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Kyocera Torque Review

Kyocera Torque 8.5

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Kyocera Torque Review
Kyocera is the first manufacturer to bring tissue conducting technology to the US market, something they’ve dubbed Smart Sonic Receiver. Initially debuted with KDDI in Japan last year, this technology uses piezoelectric actuators to vibrate the entire display, which in turns transmits sound via both air waves and tissue conduction to the eardrum. The end result is clearer audio, in both quiet and noisy environments. Though it may seem like black magic, it actually works quite well and the technology was recognized “Best of What’s New” by Popular Science last November. The call quality is very good, and if you didn’t tell them the average user would have no idea of the special tech at play in the Torque.

Callers were also impressed with the Torque, saying it was one of the better devices we’ve tested and rating it 9/10. They said we sounded slightly muffled, but the call clarity was great. The Torque is the second Sprint device to support HD Voice, behind the HTC EVO 4G LTE, though the technology isn’t up and running on the network side in most markets.


With a 2500mAh battery, the Torque claims up to 18.9 hours of talk time, an unprecedented number in the CDMA world. This is achieved using Kyocera’s Eco Smart mode and MaxiMZR, which turns off non-essential background data. Even if it is able to achieve half of that number it is quite impressive, and should last the average user at least a full day if not more.


Despite being a mid-range Android device running an OS that is well over a year old, the Kyocera Torque is an amazingly advanced device. It is well designed, and passed our torture tests with flying colors. The Smart Sonic Receiver technology is nothing short of amazing, and we are still a bit in awe of the lack of a speaker. Call quality, battery life and OS performance are all very good. The Torque has a few drawbacks, mostly the fact that Direct Connect cannot be used while LTE is turned on, but overall this is a very good phone. For your everyday user looking for something a bit more durable, or for a construction worker who demands a phone that can take a daily beating, the Kyocera Torque is a phone worth looking at.

Software 1.006SP
Android 4.0.4

Kyocera Torque Video Review:


  • Sturdy, durable design
  • Smart Sonic Receiver technology and HD voice make for great call quality in any situation
  • Hefty 2500mAh battery can give days of use


  • Direct Connect not available in conjunction with LTE
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posted on 18 Mar 2013, 08:19 1

1. PunyPoop (Posts: 752; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)

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

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 09:00 9

4. Evil.Bunny (Posts: 41; Member since: 29 Feb 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

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 10:11 3

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.

posted on 08 Apr 2013, 01:46

10. javorr (Posts: 14; Member since: 28 Feb 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.

posted on 06 Jun 2017, 00:54

13. OscarHUGar (Posts: 21; Member since: 10 Mar 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 !

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 05:17

11. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


posted on 18 Mar 2013, 08:22

2. samsunggalaxylover (Posts: 37; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)

PH are simply a**holes

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 08:43

3. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4292; Member since: 07 Mar 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.

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 09:53

5. loken (Posts: 462; Member since: 09 May 2012)

kyocera has put alot of thought into this

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 20:04

7. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 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.

posted on 06 Jun 2017, 00:51

12. OscarHUGar (Posts: 21; Member since: 10 Mar 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 :)

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Display4.0 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (233 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera5 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1200 MHz, Krait processor
Size4.44 x 2.38 x 0.56 inches
(113 x 60 x 14 mm)
5.5 oz  (156 g)
Battery2500 mAh, 18 hours talk time

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