Kyocera Torque Review

Software

The Torque runs on Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwitch, but Sprint was quick to point out that they are working on bring Jelly Bean to the device. Currently, the Direct Connect service is not compatible with the newer version of Android, so the technical kinks must be ironed out first but it is good to see the carrier proactively addressing the situation.


As a Sprint ID device the Kyocera Torque runs a mostly vanilla build of Ice Cream Sandwich, just as we saw with the Kyocera Rise. You can of course download more ID packs, although in general the service has proven fairly niche with little actual benefit. Pre-installed apps are light too, with only 5 apps joining the standard Sprint and Google apps on the Torque.



Processor and Memory

Paired with a dual core 1.2GHz Snapdragon S4 Plus processor, 1GB of RAM and 4GB of memory the Torque moves along fluidly.


Quadrant Standard AnTuTu NenaMark 2
Kyocera Torque 4193 10526 60
Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro 4855 6730 60,5
Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2 2956 6965 39


Connectivity

The Torque is Kyocera’s first 4G LTE device, and Sprint’s first LTE device with Direct Connect. However, we discovered that the phone is set to CDMA only by default, and when we enabled LTE the phone warned us that Direct Connect was not available while in LTE mode, even if LTE coverage isn’t available. We’ve contacted Kyocera and will update the review with their explanation. It packs all the connectivity options you’d expect from a modern Android device, including Wi-Fi, GPS, NFC and Bluetooth 4.0.



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11 Comments

1. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

What the hell is wrong with you PA!!?? This has the same rating as XPERIA Z???

4. Evil.Bunny

Posts: 41; Member since: Feb 29, 2012

because both have different uses...ratings are relative to their usefulness. what good will an Xperia Z do when you need to use it at a construction site and accidentally drop it

6. taikucing unregistered

Because sony XZ has TFT display while this phone already uses IPS. If Sony has IPS display, it could be probably rated at 9.0.. Even many cheap chinese entry level phones already use IPS display nowadays.

10. javorr

Posts: 14; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

PA hates Sony. Sony's displays are good enough. Most of the people do think that cheap IPS displays are better, but they are better only in viewing angles and there are other parameters also. Reports from the owners show that for most of the people is very rear to work with their phones looking them under strange angles. The biggest advantage of Super AMOLED displays is that they save energy.

13. OscarHUGar

Posts: 21; Member since: Mar 10, 2017

Okay; really: they all are great (love ruggeds,man !) and i think ip68 should be standarized soon: but Cant be happy, dude: Sansumg is no longer what it used to be (good value for money) ... it has gone to the dark side. You can buy five good ruggeds from agm with that price : x1 18k gold edition gooo xD !

11. Raymond_htc

Posts: 430; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

*Fanboys.....

2. samsunggalaxylover

Posts: 37; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

PH are simply a**holes

3. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

"Smart Sonic Receiver" sounds cool...but i get a tingly feeling that the phone is going to use my tissues instead of the ear-piece.

5. loken

Posts: 462; Member since: May 09, 2012

kyocera has put alot of thought into this

7. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Other than the camera being pretty poor (even for midrange) and the lack of doing direct connect and LTE simultaneously, it looks like Kyocera finally put out a good android device, and its got rock solid build and a low price. Hopefully this means no more Echos or Milanos or Zios for them, LOL. I think the 8.5 is a fair score, it may not be the best out there, but the rugged features will beat out any case you can purchase separate for a phone, and the specs are pretty good.

12. OscarHUGar

Posts: 21; Member since: Mar 10, 2017

Great model! But a a little overpriced this days ; even for a rugged! I have seen some AGM models around with a better PPR: now the x1 18k gold edition have been released! … i have such fond memories of this phone, tho … it started my passion for rugged phones :)
Torque
  • Display 4.0" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1200 MHz
  • Battery 2500 mAh(18h talk time)

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