Kyocera Hydro Edge Review
Interface and Functionality
Nothing too out of the norm with its software, the Kyocera Hydro Edge is running a customized Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean experience – so there’s nothing particularly too new with it. Sure, you get all the basic features of the platform, like its deep personalization and diverse apps, but Kyocera mixes it up a little with its own set of widgets, notifications panel, and lock screen. With the latter, it takes a slightly different approach, as we’re presented with access to different functions depending on where we drag our finger. Quite frankly, its features set doesn’t go beyond what we find with stock Android, so it’s lagging when compared to other Android smartphones.
Checking out the usual staple of organizer apps on the handset, it doesn’t deviate from the normal stuff we see on any other Android smartphone. However, there are a few preloaded apps that jump out at us. First, there’s the Eco Mode app that moderates the phone, like its brightness setting, in order to better optimize its battery life. Secondly, the ICE app provides us with quick access to some of our preselected emergency contacts. And finally, the MagniFont app adjusts the size of fonts in order to give us better visibility.
Even though it’s packing a 4-inch screen, the layout of its stock on-screen keyboard still proves to be a bit cramped. Oh yeah, it doesn’t help when its responsiveness is lacking at times!
Processor and Memory
Sorry folks, this is packing hardware that’s widely regarded as dated. To be more specific, it features a 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with 1GB of RAM. Unfortunately, its performance suffers in many ways, since it exhibits long delays with even some basic operations – like pressing the home button to get back to the homescreen.
Stuffed with only 1GB of internal memory, it’s no doubt a miniscule tally by today’s standards, but at least there’s a microSD card slot to supplement it.
Internet and Connectivity
Surfing the web is a test in patience, seriously! You’d think we’d be spoiled by now, but the Kyocera Hydro Edge features only 3G data connectivity – so complex pages take an excruciating amount of time to load. Worst yet, its performance is sluggish at times, which is most noticeable with its delayed rendering and finicky kinetic scrolling.
Being a CDMA smartphone, this is made to play nicely with Sprint’s network only, so there’s no luck outside of the US with it. Due to its entry-level reputation, this is only packing along the customary set of connectivity features – like aGPS, Bluetooth 4.0 with EDR, and 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi. Nope, it doesn’t have wireless charging or NFC.