Kyocera Hydro – Review of the Water Proof Phone
We love our phones, there’s no two ways about it. And why wouldn’t we, seeing how we carry our lives on it, in the form of numbers and pictures of loved ones, entries for birthdays and anniversary reminders, maps to get to where someone is waiting for us and other such content. There are very few places where we don’t carry our phone and perhaps the water is one of them.
Imagine being able to work in hitherto impossible circumstances- stand under the shower and keep in touch with work or life. But the pool, shower or ocean is really not the place for a high-end sensitive gadget that like a cat, does not like water all too much. But if you’re pushed into a swimming pool for fun, with your phone in your pocket, there’s not much you can do about it. Or you’re just really accident prone and more often than not, your phone ends up in a glass of water or a water fountain. If you’re a surfer or a beach lover, you have surely wondered about the million dollar question- if watches can be waterproof, why can’t phones?
For those of you who can’t bear to be parted from your devices even when taking a dip, the Kyocera Hydro phone is just the ticket. Its call to fame is in its name- Hydro which means it has really great waterproofing abilities. Every single picture of the phone has it in some body of water- a sink or in a water filled glass! The company claims that the phone can last for half an hour in a full meter of water and that is brilliant! The phone can withstand a prolonged soak and there seems to be enough evidence to support it.
But don’t think for an instant that waterproofing is all it has got going for it. This phone has serious hardware in the 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon single-core processors, so it’s fast, even if not super-fast. It has an efficient battery that promises up to 8+ hours of life and you can choose your energy saving settings as you please. The phone runs on Android Ice Cream Sandwich and that makes for a smooth ride. Along with Android, you get all the other Google staples like Google+, Play Music and Gmail. The 3Gdata speed means a good internet experience. The speaker volume isn’t great but call quality is very good.
It weighs very little because it has a plastic body and it is built to ensure water does not enter any part of it. That means the back does not slide off easy. You will need to go through the Micro SD card slot to get to the battery and the phone only has a USB and earphones port. So your content stays safe at all times.
The camera is a 3.2 MP with basic controls, so low light snaps might be hazy. Videos aren’t great too. There are mixed reports on both, so be your own judge. It’s a waterproof phone which means underwater photography is possible! The camera is built to handle that requirement and how cool is that! This gives new meaning to the term ‘never before seen’ footage. Welcome to a whole new world of images.
At the end of the day maybe the Kyocera Hydro is not the best Smartphone going around. But it has great software, is affordable and offers something unique. Do check it out.
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