Smartphone Comparison – Kyocera Hydro Elite VS HTC One SV

Jaycee De Guzman October 20, 2013 0
Smartphone Comparison – Kyocera Hydro Elite VS HTC One SV


What does it mean to own a water-resistant mobile phone? Have you tried one yet? If not, this review will provide information about one of Kyocera’s latest smartphone that is also durable underwater – which is the Kyocera Hydro Elite. On the other hand, what difference does it make if your smartphone is not durable underwater? Do mobile companies add more feature to compromise this lacking durability? Let us find out by discussing the HTC One SV – which is one of the non-premium smartphones manufactured by its company. And then, by comparing these two products, let us determine which is  better handset than the other.

Smartphone Comparison - Kyocera Hydro Elite VS HTC One SV

The Pros Of Kyocera Hydro Elite

Smartphone Comparison - Kyocera Hydro Elite VS HTC One SVAs a mid-range mobile device, we already know that the Kyocera Hydro Elite is affordable and inexpensive which consumers can acquire through Verizon Wireless. However, even though it has lower specifications than most premium smartphones in the market, it still has respectable features that could definitely compete against its own kind. For one, it is water-proof for a maximum of 1 meter underwater for 30 minutes. Made with a glossy cover that imitates a wooden pattern, this rectangular handset almost looked the Apple iPhone 4. However, it is measured at a much bigger dimension. If compared against the One SV, the Hydro Elite is heavier – but, of course,  we all know that weight issues are not necessarily the most important of the consumers’ concerns.

On the other hand, another advantage that the Kyocera Hydro Elite can provide is its camera feature. With an 8-megapixel rear camera which can also record videos at 1080p, experts and consumers are most impressed by this mid-range phone’s advanced innovation. While it still needs to improve on its settings such as sharpness and focus, this handset’s camera is by far the best that Kyocera was able to develop – and that is definitely an achievement.

Finally, the Kyocera Hydro Elite exhibits Li-Ion battery with 2100 mAh capacity. According to the company, this can withstand at least 13 hours of being used to do varied activities. Compared to its HTC rival which only supports 9 hours of maximum use, this achievement gives another bonus points for this handset.


The Pros of HTC One SV

Smartphone Comparison - Kyocera Hydro Elite VS HTC One SVJust like the Hydro Elite, the HTC One SV also has special features to flaunt. First of all, it looks really attractive. With a thinner depth and lighter weight than its Kyocera rival, this mobile phone seems more portable and easy to bring anywhere. Not only that, it also looks very distinctive because of its rounded sides and curvy back that mostly reminds the consumers of the previous Droid DNA handset. Crafted with accents of red and metallic finish, this vibrant mobile phone definitely showcases an artsy as well as futuristic feel among other handsets in the market.

In addition to all that, the HTC One SV also has some tricks to offer that does not just come from its looks. Containing a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 which is a dual-core processor with a clock speed of 1.2 GHz, it is obvious that this mobile handset has the capability to perform with a consistent speed. Add that to the Android operating system and Sense 4.1 user interface, this device is fast to use and easy to navigate. For a different experience, it provides enhancements that include customizing the quick-launch icons, reading hand gesture and more browser settings.

Finally, the HTC One SV also comes with its own Muve Music application. This one lest users search for their favorite music and stream it down to their mobile phones. If they wish, they could also download it immediately although transferring the files to another device may not be possible since the file format is exclusive.

What Does The Consumer Need?

The Kyocera Hydro Elite has more latest software and camera features while being water-proof at the same time. However, it seems that this mobile handset would work better with an upgraded chipset and processor. This would make the device run even faster which would be a good thing when users are doing the things that they needed to do with the device.

On the other hand, the HTC One SV needs a much higher screen resolution than 800 x 480 pixels. Even with the latest hardware chip, this mobile handset just seems to be missing something and we are pretty sure that it is a higher quality screen resolution. For HTC, this is an important note to keep in mind in developing new devices.


We’ve seen what Kyocera Hydro Elite and HTC One SV  have to offer. A water proof mobile phone or a device with rich media features, the consumers are the only ones who can only tell what they prefer.

As a consumer yourself, did one of these devices maintain your interest?

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