Kyocera DuraCore and DuraMax Hands-on
Much like most push-to-talk devices, the Kyocera DuraCore is the more bare-bones of the two since it only offers Military standard 810G for ruggedized protection against dust, shock and vibration. Nonetheless, it feels like a rock solid clamshell since it sports that rubbery feel to its exterior. However, it’s going to be primarily a talking device since it lacks a camera in the rear – unlike its bigger brother.
Some of its features include a 2” QVGA display, external LCD display, 1,360 mAh battery, Sprint Direct Connect, Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR, and a 2.5mm headset jack.
Meanwhile, the Kyocera DuraMax is considerably a bit more beefier and impressive mainly due to the fact that it has everything that the DuraCore has to offer, which includes push-to-talk access obviously, but it takes the whole ruggedized thing to a new level. Specifically, it offers protection against dust, shock, vibration, extreme temperatures, blowing rain, low pressure, solar radiation, salt fog, and humidity. Just holding the clamshell device, we know it’s serious business with its tough rubbery shell, but it actually does a great job in repelling water. In fact, we decided to give the handset a quick dip in some water, where it can be submerged for up to 30 minutes in 1 meter of water. And to our amazement, the thing worked like a charm. Oh yeah, did we mention that it offers a camera too?
Granted that it offer additional protection, it’s essentially trotting the same specs as its younger brother. In fact, it features a 2” QVGA display, external LCD display, 1,360 mAh battery, 3.2-megapixel camera, 1GB microSD card, Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR, and Sprint Direct Connect.
Unfortunately, there are no release dates or pricing attached to either devices, but we know they'll be available before the year is over - so don't fret just yet! Also, don’t forget to check out the video below where the DuraMax takes a dip in some water!