Kyocera Hydro Edge Review
We’ll admit, its Smart Sonic Receiver tissue conduction technology is pretty neat because it works wonderfully in noisy environments – enabling us to hear our callers perfectly. However, voices through it and the speakerphone tend to exhibit a robotic tone. It’s not terrible though. On the other end of the line, our callers complain that the microphone on the handset picks up everything, which makes it tough on them to make out our conversations.
Knowing that this is packing a 1600 mAh battery and only features 3G connectivity, we were hoping to get more usage time out of it. Instead, its battery life permits us with a single day of juice with our normal usage – an average result no doubt in the day and age!
Sure, it might be cool that the Kyocera Hydro Edge is dustproof and water resistant, but there are surely many compromises that make it a tough sell for those individuals that simply want to get stuff done in the end. From its sluggish performance to its dated hardware specs, it doesn’t particularly stand above other Android smartphones in the entry-level segment – then again, its free on-contract price point is tough to overlook. Unless you absolutely need a smartphone that’ll survive a full submersion, we recommend checking out some other basic options out there that deliver a more meaningful experience. Plus, you can still get that waterproof aspect by picking up certain cases.
Software version of reviewed unit:
Android version: 4.1.2
Build number: JZ054K
Kernel version: 3.4.0-g0cb1bbe