Interface and Functionality


Simple and ideal for outdoor usage

It took them some time, but Kyocera seems to have finally presented us with a custom Android 4.4.2 KitKat experience that adheres to the specific needs of the clientele it deals with. What we like most about it, are the various homescreen-sized Dura widgets that Kyocera provides . Some of them, like the compass and weather ones, are useful stuff that people who pick up these rugged phones, want to have access to right from the homescreen. Additionally, the Dura Grid widget is another handy one that gives us access to popular settings and apps – all from the homescreen, of course.

Visually , the interface has this almost gloomy-like look to it – a greenish-blue theme that somewhat matches the volatile environments the phone is expected to be exposed to during its lifetime. We’ll definitely say that it’s different, but we wouldn’t go as far to say that it can entice us like the modern designs of other contemporary interfaces.

Keeping the theme of weather going, the Kyocera Brigadier also manages to pack along a Barometer app, which not only informs us of the atmospheric pressure of our exact location, but there’s also an altimeter incorporated into the app as well. For the average joe, the addition of these apps do little, but for the demographic group that Kyocera is trying to sell the phone to, they add a lot of value to the overall experience.

Processor and Memory


Don’t expect to do heavy processing tasks or gaming, as its entry-level chipset shows its inconsistencies.

Be wary about playing games on this one, since its quad-core 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor is pretty decent for entry-level phone, but not the most powerful out there. However, it comes with healthy 2GB of RAM. Knowing that, we notice some evidence of delay with basic operations.

Holding 16GB of internal storage, it’s the average tally we’re used to seeing in this day and age. If that’s not enough for you, there’s always the handy microSD card slot to supplement its capacity.
Quadrant Higher is better
Kyocera Brigadier 9928
Motorola Moto E 5222
Motorola Moto G 8512
AnTuTu Higher is better
Kyocera Brigadier 18032
Motorola Moto E 12746
Motorola Moto G 17014
Vellamo Metal Higher is better
Kyocera Brigadier 764
Motorola Moto E 451
Motorola Moto G 499
Sunspider Lower is better
Kyocera Brigadier 1473.4
Motorola Moto E 1362.7
Motorola Moto G 1223.8
GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 on-screen Higher is better
Kyocera Brigadier 3.9
Motorola Moto E 5
Basemark OS II Higher is better
Kyocera Brigadier 480
Motorola Moto E 192

Internet and Connectivity


In all honesty, we can’t complain too much about the web surfing experience here, since it has all the quality elements we want – like speedy 4G LTE speeds, decent navigational control, and a fairly sharp screen.

Even though it’s meant to play nicely on Verizon’s network, it’s a global phone that’s compatible to work overseas. On top of that, it carries along all of the usual connectivity features of today’s modern smartphone – such as aGPS, Bluetooth 4.0 with EDR, dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, and NFC.


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14 Comments

1. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

Woah. A minimum brightness of 72 nits?! That's bad for night use. Even though the rest is good enough for someone who can afford it. Kinda like a Batman phone. Costs in thousands and rugged enough to fight Superman. XD

2. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

Edit: Costs high. Though not in thousands. I had some Opera beta feature on which converted $ into Qatri Riyal. ~_~

7. sgodsell

Posts: 7380; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

So far its for Verizon only. Where did you see a price for this device? I even tried to find it on Verizon.

3. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

I was expecting a little more for a 3100mAh / 720p display combo.

5. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

Kind of looks like Alienware :)

8. EugeneNine

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

One of the features the review has missed is that its not only water proof but you can use it while wet. Water on the screen doesn not mess with it. My son was able to play Minecraft while holding the phone underwater. I seem to be unable to get the camera to focus. Tapping somewhere to focus will move and shrink the white square but then it focuses elsewhere.

9. dannyc32

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

The price for this phone is $399. That's w/o a contract. The battery life on this phone doesn't last the 12 to 20 hours. Its more like 8 to 10 hours if you don't have any apps running in the background. I like the looks on this phone because its across between a blackberry and the droid 2. It uses the same system as what's on a basic tablets.

10. EugeneNine

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

I get more than 8-10 hours. I get up at 6am and by 9 or 10pm its usually 60-70% battery. I did turn on their eco mode but I also have a power hungry corporate e-mail program called Good.

11. wesright

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 17, 2014

I also get more. I have bluetooth running everyday for about 9 hours for my Audible listening which runs a majority of that 9 hours. Not all obviosly but often I leave it running and just rewind back to go over what I missed. I thought I'd lose a lot of battery power because of the bluetooth connection to the external speaker or wireless earbuds but that 9 hours drains it down to 60-70% I used to have a wifi app shut off wifi when not in use at home but even without it I almost never go under 40% with all day use. To be honest, I've only had the phone for just over a month but I love it. It is fast and efficient and super rugged. It spanks every other smartphone I've ever had. Sure, some had one feature better than another but overall this phone is my favorite by far. One thing I must note, the phone calls from the car are so sensitive they pick up everything. If I have the radio playing whomever I call can still hear me scratch my nose! Because of that I have to close the windows when making a call, because the wind noise is so overpowering. With the windows closed its great but with the windows open people have a hard time understanding me. I can hear them clearly even in loud environs which surprises me but it has some special features for that which I have to read up on. Sorry for babbling on so long.

12. jerrylong

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 27, 2016

is there a fix for the sim card all of a sudden it will not stay locked in !!! and my carrier has informed me that it is a common problem with the brigadier is this true and is there a fix for ?

13. kuta92

Posts: 6; Member since: May 20, 2017

Aermoo M1 is the best performance phone i have ever seen ... It is good enough to take a photo for daily use with an 84MP camera. Aermoo M1 powered by Mediatek MT6757 chipset, Aermoo M1 runs on Android OS v7.0 (Nougat) out of the box. It features a 5.2 inches IPS display...It comes with 5000 mah huge battery ..it is very reliable phone and shock proof phone and water proof too ...give it a try and you will be proud of yourself for this techno beast :) :)

14. scapistron

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 12, 2018

After having this phone for about 20 months and regretting it for the last 19 I can say that I wouldn't go for another Kyocera ruggedized phone again. I've gone from a Samsung Rugby (2012?) to a Casio Commando LTE (2014) the Kyocera is a let down. I've never put any of my phones in a case or applied a screen protector, I find them antithetical. The Rugby held up well over two years. Come upgrade time the only Verizon choice was the already year old Casio. It held up very well physically, but the hardware wasn't great to begin with so after two years it was painfully slow. At the time the only option left at Verizon was the Kyocera and it looked good on paper. After about a year both port covers had broken and it took forever to get Kyocera to send out replacements. After about 16 months the screen has started to delaminate along both long sides. At 20 months the phone doesn't want to take a charge and the buzzer has all but stopped working. I never found the call quality to be very good from the beginning and some people I talked to said it was extremely poor on their end. I'm admittedly tough on my phones and my purchasing timing has been bad (early spring), but the Kyocera just didn't cut the mustard. I've resorted to using the very old Casio for the last couple of weeks and am amazed at how much better physical condition that phone is in. It takes a full 60 seconds to send a text, but it works. Given the apparent bad build quality / design of the brigadier I don't plan on continuing with Verizon and getting the Kyocera DuraForce.

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Brigadier
  • Display 4.5" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Quad-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 3100 mAh(20h talk time)

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