Just like the other newcomers in the smartphone industry, Kyocera is now also producing its own competitive mobile handsets that will attract more popularity for its name. Manufactured by the Japanese company and distributed by the telecommunications company Sprint, the Kyocera Hydro EDGE is one of the newest mid-range phones available for consumers. Let us take a look at the features that it offers.
A Legitimate Hydro Handset
If you consider the price of the Kyocera Hydro EDGE, which at Sprint, you would say definitely that this is a respectable phone especially with its water-resistant abilities. If you spend a lot of time at the beach, this is the perfect mobile phone to bring. Although it has a simple physical fashion, this mobile phone is considerably sturdy. It has a plastic cover on the back which users can lock to secure the battery if they are planning on dunking it underwater. According to tests, it can survive up to a meter long at a maximum of 30 minutes.
Software and Saving Battery Juice
The Kyocera Hydro EDGE has a Google Android 4.1 OS which is one of the Jelly Bean versions. This is comparatively a lower version compared to what the other smartphones in the market has but Kyocera made sure that it will still be as useful. It has all the standard applications such as Google Play, Chrome, Plus, Maps as well as Navigation. But one of the unique ones that we noticed is the MaxiMZR which lets users save the battery life of their mobile phone. It works by limiting the data connections of the applications running in the background. Specifically, the EDGE contains a Li-Ion 1600 mAh battery which already performs at 13 hours of talk time.
Call Quality And Front Camera
As much as we want to say that the Kyocera Hydro EDGE has these two important factors, we can’t. Unfortunately for the said mobile manufacturer, it only has a rear camera. Although the 5-megapixel quality is generally appreciated, it would still be better if we can take self-portraits in an easier way. On the other hand, the call quality also needs some development. Tested through Sprint’s network, this smartphone can only produce audio with a lot of static and crackling noises. The speaker phone works well but, depending on your location, voices may sound loud and tinny, too. For a mid-range phone which consumers will buy because of its basic services, this handset has a lot more to improve. Also, it has no LTE connectivity. However, if this feature is not so important to you, you can buy this device at $239.99 on Amazon.
What do you think? Are you going to buy the Kyocera Hydro EDGE?