop (Posts: 741; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)
What the hell is wrong with you PA!!?? This has the same rating as XPERIA Z???
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
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.
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.
3. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3013; 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.
7. downphoenix (Posts: 2357; 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.
|Display||4.0 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (233 ppi) IPS LCD|
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960, Dual core, 1200 MHz, Krait processor
1024 MB RAM
|Size||4.44 x 2.38 x 0.56 inches|
(113 x 60 x 14 mm)
5.5 oz (156 g)
|Battery||2500 mAh, 18 hours talk time|