Kyocera Hydro Elite Review
The Kyocera Hydro Elite comes running Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. It is pretty close to a stock Android experience, as there are no layers or themes on the device, though it does allow you to change between using a standard mode or a starter mode – which is designed for people that haven’t used Android before, as the icons are larger and has easier access to settings and menus.
Naturally, the device does well with Android core apps, such as E-Mail and GMail, contact and calendar. Also included is Amazon Kindle/MP3/Appstore, Amex Serve, Audible, IMDb, My Verizon Mobile, Polaris Office, Slacker, Verizon Tones, Viewdini, and VZ Navigator.
Some additional apps that Kyocera includes is the DiXiM Player, which is a DLNA program that can access or steam files to and from the phone and other DLNA compatible devices, such as PCs and HDTVs. The Eco Mode is designed to help save battery life, by limited settings such as the display brightness and sleep mode, and the MaxiMZR app will automatically limit the amount of background data that is used by certain programs. While these are nice features, it doesn’t really stack-up to the numerous G’zGear apps that are on the Casio Commando.
Processor and Memory
Running the show is a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon S4 Plus processor with 1.5GB of RAM. Even though this falls behind current quad-core powered phones, it is still plenty enough processing power for the Hydro Elite, as it never felt slow or sluggish. As you can see by the benchmark number, both the Kyocera Hydro Elite and Casio G’zOne Commando 4G LTE are pretty much identical in this department.
(HTML5 / Metal)
|Kyocera Hydro Elite||5766||10490||2486 / 22 fps||2176 / 637|
|Casio G’zOne Commando 4G LTE||5128||10391||3441||1793 / 633|
|Motorola DROID Ultra||8609||19384||5973 / 53 fps||2455 / 768|
|Samsung Galaxy S4||12078||24701||4437 / 39 fps||1702 / 704|
We are also glad to see that the Hydro Elite comes with 16GB of internal storage, though with it being divided up, it leaves about 3GB for installing additional applications, and 8.5GB for user file storage. Though you can install a microSD memory card up to 32GB for additional space.
Internet and Connectivity
We are presented with the Google Chrome Browser, which is pretty much standard these days, though you can always install a 3rd party browser if you so desire. It renders pages just fine, with kinetic scrolling and pinch-to-zoom working without a hitch.
No surprise here that the Hydro Elite makes use of Verizon’s 4G LTE 700MHz data network, but it can also use AWS 1700/2100MHz. We fired up the Speedtest.net app and was able to get up to 22Mbps for downloads and 8Mbps for uploads, with a 4G LTE signal reception of -101dBm, which is about average for our area. Naturally, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4GHz, 5Ghz), Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC are supported. But since the Hydro Elite is Global Roaming capable, it also supports GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz and UMTS/HSPA 850/900/1900/2100 MHz networks while overseas.