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Kyocera Hydro Elite Review

Kyocera Hydro Elite

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Call Quality

Kyocera Hydro Elite Review
All of the Kyocera Hydro models use something new called “Smart Sonic Receiver technology.” Instead of using a standard opening for the earpiece speaker, it is actually hidden behind the glass panel above the display. This is probably done to keep water out, but we didn’t really care for the results in terms of call quality, as voices on our end sounded muted and not very loud, even with the volume turned all the way up. In contrast, the Casio G’zOne Commando 4G LTE does have an earpiece opening, despite it being waterproof, with calls sound clearer and more natural on our end.


The Included 2000mAh battery is said to provide up to 13 hours of talk time or 9 days of standby time. In our testing, we were able to get up to 11 hours of continuous talk time or about 2 days of mixed usage on a full charge, keeping in mind the Casio Commando has a smaller 1800mAh battery that only got up to 8 hours of talk time.


When it comes right down to it, the Kyocera Hydro Elite is your basic mid-range Android smartphone that happens to be splash and waterproof – up to a limit. It’s designed for people that want this added layer of protection, but without stepping up the full ruggedness of the Casio G’zOne Commando 4G LTE. We like the Hydro Elite’s overall simplistic design, 4.3” 720p display, and that it’s running pretty close to stock Android Jelly Bean, though the disappointing camera and lacking call quality are holding it back. The $50 on-contact price for the Hydro Elite is reasonable, though right now the G’zOne Commando is free with contract, which makes it a better buy if you want the extra durability.

Software version on the tested unit:
Android 4.1.2
Software and Baseband version: 1.203VZ
Kernel version: 3.4.0-ge0da7e6
Build number: JZO54K


  • Splash and waterproof
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Close to stock Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean experience


  • Poor camera and video recording quality
  • Calls sound muffled and distant
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posted on 05 Sep 2013, 12:43

1. xmusicianguy (Posts: 96; Member since: 13 Jul 2011)

Well seeing this. I'm getting the Commando 4g. Plus I see no FM Radio listed like the Commando 4G has.

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 09:10

2. NIK01 (Posts: 40; Member since: 29 Apr 2013)

I am excited about it.
what about its brightness compared to for example the HTC one mini or the Xperia V?

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Display4.3 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (342 ppi)
Camera8 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz, Krait processor
1.5 GB RAM
Size4.82 x 2.38 x 0.43 inches
(122 x 60 x 11 mm)
4.51 oz  (128 g)
Battery2100 mAh, 13 hours talk time

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